Mission

The Surf Education Academy (SEA) hosts educational programs to promote safety, efficacy, and best practices for Surfing Development.

SEA offers premium educational experiences about Surf and SUP Instruction, Surfing Development, Water Safety, Sustainable Surf Tourism, Adaptive Surfing and other topics relating to the surf and sea through hands-on courses, workshops, seminars and retreats.  SEA programs focus on quality curriculum, safety, best practices, long-term skill development and are uniquely informative, encouraging and inspiring for all participants.

exclusive provider of isa programs

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SEA takes pride in being the exclusive provider of the International Surfing Association (ISA) Educational Programs in the United States, including the certification of International Surf Instructors, Surf Coaches, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Instructors, and Surf Judges.

Recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing authority for the sport of surfing, the ISA Surf Coaching & Instructing Educational Program is the international standard for accreditation of Coaches and Instructors in the surf school industry.

Additional official recognition acknowledging the relevance and appropriateness of the content of the ISA courses comes from the Australian Coaching Council accreditation of the Surfing Australia courses, from which the ISA programs have been customized for international use.  Twenty-five years of very successful development is contained in these programs and approaches.

The ISA Coaching & Instructing Program is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities of those individuals who wish to obtain a scientific approach to the Coaching and Instructing of surfing.

The objectives of the ISA Coaching & Instructing Program:

  • To establish an international system of Coaching and Instructing Courses, improving the safety and efficacy of surf instruction around the world.
  • To further develop, through educational programs, a body of knowledge on which Coaches and Instructors may draw.
  • To provide Coaches and Instructors with employment opportunities, encouragement and support.
  • To advance surf Coaching and Instructing as a globally standardized and highly professional activity with stringent requirements.

Over time this program will expand to many other areas of professional development education for our great sport of surfing.  All ISA Coaches and Instructors must abide by the local laws and regulations of the area in which they work. All ISA Instructors must be a minimum of 16 years of age to become an accredited ISA Instructor but must work under supervision of an ISA Instructor over 18 years of age.  An ISA Instructor must be a minimum of 18 years of age to instruct without supervision.

ISA Instructor Certifications are recognized by governments, municipalities, Ministries of Sport, and National Governing Bodies across the globe as the leading standard for safety, quality, and efficacy for Surfing and SUP instruction.

Learn more about the International Surfing Association at www.isasurf.org