Friday, 25 December 2009

Outer Reef Surf School

Pupils from Pembroke and Greenhill schools have been congratulated for their surfing success at an action-packed 5×60 Surf Club Presentation evening.

More than 170 people attended the evening at Greenhill School on Monday, which celebrated the accomplishments of the 5×60 After School Surf Clubs and showed what they have achieved over the last two terms.

Junior Surf Scheme certificates and surf goody bags from Outer Reef Surf School were presented to 150 pupils, and a short film was screened to demonstrate the clubs’ achievements.

Pupils had a chance to go on an indoor surf simulator and compete in a RNLI challenge to see who could put on drysuits and oilskins the quickest, with Tenby surf shop ‘Underground’ donating prizes to the fastest pupils.

The junior surfers also enjoyed looking around stalls from Tenby Lifeboat Station, Tenby beach lifeguards, Surfers against Sewage, Underground and Outer Reef Surf School.

The evening was organised by Wyndham Williams from Sport Pembrokeshire, who also set up the 5×60 After School Surf Clubs at Greenhill and Pembroke two years ago after pupils showed a keen interest in surfing.

“It’s been made possible with the support of Dean Gough from Outer Reef Surf School, and the clubs have really gone from strength to strength over the last two years,” said Wyndham.

Councillor Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, Sports, Leisure and Tourism, added: “The surf clubs take advantage of the fantastic blue flag beaches that Pembrokeshire has to offer and their popularity is a great way to engage pupils in physical activity.”

Organised by Sport Pembrokeshire – the sports development arm of Pembrokeshire County Council – the 5×60 project aims to encourage more secondary school children to take part in extra-curricular activities, while getting fit at the same time.

Friday, 31 July 2009

Billabong News

BILLABONG GIRLS LATEST NEWS
Jul30. Billabong signed up UK’s hottest talents
Billabong is pleased to announce the signing of UK’s hottest prospects!

Team surfer Keala Kennelly and Girls Marketing Manager Christelle Kipping were on hand to welcome four new young surfers to the Billabong Team.

Pictured left to right signing their contracts: Max Tucker 15 years old and ranked number 2 in the U.K. last year, Beau Bromham 15 years old resigning his contract and leading the British pro tour under 16s, Miles Lee Hargraves 14 years already showing strong in under 16s events and Jo Denison 20 years leading women’s surfing in the U.K.

They join an already strong team with Reubyn Ash, Lyndon Wake, Laura Crane, Lucy Campbell and Will Bailey.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Beach lifeguard training courses















Surf Coach Life Saving Award

Wales' official Training Centre for the British Surfing Association & The SLSA of GB

Outer Reef Surf School Have been doing Beach lifeguard courses in the UK for 15 years

This is To establish a standard that creates a level of competence in lifesaving that meets the requirements of the surf coach and enables more location and job specific training and assessment. Surf Coaching requires 1:10 ratio and so most surf coaches should operate with two surf coaches, & will need to have life saving skills to deal with situations without immediate assistance.

Pre-Requisite

· Be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date of Assessment

· Be able to swim 100 metres in a swimming pool

· Be medically and physically fit

· Minimum Guided Learning Hours- 40 Hours prior to Assessment

Validity of Award

· 24 months from the date of Assessment

Syllabus

1. Fitness Test & Releases

· Complete a swim of 200M in the sea

· Two releases and appropriate handling of situation


2. Lifesaving skills, Rescue & Knowledge

Demonstrate effectively the ability to carry out the following:

· Swim rescue without an aid, Demonstrate over 100M

· Board rescues. Conscious & Unconscious casualty. Carry out both with the student’s surfboard only, and then the student and instructors surfboards.

· Spinal management in a surf coach environment, having to use public/students to assist

· Relevant signals

· Communications with lifeguards and other services

· Marine environment (weather, swell, waves...)



3. Life Support

Demonstrate effectively the ability to carry out the following:

· Using a live simulated unconscious patient (8 years and up) demonstrate primary survey, secondary survey and recovery position

· Demonstrate CPR on an adult manikin

· Demonstrate CPR on a child manikin



4. Have a thorough knowledge of the recognition and management of the following conditions. Ability to demonstrate the practical management of all of these conditions at the discretion of the assessor:



Choking Head Injuries
Fractures, breaks & dislocations
injuries
Cramp Marine & Insect Stings
Fainting Bleeding
Strain/Sprain Shock
Heat stroke/exhaustion
Sunburn
Hypothermia Soft tissue injuries



This award is written as a joint effort between the BSA and SLSGB and is sufficient as a pre-requisit to become a surf coach.

Cost of courses £185









Beach lifeguard and Surf instructor courses UK & Wales.
NARS Beach Life Guard Award

This award is the ‘National Aquatic Rescue Standard’ for beach lifesavers and lifeguards in the UK. The course is run over 5 days. This usually means Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. The exam will be held on the Saturday.

SLSGB Beach lifeguard 5 day intensive £195

SLSGB Surf Coach Lifesaver 5 day intensive £185

The course includes a course file, full training both in the class room and at the beach. A minimum of 40 hours is required to be put in for the exam!

