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Sri Lanka Surf Instructor Course – Zero To Hero

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10 Weeks
Availability : Oct and March Starts
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Max People : 12
Zero To Hero Sri Lanka Surf Instructor Course
Suitable for all levels of surfer

Looking for a Sri Lanka surf instructor course that packs in heaps of incredible coaching, surf breaks, and also a world-recognized instructor qualification?

Well, this 10 week, zero to hero style surf instructor course ticks all the boxes for the perfect way to turn the beach into your office!

After rendezvousing with your new surf buddies in Ahangama you’ll start things off by heading over to the East Coast and the world-famous Arugam Bay, embarking on your surfing journey riding the reeling, sand-bottom point breaks, learning the fundamentals, and enjoying some of the longest waves of your life.

You’ll be under the wings of a team of qualified and seriously experienced surf instructors led by ex-world tour surfer Nikita Robb as your head coach, so you’re in good hands!

It’s not all about the surf though, you’ll also enjoy daily yoga, a cookery class, National Park Tour, and an elephant lagoon tour before heading to the West Coast.

Next up is Ahangama, where you’ll be staying at the Ahangama Surf House. Just a stone’s throw from the ocean, surrounded by palm trees you’ll have an array of epic surf spots right on your doorstep.

Welcome to your base for the rest of the course!

With daily surf coaching, video analysis, theory classes, and guided surfs, you’ll quickly progress and be able to take advantage of the wide array of surf spots dotted along the Sri Lankan coastline. All complimented by surf-specific yoga sessions.

After four and a half weeks of surf training and ocean time, it’s time to mix things up taking a bit of a break, as you head down to the South East Coast for four days of surfing and chilling at the left-hand point break of Hiriketya and the surrounding waves, before heading off on a week-long tour of the Hill Country Tour.

Tea plantations, temples, ayuvedic massage, markets, the world-famous Ella to Kandy train journey, and climbing the famous Adam’s Peak to watch the sunrise from 5000ft – it’s the perfect rest bite and culture hit before getting back into the surf training.

Once you’re back at the Surf House things kick up a notch and you’ll be progressing your surfing even further, with daily coaching and feedback to prepare you for your ISA Level 1 exams.

Your course presenter, Tim Jones, has over 35 years of experience (including working for the British Surf Association) running surf instructor courses around the world, so you’re in the best hands to learn from and pass your exams.

After hopefully passing your instructor exams, you’ll be all set for your newfound career path – and the team will talk you through how to find your first job, and even set you up with some interviews with some surf schools in Cornwall!

Departure & Return Location

Colombo Airport, Sri Lanka

Price Includes

  • Return transfer from arrival hotel
  • Shared accomodation throughout (private room upgrades availible)
  • Welcome BBQ & drinks
  • Half-board meal plan (ex Hill Country)
  • Surf lessons & coaching 5 days a week
  • Surf equipment hire
  • Video analysis and photos
  • 5 yoga sessions per week in Ahangama
  • Tea Plantation Tour
  • Yala national park tour
  • Ella to Kandy Train Journey
  • Hill Country Tour (1 Week)
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Adams Peak Hike
  • Leaving BBQ Party
  • ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course
  • ILS Water Safety Course
  • All training, course material and membership fees
  • Visa extension support

Suitable For All Levels Of Surfer

This zero to hero style course is suitable for all levels of surfer – whether you’ve only had a few surf lessons, or you’re already experienced in the waves.

The first few weeks take things back to basics – which is the perfect opportunity to iron out any bad habits, perfect your technique, and also learn more about what you’ll be expected to do as a surf coach.

For those with less surf experience, there are plenty of local breaks which will quickly help you progress.

For more experienced surfers the coastline is filled with amazing breaks to help push your skills to the next level.



Kick start your trip on the East Coast of Sri Lanka at the world-famous Arugam Bay. Here you’ll start your surf progression at the long, sandy bottom point breaks – ideal for getting those basics done and dusted before some of the longest waves of your life!

With Daily yoga, a cookery class, elephant lagoon tour, and surf coaching you’ll start things with a bang!

Half board meal plan

March start date begins with 3 weeks in Ahangama before moving to Arugam Bay for a week


After a week of reeling points, it’s time to head to your main base for the course – the Ahangama Surf House on the South West of the country.

With fun waves right on your doorstep and a huge variety of other spots within a short distance, it’s time to eat, sleep, surf, repeat and really get stuck into your surf progression.

With daily coaching sessions, video and photo analysis, theory lessons and plenty of time for free surfs you’ll soon find yourself pushing to the next level

Half board meal plan


Time to give those arms a bit of a rest!

Enjoy a week’s Hill Country tour, recover a bit, and enjoy some of the incredible culture Sri Lanka has to offer.

With tea plantations, temples, and scenic heights, it’s the perfect way to enjoy some downtime before jumping right back into your training.

Daily breakfast

  • 4 nights guided surf stop in Hiriketya and surrounded waves on the South East coast
  • Transfer to Ella for three nights, hiking and exploring the heart of the Hill Country, visiting tea plantations, ayurvedic massage also included
  • Train to Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka (the most beautiful train ride in the world) to visit the famous temple of the tooth, monasteries famous markets, and botanical garden)
  • Train to ‘Adam’s Peak’ for two nights where we climb the famous 5,000ft Sri Pada pilgrimage for sunrise


After resting up, it’s time for the countdown to your surf instructor exams to begin.

Use these 2 weeks back in Ahangama to brush up on your skills and really nail that technique.

Half board meal plan


Time to complete your ISA Level 1 and ILS Water Safety courses – the 2 qualification you’ll need to be able to surf coach all over the globe.

Your course examiner will guide you through all the skills and exams – a mixture of both practical, written and theory.

You’ll be well prepared by now, so hopefully at the end of the week you’ll be celebrating the start of your new career!

Half board meal plan


It’s time to say goodbye to your new surf buddies and start the next adventure, after a farewell BBQ of course!

Choose to stay on a while longer in Sri Lanka, head home, or bounce to the next adventure!