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Post lockdown: First Water Rescue and Safety Course

Walton on Thames, Elmbridge, Surrey August 21-23 2020

8 SUP coaches from Ditton’s Paddle Boarding took part in the first Coach Rescue course since the UK lockdown in March.

The course was hosted at a superb private location right on the banks of the river Thames arranged by Brett Scillitoe, Admiral of Dittons, with Surfing England and SLSGB trainer/assessor Andy Joyce.

Subjects covered included practical skills, safety, communication, risk analysis and assessment, SUP rescue, and First Aid.

The days started with theory and dry land practical sessions, followed in the afternoon by a lot of enjoyable water-based practical sessions in the surprisingly mild temperatures of the summertime Thames.

“It was great to be able to get back to doing what I love, helping people become safer coaches in and on the water and enable them to perform quality rescues in emergency situations. The students finally got the long-waited opportunity to complete the internationally recognised course and showed this in the way they applied themselves during the courses.” Andy Joyce

” Andy was a great instructor and all the students commented on how well he guided them through all parts of the course, with care and consideration. Nothing was ever a bother to go through again. They were all very keen to get going and practice their new skills.” Brett Scillitoe

Surf Steps provide this and other safety courses that are suitable for all watersports users, not just lifesavers and coaches.

If you are interested in any information regarding these, feel free to contact Trainer: Andy (andy@surfsteps.co.uk) or Ditton’s Paddle Boarding https://dpbclub.co/contact-us/

Adapt and Overcome #4 Online Surfing England/ISA judging course

Surfing England helped bring some of our wide surfing community together on the evenings of the 13-14 May to take part in an ISA Judging and Officiating course.

In addition to the English course members starting their Judging journey, we had surfers wanting to improve their competition performance and students from Ireland, Norway and China!

Surfing England / ISA  Course presenter and National  Para Surf Team Manager Andy Joyce  hosted the course, in conjunction with Ben Kewell from Glide Surf School 

Academy director Andy Joyce said “I loved running the Judging course online, it’s theory and interactive video based, so works well in the online format. I would thoroughly recommend taking this course if you’re anyway involved in competitive surfing, be it an aspiring judge or official, competing surfer, or even a parent or supporter of one”

A course student reflected on the course:

“Thought the course was excellently presented and the use of the zoom platform was a great option during these difficult times. The breakout room feature was fantastic tool, the ability to see the rest of the course attendees and chat in the breaks was great. Its safe and eco-friendly, means folks can join from overseas without the expense of travel. Worked really well on many fronts. I stayed for most of the heats after and my scores were within a few .2’s or .5’s of the on-screen scores so stoked with that, nice to practice!”

If you want a wide range of #Surf and #SUP coaching, Judging and safety courses you can do from anywhere in the world, click here

Special thanks to all involved in the course for making it happen: The students, Glide Surf School, the ISA and Surfing England for their support!


a student sharing her lesson plan with the class

Adapt and Overcome #3 Online-courses reach across the globe!

Online-courses reach across the globe!

Last week’s ISA Surf Coach course has highlighted other positive aspects of our online courses. We reached out across the globe this time, having students from as far apart as Senegal and Ecuador taking part!

Surf Steps Water Training Academy hosted the course, in conjunction with Ben Kewell from Glide Surf School 

Academy director Andy Joyce said “It’s amazing the global reach our online courses are having. When you can have people from different continents meeting each other from their homes, the opportunities for networking are immense! In addition, the courses allow people in lockdown to socialise and do something constructive. It feels great to be making a small, but positive difference in these times!”

One course student wrote:

“The two sessions were very interesting, and we enjoyed them a lot. It was cool having people from everywhere around the world. It was very well organized and I loved the break out groups! It was really fun to hear and share experiences with the others in smaller groups:-)”

If you want a wide range of #Surf and #SUP coaching, judging and safety courses you can do from anywhere in the world, click here

Special thanks to all involved in the course for making it happen: Glide Surf School, the ISA and Surfing England for their support!