We also offer NARS Beach lifeguard refresher courses for those who’s awards are due to expire 3 day course £120
Dates & Cost:

June

5-7 Level 1 BSA Coaching Course Pembrokeshire, Wales

£250

9-13 NaRS Beach Lifeguard & Surf Coach Award/Coasteering Lifesaver Award

Pembrokeshire, Wales
£195/£185/£135

19-21 Level 2 BSA Coaching Course

Pembrokeshire, Wales
£250

23-27 NaRS Beach Lifeguard & Surf Coach Award/Coasteering Lifesaver Award

Pembrokeshire, Wales
£195/£185/£135

July


3-5 Level 2 BSA Coaching Course

Pembrokeshire, Wales
£250

7-11 Nars Beach Lifeguard & Surf Coach Award/Coasteering Lifesaver Award
Pembrokeshire, Wales
£195/185/£135


To book on to a Beach Lifeguard course Contact us contact@outerreefsurfschool.com

More details www.outerreefsurfschool.com


Beach Lifeguard and Instructor courses


These courses are available to anyone over the age of 16 who would either like to pursue a career as a beach lifeguard or surfing instructor or who would just like to pass the beach lifeguard award for personal satisfaction.

SLSA Beach lifeguard 5 day intensive award £195 / £295 with accomodation

SLSA 5 day intensive Surf Coach Life saving Award £185 / £285 with accommodation



For further details and to book your Beach Lifeguard or surfing Instructor courses please contact:

Our team.
01646 680070

Friday, 15 May 2009

OUTER REEF SURF CLUB WEST WALES
















The 5x60 Surf Clubs at Greenhill and Pembroke met up at the Tenby school for a joint presentation evening.

Over the last two terms, 120 pupils from the two schools have taken part in a six week after-school junior surf programme run in conjunction with the Outer reef surf school.

Parents and pupils were treated to a short video of their new found skills before Jo Dennison - this year's British Womens'Surf Champion - presented certificates to all those who took part.

Special mention was made of Greenhill's Kirk Lester, who achieved level 4 of the junior surf scheme in just over two years. Next year the youngster plans to undertake a sponsored surf competition to raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance Service and RNLI.

Organised by Sport Pembrokeshire - the sports development arm of Pembrokeshire County Council - the 5x60 project aims to encourage more secondary school children to take part in extra-curricular activities, while getting fit at the same time.

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Surf Safety In Wales












BSA SURF SAFETY

*All surfers must be able to swim at least 50 metres in open water

*Ensure that you are covered by Public Liability Insurance for surfing

*Keep your surfing equipment in good condition

*Always wear a surf leash to prevent you from losing your surfboard,For you

*Have consideration for other water users including anglers

*Never surf alone or immediately after eating a meal

*Never mix surfing with alcohol

*If you are new to the sport hire a surfboard but first having a surfing lesson
Be considerate of other beach users especially when carrying your board to and from the water

*Where possible surf in a recognised surfing area, (e.g. in between the black and white checked flags)

*When paddling out avoid surfers who are riding waves, by paddling to the white water

*When taking a wave see that you are clear of other surfers. Remember, if someone else is already riding the wave you must not take off. (dropping in)

*Be environmentally friendly. Always leave the beach and other areas as you would wish to find them

Beach Safety For This Summer in Pembrokeshire & Wales
















10 COMMANDMENTS OF BEACH SAFETY FOR THIS SUMMER 2009

· Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards

· Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the safest areas to swim

· Avoid swimming alone or unsupervised

· Read the signs. If a beach is closed, don't swim there

· If you are unsure of the surf conditions ask a lifeguard or lifesaver

· Don't swim directly after a meal

· Don't swim under the influence of alcohol

· Don't run or dive into the water before checking the conditions

· Float with a rip current or undertow, don't swim against it

· If you get into trouble in the water, don't panic, raise one arm, call for help and float until assistance arrives

These flags are used by lifeguards when on duty to denote the different areas of the water that are to be used by swimmers and those using surf boards or surf craft:

Red & Yellow Flags indicates a patrolled bathing area

Black & White Flags indicate a surfboard and craft zone, not a safe place to swim

Red Flags indicate that the beach is ‘closed’ and you should not enter the water

HAPPY SUMMER FROM ALL THE OUTER REEF SURF CREW!!!

The Surf Life Saving Association of Great Britain (SLSA OF GB)Beach Life Guard Awards Wales















SLSA OF GB


Outer Reef is a Approved Training Centre For The SLSA

Surf Life Saving originated in Australia in the early 1900s, when the growth of seaside towns and interest in swimming led to a number of drownings. Patrols were formed by local residents, living close by beaches with strong currents, alerting people to the dangers of the surf.





The Surf Life Saving Association of Great Britain (SLSGB) was formed in 1955. Volunteer clubs patrolled beaches at Bude and St Agnes in Cornwall and Brighton & WAles, their aim to protect, rescue and resuscitate bathers.




There are now 60+ Surf Life Saving Clubs affiliated to the Association, with thousands of members aged from 7 – 70 years though out the UK & Wales.



During the last 50 years well over 20,000 rescues have been made on our beaches by lifeguards, most of whom have come from the volunteer ranks of the Surf Life Saving Clubs where they learn their patrolling and rescue skills.



Motto


“Vigilance and Service”



Mission Statement


“To provide a safe and enjoyable environment on our beaches In Wales & the Uk”



Objectives

to save lives
to promote, improve and control the work of life saving, resuscitation and first aid on all beaches in Wales & though out Great Britain
to provide facilities for young people to participate in organised life saving as a voluntary, vital public service and in beach and water sports for enjoyment and recreation and also to encourage the high standards of team work and responsibility in both activities
to promote and improve national and international standards of water safety
to develop and improve beach life saving methods and equipment
to establish and monitor nationally and internationally recognised qualifications in beach life saving, resuscitation and first aid
to co-operate with all organisations with similar aims



Surf Life Saving Great Britain



A charitable company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital



Registered in England

Registered Office: 1st Floor, 19 Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1PJ



Charity Number 1015668

Company Number 2678080



Memorandum of Association

Articles of Association



SLSA OF GB has established rules & policies by which it conducts its business.



