ISA/ILS Surf and SUP Water Safety Course

The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) have entered a partnership to establish a universally recognized, global standard water safety course and certification for surfing and stand-up paddle (SUP) coaches and instructors.

The ISA/ILS International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course is specific for the surf instructing environment and available for all ISA and ILS Members to access. The course can be presented by ILS Member Organizations and those with formal endorsed trainer/assessor qualification. It is recognised that a number of Member Federations have their own or similar course. This course does not replace the local course. It is available in countries that do not have a formal surf and SUP Instructor course.

The aims of this course are to establish a global minimum standard for Surf/SUP instructors in relation to basic water safety as the current water safety requirements vary from country to country. This course does not qualify the trainer to be a lifeguard.

One of the requirements to complete the ISA Coaching and Instructing Program Courses requires all ISA accredited instructors to hold a valid, recognized water safety accreditation. This course satisfies that requirement.

If you would like to be considered to be able to instruct this course, please forward a resume outlining qualifications and background/experience to ISA Membership and Development Manager at