Accreditations are available for:   Level 1 Surf Coach, Level 2 Surf Coach, SUP Flat Water, SUP Surf/Open Water, Bodyboard

To gain your accreditation you must

  1. Attend 2 day coaches course
  2. Be a competent Surfer or SUP Paddler (your skills will be assessed during the course)
  3. Have current Surfing NSW (or state) membership
  4. Complete a coaches workbook including 20 hours practical training (after attending the course), sign code of ethics
  5. Hold & supply the following certificates
  • First Aid
  • Ocean Safety Certificate – proficiency must be current – Bronze Medallian/ Ocean Rescue Certificate (
  • Working with Children Check (everyone over 18yrs)

Make a career move and get qualified by becoming a Surfing Judge and Official.

Surfing Australia Judging development courses are recognised as the only endorsed Judging Accreditation course by the Australian Sports Commission and the International Surfing Association.

The “International Judging and Officiating accreditation courses” are regularly being conducted in many major surfing areas around the Australian coast line and in conjunction with our state branches. These courses are being conducted through out the world with countries that are our licensed partners in the global Judging and Officiating development program.

The “International Judging and Officiating Course” is the first step in becoming a professional surfing Judge and Official. Surfing Australia and the ISA are committed to providing a clear development pathway for our aspiring and, dedicated experienced officials.

The education of our sport’s officials is paramount to the direct success of the competition system. The role of a Judge in a surfing contest is to decide which surfer performs closest to the judging criteria in a particular heat. It is therefore essential that the judge’s have the knowledge, confidence and finally the experience to obtain the correct results.

The International judging accreditation gives the individual judge access to the ISA Judging exchange program and the ability to judge at all ISA sanctioned events. There are currently 18 countries that are partners in our global development program.

The International Judging and Officiating course enables successful course participant the opportunity to work as a judge and/or officiate at regional, state, national and international surfing/bodyboarding events.

To obtain this accreditation an individual must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Full attendance at the course
  2. Successful completion of practical exam
  3. Completed workbook handed to the presenter at the end of the course
  4. Completed judging registration form
  5. Sign the Officials code of Ethics form
  6. Understanding of the steps to achieve level 2 3 judging qualifications

Surfing NSW now has released dates for 3 International Judges Courses and 8 surf coach courses – Level 1, Level 2 & SUP courses. If you are interested, you just need to go to the Surfing NSW website for more information on  – dates – locations – costings – pre-requisties. Bookings for these courses are now open. Some are filling fast.


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