SLSGB Rules (2008)

Code of Conduct

Child Protection Policy & Procedures (2008)

Equal Opportunities Policy (2001)

Anti-Doping Policy

Fair Play Code





International Representation



The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) was created out of a merger of the two leading bodies on international water safety, FIS and WLS, in Cardiff in 1994.





As a founding member of ILS, SLSGB is one of 6 representatives for Europe on the ILS Board of Directors, a seat held since ILS began in 1994. In addition, it holds important positions in both the Sport and Life Saving Commissions in ILS.



As a member of the European branch of ILS, SLSGB also holds a position on the ILSE Board of Directors, and the ILSE Sport, Rescue, and Education Commissions.



International Sport



SLSGB combines with RLSS UK to select and send national teams to participate in European and World Championships at Senior and Junior level.

Beach Lifeguard Training Wales & UK Syllabus & Pre-Requisites







NARS BEACH LIFEGUARD Wales
AIM
• To provide a National award for the Beach Lifeguard covering; fitness, practical
lifeguarding skills & knowledge, rescue, life support & first aid

PRE-REQUISITE
• Be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date of examination
VALIDITY OF AWARD
• 36 months from the date of the examination

SYLLABUS
1. Fitness Test & Releases
Complete a timed swim of 400 metres over a measured course, in a pool not less than 25metres in length, using a front stroke. A time of 7:30 minutes is accepted as the maximumtime permitted for the swim.

Complete a timed run of 200 metres over a measured course, on a beach. A time of 40
seconds is accepted as the maximum time permitted for the run.

2. Lifeguard Skills, Knowledge & Rescue
Whilst in a Pool, demonstrate two releases selected by the Examiner.

In Open Water, demonstrate effectively the ability to carry out the following:
• A thorough knowledge and understanding of all signals
• Run 50 metres with a rescue tube, swim 100 metres (fins optional) to an unconscious,non-breathing patient. Demonstrate deep water EAV during which time the patient shallbe deemed to have become conscious. Bring the patient to shore and demonstrate appropriate aftercare. The exercise must be carried out under simulated rescue conditions with an appropriate attempt to perform the rescue ‘as quickly as possible’.

• Rescue an unconscious, non-breathing, patient 150 metres from the shore using a rescue board. Demonstrate deep water supported EAV and return with the patient to the shore

• Rescue a conscious patient from the sea (approx. 50m from shore) without equipment
demonstrating appropriate patient management and care.

• Demonstrate the ability to surface dive to a depth of approximately 2m. This may be
completed during entry into the water for the tube rescue.

• Acting as a Lifeguard, as team leader and as part of a team, initiate the appropriate
procedures at an incident and provide aftercare for 1 or 2 patients from a previously
unknown simulated emergency situation. At the completion of the test, complete an
Incident Report form

• Answer 5 questions from the work sheets (Beach Environment section) without referring
to any notes.

A mark of at least 4 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.

• Answer 10 questions from the work sheets (Lifeguard Techniques section) without
referring to any notes. A mark of at least 8 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.

• Answer 5 questions from the work sheets (Communication section) without referring to
any notes. A mark of at least 4 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.

• As part of a team, rescue a prone patient with a suspected spinal injury and remove to
safety. Demonstrate appropriate action and aftercare
3. Life Support
Using a live simulated unconscious patient (not a manikin) demonstrate:
• Scene safety and assessment
• Turning a patient from prone to supine
• Checking the airway, checking for signs of breathing and of circulation
• The action for vomiting and blockages
• The recovery position and aftercare
• Obtaining an airway on a suspected spinal injury patient using jaw thrust
Using a suitable adult manikin, demonstrate Expired Air Ventilation using supplementary
oxygen via an approved method (may be continuous with above)
Using a suitable adult manikin, demonstrate Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Demonstrate CPR on a:
• Child manikin
• Baby manikin
4. First Aid
Acting individually, initiate the appropriate procedures at an incident and provide the
aftercare for one or two patients from a previously unknown simulated first aid situation.
Answer 10 questions from the work sheets (First Aid and Resuscitation section) without
referring to any notes. A mark of at least 8 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.
EXAMINATION
Complete the syllabus for examination
The examination may be completed in sections providing that ALL sections are completed
within three calendar months.
Candidates MUST complete Section 1 (Fitness & Releases) before completing Section 2
(Lifeguard Skills, Knowledge & Rescue).
Should the examination be completed over a 3 month period, the 36 month validity will
commence from the date on which the first section was completed.
When the award is renewed, the candidate may complete the examination one month prior to
the expiration date of the old award. In this case the 36 month period will start on the
expiration date of the old award.
(Sections 3 & 4 above constitute the Emergency Aid 2 Award)

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Wales' official Training Centre for the Internatio Surfing Association (BSA)are running Level 1 & 2 Surf Instructor Courese all over Wales & the UK. .







Wales' official Training Centre for the International Surfing Association (ISA) are running Level 1 & 2 Surf Instructor Course all over Wales & the UK. .

ISA Surf Coach Level 2 Prerequisites are:

A current Level 1 Award (that has been held for a minimum of 6 months) A current Beach Life Saving qualification (acceptable to the ISA) Complete, within the past 12 months, a National Coaching Foundation (NCF) Coach Workshop (or similar course acceptable to the BSA).


The Level 2 Coach has been surfing for at least 5 years and has good personal surfing ability.

The Level 2 Coach is competent to coach surfers of all levels from Beginners through to Elite Level surfers.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

History of Surfing















History of Surfing

The Early Days
Surfing 18th century Hawaiian style

It is now widely accepted that the origins of surfing lie in the Pacific Basin, possibly in the group of islands collectively known as Polynesia. Surfing probably started by accident, by fishermen, as a means to bring their boats the last few hundred metres to shore. Today this is still the case in many parts of the World.

