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ISA Adaptive Surfing Instructor Program

ISA Adaptive Surfing Instructor Program

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The ISA is pleased to announce the launch of a global standard Adaptive Surf Instructor Certification Program.

Recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the International Federation for Para Surfing, also known as Adaptive Surfing, the ISA has taken an active role in the worldwide development, promotion and structure of the sport. This program is part of the ISA’s ongoing effort to create a global platform for universal access to the sport and enable Para Surfers to achieve sporting excellence and inspire others. While the competitive element of Para Surfing is a rapidly growing aspect of the sport, the Adaptive Surf Instructor Program focuses on broader inclusion and grassroots development.

In partnership with AmpSurf, Surfability UK, and members of the global Adaptive Surfing community and supported by the Foundation for Global Sports Development, the ISA has developed this International Adaptive Surf Instructor Certification Program. This program is complementary to the ISA Coaching and Instructing Program and accessible for surf instructors, surf schools, and Adaptive Surfing organizations worldwide.

The ISA Adaptive Surf Instructor Certification Course will ensure that those who are engaged in Adaptive Surf Instruction and Therapy will be adequately trained and have the necessary knowledge and skillset to improve the skills of the Adaptive Surfers that they are instructing. This will enable surf schools to employ certified adaptive surf instructors and offer surf lessons to surfers with physical, mental, cognitive, and behavioral health disabilities. This will also enable organizations that run Adaptive Surfing programs and therapy to train their staff and volunteers. Overall, this course will contribute to a safer environment for Adaptive Surfing instruction and therapy worldwide.

Please find more information via the following links:

Certification Requirements and Course Information

Upcoming Courses:

2021 ISA Adaptive Surf Instructor Course Schedule (first half of 2021):
Please contact course presenter directly for information and [email protected] for new course inquiries.

United States

March 23 + 25 from 4-8pm PST online, followed by core-competency practical days with US-based AmpSurf Chapters (California, New England, New York and the Pacific Northwest). For USA-based instructors only.

United Kingdom

Courses below presented by Ben Clifford please contact [email protected] for registration details

March 27-28: Croyde, England

April 10-11: Caswell Bay, Wales @ Surfability UK

June 10-11: Scotland


May 25-27, 2021, 9am-12pm Pacific Standard Time (PST): Virtual Course in English for those with previous adaptive surfing experience.

June 7-10, 2021, 7am-10am Pacific Standard Time (PST)/4pm -7pm (GMT +2): Virtual Course in Spanish for those with previous adaptive surfing experience

November 4-6, 2021: Italy with FISW, contact [email protected] for registration details

Coming soon: Belgium, Mexico, and More
Additional courses to be organized based upon inquiries and demand – please inquire below:

Interested in Organizing or Attending an ISA Adaptive Surf Instructor Course?

Highlights from First-Ever ISA Adaptive Surf Instructor Course December 7-11, 2020 for 32 participants from 14 countries: View here.

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