Surfing has become a hugely popular sport in the past decade, increasing the demand for surfing instruction. To become a surfing instructor you need a Lifeguard’s certificate and usually a minimum of two years personal surfing experience.
European destinations and English speaking countries are generally easier to find work as the language barrier or visa issues are not so big. However, Morocco has a huge intake of surfers every year, and many of the companies that work along the coast are really open to employing staff from around the world.
The most important thing to remember when you are finding this kind of work is that you must ensure that the employer is genuine and their promise of qualifications is not a ruse to ensure cheap or free labour. This is extremely rare, but sadly is not unknown.
If you need 8 hours sleep a night, plenty of rest, and no funky tan lines, then these jobs may not be for you. You need to be prepared to work hard, sometimes not doing the specific job that you have asked for. This is part and parcel of the experience – every minute spent cleaning the toilets or serving snotty customers is made up for with an awesome atmosphere of fun and supportive teams all in it together. Despite often minimal pay, you come away with hugely worthwhile qualifications which may not last a lifetime, but the memories and friends you make certainly do. It opens your eyes to what else is out there, (beyond the daily grind on the motorway) and what you are able to achieve when you put your mind to it. Go have lots of fun, see amazing places, meet remarkable people, and work like you’ve never worked before!