Regardless of exactly where the first waves were ridden it was in Hawaii that surfing flourished, helped by the combination of warm climate and consistent, good surf.

Certainly surfing was reported to be widespread by the English seaman and explorer Captain James Cook when he landed in Hawaii in 1777.

Surfing continued to flourish for many years until the arrival of Christian missionaries in the islands almost spelt disaster for the sport.

The missionaries dissuaded people from surfing which they regarded as a Pagan ritual. As a result of this and the loss of many of the native population from "Western" diseases, by the middle of the 19th century there were few surfers left in Hawaii. This was soon to change as in the early 1900's surfing once again grew in popularity and was "exported" to other countries. From Hawaii the sport was “exported” first to California and then in 1915 an Hawaiian Olympic swimming champion, Duke Kahanamoku, introduced surfing to Australia. The sport gradually grew in these and other countries and in the 1940's and 50's spread to Europe, S America and elsewhere, often by American and Australian servicemen stationed overseas during World War Two.

Original surfboards were made from solid wood and were extremely heavy, difficult to carry and hard to handle in the surf. The development of lighter, hollow surfboards made the sport more accessible to more people and greatly improved the performance of the boards. The next quantum leap in design was the addition of a fin or skeg which allowed the rider to turn and control their board and this ushered in a new era of performance surfing.

The Modern Era


The Worldwide popularisation of the sport came about in the 1960's with the introduction of lighter, cheaper and more readily available surfboards and wetsuits. Several Hollywood movies featured the sport although most of the surfing in them was faked, the actors standing in front of images of the ocean whilst pretending to ride a surfboard. Most importantly at this time bands such as the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean and others spread the word about surfing worldwide through their music.

Harry Potter Pembrokeshire




At Pembrokeshire & West Wales' Premier Surf School we offer a full range of surfing lessons and equipment hire, from a half day tuition to week long courses, Kids' Surf Clubs, surf camps and more. The surf courses are run at Newgale Pembrokeshire, Broadhaven, Freshwater West and Manorbier.

Outer Reef also runs BSA Instructor Courses, as well as NaRS, SLSA Beach LifeGuard awards and is The official Welsh' Training Centre for the British Surfing Association (BSA). .

Our Instructors have over 30 years surfing experience between them, as well as 25 years coaching watersports to all ages and abilities.

Freshwater West, the beach from which we run our courses, has a new building - the magical Shell Cottage, which will appear in the final Harry Potter film, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'...

Beachcombers were mystified when a small cottage made from old stone and sea shells sprung up on the dunes of Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire.

Little did they know there were looking at a house which is about to be immortalised on the silver screen for the final film in the meteorically successful Harry Potter franchise.

Filming at Shell Cottage, which features in chapter 25 of the seventh novel, will take place between May 11th and May 15th and will see author JK Rowling's famous characters come to life in Wales. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson - who play Harry, Ron and Hermione - will spend several days filming at the cottage.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Outer Reef Gives You All The ISA International Surfing association and British Surfing News!!!












British Surfing News
Skinner and O'Donnell Win 2009 ASP LQS 1-Star Goanna Pro Tapia


TAPIA DE CASARIEGO, Spain (Saturday, April 11, 2009) - The first and crucial event of the ASP European Longboard Tour came to an end today, British surfers Ben Skinner (GBR) and Candice O’Donnell (GBR) dominating the LQS 1-Star Goanna Pro Tapia in consistent wind-blown five foot waves. Both event winners and runner-ups have secured their Oxbow World Longboard Tour (WLT) tickets and will represent Europe on the elite longboard tour along with Europe’s leaders Antoine Delpero (FRA) and Romain Maurin (FRA).
Ben Skinner (GBR), longtime top European longboarder, defeated inform Frenchman Alexis Deniel (FRA) in the final confirming his standout status through the event posting both highest wave score and heat result in the 30-minute decider. The British surfer finished the 2009 edition with an unstoppable 18.37 point tally (out of a possible 20). Skinner, who decided to make the trip to Tapia less than a week before the event started, leaves Northern Spain with the precious ticket for the Oxbow WLT, his main goal in the Goanna Pro Tapia.
"It is just perfect to end up the event with a win," Skinner said. "I came here with a big result in mind and to win and get that qualification for the WLT is what I wanted most. I was feeling great with that new board and surfed as good as I could every day. I am going to celebrate that great event."
The women’s division saw other British Candice O’Donnell (GBR) take the best over Netherlands’ Renate Moerman (NDL), both competitors getting their qualification into the Roxy Women’s World Longboard Championships (WWLC). O’Donnell, who was surfing for the first time in a couple of years in an ASP sanctioned event, went through the trials’ heat then bested favourite Estitxu Estremo (EUK) before making the most out of the conditions during the final.
"I am so happy to get the title after coming all the way down from Great Britain," O’Donnell said. "We had waves everyday and it was great fun to surf in the event. I had a great time and it’s a shame there wasn’t more competitors but I am definitely satisfied with that result."

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Surfing Wales














This summer SALT ROCK are sponsoring us to run two womens surf weekend workshops in Wales Pembrokeshire. The course is aimed at both the complete novice surfers and female surfers who want some education and advice on all aspects of the sport such as performance analysis and the development of specific manouvres (whilst most importantly having fun!).

We would like to thank all the girls who took part in last years workshops and hope you all had as much fun taking part as we did running them. It was great to see so much mutual support and encouragement in this fast growing section of the sport.

If you would like to receive details of the 2009 womens weekends please contact us.

