Attention qualification writers

Design of the Surfing England Surf Instructor Awards

We are seeking to appoint a contractor(s) to write the technical content for the new Surfing England ‘level 1’ Surf Instructor – Recreation Award.


Surfing England has put coaching at the heart of it’s strategy to support the growth and evolution of the sport we love. Whether we are looking at participation, using surfing as tool for social good and sharing the stoke of catching a wave for the first time or our elite athletes progressing through the QS and beyond, it must all be underpinned by great coaching.

To have great coaches, we need great awards, great coach training and development pathways that equip coaches with both technical competency and ‘how to coach’; teaching and delivery skills. Following a full review of surf coaching and the creation of a new vision for coach development, Surfing England has committed to the creation of a new 3 tier surf instructor/coach awards system and a host of ‘bolt on’ training and awards. The 2022/23 Coaching plan maps out the work now and further plans in place for this year and the first part of next year.

Objective: To produce the world’s best and most inclusive Surf Instructor Award. We want to create an award that reflects the needs identified in our surf coaching review, better utilises digital platforms and gives a clear pathway for progression.

This brief is focused on creating the technical content for the ‘Level One’ award, which will be the first in a 3 part series of coaching awards that will provide the back bone against which other bolt on awards and training can be positioned.

(Level One): Surf Instructor – Recreation

(Level Two): Surf Coach – Progression

(Level Three): Surf Coach – Performance

The brief

To design and write the content for the Surfing England Surf Instructor – Recreation Award.

The Surfing England technical panel have provided the framework for the award and the requirements are detailed in full in the main briefing document. It includes:

· An overview and breakdown of technical content for the instructor, and competency outcomes of the learner surfer

· The Surfing England new format, blending digital and ‘hands-on’ learning

· Instructor pre-requisites (lifeguard award, safeguarding training etc)

· Suggested modules and basic content

· Training to be delivered online

· Training to be delivered at the beach

· Practical hours and mentoring by new Surfing England Senior Coaches

· Standardised level of competency to be reached by all new instructors

· Senior coach training – fundamentals to train and develop senior coaches and mentors

To express interest

If you wish to express interest in tendering for this work, please contact Nick Moffatt or on 07825 639557

We will provide a detailed brief including timelines, contract, payment terms, structure of the project including areas of collaboration and points of peer-review by the Technical Panel. We would like tenders in by the 13th August.

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