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
AN IRS REGISTERED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
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NSSIA Surfing Instructor Certification
 
Application Process
The potential licensee turns in an application for accreditation with fee. The proprietors/references and organizations then submit notarized affidavits and supporting letters to the NSSIA attesting as indicated below. NSSIA will send the applicant a self study to complete and the manual. Upon completion of the self study, a class will be scheduled for the applicant.
Application for Surfing Instructor Certification
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Certification Annual Renewal
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Qualifications for NSSIA Surfing Instructor Certifications

4    Apprentice - Level 1 (New Instructors)

4    Completion of Instructor Manual-based training course and/or passing a NSSIA approved training course presented by a NSSIA Master Level Instructor.
2 surfing references
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Sign a waiver certificate that also states they have read and will implement the NSSIA approved surf etiquette/water safety training in their programs and that they will follow the NSSIA approved Surf School code of ethics.
Minimum of 7 years verifiable surfing experience.

Photo (or color copy) of you surfing
Head photo for your membership card

4    Instructor Level 2

4    2 years minimum experience as a surf instructor in a licensed surf school.
2 school or certified instructor references or 1 NSSIA Master Instructor reference
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Sign a waiver certificate that also states that they have read and will implement the NSSIA approved surf etiquette/water safety training in their programs and that they will follow the NSSIA approved Surf School code of ethics.
CPR certificate
Minimum of 10 years verifiable surfing experience.

Photo (or color copy) of you surfing
Head photo for your membership card

4    Coach Level 2

4    2 years experience as a surf coach for a high school or college
2 years experience as a competitor and/or contest judge
1 letter of recommendation from an athletic director or letter of recommendation from a current or former top 25 professional surfer
Sign a waiver certificate that also states certificate that they have read and will implement the NSSIA approved surf etiquette/water safety training in their programs and that they will follow the NSSIA approved Surf School code of ethics.
CPR certificate.
Police background investigation.*
Minimum of 10 years verifiable surfing experience.

Photo (or color copy) of you surfing
Head photo for your membership card

4    Senior Instructor - Level 3

4    4 years experience as a surf instructor.
3 accredited school or certified instructor references.*
Sign a waiver certificate that also states that they have read and will implement the NSSIA approved surf etiquette/water safety training in their programs and that they will follow the NSSIA approved Surf School code of ethics.
CPR certificate.
Minimum of 10 years verifiable surfing experience.

Photo (or color copy) of you surfing
Head photo for your membership card

4    Master - Level 4

4    8 years working as a surf instructor.
4 accredited school or certified instructor references.
1 certified master instructor endorsement.*
Sign a waiver certificate that also states certificate that they have read and will implement the NSSIA approved surf etiquette/water safety training in their programs and that they will follow the NSSIA approved Surf School code of ethics.
CPR certificate.
Police background investigation.*
Minimum of 20 years verifiable surfing experience.

Photo (or color copy) of you surfing
Head photo for your membership card

4    Exceptions

4    * Police background investigations exclude marijuana offenses older than 4 years, alcohol offenses older than two years, and misdemeanor offenses.

4    At this time both colleges and lifeguard groups offer surfboard lessons and surfboard classes. Recommendations and proof of experience in these venues is also acceptable.

4    Additional Experience: Formal training in a NSSIA sponsored and endorsed instructors' training course may be acceptable for one additional year of instructor experience.

4    If an applicant cannot meet the 2 accredited surf school or 2 certified instructor references requirements, but are otherwise qualified, they may submit an application to the Director of Certifications without references. Certifications will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

4    If the person applying owns the surf school and has been established for a number of years, the number of reference letters and what the necessary reference letter states can be negotiated on a case by case basis. Submit your application and the NSSIA will get back to you.

4    Note: The certificates are annually renewable.

4    Updates on Instructor Certification
4    February 2013 - The NSSIA instructors exams are keyed to our instructors manual. When the self study exam is returned, you will receive your provisional instructors certificate and your name will be added to our web listing. At that point you have up to 6 months to attend the class provided one is available in your area. Recertification does not require a re-examination.
Surfing instructors training manual Certified instructors recieve a copy of the NSSIA instructors training manual.

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