Dates : August 8 th- 9 th - August 30th - 31st

Photos of last year's event can be seen on the our gallery page.

Outer Reef Surf School has just teamed up with JP surf board to become the first Test Centre in West Wales & Pembrokeshire. Sometimes it isn't easy to decide between one board and another, so to help you, so Outer Reef Surf School & JP Surf Boards have a selection of boards from each of JP ‘s ranges that you can try out on the weekends. www.outerreefsurfschool.com

Friday, 3 April 2009

BSA Surfing instructor & SLSA Beach Lifeguard Courses uk














Bsa Surfing instructor & Beach Lifeguarding courses Wales

BSA Coaching Mission Statement The BSA Surfing Coach & SLSA Lifeguard Accreditation Scheme is structured to train and accredit BSA surf coaches & SLSA lifeguards to a suitably qualified and experienced training standard.
BSA Surf Coaches are encouraged to expand their knowledge and experience by attending coaching courses run by other organisations such as the National Coaching Foundation (NCF) and SLSA lifesaving courses run by the Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) and others.
Attendance at coaching and lifesaving courses (approved by the BSA), run by suitably qualified bodies, and the possession of a current SLSA life saving award (BSA approved) are prerequisites for accreditation as a BSA surf coach.
Each of the BSA Surf Coach Awards is valid for 3 years and there is a detailed syllabus (and course manual)
. Some of the specific objectives of this scheme are to further the development of surfing in all its forms by:
· Producing coaches who are competent to deliver quality surf coaching to participants, both individuals and groups (including teams), at all levels and thereby developing higher levels of knowledge and skill of the sports participants.
· Making BSA Surf Coach Training and Accreditation Courses available to surfers throughout Britain.
· Developing, through educational & training programmes and by other methods, a body of knowledge on which BSA surf coaches may draw.
· Providing BSA coaches with opportunities, encouragement and support, for further self-improvement and with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career as a professional BSA surf coach.
To book a course or for further information contact us http://www.outerreefsurfschool.com/
The surf instructor course from the British Surfing Association (BSA) is the official qualification required for working as a surf instructor or surf coach in this country and abroad. The BSA qualification allows you to seek employment at hundreds of surf schools in Britain and in countries all over the world. The course covers all aspects of surf education including surf safety, surfing techniques and group management. Successful trainees go on to work as surf instructors or surf coaches, introducing beginners and helping improvers enjoy wave-riding or take their surfing to the next level.BSA SURF COACH

LEVEL 1
In order to Surf Instruct at a BSA Level 1 standard, you will also need to hold or gain the NARS Beach lifeguard award:


Have at least two years personal surfing experience

The BSA Level 1 Coach will demonstrate that their Personal Surfing Ability is of an acceptable standard. They will further demonstrate that they are competent to coach surfers (on land and in the water) from Beginners (never surfed before) through to Intermediate Level (able to paddle outside, catch green waves and ride right and left whilst performing basic manoeuvres).

Level 1 is aimed at individuals, with experience of surfing, who are new to surf coaching and who wish to coach basic surfing techniques.

The Level 1 Award is the minimum requirement for Surf Club Coaches, School Teachers and others wishing to teach the sport as BSA Accredited Coaches.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Surfing Wales & Pembrokeshire





Wales & Pembrokehire - the heart of surf action!

Even in a destination with as much great surf as Wales & Pembrokeshire, there has to be one place better than the rest. There is.... and that's why Outer Reef Surf School is based here in the heart of the action.

Wales & Pembrokeshire has some epic waves but talk to anyone who's surfed this region and they'll tell you this stretch of coastline boasts a high density of uncrowded, quality waves that work in a variety of conditions.

Outer Reef Surf School is in a prime location in Wales, so whether the surf is small or big, just a short drive north or south we’ll get you to where the waves are happening. This means that there is almost always somewhere to surf, whatever your ability be it mellow beach breaks… heavy hollow reef breaks or rolling point breaks… you choose. Our surf crew will advise you on were the best surf is for you ability on the day.

Manorbier Bay

South West facing, this small bay has been known to produce some classic day's surf.

It's a beach break with a right hand reef break on the right hand side of the bay. It's more sheltered than other SW facing beaches at high tide because of the cliffs on either side of the bay so can be worth a look when other spots are big and blown out.

It generally works best on the dropping tide. It can close out at low tide.

There's a lovely neolithic tomb up on the cliff side to the left hand side of the bay and behind you a beautiful Norman castle, so take a look around while you're here!

Freshwater West
Besides the main beach breaks, Fresh West has some classic reef breaks which on their day, can rival anywhere in the world! If you're inexperienced, leave the rocks to the pros and stick to sand.

The Point (or The Gap) is a consistently good spot and found to the left of the main beach. A strong rip operates here on the dropping tide. It has great right hander at low tide when the wind is light .

Further left is Middle Bay.This can be good at all stages of the tide depending on the amount of sand that has been washed into the bay but generally best on the push. At high tide on a big swell it's particularly good as there's a good right hander that breaks into a deep channel. Its a relatively easy paddle out amongst the rocks at the base of the cliff.

The reef tends to magnify the wave size to maximise conditions. It's not a beginners wave as the waves become pretty fast and steep here as the tide changes various parts of the reef are exposed. Getting back in can be a little tricky.

Other spots can be found in vaccinity but require some exploration. The infamous 'Pole', which has been well documented in many of the top European surf mags. This can be accessed by boat or a long paddle if you know where to look.

Take heed though, this is for pros or kamikazzees only and is a seriously shallow reef break with gaping tubes on the right day. If you snap a leash or your board out there,its a long swim in and you're on your own...

