Surfing Instructors: Flexible Learning Courses

Level 1 Surfing Instructor

Work at your own pace.  We post out your instructor manuals. Complete theory and practical course requirements and return the Assessment Record Book to ASI.
Ideal for students who:

  • Require flexibility in completing their qualification
  • Have prior outdoors instructing and teaching experience
  • ​Are experienced surfers
  • Plan to work for an ASI accredited surf school or other approved surf school

Complete course work:

  • Written assessments.
  • Organise your practical on-the-job instruction experience (25 hours), under the guidance of an ASI or approved Surf school owner (who is a qualified instructor).  Logbook hours and testimonial form to be signed by the surf school owner. 
  • Provide video from 3 different locations or occasions demonstrating intermediate surfing skill - ability to ride minimum 3ft waves  to link manoeuvres and perform a bottom turn with spray, cut-back and re-entry.  The video to be close enough to identify you and your ability. 
  • Provide current copies of surf rescue and first aid certificates
  • Provide identification and headshot photo.

You can complete the flexible learning course within 2 to 4 weeks if you dedicate time to finish theory assessments and practical on the job experience. 
However, you have 12 months to complete all course requirements allowing you to work at your own pace. 

The process: 

  1. Complete online enrolment form and payment, listing the surf school name where you will be completing your practical hours.
  2. We post your training manuals to you.
  3. Complete written assessments in the Assessment and Competency Record Book.
  4. Organise completing your practical hours (can be with multiple surf schools) and have the hours signed by surf school owner.
  5. Email or post your completed Assessment and Competency Record Book to ASI. 

Offered for:  Level 1 Surfing Instructor

Countries available:  Australia, UK 

Additional course information and requirements:  
Please read prior to enrolling.   course information and requirements


  • Certification
  • Training manuals
  • 12 months ASI membership

ENROL - Australia

Flexible Learning: AUD$350
Includes certification, training manuals and 12 months membership


Flexible Learning: GBP £260
Includes certification, training manuals and 12 months membership