How to Become an ISA Para Surfing Classifier

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How to Become an ISA Para Surfing Classifier

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is committed to establishing and maintaining a high professional and ethical standard for ISA Para Surfing Classifier Training that aligns with the International Paralympic Committee Classification Model Rules for Para Sports (IPC, 2017).

The goal is for Para Surfing to have a Classification Panel comprised of officials who are responsible for conducting thorough athlete evaluations according to the classification code, international standards, and ethical practices and accurately allocate a surf class to the athletes.

The steps to become an ISA Para Surfing Classifier follow the IPC Models of Best Practice International Standard for Classifier Personnel and Training (IPC, 2016).

Professional Qualification Requirements

Persons who are interested in becoming a classifier, must:

  1. Be a medical healthcare professional, such as an occupational therapist, physical therapist, or physician,
  2. Have extensive knowledge and experience with working with people who have neurological diagnoses such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, cerebral vascular accidents, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. In addition, the interested person must have experience with working with people with congenital limb deficiencies and amputations,
  3. Speak English, at least at a minimal level,
  4. NOT be connected to a national team (such as the therapist for the team) or be directly connected to a current competitive athlete (private therapist) as these relationships pose a direct conflict of interest, and
  5. Be a surfer or very familiar with the sport of surfing.

If a person is interested and meets ALL five requirements listed above, then the interested person must submit the following three items to [email protected]

  1. Professional License
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  3. Certification of Completion of the “IPC Introduction to Para Sport Online Learning Programme”. This online training course can be found at: https://www.ipc-academy.org

The Head of Classification and Classification Panel will review the uploaded documents.

If eligible, the interested person will be placed on the trainee schedule and will be provided dates and locations for upcoming National and International Classification Training Sessions.

Any questions, please contact: [email protected]

ISA Para Surfing Classifier Levels

 

There are three levels of ISA Para Surfing Classifiers: Trainee Level, National Level, and International Level. All positions of ISA Para Surfing Classifiers are volunteer, non-paid positions. All expenses at the Trainee Level and National Level are paid for by the individual. At the International Level, some expenses may be offset by the nation requesting the classification.

Trainee Level

The person at the Trainee Level has met all four Professional Qualification Requirements and has submitted all three listed items: License, Curriculum Vitae, and Certificate of Completion, to ISA Para Surfing Classifications.

The Trainee is waiting for the next scheduled classification training session.

National Level

The Classifier at the National Level has participated in a 3-4-day Classification Certification Training Course that includes successfully passing a written exam in English. The National Level Training Certification Course costs ~$150.

The National Classifier is then qualified to classify athletes at national events with an International Classifier present. To maintain the National Level Certification, the National Classifier must participate in at least one classification session every two years.

International Level

The Classifier at the International Level has successfully completed the 3-4-day Classification Certification Training Course and completed the additional 2-3-day Practical Training Course in English and includes successfully passing a Classification Competency Exam. The International Level Training Certification Course costs an additional ~$75.

The International Classifier is then qualified to classify athletes at international events with another International Classifier. To maintain the International Level Certification, the International Classifier must participate in at least one international classification session every two years.

Any questions, please contact: [email protected]