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ISA Surf Instructor Course, 4 Weeks, Morocco

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On our ISA Surf Instructor Course in Morocco, you’ll be preparing to qualify as a professional ISA surf instructor. Perhaps, this will be the start of a career that makes your passion for surfing into an opportunity to help others.

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    All about the ISA Surf Instructor Course, 4 Weeks, Morocco.

    ISA Surf Instructor Course

     

     


    Overview

     

    • 4 Weeks, ISA Surf Instructor Training

    • Staying in Taghazout

    • All Surf Equipment

    • Video Analysis

    • Rooftop Yoga

    • Daily Surf Sessions

     

     


    Why Do We Recommend It?

     

    It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in surfing. Receive specific training, including video analysis and theory, specifically aimed at achieving your ISA Surf Instructor qualification. You can also choose to include the ISA Surf Instructor assessment at the end of week 4.

    We also love the small group size of 12 people. Plus the great crew.

     


    Helping In The Community

    Get Involved In The Community

    Every course, we organize beach cleanups, surf competitions for the local kids and surf lessons for the children. Remembering that you are just a passer-by on this local community is key to making sure that you leave a positive impact on the people that you leave behind!

    Oh, and it also helps when out surfing if you know all the locals… much less hassle in the water!

     


    Is It Right for Me?

     

    The course is open to all levels of surfer. But, remember that in order to become a surf instructor, you will need to be a proficient surfer. So, this course is either a great starting point or a way to ensure you are ready to pass the ISA assessment.

    In short, as long as you are a surfer and ready to improve, the course will be beneficial.

     

     


    What People Say About The Trip

     

    I’m absolutely loving it, the camp I am working at is amazing. Everything has been such a whirlwind since finishing the course with the summer in France, then Australia and now Bali.

    Dan

     

     


    Can I Go Anytime?

     

    You can find the next available course dates at the top of this page. We publish the course dates as soon as we have them confirmed. However, if you don’t see a date that works for you, get in touch. And, we will do everything we can to get you booked for the time you have available.

     

     


    Itsy Bitsy Details

     

    • Where: Taghazout, Morocco
    • Duration: 4 Weeks
    • Fly To: Agadir airport, AGA
    • Fly From: Agadir airport, AGA
    • Group Size: Small
    • Age: 16+


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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    This is an amazing all-inclusive ISA surf instructor course packed full of surfing, yoga, healthy delicious food and generally good times. The goal is that you don’t have to dip into your wallet once you are with us, so you can relax and get on with enjoying your surf trip!

    • Accommodation for the duration of the course
    • Free use of all Surf equipment all day every day
    • Breakfasts and lunches when in Taghazout
    • 5 hearty surf camp dinners a week
    • Transfers to the spots 6 days a week
    • Surf instruction from our coaches 6 days a week
    • 2 yoga classes every week
    • Day trip to Essaouira and hiking around mini Atlas Mountains / Paradise Valley
    • 3 video analysis sessions on your surfing
    • Surf trips to Imsouane and the South
    • A Small donation to Aftas Association (a local charity)
    • Agadir airport transfers at the start and end of the course

    Optional week 4 Assessment / Certification

    • ISA Level 1 assessment ±
    • SLSGB Lifesavers
    • 20 hours surf coaching
    • ISA membership 1 year
    • SGB membership 1 year +
    • Insurance cover (coaching in a surf school) 1 year

    ± MINIMUM SURFING LEVEL REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE ASSESSMENT

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Spending money around Taghazout or on trips
    • Meals whilst on trips
    1. The Daily Routine What to Expect

      Mornings

      8:00-9:00
      Buffet breaky at the cafe

      9 am
      Head out surfing

      10 am
      Surf coaching/surf session

      12.30 pm
      Lunch served at the beach

      Afternoons

      1 pm
      More surf lessons, practice, one on one time with the instructors possibly heading to other spots depending on conditions, OR afternoon activity

      5 pm
      Return to the camp

      7.30 pm
      Dinner on the roof terrace.

       

    2. Week One Rough Weekly Plan

      Stay in Taghazout, kick-off party!
      Everyone out on foam boards, break down technique and build up from scratch
      Paddle technique
      Fitness training
      Video analysis
      Day trip to Essaouira

    3. Week Two Rough Weekly Plan

      Stay and surf in Taghazout
      Overnight surf mission down to Sidi Ifni / Mirleft, South Morocco
      Fitness and technical training at the camp

    4. Week Three Rough Weekly Plan

      Stay and surf in Taghazout area
      Prepare for surf assessment
      Hiking trip in Lower Atlas mountains around Paradise valley
      Get started with lifeguarding course (optional)

    5. Week Four Rough Weekly Plan

      Non stop surf for everyone not doing assessments
      Staying in Taghazout for ISA Level 1 assessment + coaching
      Practical coaching hours
      Course end party!

