Watersport Instructor Diploma

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 2 Watersports


Our exciting and unique partnership with South West Lakes, one of Cornwall’s leading outdoor providers, has enabled us to develop a study programme that will make you directly employable by the industry or allow you to gain entry on to university study.

The educational qualifications will be delivered by a highly qualified and experienced team of lecturers; you will complete a Level 2 diploma in one-year allowing you to build on your practical skills before progressing on to the Level 3 Extended Diploma.


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Ideal if:

You wish to work in the watersports industry locally, nationally or internationally as an Instructor, Centre Manager or Event Co-ordinator.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade D or 3, including English and mathematics and ideally science, plus a strong desire to work in the watersports industry.

You must also be able to swim 50 metres.

You’ll learn:

The programme of study will be delivered at Stithian’s Lake Activity Centre and Falmouth Marine School over a two year period. The centre delivers activities to the wider community, school groups and has an active membership base for clubs. The educational qualifications will be delivered by a highly qualified and experienced team of lecturers; learners will complete a level 2 diploma in 1 year allowing them build on their practical skills before progressing on the Level 3 Extended Diploma for a further year.

English & Maths qualifications will be delivered at Falmouth Marine School by specialist members of our team, along with pastoral care and access to all of our student services.


Your course will be delivered at Falmouth Marine School and Stithian’s Lake. On average you will spend two days at Stithian’s Outdoor Centre on the water completing practical elements of the course. The centre has classroom facilities so you can come off the water and straight into the classroom to apply what you have learnt.

Assessments will be coursework based and will have both practical and theory elements.

Kit packages will be available for you to buy technical and casual kit at reduced prices.

Internationally recognised qualification package (flexible for those who already hold qualifications):

Please contact us for cost information.

  • Powerboat Level 2
  • BCU 1* Award
  • RYA Start Windsurf
  • Paddleboarding
  • RYA Level 1 Sailing

Optional Pathways:


  • RYA Dingy Instructor
  • RYA Seamanship


  • Start windsurfing instructor award
  • Intermediate non-planing and intermediate clinics

Following achievement of the above, learners can progress onto completing the other optional pathway and progressing onto instructor courses.

By enrolling on this course learners will benefit for emersion in real life working centre, gaining practical and theoretical knowledge and technical skills that will set them up for working in the industry.

You’ll love:

Through the collaboration we can offer internationally recognised qualifications at a hugely reduced and affordably price. These are in addition to work experience placements, volunteering opportunities and long term prospects within the local industry. The partnership can facilitate direct employment across the county with SWL sites based at; Wimbleball, Roadford, Tamar, and Siblyback lakes.

Click the links below to see what previous students did on the course.

100% employment for Ext Diploma Students

Summer jobs after passing first round of Instructor qualifications

Students battle the elements to gain their Instructor qualifications

You’ll go on to:

You can progress onto the level 3 Watersport Instrutor Diploma and following that, you can gain entry into our HE programmes such as BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Science or FdSc Surf Science & Technology and the qualifications to work locally, nationally or internationally as a water sports instructor.

Careers in this industry 

- Senior instructor
- Outdoor Ed. instructor
- Watersports instructor
- Fitness instructor
- Community coach

Progression Courses





Watersport Instructor Diploma

Start Date

September 2019




1 year


Hannah Mason Watersports Chief Instructor

Hannah is an RYA accredited advanced windsurf, senior dingy and powerboat instructor. Hannah is well known in the industry having 10 years of experience working at centres both in the UK and abroad. Hannah is a former Falmouth Marine School watersports student and obtained her first job at the College’s industry day. Having completed the same journey that the students have the opportunity to, she is in a unique position to advise and impart her experience.

“I can provide students with a real insight into the industry and advise them on their future careers, because I have worked in some of the centres they will work in.”


*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.