Surf Programs for Schools 

Sals Surf School at Umina Beach is an ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) accredited surf school which abides by the high international standards for operations, training and safety. ASI accredited schools set the world standard in surf education. 

Our surf programs for schools are perfect for primary or high school aged children and  have  been designed so students can progressively learn all basic surfing skills to become independent and confident in the ocean as well as develop an understanding of surf safety and awareness when at the beach.

Sals background as a physical education teacher combined with her years of surfing experience has allowed her to effectively implement the ‘ASI Beginner or Intermediate Surfer’ surf programs and the   ‘APOLA Ocean Safety Surfer Award (OSSA)’. Program content, length and costs are outlined below for each course.

 

ASI Beginner Learn to Surf Program (Surf Wise)

This program is ideal for first time surfers in primary or high school aged 9 years or older. It’s a great introductory course to surfing and general surf awareness. We also include a theoretical component each lesson to further develop their understanding of surf safety.

Practical components

  • The surf environment

  • Surfing hazards

  • Surfing safety

  • Self rescue skills

  • Safe surfing locations for the beginner

  • Negotiate waves with safety

  • Control the board

  • Correct wipe-out and dismount techniques

  • Select and catch waves

  • Ride broken waves

  • Surfing awareness

  • Care for the surfing environment

  • Importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

  • Ride across (trim) unbroken waves

  • Turn the board

  • Correct surfing etiquette

  • Beginner surfer boards, equipment and clothing

Theory components

  • Complete Beginner Surfer Level 2 or 3 student workbook

  • Beginner Surfer Level 2 or 3 Certificate awarded

Length & Cost
Once a week for 8 - 10 weeks (Term 1 or Term 4)

1-2 day options also available for schools visiting the area

$80 - $120pp (negotiable depending on numbers, minimum 16 students needed)

Includes:

Identifiable rash shirts

Soft surfboards 
Wetsuits
Sunscreen
Qualified surfing instructors
Surf education student work booklets
Beginner surfer certificate

APOLA Ocean Safety Surfer Award (OSSA)

 

This course is ideal for students who have some surf experience already (e.g surf lifesaving club members, competent swimmers and intermediate surfers) and are wanting to select surfing as a sport. Students will complete the OSSA qualification which includes theoretical and practical demonstrations and skills for surfing activities at the beach. Once the OSSA is completed  students can take part in surfing for sport in accordance with the DET guidelines.


*Students must be 11yrs and older. This course meets the Department of Education guidelines and allows students to take part in Surfing for school sport once achieved.

Practical components

  • Swim 200m in a time less than 5 minutes in pool not less than 25m

  • Demonstrate competency in surfcraft riding (using a surfboard or bodyboard or wave ski or stand-up paddle board) by paddling unassisted, negotiating a surf break, catching a wave, recovering lost craft and riding a wave to shore

  •  Complete a Surf Mission with 200m swim, 200m beach run, 200m surfcraft paddle and conclude with a 200m beach run demonstrating sound physical fitness and competence in negotiating the surf with control in the riding of waves.

  • Demonstrate different surf craft rescues and use patient care including DRSABCD assessment

  • Demonstrate use of rescue tube including approach, securing patient and patient return to beach

  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of hand signals in land-water/water-land communications*

  • Identify potential hazards in the marine coastal environment

  • Demonstrate patient assessment (DRSABCD) and simulated resuscitation techniques

  • Participate in simulated emergency management scenarios

Theory components

  • Complete the APOLA OSSA written tasks and worksheets

  • Ocean Safety Surfer Award Certificate awarded

Length & Cost
Once a week for 4 weeks (Term 1 or Term 4)

2 day option also available for schools visiting the area

$45pp (negotiable depending on numbers, minimum 16 students needed)

Includes:

Identifiable rash shirts

Soft surfboards 
Wetsuits
Sunscreen
Qualified APOLA instructors
OSSA student work booklets
OSSA certificate

ASI Intermediate Surf Program & APOLA Ocean Safety Surfer Award (OSSA)

This course is ideal for students who have some surf experience already. Students will complete the OSSA in the first 4 weeks and then take part in intermediate surf lessons the remaining of the term with qualified surfing instructors.

Length & Cost
Once a week for 8 - 10 weeks (Term 1 or Term 4)

2-4 day options also available for schools visiting the area

$145pp (negotiable depending on numbers, minimum 16 students needed)

Includes:

Identifiable rash shirts

Soft surfboards or student brings own surfboard
Wetsuits
Sunscreen
Qualified APOLA & surfing instructors
Surf education & OSSA student work booklets
OSSA certificate
Intermediate surfer certificate

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