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The International Surfing Association [ISA] is continuing to drive the global development of Surfing and Stand-Up Paddle [SUP] with the certification of more than 1,500 instructors at 150 ISA Educational Courses which took place across 35 countries during 2015.

DSC09344_2Instructors teach a child how to surf during an ISA Educational Course in India in order to earn their certifications. Photo: Surfing Federation of India / Ram

Further significant development is also expected during 2016 with 200 courses across 40 countries already underway or planned with a target of certifying a further 2,000 instructors. Overall, more than 5,000 instructors have been certified by the ISA.

The ISA Coaching and Instructing Programme is designed to establish an industry standard of safety, quality and efficacy for surf and SUP coaches and instructors around the world. The courses aim to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities of individuals who wish to take a scientific approach to the coaching of Surfing. With emphasis on risk management, duty of care and water safety, the ISA Coaching and Instructing Programme creates a safer environment to learn the sport.

Driven by a strategy underpinned by the growth and development of Surfing worldwide, the ISA has worked hard to develop the sport in non-traditional markets – an approach reflected by the diverse range of countries that have hosted ISA Educational Courses in recent years.

The worldwide expansion of the ISA Educational Courses mirrors the growth of the Surfing in China, where Hainan Island has become a central hub hosting nine courses since 2013. Russia also held its first ISA Educational Course in 2015, carried out on Lake Ladoga – the largest lake in Europe.

Building on the growth and development in non-traditional markets, the 2016 programme will also focus on major Surfing regions such as Indonesia and the United States. In 2015 the ISA International Surf Instructor Symposium, a milestone for the development of surf instructor standards, took place in Bali, Indonesia, and is set to happen again in May 2016. In the United States the ISA has partnered with the Surf Education Academy to increase the amount of courses offered in the country.

For a full list of past and upcoming ISA Educational Courses visit:

1 Group Photo-6656The ISA Surf Instructor Symposium in Bali certified 23 instructors from 11 countries, highlighting the international appeal of the course. Photo: Tim Hain

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“ISA Educational Courses are an integral part of the growth and development of Surfing globally and it’s fantastic to see the interest and enthusiasm shown in our hugely successful programme. It’s vital that we have an industry wide standard course that allows instructors and coaches to develop their skills and knowledge.

“Surfing is a lifestyle sport, imbued with youthful values and practiced by 35 million people worldwide. Many people choose to Surf recreationally for fun but is also important that we have in place a structured grassroots programme that allows the millions of young surfers around the world to develop their skills with the help of official Surfing instructors. We’re looking forward to running many more courses in the near future.”

Executive Director of Surf Education AcademySean Brody, said:

“Surf Education Academy is extremely excited to partner with the ISA to roll out the ISA Educational Programmes in the United States and offer the best curriculum available to surf and SUP instructors.”

About The International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 100 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).