    Healthy Breakfasts
    Cafe Terrace
    Yoga and Surf Morocco
    Surf Anchors
    Roof Terrace Dinner
    Paradise Valley
    ISA Surf Course Double Room
    Eat, Sleep, Surf
    Surf Camp Dining

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    USEFUL INFORMATION

    Taghazout

    Taghazout is a small fishing village in the south of Morocco. During the 60’s there were prolific numbers of hippies from Europe and North America (Jimi Hendrix would apparently frequent in the 60’s) and surfers started arriving in the 1980’s searching for uncrowded waves. Despite the influx of surf tourism, Taghazout has still managed to keep its small-town feel. There are a handful of restaurants scattered along the main street and some beautifully located cafes to enjoy a coffee or freshly squeezed orange juice on the seafront. There are plenty of little grocery shops to buy supplies all within walking distance of your apartments.

     

    The Local Area

    As you will probably have guessed, Taghazout and the local area is renowned for its waves. Within a 15 minute drive, there are over 10 amazing point breaks and dozens of beaches which make it the perfect place to learn. If you have a minute look up some of the following spot names online and you will see what we mean:

    Killers, Anchors, Banana point, Panoramas, Boilers, Tamri, Immesouane, Tifnit, Desert point, Crocodiles, Mysteries, La Source…

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    During the course, you will stay in a budget hotel 50 yards behind the surf camp. Everyone on the course will be in a twin room sharing with one other person, we’ll keep it same-sex throughout.

    On average we have 10 – 25 guests come through the camp each week for a week-long surfing holiday so you’ll have a chance to meet loads of people from all backgrounds and nationalities. In general, you won’t be surfing with the surf camp guests as you are on a specialized program, however, you will meet them all each evening when we all sit down for dinner and drinks.

    FOOD

    We run the Surf Berbere Cafe just 50 yards from the surf camp and hotel. Each morning there is a buffet of pancakes, cereals, eggs, fresh bread, and seasonal fruits.

    Lunches are normally packed up and taken with you to the breaks so as to avoid having to come back in the middle of a great surf session.

    Every night dinners are served up on the surf camp roof terrace, one of the most spectacular spots to eat in Morocco or even the world. You have 5 dinners a week included in the course, so please just let us know which two nights a week you are going to be eating out from the camp.

    Please note that meals on overnight trips are not included. We’ll try and bring a packed lunch at the start of any trip to reduce costs for you, but meals out, drinks are not included.

    ASSESSMENT WEEK

    Passing Your Level 1 Surfing Assessment

    The Level 1 Surfing Instructor course is designed for people who already have intermediate surfing skills. That means you need to be able to catch green waves, perform and link maneuvers – at a minimum a bottom turn, cutback, and re-entry.

    When it comes to your assessment, you will have a surf session in front of our assessors. In this window, you need to show that you can catch both left and right waves and perform the requisite maneuvers. This is the only way that you will pass; if our assessors see you catching the waves. If you don’t perform in front of our assessors, you won’t pass, simple as that.

    Don’t worry though, we’re here to make sure that for the first couple of weeks with us you surf your brains out and get to the level you need to be in order to pass!

    LIFEGUARDING

    Getting The Skills You Need To Work By The Sea

    The SLS Surf Coach Lifesaver course is designed to establish a standard that creates a level of lifesaving competence for surf coaches. Quite simply, you can’t legally instruct in most countries without this as your minimum Surf Lifesaving qualification.

    There will be a lot of focus on first aid as the level of first aid required is far greater than the majority of first aid courses. There’s also a physical aspect to it with various exercises such as open water rescues and body drags. A few of the tasks will include swimming 200metres, rescuing students 150m away on a rescue board, leadership and teamwork skills along with a few hours of classroom study.

    MOROCCO GENERAL INFO

    Airport Pickup

    Our driver will greet you at Agadir airport with a Surf Berbere sign. Please make sure you have emailed through your flight pickup information prior to coming out.

     

    Clothing For Females

    Although Morocco is a Muslim country, Taghazout is a very liberal place. Women are free to walk around the beaches in bikinis and swimsuits however it would be seen to be a little disrespectful to walk around town in the same attire. If you are walking around town, maybe just put a T-shirt and shorts/skirt on so a little less flesh is shown.

