Course Information


Workshop Course
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.


Teach beginner surfing lessons and activities.

The workshop delivery option focuses on completing the major components of the course, with the ability to interact with the trainer and the group.  Additional homework is also required to complete written assessments and gain practical on-the-job instruction experience.
  • Attend a workshop  
  • Complete assessments, using the ASI e-learning portal
  • Organise practical on-the-job instruction experience after the workshop
Workshop: 2 days
Plus: post workshop assessment (approx 3-10 hours) and practical work experience (20 to 25 hours).
You have 12 months from date of workshop to complete all course requirements.


Qualified to instruct at Beginner level surf locations:  surf no larger than 1½ft (½ 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:

  • 500 hours surfing experience 
  • surfing skills and knowledge equivalent to ASI Level 6 Intermediate Surfer.    
    ability to select appropriate, makeable wave and ride the wave effectively, demonstrating control and performing and linking intermediate level manoeuvres (bottom turn and top turn, cut-back on forehand). 
  • English speaking skills equivalent to IELTS 6 (Competent user: Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.)

Delivery Options:

  • Attend a workshop  
  • Complete assessments, using the ASI online portal
  • Organise practical on-the-job instruction experience after the workshop

Course Requirements:

To gain your Surfing Instructor qualification, you will need to:

Read training manuals 
Paperbased manuals provided at workshop
Access to Online course manuals

At Workshop

  • Demonstrate surfing ability: Able to select appropriate, makeable wave and ride the wave effectively, demonstrating control and performing and linking intermediate level manoeuvres (bottom turn, top turn, cut-back forehand).  See detailed assessment criteria at:  ASI Level 6 Intermediate Surfer
  • Practice Lesson delivery 

After Workshop

Complete written assessments
Submitted online 

Surfing Ability 
Submit surfing video demonstrating intermediate surfing skill:  
• 1 x video 

Demonstrating competency: 
If the video you submitted does not demonstrate competency, you can re-submit video for re-assessment.  Fees apply.  See FAQs about ASI Courses  for Re-assessment Fees.    

Complete practical hours experience 

at ASI school or other approved school: 
•  5 hours signed off in workshop if competent 
•  complete 20 hours post workshop assisting in delivering lessons 

Before or After Workshop

Submit Surf Rescue certificate and Senior First Aid certificate
OR Lifesaving (UK only Combined Rescue & First Aid certificate).

Surf Rescue:   
The certificate date must not be expired. Certificates that are more than 2 years old are not accepted. (Australia. certificate cannot be more than 1 year old)  Find Approved Surf Rescue Training Providers

Senior First Aid:  
The certificate date must not be expired.  Certificates that are more than 3 years old are not accepted. .  Find Description and Approved Senior First Aid Training Providers​

What we provide:

Level 1 Surfing Instructor Training Manual
Practical hours Logbook 
ASI Learn to Surf for Beginners level DVD
ASI Learn to Surf Intermediate level manual
12 months ASI membership
Access to online resources


The following equipment and clothing is required to complete the training:

  • Surf clothing
  • Fibreglass surfboard to demonstrate intermediate surfing skills.
  • Beginner soft-top boards with soft fins and leash
  • Access to ASI surf school to complete your practical hours training
  • Computer to access ASI online learning  

Certificate issued:

ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor 
(valid for 12 months from date of workshop)

Additional certificate issued:

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

Australia Only
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


Renewal requirements.  click here


Do you have a question?  See the FAQ's page: click here