How to Become an ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor

It’s the best job in the world!   Combine your love of surfing with a career.   Follow the seasons and work around the world. 

An ASI Surfing Instructor is part of the ASI worldwide community.  Your qualification is international.   You get to work with great people in amazing locations. 


This course is your first step in becoming a surfing instructor.  Instruct beginner level surfing lessons and activities. 

Pre-requisites Skill

First you should have: 
• at least 500 hours surfing experience
• able to surf at the intermediate level (perform bottom turn, top turn, cutback on the one wave, on a shortboard), surf up 3-4ft.  Read more..

Course Requirements 

1. Complete the ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor course
2. Submit a surf rescue certificate 
3. Submit a first aid certificate 
4. Complete 25 hours practical hours experience at a surf school 
Working with children check is required in some countries.  Read more…


ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor   
Course information and requirements: click here 
First Aid 
First Aid certificates that are acceptable  click here
First Aid at Work or Online first aid certificates are not acceptable. 
In Australia, the certificate must be from a Registered Training Organisation and be the course code HLTAID011 or HLTAID003.  These are valid for 3 years.    
First Aid certificate must not be expired and no more than 3 years old from date of issue.
Surf Rescue 
Certificates that are acceptable  click here 
ASI also offers online surf rescue certificates click here 
NOTE: First Aid and surf rescue certificates can be submitted after you completed the ASI Level 1 surfing instructor course, but your instructor certificate will not be issued until we receive these. 
Practical Hours Experience  
Are completed at ASI Accredited Surf schools  Find schools
Other surf schools may be acceptable  (contact ASI for approval) 
We can also assist finding a surf school, if required. 

Practical hours are completed only after you have passed all course requirements. 

How do I enrol ?

Workshops - Find locations/dates (workshop in course name)  click here
Some locations in Portugal, Europe and the UK off a first aid/surf rescue certificate/s at the same time as the Level 1 Surfing Instructor course.  So you can complete all requirements at the same time. 

Online - Find course with (online in course name) click here

Apprenticeship - Complete course requirements, within 6 weeks, under the guidance of an ASI Trainer.  click here
Select locations only.


Time to Complete
You have 12 months from date of enrolment or workshop date to complete all course requirements.   

About the ASI E-learning Platform 
The ASI e-learning platform, is an easy to use and comprehensive.  You can access training manuals, videos, reference materials and assessments. 

Do you have more questions - Click here 
Working in Portugal, special requirements  click here

Career Pathways

ASI offers career pathways from Level 1 Surfing Instructor to Level 4 Master Surfing Coach.  Or progress to higher levels depending on your desire, skills and experience.  


ASI Instructors are true professionals and are trained to the highest standard in the world.

  • They take pride in delivering lessons to the highest of safety and training methodologies.
  • Have demonstrated personal surfing skills ability. 
  • Hold current surf rescue and first aid qualifications (and working with children checks as applicable to your country)
  • Care for the environment and seek to minimise social and natural impact on shore and in the surf.
  • Undertake annual renewal to ensure ASI instructor skills and knowledge are up-to-date and current.

When you have lessons or private coaching with an ASI Surfing Instructor, you know you are in good hands.