     

    Weather

    Taghazout enjoys 330 days of sunshine a year. The wet season is from December – February however this is of course relative. It’s rare to have more than a few days of rain at once and most of the time it clears up throughout the day. The average temp during the course should be around 20 degrees in the day. It can get a little cooler at night so please bring some warmer clothes for the evenings.

     

    MONEY

    The currency in Morocco is Moroccan Dirhams. It is a closed currency so it’s very difficult to get Dirhams before you arrive. There are ATMs at the airport and lots of places to change money in Agadir also. Traveler’s cheques are generally not accepted in Morocco. There is no ATM in Taghazout itself, however, there is one in the next town down (Banana Village) which is about 10km away. Credit cards have not really made their way to Taghazout yet so most transactions in town are cash.

     

    BUDGET

    You shouldn’t need much spending money whilst on the course. Things to consider are costs for eating out 2 evenings a week, meals whilst on trips, any alcohol you wish to buy, toiletries, and gifts for bringing back home. In general, most people are very comfortable budgeting between £20 and £50 ($25 to $65 USD) per week for these things.

     

    INSURANCE

    You MUST get travel insurance. This is not too expensive and can be purchased from any number of well-known insurance companies. Insureandgo.com is recommended. Make sure surfing is covered in your policy. Please also ensure that your insurance is for a 90-day trip (some are only 30 days).

     

    CLOTHING

    For the most part, all you will need are boardies, pants, and some flip flops. However, it does get cold in the evenings, so we’d recommend you bring out a hoody and maybe a jacket. This will also come in useful for the desert trip.

     

    INTERNET / WIFI

    There is limited internet in your rooms, but definitely wifi internet upstairs in the office and on the roof terrace. Some devices will be able to pick up the signal from the rooms. The wifi is free to use any time. The cafe also has wifi, also on Hash Point.

    If you need a faster internet connection, please enquire, as we will be able to source 4G wifi dongles for you that cost roughly £20 ($25 USD) per month.

     

    COURSE DATES

    Please see our website for course dates. You are welcome out a couple of days before or after free of charge (within reason), however, see VISAs below. You will be hosted in the surf camp in a bunk bed for the extra nights and welcome to join in the surf school group for surfing and meals.

     

    VISAS

    Most nationalities are given a 90-day visa at the airport in Morocco which you don’t need to arrange prior to arrival. Some countries have different arrangements so we recommend you check with your embassy.

     

    ALCOHOL

    Alcohol can be bought in Agadir from the supermarkets and prices are a bit higher to those found in Europe. There are also a few bars in Taghazout. You are
    welcome to drink in your own accommodation and on the surf camp roof terrace, but please don’t drink out in public.

     

    TRIPS AROUND MOROCCO

    Immesoune

    One of the best longboarder breaks in the world – a perfect place to perfect your pop up and turns.

     

    Paradise Valley & Berber Hiking

    Full of natural pools, waterfalls, and lush greenery, Paradise Valley is one of our favorite non-surfing excursions and a great way to see the Lower Atlas mountains.

     

    Sidi Ifni & The South

    We’ll be taking you down to the quiet village of Sidi Ifni to surf some truly perfect and undiscovered waves.

     

    Essaouira

    Once a fortified Portuguese stronghold, this stunning city is host to some amazing artisanal shops and boutiques.

     

    COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Anyone can spend 4 weeks on a beach, having a party and learning to surf. We believe in sustainable and responsible tourism. Since our inception we have always worked closely with the local community helping the locals in business, providing educational and sports equipment for the local children, and setting up charities and associations.

    The Aftas Association is an educational association we are heavily involved with. Below are some of the events you can be involved with over the 4 weeks.

    • Student day trip to Taroudant / Essaouira
    • Cooking class day with local Nablous school
    • Beach activity weekend
    • Beach cleanup in the morning
    • Locals’ surf comp
    • Beach party with a bonfire and local musicians.
    • Fundraising for books

     

    VIDEO FOOTAGE

    Throughout the course, we’ll be taking video footage of your surfing (normally once a week) to use in our coaching sessions, but also for our blogs and newsletters. We’ll also occasionally ask you for short video diary entries and blogs to post up on our website and social media accounts.

     

    PRE COURSE FITNESS

    Surfing is a difficult sport and requires a lot of motivation and hard work. Our instructors will be able to help you all the way so long as you’re happy to put the effort in too. You don’t have to be in incredible shape, but a certain level of fitness will help.

