ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor

The ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor qualification is the only internationally recognised Surf Instructor qualification recognised by the International Surfing Association and member organisations. All ISA courses set the international standard for accreditation for Coaches and Instructors in the surf school industry.

The Level 1 Instructor Qualification is the basic Instructor accreditation and minimum requirement for professional instructors to hold. It covers the teaching of entry level and basic beginner surfers through to an early intermediate level.

All level 1 Instructors must be a minimum age of 16 years old. Instructors under the age of 18 must work with a supervising instructor until they reach 18 years of age, at which time they are able to instruct on their own.

The requirements for accreditation and gaining the ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor qualification are

  • Attend the 2 Day ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course
  • Satisfactorily complete all requirements of the course including
    • Venue Analysis
    • Design a basic learn to surf lesson plan
    • Deliver a basic learn to surf lesson
    • Demonstrate basic surf skills
  • Complete 20 practical instructing hours with a Supervisor Instructor who signs off a competency Check List for the Trainee Instructor
  • Fully complete the Level 1 Surf Instructor Work Book
  • Complete and be proficient in an Ocean Rescue Award
  • It is also strongly recommended that all instructors are a member of their National Governing Body
  • * Please note that there may be additional location specific requirements that must be met prior to the issuing of the Qualification. This may include for example, the requirement to have any working with children checks completed

Once these are all completed, the Trainee Instructor submits their Work Book to the Course Organiser, the National Governing Body or to the person identified during the course to whom all completed materials must be submitted to.

Once this has been done, it will be submitted to the ISA Head Office for processing. At which time, the successful instructors will be issued with their ISA Level 1 Certificate and added to the ISA Instructor Register