Broadhaven South
This favoured big wave spot is a truly hideous wave which often comes in at acute angles to the beach.

It tends to work best in winter but autumn and spring can also produce good waves. Waves re-bound off the cliffs on the left hand side of the beach to form giant wedges which are practically impossible to duckdive so time your paddle out after each ride.

The lip here is very thick and heavy and will undoubtedly flatten you at some point!

It produces lovely looking barrels, predominantly lefts so it's perfect for goofy footers.

If you can't stand up immediately and drop into a vaccumous pit then surf somewhere else! The takeoff is frighteningly quick for standups and the wedges often contort into all manner of shapes as you drop down the wave face.

Newgale
At high tide the surf is generally swallowed up as the water pushes up onto a steep pebble bank. The surf is normally a tad bigger than at Whitesands, a little further up the coast. It faces a similar direction to Freshwater West but is a lot smaller and never as gnarly. If Freshwater West is out of your league then head over to Newgale for a more manageable session. At low tide it closes out - so time your surf accordingly. Newgale is more of a slow moveing wave and good for longboarding.


Seasons
Great waves all year round....
Pembrokeshire offers great surfing year round. Be warned though....winter is best experienced in a 5/4mm wetsuit!
Spring
Water temp: 12c
Recommended: 4/3 or a good 3/2 with liquid seams
Summer
Water temp: 18c
Recommended: 3/2
Autumn / Fall
Water temp: 18c
Recommended: 3/2 liquid seams
Winter
Water temp: 9cRecommended: 5/4/3 boots & gloves
Seek and ye shall find

SLSA NARS BEACH LIFEGUARDING COURSES WALES














Outer Reef Surf School runs BSA Instructor courses as well as SLSA nars Beach Lifeguard courses thoughout Wales. Our centre is based in Pembrokeshire Wales. We offer Internationally recognised SLSA nars Beach Lifeguard Awards. We are also the only approved BSA training centre in Wales running BSA Instructor courese.

We are a team of experienced Coaches and we train a large number of international surf camps worldwide. We can also run these courses in your centre /camps.

This course is not for the faint hearted, the training involves running, swimming, rescuing and lifting
casualties through the surf zone and up the beach using rescue boards and Peterson tubes. The course also covers Lifeguard and First Aid theory, Basic life support and spinal management. Candidates must be over 16 years of age and physically fit.


Course Fees

5 day intensive SLSA nars Beach Lifeguard Course Wales (NARS) £195

5 day intensive SLSA nars Surf Coach Life saving course Wales £185


Please note that the above SLSA Beach Lifeguard courses are internationally recognised. If you have any queries regarding the course dates or availability then please contact us.

If you would like to book your place on a course then please go to our website www.outerreefsurfschool.com. Click on instructor courses, complete the booking form with your chosen dates and return to us as soon as possible! Places are limited! Alternatively contact us on +44 (0)1646680070 for more info.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Outer Reef Surf School Test Centre for JP Surf Boards


Outer Reef Surf School is the only JP surf board Test Centre in West Wales & Pembrokeshire.
Sometimes it isn't easy to decide between one board and another, so to help you Outer Reef Surf School has team up together with JP Surf Boards to bring to you a selection of boards from each of JP ‘s ranges that you can try out to see how they feel, Surfing is a sport where you can reach a performance plateau and get stuck at a level, unable to progress. Certain skills cannot be learned through experience alone. Everyone can benefit from additional surfing lessons. Having one of our Senior Surfing Instructors analyse your style, techniques, wave selection etc. can have a dramatic effect on your surfing and produce quick results. We can refine your existing surfing skills as well as introduce new ones. There is a deposit required but we can talk about that when you get in touch.
Boards Available to Try... Performance, Quad Fins, Retro, Big Boy, Hybrid, Grom Boards

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Coaching Education, Training and lifelong Learning..













Welcome to Outer Reef Surf Schools Coach Education, Training and Lifelong Learning..
What we want to do:
To recruit, train and retain sports coaches in a wide range of sporting options
Why we want to achieve this:
Sports coaches, PE teachers, leaders and volunteers are pivotal to the success of any sports development initiative. For individuals to reach their full sporting potential it is essential to access high quality coaching that ensures safe, enjoyable and progressive sporting experiences for young people. If we are to encourage lifelong participation in sport then it is crucial that a child’s first experience of playing sport is a positive one. Outer Reef Surf School aims to do this through implementing a comprehensive coach education programme.
How we will achieve this:
By delivering and promoting an annual programme of coach education, training and lifelong learning opportunities for coaches, teachers, leaders, volunteers, students and parents.
By providing pathways for coaches and volunteers to develop their skills.
By promoting coaching and coach development opportunities through a range of initiatives to raise the profile of coaching.
By supporting the development of new coaches and sports leaders by enhancing links with schools and local sports clubs.
By actively recruiting potential coaches, volunteers and officials into sport.
Through raising the profile of volunteering in sport in Pembrokeshire.
By providing an information and advisory role to partners regarding training, coach education, and lifelong learning opportunities.

‘Individuals develop and grow by identifying and meeting challenges. Sport and physical activity can play an important part in personal and social development.’
Climbing Higher: The Welsh Assembly Government Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity

Friday, 27 March 2009

Salt Rock Womens Surfing Lessons Weekends in Wales!











This summer 2009, SALT ROCK are sponsoring us to run two learn to surf workshop weekends in Pembrokeshire & West Wales for females only. The course is aimed at both the complete novice and female surfers who want some education and advice on all aspects of the sport such as performance analysis and the development of specific manouvres (whilst most importantly having fun!). We would like to thank all the girls who took part in last years workshops and hope you all had as much fun taking part as we did running them. It was great to see so much mutual support and encouragement in this fast growing section of the sport. If you would like to receive details of the 2009 womens weekends please get in touch.

