ASI Surf Wise: Level 1 Surf Safety & Awareness

This course is a general introduction on how to stay safe whilst swimming at surf locations.  It covers surf hazards, the surf environment and self rescue skills.

Available at ASI Accredited Surf Schools

Surf Wise - Level 1 Surf Safety

Overview 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.

Conditions Ocean surf - swell up to 1½ feet (½ metre)
  • Swim 50 metres.
  • Tread water for 5 minutes
  • Float for 5 minutes
  • 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
  • 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
  • Caring for the beach environment

ASI Surf Safety & Awareness Manual and Workbook

ASI Surf Safety and Awareness Participation Certificate

Nationally Recognised Training Course

The ASI Surf Safety and Awareness course is aligned to the below Nationally Recognised (NRT) Units of Competency. Students are required to demonstrate competency to be awarded:

Statement of Attainment in Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation

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

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


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