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The ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor training course is your first step in becoming a surfing instructor. Learn how to safely deliver lessons, group student management and how to create effective lesson plans. At the end of this course, you will be prepared to start delivering lessons with confidence and a ready to use format.

Course Information



Aim: Deliver, plan and assess beginner to intermediate surfing sessions.




Beginner level surf locations:


surf no larger than 1½ft (½ metre)


Intermediate level surf locations: surf up to 3ft (1 metre)


Career outcomes: Surfing instructor in the surfing or outdoor recreation industry.

Industry job roles that require surfing knowledge (e.g. marketing sales, retail, travel)


Topics covered:


The role of the surfing instructor


Identifying laws and regulations that apply to conducting surfing lessons


Client management and safety


Identifying surfing lesson risks and hazards


Emergency processes and responses


Logistics and how to plan surfing sessions


Suitable boards, equipment and resources


Communication skills for the surfing environment


Instruction and coaching methods


Creating lesson plans


Assessing students performance


Evaluating surfing lessons


Minimising environmental impacts (social & natural)


Abide by student to instructor ratios: maximum of 8 students to 1 accredited instructor.


Entry requirements: Before starting this course, you must have at least ASI intermediate surfing skills - able to peform top turn, bottom with spray, re-entry and cutback in 3ft surf.


Course requirements: In order to gain your Surfing Instructors qualification, you will need to:


Complete written assessments.


Demonstrate your intermediate level surfing skills.


Complete a written test to demonstrate your intermediate level surfing knowledge.


Submit 1 photo or video demonstrating intermediate surfing manoeuvre (cutback or re-entry)


Demonstrate beginner level lesson delivery.


In addition:


Provide copies of your:


Surf Rescue certificate (No more than 2 years old or no more than 1 year old for Australia) and provide a copy of your Senior First Aid certificate (not more than 3 years old) OR provide a copy of your Combined Rescue / Aid certificate. Surf Rescue no more than 2 years old or no more than 1 year old for Australia. No more than 3 years old for First Aid component)


Find Approved Rescue & First Aid Training Providers.


Personal identification (e.g drivers licence or passport)


Headshot photograph


After the workshop:


Complete 25 hours practical work experience, assisting in delivering surfing lessons, with an ASI accredited or approved surf school. Record Book log signed by L1 surf school owner and sent to ASI.


You have 12 months from date of workshop to provide all information to ASI including current rescue and aid certificates and complete practical hours.




3 daysPlus:


post workshop practical work experience


What we provide:


Level 1 Surfing Instructor Training ManualLevel 1 Assessment & Competency Record Book


ASI Learn to Surf for Beginners manual


ASI Learn to Surf Intermediate Level manual


12 months membership


Bring to Workshop:


Surf clothing and fibreglass surfboard to demonstrate intermediate surfing skills.




ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor (valid for 12 months)


Additional Certificate Issued:


ASI also issues education department approved training certificates. These do not expire.




ASI is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and also issues the following certificate to students undertaking training in Australia


Australian Department of Education. Registered Training Organisation RTO ID 91496


Statement of Attainment in Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (SIS40313)


for units of competency:


SISOSRF202A Demonstrate basic surfing manoeuvres in controlled conditions


SISOSRF303A Perform intermediate level surfing manoeuvres


SISOSRF409A Instruct basic to intermediate surfing skills


SISOSRF201A Demonstrate surf survival and self rescue skills


SISOSRF304A Perform a simple rescue in moderate surf conditions


SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact practices




Annual renewal.





















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