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Watersports Instructor Diploma

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Sports & Fitness
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year
Course Code   10092-FMS-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Falmouth Marine School
Start Date   12/09/2022

This is a unique course which prepares students for a career in watersports and the wider outdoor industry. This course is perfect for anyone that has an interest in sports, especially the outdoors.

If you are passionate about outdoor adventure and love being outside, this course can help you turn your passion into your career. Not only will you achieve your Level 2 diploma, you will also develop your personal and leadership skills in a range of watersports including paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing.

You will also have the opportunity to gain additional instructor qualifications which will make you extremely employable within the industry.

  What You Will Learn

Stithians Lake is your classroom! 75% of your timetable will be getting afloat and developing skills in a wide range of watersports. Once your personal levels are upto scratch, you will start developing leadership and coaching skills. You will gain a range of RYA qualifications in sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and first aid. Your classroom sessions will focus on study such as business, sports events and health and safety.

You will have the opportunity to take part in several trips which could include surfing, coasteering, and even a trip abroad to a watersports centre!

  Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3, including maths and english and a strong desire to work in the watersports sector.

  Work Experience

This course is based at Stithians Lake which is fantastic as it means that from day one you are immersed within the industry.
In addition to this, work placements are available at a range of watersports and outdoor centres, as well as local surf shops etc.


You will be assessed through written and practical tasks. There are no exams.


The course naturally leads to the Level 3 diploma where you will be able to progress your skills further and gain even more national governing body qualifications. By the end of 2 years you could have the following qualifications:

L2 and L3 Diploma in outdoor sport
RYA powerboat level 2
RYA dinghy instructor
RYA windsurf instructor
2 Day outdoor First aid
Paddle boarding and Kayaking Instructor

Career pathways:
Watersports / outdoor instructor
Senior instructor
Centre manager




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