School Surf Survival Courses

Surf survival courses are a pre-requisite for school students to participate in school surfing programs for school sport under the supervision of school teachers only. Without passing the surf survival Course Award - it would be inadvisable for teachers to take school kids into the surf during school hours under their supervision (SEA Australia can otherwise cater in this instance).

*Programs can also be accessed individually by students in school holidays

Without passing the surf survival course award it would be inadvisable for teachers to take school kids into the surf during school hours under their supervision. In this instance SEA Australia can assist you.

The Award course listed below (OSSA) is granted by the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association (APOLA) and accredited by the DET. Suppliers of this program must be approved by APOLA. Teachers can also participate in award courses (School Surfing Supervisor Award) to allow them to take their students into the surf for surfing sport programs. SEA Australia is an authorised supplier of these courses.

Theory in-school

  • Coastal studies -coastal geography & environment

  • Surf zones – safe and dangerous areas

  • Rip education – identification and easy escape methods

  • Waves – negotiating and returning to the beach safely

  • Basic CPR an 1st aid


Beach program (student) - 3 hr practical course (OSSA)

  • Still water skills evaluation

  • Surf survival and self-rescue skills  

  • Rip education– identification and practical management

  • Basic rescue in moderate surf conditions

  • Perform basic surf manoeuvres in controlled conditions

  • Surf negotiation with and without a foam surfboard

  • Swimming and floatation competencies

  • Basic surf mission


School Surfing Supervisor Award (teacher) - 3 hr course (SSSA)

This course is similar to the OSSA, with the following components:

  • Swim 500m (in a 25m to 50m length pool) in a time less than 12 minutes.

  • Complete a Surf Mission over a set M shape course commencing with 200m swim, followed by 200m beach run, followed by 200m surfcraft paddle and concluding with a 200m beach run demonstrating fitness and competence in negotiating the surf.

  • Demonstrate surfcraft rescues using personal surfcraft such as: paddle to rescue an unconscious and/or conscious patient; demonstrate patient approach; demonstrate rollover, duck-dive and leg-hook patient pick-up techniques; deep water resuscitation, patient return demonstrating patient care including DRABCD assessment and placing patient in recovery position.