This two day course is designed for existing level 2/3 Forest School leaders wanting to add beach school to their existing knowledge

to give you the best possible foundation when leading activities from a marine environment. With core units in beach safety, conservation and group management it is ideal for teachers and Forest School practitioners or anyone looking to establish Beach School provision as well as those who are using the beach for field trips and activity days.

This two day course includes training on how to predict tidal movements, how to deal with lost children, how to create an outdoor classroom as well as learning about marine life and environmental considerations.

The training is best used in conjunction with the level 3 Certificate in Forest School programme leadership (QCF) or the Coastal and Countryside Walking Leader Award, although it is suitable for use independently and is recognised by insurance companies. Leaders should hold a valid first aid certificate before working independently with groups.

The course includes a minimum of 8hrs of home study and students will receive certification once they have completed the coursework requirements. The course accommodates students with varied degrees of previous knowledge as well as differing learning styles and abilities.


The course consists of 2 full days of comprehensive training in the following areas:

Beach School best practice

Creating a beach classroom

Beach safety and planning considerations


Access and permissions

Beach shelter building techniques (including basic knots)

Toilet considerations

Fires including - Safe fire lighting techniques for use in different beach environments and with children, rules and permissions relating to fires


Foundations of leadership

Group management

Transferable learning through play

Teaching techniques

Rock pooling and marine life identification

Beach activities, games and crafts

Environmental considerations

Emergency management

The home study assignments include completing risk benefit assessments, operating procedures and emergency action plans as well as creating resources for use during Beach School sessions.

Continued support...

We provide skill share workshops on certain Saturdays throughout the year. Beach School students can access these free of charge for 12 months from the date of their course. For more information on the next skill share click on the link here

Where is the course run from?

The course is run from two local beaches in and around Newquay so that students can benefit from putting their skills into action in different environments. You will be contacted with details and directions. If you have a group and would like to organise a course further afield then our trainers may be able to come to you. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. 

Who is the course run by?

Our head trainer is Jonathan Burfoot (Jo) an experienced beach lifeguard, coasteering and sea-kayak instructor who has worked in outdoor education for the last 18 years. Beginning by studying a degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education Jo then went on to work in a number of settings, teaching and training children, young people and adults which included seven years as an Outdoor Education teacher with Cornwall College. Jo set up Newquay Forest School in 2013 with his wife Anna and together they have a heart for empowering people to be the best they can be using the outdoors as a vehicle for change.

We also have a number of other technical experts who deliver the course with us.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum age requirement for this course is 18. Applicants should have a background in children and young people’s work

How much is it?

The course costs £375

(Discounts available for NFS students. Contact us for details)

For details of when the next course is running click here

Other benefits include:

Free access to skills workshops with NFS

Discounts at our Forest School shop

Discount on Forest School First Aid courses with Forest School First Aid

How do I apply?

For course enquiries please call the office on 07773 799 755 or email us at

For details of when the next course is running click here

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