As the driving force behind the development of Surfing and SUP, the ISA development efforts reach surfers of all levels across the globe. Surfing is proven to be a catalyst for social change and the ISA is using it as a tool to create a better world, one surfer at a time.
Surfing for a better world
The ISA’s mission is to make a better world through surfing. Part of these efforts include promoting, developing and leading surfing in all its forms worldwide while connecting the global surfing community by driving accessibility and universal participation. The ISA Development Programs offer opportunities for our National Surfing Federations and the international surf community.
The ISA Membership and Development Department consists of collaboration with over 100 National Surfing Federations (NF) across 5 continents to develop the sport. The ISA works together with our National Federations of all sizes, resources, and capacities to develop the sport and create “A Better World Through Surfing.”
Along with supporting our National Surfing Federations, the ISA Development Programs focus on education, certification, and engagement opportunities for the international community of surfers, coaches, instructors, and judges.
The ISA Development Programs include the ISA Coaching and Instructing Program, ISA Judging and Officiating Program, and the ISA/ILS Water Safety Program.
The ISA Coaching and Instructing Program creates the proper development pathway for surf and SUP coaches and instructors and the international industry standard for safety, quality, and efficacy for the sport of Surfing. This includes over 10,500 certified coaches across 75+ countries.
The ISA Judging and Officiating Program is the world’s most comprehensive educational program for surf judging and the development and certification of quality surf judges. Along with certifying quality surf judges, the program also provides resources to learn about competitive surfing and become a better competitor, an educated surf coach, or a well-informed parent or fan.
The ISA/ILS Water Safety Program is a global standard water safety course and certification for instructors created in partnership with the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS).
The ISA Development Programs foster the growth of the sport and present the proper development pathway from the grassroots to the Olympics.