Earlier this year the International Surfing Association (ISA) announced a key strategic partnership agreement with the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) to establish a global standard water safety course for Surf and SUP instructors and promote water safety worldwide.
In February and March the first ISA / ILS International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Courses were held in both Sri Lanka and the Maldives. These courses were very well accepted by the local instructors who found them challenging and informative. All of the instructors felt that the course gave them sound knowledge of the skills needed to operate effectively in water safety during their surf lessons.
These water safety courses were delivered by Tim Jones, ISA Course Presenter for Sri Lanka, in conjunction with the ISA Surf Level 1 Courses. Tim Jones said:
“The ISA/ILS Water Safety Course was a major complement and huge value add to the ISA instructor courses. This new and exciting initiative from the ISA and ILS gave me confidence that the instructors in my courses were trained in both the technical aspects teaching the sport and the water safety aspects for ensuring safety during their lessons.”
The ISA / ILS International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Courses were run over two days and included modules such as surf awareness, encountering hazards during lessons, first aid and emergency first aid, including CPR and the vital skills of board rescue.
Included in the course are also the fitness elements and tests that offer a great insight to practical physical elements and skills required during any rescue scenario.
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, 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, both surfing and racing) 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).