    Before the course starts, try to be able to run for 2km without too much trouble, and try to swim 400 meters in 10 minutes. These aren’t requisites to pass, but it will certainly help your surfing.

     

    GETTING IN A ROUTINE

    Naturally, the daily routine will sometimes change depending on conditions, trips to other areas of Morocco, special events, etc, however, the next page goes some way to outlining what a normal day on the course might look like.

     

    THE DAILY ROUTINE

    Mornings

    8:00-9:00
    Buffet breaky at the cafe

    9 am
    Head out surfing

    10 am
    Surf coaching/surf session

    12.30 pm
    Lunch served at the beach

    Afternoons

    1 pm
    More surf lessons, practice, one on one time with the instructors possibly heading to other spots depending on conditions, OR afternoon activity

    5 pm
    Return to the camp

    7.30 pm
    Dinner on the roof terrace.

     

    WHAT TO PACK

    • Sun cream
    • Beach towel
    • Warm clothes for evenings
    • Music
    • Trainers (for running)
    • Clothing for physical exercise (shorts etc)Don’t worry about bed linen or normal towels. Any other questions, please fire away!

     

    Spending Money

    You should need between £20 and £40 per week, but if you buy booze and drink often, you’ll need more as it is expensive (£1 per can of beer).

     

    Things You Don’t Need

    • Bed linen and towel
    • Rash vests (we provide them)
    • Surfboard
    • Wetsuit(only bring them if you have your own and you specifically want to wear it / use it – 4/3 suits!)

     

    Things You Should Do Once Registered:

    • Get swimming, do as many lengths as you can to get some fitness up before you come out
    • Be fit and healthy ready for the course, don’t get injured!
    • Email us your flight pickup info if you haven’t already.

    How Easy is it to Get a Job After the Course?

    We get asked this question the whole time. The honest answer is not very hard! We’ll try and help you, but it comes down to you. First up, get your CV in good shape. Liven it up, don’t send a boring word doc that shows you have just left school and done OK in your A-levels and GCSE’s, everyone else is doing that. Show you have an Instagram account with a true passion for surfing! Set up a photography website, show you can do more than just coaching, show you will help around the surf school after hours.

    The next thing is to help you work out the seasons for various surf schools and when to apply. Timing is key to working in the surf industry as lots of the schools are very seasonal.

    The final step is making sure you can write a good cover e-mail making it unique and tailored to the surf school you are trying to get a job with. If you can’t even find out the name of the person that runs the surf school, then don’t expect them to give you a job!

    Anyway, we’re here to help, we have a great contact book of former coaches and students that are now running camps in Bali, Sri Lanka, Portugal, Costa Rica and Chile just to name a few!

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    • Accommodation for the duration of the course
    • Free use of all Surf equipment all day every day
    • Breakfasts and lunches when in Taghazout
    • 5 hearty surf camp dinners a week
    • Transfers to the spots 6 days a week
    • Surf instruction from our coaches 6 days a week
    • 2 yoga classes every week
    • Day trip to Essaouira and hiking around mini Atlas Mountains / Paradise Valley
    • 3 video analysis sessions on your surfing
    • Surf trips to Imsouane and the South
    • A Small donation to Aftas Association (a local charity)
    • Agadir airport transfers at the start and end of the course

    Optional week 4 Assessment / Certification

    • ISA Level 1 assessment ±
    • SLSGB Lifesavers
    • 20 hours surf coaching
    • ISA membership 1 year
    • SGB membership 1 year +
    • Insurance cover (coaching in a surf school) 1 year

    ± MINIMUM SURFING LEVEL REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE ASSESSMENT

    • Flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Spending money around Taghazout or on trips
    • Meals whilst on trips

     

    Surf School Morocco

    Surf and Yoga

    Sunset at Anchor Point

    Morocco Surf Camp

    Roof Terrace Tent

    Roof Terrace Dinner

    Paradise Valley

    Mint Tea Jugs

    ISA Surf Instructor Course Base

    Healthy Tagine

    Explore Morocco

    Morocco

    Morocco Adventure Holiday

    Surf Camp Morocco

    Yoga Morocco

    ISA Surf Course Room

    ISA Surf Course Office

    Morocco Surf Travel

    Roof Terrace View

    Sunset at Taghazout

    Sunset at Anchor Point

    Surf Camp Dining

    Surf Morocco

    Tajines in Morocco

    Surf School Morocco