Level 1 Surfing Instructor

The ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor training course is your first step in becoming a surfing instructor.   Learn how to safely deliver lessons, group student management and how to create effective lesson plans.  At the end of this course, you will be prepared to start delivering lessons with confidence and a ready to use format.

Course Information


Deliver, plan and assess beginner to intermediate surfing sessions.


Beginner level surf locations:  surf no larger than 1½ft (½ metre)
Intermediate level surf locations: surf up to 3ft (1 metre)

Career outcomes:

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

Topics covered:

  • The role of the surfing instructor
  • Identifying laws and regulations that apply to conducting surfing lessons
  • Client management and safety
  • Identifying surfing lesson risks and hazards
  • Emergency processes and responses
  • Logistics and how to plan surfing sessions
  • Suitable boards, equipment and resources
  • Communication skills for the surfing environment
  • Instruction and coaching methods
  • Creating lesson plans
  • Assessing students performance
  • Evaluating surfing lessons
  • Minimising environmental impacts (social & natural)
  • Abide by student to instructor ratios: maximum of 8 students to 1 accredited instructor.

Entry requirements:

Before starting this course, you must have:

Course requirements:

In order to gain your Surfing Instructors qualification, you will need to:

  • Complete written assessments.
  • Demonstrate your intermediate level surfing skills.
  • Complete a written test to demonstrate your intermediate level surfing knowledge.
  • Submit 1 photo or video demonstrating intermediate surfing manoeuvre (cutback or re-entry)
  • Demonstrate beginner level lesson delivery.

After the workshop:
Complete 25 hours practical work experience, assisting in delivering surfing lessons, with an ASI accredited or approved surf school.

Before or after the workshop, provide copies of:

  • Personal identification (e.g drivers licence or passport)
  • Working with Children Check (as applicable to the country are working in. Information)
  • 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: 3 days
Plus: post workshop practical work experience

What we provide:

Level 1 Surfing Instructor Training Manual
Level 1 Assessment & Competency Record Book
ASI Learn to Surf for Beginners level DVD (techniques)
12 months membership

Bring to workshop:

Surf clothing and fibreglass surfboard to demonstrate intermediate surfing skills.

Certificate issued:

ASI Level 1 Surfing Instructor (valid for 12 months from date of workshop)

Additional certificate issued:

ASI also issues education department approved training certificates. These do not expire.  (Available in Australia only)

ASI is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and also issues the following certificate to students undertaking training in Australia
Australian Department of Education. Registered Training Organisation RTO ID 91496

Statement of Attainment in Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (SIS40313)
for units of competency:
SISOSRF202A Demonstrate basic surfing manoeuvres in controlled conditions
SISOSRF303A Perform intermediate level surfing manoeuvres
SISOSRF409A Instruct basic to intermediate surfing skills
SISOSRF201A Demonstrate surf survival and self rescue skills
SISOSRF304A Perform a simple rescue in moderate surf conditions
SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact practices


Annual renewal. Click: Requirements

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