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5 Week Sri Lanka Surf Instructor Course

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5 Weeks
Availability : OCTOBER
Ahangama, Sri Lanka
Max People : 24
Sri Lanka Surf Instructor Course
Perfect for intermediate surfers

Looking for the ultimate Sri Lanka Surf Tour and want to turn the ocean into your office?

Well, this 5-week surf trip in Sri Lanka packs in heaps of surf, sun, culture and good times in one of Asias best surfing destinations and also combines it with the ISA Level 1 surf instructor course too.

This means not only will your score some amazing waves – but you’ll also gain a worldwide certification in the process too.

From 2024 this course has now been upgraded to the Boutique 5 Weeker – click here for more info

In order to jump straight into the Surf Instructor course, you need the essential surf skills and fitness levels to gain the qualification.

You must be able to paddle out back and duck dive when needed, pop-up consistently on green waves and perform basic manoeuvres, turning both left and right.

If you’re not quite there yet that’s no worries – you can still jump on the 4 Week Ultimate Sri Lanka Surf Adventure instead!

Beginning in the bustling town of Ahanghama in the South West of the country, you’ll experience some of the coast’s best waves from your base in this bustling fishing village.

When you’re not busy in amongst the waves explore some of the amazing local markets or tuck into some of the incredible local cuisines that Sri Lanka is fast becoming famous for.

Then it’s onto Arugam Bay – the most famous surf spot in Sri Lanka and home to some world-class right-hand points where you can really put your new surf skills to the test.

Soak up the views on the scenic drive through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside en route – and keep an eye out for the local elephants chilling as you drive by!

Alongside the amazing waves in Arugam Bay you’ll also enjoy yoga sessions, explore the Yala National Park and some local excursions – allowing you to see a little more of what makes this part of Sri Lanka so special.

After 3 weeks filled with waves and beach time you final week will be spent discovering a bit more of Sri Lanka – heading inlands through Ella, Adams Peak and the famous town of Kandy where you’ll experience heaps of Sri Lankan culture, wander through ancient temples and even climb the 5,000 foot Sri Pada Pilgrimage.

Then you’ll head back to Ahangama for the instructor training part of the course – where you’ll spend 5 days completing your ISA Level 1 surf instructor course as well as the ILS water safety course, both of which you’ll need to coach all over the world.

With your new certification under your belt you’ll then have a. day to relax and enjoy the waves before heading off on the next adventure!

It’s the perfect way to combine getting your ISA Level 1 surf instructor certification with a tropical surf adventure!

After passing your instructor exams, you’ll be all set for your newfound career path – and this course also includes a guaranteed job interview on successful completion of the course, so you can hit the ground running!

From 2024 this course has now been upgraded to the Boutique 5 Weeker – click here for more info

Departure & Return Location

Columbo Airport, Sri Lanka

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in en suite twin/double/triple room for 28 nights
  • ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course (2.5 days)
  • ILS Water Safety Course (2.5 days)
  • Guaranteed Job Interview Post Course!
  • All training, course material and membership fees
  • Half board in Ahangama, breakfast in Arugam Bay and in the Hill Country
  • Surf lessons
  • Surf equipment hire
  • Video analysis and photos
  • Yoga Classes
  • Private transfer to Arugam Bay in an air conditioned minibus
  • Yala East National Park tour
  • Waterfall visit in Ella
  • Halpewatte Tea Factory visit
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Botanical Garden visit
  • Adams Peak climb
  • Leaving dinner
This Course Is Aimed At Intermediate Surfers

In order to jump straight into the Surf Instructor course, you need the essential surf skills and fitness levels to gain the qualification.

Prior to attending a course, participants must have completed a timed swim of 200m completed in less than 5 minutes in a pool no shorter than 25m in order to prove your water fitness is strong enough.

For your surfing, you must be able to paddle out back and duck dive when needed, pop-up consistently on green waves and perform basic maneuvers, turning both left and right.

20 Hours Practical

After your course examinations you are required to complete 20 hours of assistant coaching at an ISA registered surf school and signed off by the head coach to finalise your certification. This isn’t included in the course, but can be completed at any accredited surf schools across the globe. 

Deposit & Payment Plan

Secure your spot with just a £95 deposit, after which a payment plan helps spread the cost of the trip over  a few months, with the final balance due 2 months before departure.

PLEASE NOTE: April Course starts in Ahangama


Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your Trip Leader and driven to the Surf Camp in Ahangama. Here you will be introduced to the team and given time to settle in before we tuck in to dinner and drinks ‘Sri Lanka style’.


Improve your surfing day in, day out and reap the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. Make the most of your surfing down time by discovering Sri Lanka’s flavourful food, welcoming people and timeless ruins.


Spend the final week traveling the Hill Country through Ella, Kandy and Adams Peak, visiting tea plantations, monesteries, temples, climbing the famous 5,000ft Sri Pada pilgrimage before heading home to Ahangama


Today we will be welcome other riders for the 1 Week Surf Instructor Course. While we head to Colombo to pick up the candidates, take the opportunity to relax and get ready for your course kicking off tomorrow!


Wake up and meet the group for breakfast, before hitting the classroom (beach!) with Tim Jones and his team to undertake your 2.5-day ISA training course.
Tim wil take you through all the learning modules and assessments, breaking for lunch back at the surf camp. The training day will round up in the late afternoon, then you can chill at the camp (we always have an amazing feast for dinner), check out the local scene, or head to Mirissa for an evening out!


Straight after your ISA training, your Water Safety training will kick off for 2.5-days. This will be a mixture of theory and practical, learning the essential life saving skills required to work as a surf instructor.


The course is over and you can catch your breath! This is a good chance to ask any final questions to the training team, and get all your work signed off. With the day to spare, this is the perfect time to unwind and get some waves. We will be sure to have a final feast for the whole crew!


After an epic 5-weeks exploring Sri Lanka, it’s time to get out there and start coaching! For those heading back to the airport, we will arrange your transfers, and for those travelling on around Sri Lanka we will give you all our advise and recommendations for where to surf next.


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Solo Traveller

The best way to sum up TTR trips is ‘good vibes’. From the surf instructors, yoga, camp staff and the weird and wonderful people you meet on the trip, the good vibes are always flowing. Couldn’t recommend a TTR trip more if you want to improve your surf, practice yoga, explore a stunning new country and drink local beers with awesome like-minded people along the way.

May 14, 2020


Solo Traveller

Sri Lanka, a stunning country to learn to surf in! Perfect for beginners, and intermediates, and made all the more special by a great coaching team of Josh David and Max! Don’t think about it! DO IT!!

May 2, 2019

Pat Porter

Solo Traveller

I had a great time in beautiful Sri Lanka, surfing in clear blue warm water and making new friends, shame it was all over too quickly!

April 13, 2018