Local council backs surf scheme













http://www.outerreefsurfschool.com
Pembokeshire Leisure Swim Surf Scheme Information
Pembrokeshire Leisure has teamed up with Outer Reef Surf School to bring you the Summer Swim Surf Programme.

This was the first scheme of its kind in Wales linked to the National Assembly for Wales Free Swimming Programme.
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Beginner courses
Pembrokeshire Leisure
Swim Surf Scheme The Day’s Activities was a great success!

The morning session was based in the swimming pool where our fully qualified British
Surfing Association Instructors and Beach lifeguards will run the children through the first
stages of learning how to surf, introducing them to the equipment, how to ride a surfboard
and catch waves, before heading to the beach for an afternoon’s experience to remember.
Safety is the key factor and the children were taken through beach and sea safety and
awareness of their surroundings, whilst at the sometime they have a great time
and learn a lot about the natural environment. The children were taken through the BSA Young
Junior Athletes Surf Scheme which has five levels(from day 1 beginner through to competition level).The scheme is mainly practical but does include
some theory such as teaching the children about wave prediction, tides, water safety etc.
All you needed to bring was a swimming costume and a towel, all the equipment was provided by Outer Reef Surf School.

The Swim Surf Days took place on the Pembrokeshire Coast:

Newgale, Broadhaven, Freshwater West, Manorbier & Whitsands Beach

Dean has been teaching surfing for the past 16 years and
has surfed in many competitions. He and his team of instructors that are all fully
qualified BSA surf coaches and beach lifeguards.

Councillor Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said the youngsters had
thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.

“They have been a wonderful introduction to a sport, which is both fun and which
plays an increasingly important role in the local economy,” he said.
“Pembrokeshire Leisure is to be applauded for developing such an innovative
scheme.”
Dean Gough & the Outer Reef surf school were delighted to have played a part in the
initiative. “he said.”30th

West Wales' Premier Surf Club



WEST WALES' Premier Surf Club
The club has been organised by the sport
development division of Pembrokeshire County Council and Dean Gough from Outer Reef Surf School. Professional tuition will be provided by the Outer Reef Surf Centre instructors, who are fully qualified B.S.A coaches.
During the surf club sessions, the young people will be taken through the 'Young Athletes Junior Surf Scheme' which has been designed and developed by The British Surfing Association. There will be fun competitions as well as fitness, skill development, and safety and ocean awareness.
If any other schools are interested in their pupils taking part in this scheme, please contact Dean Gough on 01646 680070. These courses are ideal for our younger future surfers, aged 7-17.
The scheme includes a BSA Young Athlete log book and certificates for achieving each level and a surf club hoody and other goody donated by our spongers. The coaches will tick off your logbook which outlines your surfing achievements at the end of the surf lesson and at the end of your course, your Surf coach will award participants with your National Surfing Award (level 1-5).
The Young Athlete Surf Scheme is an ongoing scheme, so in future lesson at any BSA surf school your coach can use the logbook to gage your present level and take you through the next stages of the surfing development scheme.

Thursday, 26 March 2009











Surf's Up For School

Two school Surf Clubs, from Outer Reef surf school, got together earlier this month to celebrate their success.
The 5x60 Surf Clubs at Greenhill and Pembroke met up at the Tenby school for a joint presentation evening.
Over the last two terms, 130 pupils from the two schools have taken part in a six week after-school junior surf programme run in conjunction with the Outer reef surf school.
Parents and pupils were treated to a short video of their new found skills before Jo Dennison - this year's British Womens'Surf Champion - presented certificates to all those who took part.
Special mention was made of Greenhill's Kirk Lester, who achieved level 4 of the junior surf scheme in just over two years. Next year the youngster plans to undertake a sponsored surf competition to raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance Service and RNLI.
Organized by Sport Pembrokeshire - the sports development arm of Pembrokeshire County Council - the 5x60 project aims to encourage more secondary school children to take part in extra-curricular activities, while getting fit at the same time.
Captions
The 5X60 surf clubs
Kirk Lester with Dean Gough of the Outer reef surf school.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Nars beach lifeguard courses in Wales










click here for 2009 course dates



SLSA NARS Beach Life Guard Courses in Wales [£195 per person]



This award establishes a standard that allows candidates to become full SLSA nars Beach Lifeguards, which is internationaly recognised course.
The SLSA course is held over 40 hours training plus 1 day examination by SLSA examiners here in Wales. The course content consists of a fitness test of a timed pool swim of 400m, that must be completed in 7min 30sec. Candidates must be able to achieve this before attending the course.



SLSA NARS Surf Coach Lifesaver Courses in Wales [£185 per person]
This award establishes a standard that allows candidates to manage a surfing lesson when combined with the BSA Level 1 Surf Instructor award.
It does not qualify candidates to become SLSA Beach Lifeguards. The course is held over 40 hours training plus 1 day examination by SLSA examiners. The course content is very similar to the NARS Beach Lifeguard course, except the timed pool swim allows you an extra 2 minutes to complete the 400m swim in 9min 30sec. Candidates must be able to achieve this before attending the course.



BSA Level 1 Surf Instructor Courses in Wales [£250 per person]
This award is aimed at individuals with at least 2 years personal surfing experience, and wish to coach basic surfing techniques.
The course is held over 3 days and consists of a pre-course work book, theory/practical work, lecture presentation and assessment. Candidates must also demonstrate that their personal surfing ability is of an acceptable standard. It is also a requirement that candidates must complete 30hrs work experience with a BSA approved Surf School followed by a final assessment. Candidates must hold either na NARS Beach Lifeguard or NARS Surf Coach Life Saver award before they complete their 30 hours work experience.
Outer Reef also offers a eight day intensive courses - 40 hours to obtain the Beach Surf Coach Life Saver qualification plus 3 days to complete the Level 1 Surf Instructor course. Then work experience and final assessment can be completed with us. Price £435.


