Surfing England Trainer Assessor Job Specification

**This role is no longer open for applications**

Surfing England Trainer Assessor

There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the growth and development of surfing’s National Governing Body as we strive to create a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation with the needs of the surfer and surfing community at the heart of all that we do.

We see great coaching as a fundamental building block in the development of surfing, both as a competitive and lifestyle sport.  Through a substantial consultation with coaches, coach developers and surf schools we created a new vision for surf coaching in England (see our review here , p13 for the coaching vision) starting with the launch of a new Surf Instructor (recreation) Award, live since early May 2023.

To deliver the award around the country we need well placed passionate and experienced head coaches to join the team as Trainer Assessors, where they will play a crucial role delivering the practical mentoring and assessment (previously known as ‘the 20hrs’) and ensuring our new coaches are equipped with the knowledge and skills that will make them a great asset to any surf school.

The Surf Instructor (recreation) Award

This is the first in a series of three awards that will make up the backbone of the new Surfing England coaching offer:

  • Surf Instructor (recreation)
  • Surf Coach (progression)
  • Surf Coach (performance)

The Surf Instructor qualification is designed as the entry level qualification, equivalent to the ISA level 1 award, providing the necessary skills to safely lead and deliver beginner lessons in waist depth water.

The award will be delivered in a blended format.  Content previously delivered only in classroom format will now predominantly be available digitally, although with classroom option also available. The traditional 20hr volunteering is to be replaced with more structured training, mentoring and assessment, delivered only by Surfing England Trainer Assessors at Surfing England accredited schools.

Role and Responsibilities

As Trainer Assessor you will be responsible for ensuring that the candidate reaches a set level of competencies in order to be successfully signed as certified.  Candidates will come to you with the theoretical knowledge on surf instruction and your role will be to ensure that knowledge can be deployed practically and safely whilst delivering engaging and fun instruction to new surfers.

Key responsibilities:

  • To have in depth knowledge and understanding of the Instructor Award program including online
  • To mentor, support and develop new coaches giving them confidence and welcoming them into the role of surf coach
  • To ensure the full training and mentoring requirement is delivered for each candidate and to assess their competency against the award framework, which includes:
    • Demonstration and observation of lesson planning and delivery
    • Clear understanding of beach environment and hazards
    • Understanding of NOPs, EAPs, Safeguarding and risk assessments
    • Ability to manage people and provide an engaging and safe introduction to surfing
    • Personal water competency & surfing ability
  • To provide clear feedback, helping candidate understand where their strengths and weakness and to pass / fail candidates, with support for those who need to be re-assessed
  • To ensure all administration for new candidates is complete in a timely fashion

Essential Experience and Attributes

  • Is passionate about developing people and can adapt their teaching/training/mentoring style to suit the needs of the trainee
  • Is able to work with a wide variety of people and keen to embrace and welcome those from different backgrounds into surf coaching
  • Has a deep understanding of surf coaching with supporting experience of at least several seasons
  • Is enthusiastic about quality control and ensuring professional standards are met
  • Maintains a high level of organisation, dealing with admin in a timely fashion
  • Wants to be an ambassador for surfing, surf coaching and Surfing England

Desirable Experience and Attributes

  • Coaching or teaching experience from other sports or sectors
  • Welcoming personality
  • Higher level surf coaching qualifications
  • Experience as a head coach or surf school manager
  • Experience from multiple settings

Wider considerations

  • Your location – Surfing England need to manage supply and demand across the country
  • Where you coach – it must be at a Surfing England accredited surf school, with no cause for concern raised at last SE inspection
  • Your lived experience, we welcome those who can represent and champion under represented communities within surf coaching

Conflicts of Interest

Any applicants that currently provide training and assessment services for other surfing associations (ASI / ISA) will need to declare as a conflict of interest. For clarity, it is only possible for a trainer assessor to work for a single training provider at any time.


Refer to all the info in the Trainer Assessor Pack

To apply:

– Please complete the application form,
– Attach your CV
and send to Nick Moffatt

– Also complete the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion form to send to Rachael Percival

All by the end of the day, Mon 14th August.

Surfing England values and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.

Trainer Assessor Pack with Appendices links

Trainer Assessor appl form

Trainer Assessor EDI form

Successful applicants will be selected to attend the Training day Thur 7th September at The Wave Bristol (exact timings TBC)

If you have any questions about the role or would like an informal discussion before applying, please contact Nick Moffatt on 07825 639557.

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