Bantham Surfing Academy

Instructors

Dave, Pat and Bobby Renaud are passionate about surfing and education. Both have competed internationally and have won several Championship events, are qualified beach lifeguards advanced first aiders and CRB checked.
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David Renaud

Dave aka Runge is always in search of the next perfect wave & has over 30 years professional surfing and lifeguarding experience. He has surfed competitively for past 20 years & has won many South African National events. He has also won and been placed in numerous events in South Africa and on the European Professional Surfing Tour. Now the Head Coach for the English Surfing team & an active member on the Surfing GB Coaching Committee, Dave is extremely well travelled, visiting countries such as Indonesia, Maldives, Morocco, Europe, Canaries Islands, South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion and Mozambique.

Together with Pat, Dave also helped set up the first surf school in Umhlanga – South Africa (Quiksilver Summer Surf School) & later opened up his own surf school called the Ocean Academy.
He worked as Professional Lifeguard in Durban South Africa from 1982 to 1986 & surfed on the Professional Surfing tour from 1986 – 1991.

Dave has featured in many South African & International surfing magazines and is regarded as a household name in South Africa and around the world.

He is the founder of African Surfaris Surf Travel Company the original Surf Tour Company in South Africa, providing many tours for A Listed Professional Surfers to Beginner surfers wanting to experience the wonders of South Africa & Mozambique, directly delivering many of the tours and has vast experience in the Surf Tour and Hospitality business. Dave is considered top of his game in the industry and well respected on an international scale.

Dave is joint owner of Bantham Surfing Academy, South Devon’s premier Surf School & Training Academy and holds the following Qualifications:
Level 2 Surfing GB Instructors
Surfing GB – Surf Coach Trainer / Assessor
Surf Coach Trainer / Assessor
SLSGB Lifeguard Trainer Qualification
SLSGB Surf Lifeguard
Advanced 1st Aider
RNLI Volunteer Lifeguard
David is currently a qualified lifeguard and British Surfing Association registered coach, NARS Lifeguard, and a qualified Advanced First Aider. CRB checked.
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Patrick Renaud

Pat aka Rat loves to entertain at social events and has over 20 years of Professional Lifeguarding & Surfing Experience. He has worked in South Africa, Australia & UK & has been a key player in Lifeguarding & surfing in the UK & abroad. With over 12 years experience working as a Lifeguard Manager & Lifeguard Training Manager an exceptionally high standard of training and management can be guaranteed. Pat is the Manager for the English Surfing Team & is on the Management & Coaching committees for Surfing GB.

Pat has won multiple South African Championship Surfing Titles and gained sponsorship from the likes of Quiksilver, and other high profile surf brands. He has also competed on the ASP Africa Tour and Internationally. He has travelled and spent time surfing around the Indian Ocean Islands, Indonesia South Africa, Mozambique, Morocco, Canary Islands, Europe, Australia, California, and Caribbean Islands Sir -Lanka.

Pat is also the Director of Bantham Surfing Academy, South Devon’s premier Surf School.
Pat holds the following qualifications:

SLSGB Lifeguard Trainer / Assessor
ASI – Level 4 Master Surf Coach
Surfing GB – Coach Educator
Trainer / Assessor
Advanced 1st Aider
Lifeguard SLSGB & RLSS
Other Qualifications:

IOSH – Managing Health & Safety
Accident & Incident Investigation
Training & Assessing in the Work Place – City & Guilds L3
International Lifesaving - ILS Beach Risk Assessor
Assessor / Verifier
Train the Trainer / Assessor
Command & Communications
And many more...
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Bobby Renaud

Bobby aka Camp Fire Bob loves a good chat! Has been surfing for over thirty years both competitively and recreationally. He has gained his Natal Provincial surfing colours during the 80’s & 90’s winning several National Championships & represented Ireland in the World Surfing Championships in 1992 in in France; where he was the highest European placed surfer in the Championships, beating National Springbok surfers in the event. Bobby was a part founder of the Wave Wizards Surf Club, South Africa’s premier surf club, producing many champions and springbok surfers.

As a competitive surfer Bobby has been coached and has adapted the coaching ethos to the highest degree of professionalism. He has coached and mentored others in their surfing ability and always strives to get the best out of friends in their heats or in the interests of team events.

Bob has surfed many different surf breaks during his travels, in places such as Indonesia, Mentawi Islands, Europe, Canaries Islands, Morocco, Caribbean, South Africa & Mozambique.

Now with over thirty years of lifeguarding experience, his early days as a Nipper in Umhlanga to managing the busiest beaches in Durban as a senior Lifeguard for ten years. He also managed for 10 years, some of the busiest beaches in North Cornwall UK as an RNLI Area Manager. Bobby has a wealth of experience and if degrees were given to Lifeguarding Bobby would be a Professor!
Bobby Holds the Current qualifications:

ILSE – Beach Risk Assessor - Tutor
CIEH – Risk Assessor
SLSGB – Beach Lifeguard Qualification
SLSGB – Lifeguard Trainer / Assessor
SLSA – Lifeguard Qualification – Have held
SLSA – Inshore Rescue Boat Crew & Driver – Have Held
SLSA – Rescue Watercraft (Jet Ski) Operator – Have Held
SLSA – Lifeguard Trainer / Assessor – Have Held
Other Qualifications:

Accident & Incident Investigation
First Line Management
Advanced Presentations
Trainer the Trainer/ Assessor
Casualty Care 4 Lifeguards – Advanced 1st Aid
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Mark Smith – Surf Instructor / Lifeguard

Originally from Staffordshire, Mark started surfing only a few years ago, honing his skills as a surfer on various family holidays to the coast. In 2011 he went out to Australia, where he trained as an instructor with Manly Surf School, situated on Australia’s first ever surfing reserve, and located just around the corner from Australia’s historic surfing capital of Freshwater Beach. After spending 6 weeks training, he headed up the East coast of Australia, stopping off at some world renowned breaks such as The Pass and Shipwreck’s off Byron Bay, and Snapper’s Rock off Gold Coast.

He found home at Crescent Head, NSW, where he spent a further three weeks at a remote beach camp improving both his surfing and instructor skills. Having returned from Australia he started working for us in May of 2011 enjoying a very successful first season.

Mark is highly competent and at ease in the water, having spent many years swimming competitively. He enjoys a challenge and likes to make sure that everyone gets a great experience of surfing. For him a successful lesson is every student catching an awesome wave with big grin on his or her face.
Mark is an outgoing person with a good sense of humor.

This year, he joins us for his second season having spent the winter as a fresher at Northumbria University.