Beach Lifeguard Training Wales & UK Syllabus & Pre-Requisites




NARS BEACH LIFEGUARD Wales & UK
AIM
• To provide a National award for the Beach Lifeguard covering; fitness, practical
lifeguarding skills & knowledge, rescue, life support & first aid

PRE-REQUISITE
• Be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date of examination
VALIDITY OF AWARD


SYLLABUS
1. Fitness Test & Releases
Beach Lifeguards have to Complete a timed swim of 400 metres over a measured course, in a pool not less than 25metres in length, using a front stroke. A time of 7:30 minutes is accepted as the maximumtime permitted for the swim.

Beach Lifeguards have to Complete a timed run of 200 metres over a measured course, on a beach. A time of 40
seconds is accepted as the maximum time permitted for the run.

2. Lifeguard Skills, Knowledge & Rescue
Whilst in a Pool, demonstrate two releases selected by the Examiner.

In Open Water, demonstrate effectively the ability to carry out the following:
• A thorough knowledge and understanding of all signals
• Run 50 metres with a rescue tube, swim 100 metres (fins optional) to an unconscious,non-breathing patient. Demonstrate deep water EAV during which time the patient shallbe deemed to have become conscious. Bring the patient to shore and demonstrate appropriate aftercare. The exercise must be carried out under simulated rescue conditions with an appropriate attempt to perform the rescue ‘as quickly as possible’.

• Rescue an unconscious, non-breathing, patient 150 metres from the shore using a rescue board. Demonstrate deep water supported EAV and return with the patient to the shore

• Rescue a conscious patient from the sea (approx. 50m from shore) without equipment
demonstrating appropriate patient management and care.

• Demonstrate the ability to surface dive to a depth of approximately 2m. This may be
completed during entry into the water for the tube rescue.

• Acting as a Lifeguard, as team leader and as part of a team, initiate the appropriate
procedures at an incident and provide aftercare for 1 or 2 patients from a previously
unknown simulated emergency situation. At the completion of the test, complete an
Incident Report form

• Answer 5 questions from the work sheets (Beach Environment section) without referring
to any notes.

A mark of at least 4 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.

• Answer 10 questions from the work sheets (Lifeguard Techniques section) without
referring to any notes. A mark of at least 8 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.

• Answer 5 questions from the work sheets (Communication section) without referring to
any notes. A mark of at least 4 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.

• As part of a team, rescue a prone patient with a suspected spinal injury and remove to
safety. Demonstrate appropriate action and aftercare
3. Life Support
Using a live simulated unconscious patient (not a manikin) demonstrate:
• Scene safety and assessment
• Turning a patient from prone to supine
• Checking the airway, checking for signs of breathing and of circulation
• The action for vomiting and blockages
• The recovery position and aftercare
• Obtaining an airway on a suspected spinal injury patient using jaw thrust
Using a suitable adult manikin, demonstrate Expired Air Ventilation using supplementary
oxygen via an approved method (may be continuous with above)
Using a suitable adult manikin, demonstrate Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Demonstrate CPR on a:
• Child manikin
• Baby manikin
4. First Aid
Acting individually, initiate the appropriate procedures at an incident and provide the
aftercare for one or two patients from a previously unknown simulated first aid situation.
Answer 10 questions from the work sheets (First Aid and Resuscitation section) without
referring to any notes. A mark of at least 8 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.
EXAMINATION
Complete the syllabus for examination
The examination may be completed in sections providing that ALL sections are completed
within three calendar months.
Candidates MUST complete Section 1 (Fitness & Releases) before completing Section 2
(Lifeguard Skills, Knowledge & Rescue).
Should the examination be completed over a 3 month period, the validity will
commence from the date on which the first section was completed.

When the award is renewed, the candidate may complete the examination one month prior to
the expiration date of the old award. In this case the 36 month period will start on the
expiration date of the old award.
(Sections 3 & 4 above constitute the Emergency Aid 2 Award)

Outer Reef Surf School












Ready to hit the water - youngsters on the surfing course
Pembrokeshire youngsters took to their surfboards this summer thanks to a new
initiative from Pembrokeshire Leisure.
The leisure arm of Pembrokeshire County Council teamed up with OuterReef
Surf School to provide free surfing lessons for children as a development of the
Welsh Assembly Government’s (WAG) free swimming scheme.
Each Wednesday for five weeks groups of young people from across the County
enjoyed a day’s fun and learning in the pool and on the beach.
The youngsters spent the mornings in their local swimming pool learning the
basics and getting used to surfing equipment.
Buses were then on hand to take them to a suitable beach after lunch to try their
hand at the real thing.
After an introductory talk on water safety, catching waves and controlling the
board from Dean Gough owner of OuterReef Surf School
- the youngsters took to the water.
Dean has been teaching surfing for the past 15 years and
has surfed in many competitions. He and his team of instructors are all fully
qualified BSA surf coaches and beach lifeguards.
Councillor Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said the youngsters had
thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.
“They have been a wonderful introduction to a sport, which is both fun and which
plays an increasingly important role in the local economy,” he said.
“Pembrokeshire Leisure is to be applauded for developing such an innovative
scheme.”
Dean Gough said the surf school was delighted to have been part of the
scheme.
“ it was even more popular than we hoped,” he said.