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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Mission Statement
The National Association of Surf Schools and Instructors (NSSIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering surf etiquette, water safety, and quality instruction programs for surfers through professional instructor development, education, accreditation and research.
Association Principles
NSSIA has adopted the following principles to guide and govern activities of the association.
1. NSSIA recognizes the potential harm surfers can do to one another as well as to the local environment. The NSSIA will actively promote the incorporation of surfboard safety and water safety as a first step into surf school training programs.
2. NSSIA recognizes that being able to surf is not a reliable qualification for teaching others to surf. The NSSIA will actively promote a surf instructor certification program to qualify beginning and master level instructors that teach surfing.
3. NSSIA recognizes that surf schools and related businesses who offer surfing lessons provide a variety of learning approaches, some more appropriate than others. The NSSIA will actively promote a surf school accreditation program so those who seek lessons can identify those organizations offering consistently high quality services.
4. NSSIA recognizes that inexperienced surfers should not over impact more experienced surfers in the lineup. The NSSIA will promote learning activities that instill surf etiquette and low impact surfing in accredited instructional programs.
5. NSSIA promotes the right of low-impact, free and open access to the world's waves and beaches for all people. NSSIA will support SURFRIDER and similar organizations that act to preserve this right of access.
6. NSSIA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin for any reason.
7. NSSIA and its representatives agree to abide by these principles and all rules and regulations governing non-profit organizations.

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