First ever college-based Surf Academy set to The Bournemouth and Poole College

February 27, 2009 | Surfing

Surf Academy at The College

The first ever college-based Surf Academy on the south coast is being launched at The Bournemouth and Poole College.

The exciting project is expected to attract students from across the southwest region to take part in full time study as well as honing their surfing techniques, skills and qualifications.

The Surf Academy is a great opportunity for youngsters looking at going into the ever expanding surf industry. Beginners and advanced surfers are welcome to apply and will be invited to attend an interview.

The College is ideally placed to launch this Academy not only for its close proximity to some of the UK’s finest beaches, but also for its closeness to the UK’s first ever artificial surf reef, which forms part of the Honeycomb Chine development in Boscombe.

Members of the Surf Academy will take a bespoke programme consisting of an academic qualification of their choice plus surf specific courses and activities. They will also receive surf coaching from BSA instructors and specialist sessions in surf fitness, nutrition, psychology, contest techniques and tactics.


The sports courses available to Surf Academy members are:

BTEC First Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Activities)
BTEC National Certificate Sport (Outdoor Activities)
Academy members will also have access to training towards a broad range of qualifications such as:
BSA Assistant Surf Coach Award
BSA Surf Progression Awards 1-5
BSA Lifesaving Skills Awards 1-5
First Aid Certificate
Community Sport Leader Award

Facilities & Resources

Bournemouth and Poole College is in the enviable and unique position of being the only college in Europe with a surf reef on our doorstep. As well as classroom based sessions members of the Academy will spend a considerable amount of time developing their surf techniques and skills including entry to the Wessex Surf Club Winter League, the National Schools Competition and the British Universities/Colleges Competition.

The College aims to promote not just the sports element, but also the career element of surfing, through additional qualifications such as coaching and lifeguarding awards. There will also be educational visits to surf locations in South West England and visits from celebrity surfers.

Links with universities and employers

The Bournemouth and Poole College Surf Academy is looking to develop close links with Plymouth University and its surf science degree as well as national and regional employers, surf clubs and societies, and the local authority watersports development team.


The qualifications and awards available develop transferable skills for general adaptation in various sports careers or progression to higher education course e.g. FdSc Surf Science and Technology at Plymouth.

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