National Surf Schools & Instructors Association National Surf Schools & Instructors Association (NSSIA)
The Official Professional Association for the Surf School Industry
Protecting Both Industry and Students • Established 2005
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Surf Instructor Certification Training

The NSSIA is an official IRS non-profit organization dedicated to fostering surf etiquette, water safety, and quality instruction programs through professional instructor development and certification, school accreditation, and educational research.
 
New Instructor Applciation
The next NSSIA instructor certification classes will be in North Carolina. There will be a SUP course in Cleavland, OH this summer.
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To be eligible to attend, instructors must have completed their self study course and submitted it prior to attending.
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT Chairman Bruce Gabrielson
 
There is an additional fee to attend the class itself. Fees are determined based on class size.
Please see certification criteria and application for more information.

 
***Formal instructor training classes are appx 8 hours or more depending on specific needs and instructor backgrounds. They include both classroom and an on the beach sessions. Costs depend on the number of participants. To schedule a South America or Mexico class for your school, contact Kim Hamrock. To schedule a Hawaii class, contact Lou Maresca or Ethan Sage. To schedule in Costa Rica, contact Peter Ottinger For New England, contact Peter Pan, For New Jersey, contact Jennifer Steffener. For North Carolina, contact Robert Farmer. For Northern California, contact Sada Andrews. For Maryland or questions about other areas, contact Bruce Gabrielson.
Individuals who want to become NSSIA certified surf instructors, but who have no experience working as a surf instructor at a surf school, can take the training course to waive the previous experience requirement in the surf instructor certification requirements. A candidate (except for apprentice level) must otherwise meet or exceed the rest of the NSSIA certification requirements. Apprentices can take the class but will need to work at the apprentice level until their experience moves them to the next level.

ALL CANDIDATES MUST MEET ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR SURF INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION OTHER THAN THE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT TO QUALIFY FOR CERTIFICATION.


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