Course Information


Progress your surfing instructor career and complete the Level 3 Elite Surfing Coach training course. You will need elite-advanced surfing skill and have been an accredited surfing instructor for a minimum of 5 years.


Coach individuals and groups to improve advanced to elite-advanced level surfing ability. 


Elite-advanced level surf locations in surf over 6ft (2 metres)

Career Outcomes:

    Surfing instructor in the surfing or outdoor recreation industry.
    Industry job roles that require surfing knowledge (e.g. marketing, sales, retail)

Topics Covered:

    • Identify and manage elite-advanced level surfing risks and hazards
    • Minimise environmental impacts (social and natural)
    • Emergency processes and response
    • Assess students elite-advanced level skills and identify areas for training
    • Prepare individualised training programs for elite-advanced level students
    • Evaluating surfing lessons

Entry Requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

  • Have at elite-advanced surfing skill and knowledge level.  Able to perform and link advanced level manoeuvres including roundhouse cut-back, floater, snap, vertical re-entry, tube ride, in surf over 6ft  (2 metres) at different surf breaks
  • Hold current ASI Level 2 Surfing Coach certificate.
  • Minimum of 5 years recent surfing instruction experience.  

Delivery Options:

The ASI Level 3 Elite-Surfing Coach course can be completed by:

  • Attending a workshop 

Course Requirements:

Delivery Option - Workshop 

In order to gain your Level 3 Elite Surfing Coach qualification, you will need to prepare 

At the workshop:

  • Demonstrate your elite-advanced level surfing skills
  • Complete a written test to demonstrate your elite-advanced level surfing knowledge.
  • Demonstrate delivery of elite-advanced level surfing drills and coaching sessions for individuals and groups.

After the workshop:

  • Complete practical projects: prepare an individualised coaching program for two different surfers.
  • Provide 2 photographs or video, of you performing elite-advanced level surfing manoeuvres, at different surf breaks

Before or after the workshop, provide copies of:

  • Personal identification (e.g drivers licence or passport)
  • Surf Rescue certificate  and  Senior First Aid certificate, OR Lifesaving (Combined Rescue & First Aid certificate).

Surf Rescue:   Date of certificate is no more than 2 years old from date of completion (or 1 year old for Australia)  Find Approved Surf Rescue Training Providers

Senior First Aid:  The certificate date must be no more than 3 years old from date of completion.  Find Description and Approved Senior First Aid Training Providers

You have 12 months from date of workshop to complete all course requirements.

Workshop: 1 day
Plus: post workshop projects


What we provide:

Level 3 Surfing Coach Training Manual
Level 3 Assessment & Competency Record Book
ASI Learn to Surf Advanced Level manual
Use of the ASI Level 3 Surfing Coach logo
12 months membership


Equipment required to complete the training: 

  • Suitable surf clothing
  • Fibreglass surfboard to demonstrate elite-advanced surfing skills.

Certificate issued:

ASI Level 3 Elite Surfing Coach
(valid for 12 months from date of workshop)

Additional certificate issued:



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