Level one surf instructor

ISA Level one Surf Instructor.

11055399_919941868052692_1991022428122313954_n“Thank you so much for the course it was fantastic – I’ve paid £9k for a zoom degree this year and none of it has been as engaging as the (level one) course.” Nathan Level one

course dates and prices

The International Surfing Association Level 1 Surf Instructor works with the novice surfer in white water teaching basic surfing skills including an introduction to equipment, beach safety, paddling catching waves, popping up, riding white water, and traversing white water. These skills are learned on soft boards in white water conditions on beach breaks.

This course is aimed at individuals with surfing experience who wish to teach basic surfing techniques to the novice.

Level Participant Environment Board Ratio
1 Novice/Int Whitewater/small green waves Soft 1:8
Surfer Definition

Novice: Learning to paddling, catching waves, standing up, ride white water waves and traverse white water.

Intermediates: Paddling out to small “green” (unbroken) waves and riding left and right, performing basic maneuvers.

party waveAim

The course aims to equip candidates with the skills and knowledge required to introduce the novice to surfing and develop intermediates in a safe and supportive environment.

Course Prerequisites:
The candidate must be 16 years or older.
Surf Proficiency

The candidate must have at least two years of surfing experience. They must demonstrate an ability to paddle “out back” in a reasonable time, take-off and surf right and left on an unbroken wave. Video of examples of this is here below:

https://vimeo.com/234507957 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lz0SJeouIg

First Aid/ Lifesaving

The candidate must hold a Surf rescue/1st Aid Award or suitable equivalent, which can be taken anytime up to a year after the course.

Course Duration

The Level 1 Surf Coach Course is run over two days and involves practical and theory modules along with a surfing assessment.

To complete certification a candidate must:
  • Successfully complete Level 1 Surf Coach Course
  • After the 2 day course, 20 hours of lesson planning and coaching experience with an ISA level one coach or greater (or equivalent) as a mentor, logged and planned. Lesson plans and logs are to be then returned to the course presenter for assessment.
  • Provide the presenter a valid surf or beach lifeguard/safety certificate.

On completion of the above, a candidate will receive an ISA Level 1 Surf certificate. It must be completed within one year of your course date.

The ISA Level 1 Award holder must re-register and pay the $100 USD fee to the ISA yearly and hold a current acceptable surf lifeguard/safety award.