Adapt and Overcome #2

ISA Online courses continue!

On the back of running the first International Surfing Association (ISA) Judging and Surf Coach online courses, we successfully ran the Premiere ISA Flat-Water Stand-Up   Paddle Board (FWSUP) Coaching course last weekend.

The Scottish Surfing Federation (SSF) engaged Surf Steps Water Training Academy to run the course for 6 of their members in lock-down all over Scotland, ably assisted by Ben Kewell from Glide Surf School. We were fortunate to also have viewers from all over the globe, including representatives from the surfing Federations of Denmark and India.

Our new course resources and structure, based on feedback from the other online courses, allowed us to deliver the FWSUP course in a more enjoyable and satisfying format.

If you want a wide range of #Surf and #SUP coaching, judging and safety courses you can do from anywhere in the world, click here

Special thanks to all involved in the course for making it happen: The Scottish Surfing Federation, Glide Surf School  and to the  DSRF and the ISA for their support!


NEW: 2020 Course dates and prices

Discounts available for multi-course and group bookings!

I can arrange other courses and dates on request, ideal for centres, schools and large groups. Contact us for more details.


20-22           Surf Coach rescue  £295, Bournemouth

22                LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth

23-24           level one SURF  £350, Bournemouth


2-3             level one SURF  £350, Bournemouth

4-6            Surf Coach rescue  £295, Bournemouth

5                LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth

6-7            Flat water SUP £295, Bournemouth


15-16        level one SURF  £350, Bournemouth

17-19        Surf Coach rescue  £295, Bournemouth

18               LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth

19-20          Flat water SUP £295, Bournemouth

To book, go to http://surfsteps.co.uk/bookings.php go to the booking calendar. Select the dates and the tab “get qualified” .

Please contact us for further queries or info.

Upcoming Watersports Courses at Surf Steps

Hi all! Just a quick info post about the upcoming courses this autumn at Surf steps!

17-18 Oct       level one SURF  £295, Bournemouth

18-20 Oct       Surf Coach rescue  £295, Bournemouth

20 Oct             LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth

21 Oct             Open water SUP    £190

4-5 Nov      Level 2 Surf Coach £395, Bournemouth

For further queries or info? Please contact us

To book, go to http://surfsteps.co.uk/bookings.php go to the booking calendar. Select the date the course starts and then click on the course tab!

Goa: The location lowdown!

The Surfing Federation of India is running International Surfing Association Water Safety, Surf and SUP instructor courses this November.

Course host and resident ISA course presenter Cedric Reynard made the video below capturing the atmosphere and experience of a retreat they hosted at Waterwalk, Goa, earlier this year. Check it out to get the location lowdown!

Cedric and International presenter Andy Joyce from Surf Steps are delivering the courses. The Schedule is as follows:

  • November 11th – 12th ISA Flat Water SUP Course
  • November 13th – 14th – ISA/ILS Aquatic Rescue Course (Mandatory course to qualify as an ISA coach if you don’t hold another ILS recognised rescue/1st aid award)
  • November 15th – 16th – ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course
  • November 17th – 18th – ISA Level 2 Surf Instructor Course

Further course info can be found at https://andyjoyce.info/coaching-and-lifeguarding-courses/

For booking, prices and further info: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1b-NyR_C7ce_Ds2XRtVSqri7A1DZOM1z2uO5wxWCVQuY/viewform?edit_requested=true

Any other queries? Contact surf@surfingfederationofindia.org +91 99808 45767 or ced@waterwalk.ch +41 796369473

Andy’s Arctic Adventure

Latitude N 63° 57.7013′ Longitude E 10°.11.3 3993′ Lofoten, Norway 9-14 August.

Back in March, Norwegian friends and SUP organisors Kjell and Eilen got in touch: “We’re looking at running some courses in the Lofoten’s, would you like to run them? The location we’re looking at is Unstad beach, a top surf destination in the Lofoten Islands, is that ok? ”

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