Panambur Beach, just outside Mangalore Karnataka, was the location of the Surfing Federation Of India’s (SFI) latest ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Workshop which concluded very successfully on the 26th of October. Surfers from around the country came together to take part in this workshop to get their international surf instructing qualification from the international governing body of surfing – the ISA (International Surfing Association).
For six full days, the instructors completed comprehensive training that included theory and practical components for both surf instructing as well as surf rescue and basic first aid training.
With huge Dasara holiday crowds at the beach over the weekend, the instructors were also a huge assistance to the Panambur Beach Lifeguard Service who were extremely busy keeping the beaches safe. While the Lifeguard Service were performing rescues, the instructors got to immediately put their newly learnt rescue skills into practice as well by rescuing 6 people from a strong rip, 3 of which were in a critical condition when initially picked up and brought back to the beach.
The workshop also provided the opportunity for the instructors to put their new instructing knowledge and skills into practice by offering free learn to surf lessons for two and a half days at Panambur. This also provided the SFI to use these free lessons for basic talent identification with a number of those trained being local children who showed great potential and will hopefully continue their surfing with some of India’s professional and qualified instructors and coaches. Maybe one day, one of these newly found ‘Groms’ could be future Indian surf champions at the SFI national events and even potentially have the chance to represent India on the world stage.
The Surfing Federation of India, who are the national governing body of surfing including SUP and bodyboarding and charged with the job of building and developing surf sports nationwide, also added an ISA Level 1 Flat Water SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) Instructor Course and ISA Judging course to the options for those interested in gaining international qualifications in the industry.
All three courses were again another huge success building on the first SFI ISA Workshop held last year in Mahabilipuram, Tamil Nadu. It is very exciting to see surf sports growing in popularity and the SFI leading the way in increasing the professionalism of the industry.
For those interested in learning to surf, there are a number of SFI recognised surf schools around the country. A surf school recognised by SFI must have at least one ISA qualified instructor. Visit the SFI website to find out about where they are located and ensure you book in with these professional and qualified ISA Surf Instructors so you are confident you are learning from India’s best.