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Watersport Instructor Diploma

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 3 Watersports

This exciting and unique partnership between Cornwall College and one of Cornwall’s leading Outdoor providers, South West Lakes, has enabled us to develop a study programme that will make our learners directly employable by the industry and/ or gain entry to Higher Education.

This level 3 qualification is the next step for those who have completed the level 2.

This course is in partnership with South West Lakes.


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Ideal if:

You have completed the level 2 Watersport Instructor Diploma and you wish to work in the watersports industry. If you would like to become an Instructor, Centre Manager or Event Co-ordinator locally, nationally or internationally then this is the course for you.

You’ll need:

To have completed the level 2 diploma.

You will also need to have 4 GCSEs at grade D or 3, including English and mathematics and ideally science, plus a strong desire to work in the watersports industry.

You’ll learn:

The programme of study will be delivered at Stithian's Lake Activity Centre and Falmouth Marine School over a 1 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.

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.

You’ll go on to:

Progression from this programme will give you entry into our HE programmes such as BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Science, HNC Marine Leisure Management or FdSc Surf Science & Technology and the qualifications to work locally, nationally or internationally as a water sports instructor.




Watersport Instructor Diploma

Start Date

September 2018




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.”


Alex Sly Watersports

The qualifications and experience I gained at Falmouth Marine School got me employment in the industry.

*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.