Level 1 Surf Safety & Awareness


This course is general introduction on how to stay safe whilst swimming at surf locations. It covers surf awareness and self-rescue skills, as well as planning activities and identifying a rang of surf environment dangers.


Demonstrate surf awareness, safety and self-rescue skills to safely participate in activities in the surf environment.

Locations and Conditions 

Beach break with sand bottom
Surf 1 ½ ft
Free from rips and hazards


  • Swim 50 metres.
  • Tread water for 5 minutes
  • Float for 5 minutes


Beginner softboard, soft fins & leash

Topics/ Outcomes 

Surfing Environment:

  • Plan for the activity
  • Identify food and water requirements
  • Understand the surf environment
  • Types of waves and their dangers
  • Identify rips and how to get out of them
  • Understand beach information and warning signs
  • Identify surf hazards and how to avoid them
  • Choose a safe swimming location
  • Caring for the beach environment

Water and Safety Skills: 

  • Demonstrate skills in swimming, bodysurfing, floating and treading water
  • Methods to negotiate through the surf with or without craft
  • Methods to come in from the surf with or without craft
  • Apply techniques for survival in the water
  • Use self-rescue techniques


ASI Surf Safety & Awareness Manual and Workbook

Certificate Issued

ASI Surf Safety and Awareness Participation Certificate


8 sessions (1- 2 hrs each session) + practice

20-40 hours in total  (depending on personal sports abilty and previous ocean experience).

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Nationally Recognised Training Course - Australia 

ASI offers Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) certificates for ASI Surf Safety & Awarenes program.
Students who enrol in the Nationally Recognised Training Course, will be required to demonstrate competency and may be awarded:

Statement of Attainment in Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation (SIS20213).

   Units of competency:
     SISOSRF201A Demonstrate surf survival and self rescue skills

Available in Australia only. ASI is an Australian Registered Training Organisation ID 91496 with authority to issue NRT certificates.