ISA and AS Surf Instructor Level 1 France

Our goal is the training of competent surf coaches with the relevant surfing skills and knowledge to be able to independently instruct surfers at beginner to intermediate stage in surf schools as well as assist the head coach / Level 2 Instructor in doing his tasks in surf camps (where special skills are requested).

The course consists of the ISA L1 surf instructor course plus extra modules developed by AS to cater for the special needs of surf camps. This combination has established our coaching program as the most requested one in surf camps in Europe and worldwide.

Your advantages: 

  • The included ISA accreditation is the only accreditation globally recognized by the ISA
  • Austrian Surfing is recognized by the ISA (International Surfing Association), the ESF (European Surfing Federation), and our National Sports Organisation Sport Austria (and thus also federally recognized). 
  • Flat Water SUP on lakes and river arms is used more and more often as an alternative for days with no / small / too big waves.  We have created a special 1 day module for our Surf Instructors who are interested in getting their ISA Flat Water SUP accreditation. Please click here for all info!


18.09.2021 - 25.09.2021
Still places available
29.09.2021 - 06.10.2021
Still places available
10.10.2021 - 17.10.2021
Still places available

Course Overview

Level Level 1
Location Vieux Boucau, France
Duration 7 days
Language English*
Check-in 15:00
Course Start 15:30
Course End 13:00
Costs € 899,00
Licence / course content download

* If only German-speaking participants register for certain courses, we will run the course in German.

included Services

  • 7 days course, course manuals and workbooks (AS and ISA as PDFs), worksheets, beginner boards, examination fees - there are no hidden costs in our courses! The only fee to be paid on the spot is the "taxe de séjour", a French tourism tax that is always collected by the accommodation provider and goes straight to the authorities.
  • 7 nights accommodation in the Atlantic Surf Lodge
  • Full board: Rich breakfast buffet, beach snack, dinner
  • AS GREEN ROOM: thanks to our partner VERIVAL BIO we can offer almost all food in organic quality (depending on the availability of the bread we have to buy in France) - this results in more energy for surfing and is also better for mother earth :)
  • ISA membership (1 year)
  • Name appears in ISA Surf Coach Online Register for one year
  • L1 accreditations
  • AS job service: We are in contact with many surf camps and forward their job offers to 'our' instructors. It is our endeavour to not only provide one course, but also try to help you find a job and your way of life as a surfer and a friend of AS.

As we have been receiving quite a few requests lately: Please understand that it is not possible to do the course without food and accommodation for organisational and logistical reasons. We are happy to have an appropriate location for the definitely demanding course, as a result of its infrastructure we can run the course as smooth and time efficient as possible!

Accomodation is in the Atlantic Surf Lodge - check out The Atlantic Surf Lodge stands for the highest standard in surf coaching and is therefore the perfect location for our courses.

Contact number: +33 5 58 48 31 37

Getting there

Train (for cheap train fares check your national railroad companies and for early-booking-specials check or to DAX, car (please use our special Facebook group for car-pooling), Rip Curl Express or plane (to Biarritz, from there by bus to Vieux Boucau:

From Dax you take a bus to Soustons:  and then to Vieux Boucau les Bains:  

As you are experienced surfers and travellers we just want to remind you of the most important things: Surfing gear:

  • board, leash, wetsuit, wax etc.
  • Sport / jogging shoes
  • Pen and paper!
  • Travel insurance, vaccinations, first-aid-kit (if you are not sure what to bring please consult a travel medicine center)


  • Complete the registration form in your course with all required fields.
  • Your registration automatically (and FOR FREE) makes you an Austrian Surfing 1 - the 1st Austrian Surfing Club community member, which is a prerequisite for participating in the course and being awarded the accreditation
  • Payment of course fee
  • You are receiving the invoice, the course manuals, etc. as soon as (and only if!) you have made the payment AND registered; the invoice is also the reservation of your place!

Relevant surfing skills (on board type of your choice):

  • Controlled surfing in beach breaks up to 1.5m faces
  • Basic front- and backside bottom and top turns while
  • Surfing green waves
  • If the necessary surfing skills cannot be shown during the course, the participants can send in a video (2-3 waves frontside and backside) by 1 year after the course. Please note that in this case the Level 1 accreditations cannot be issued before we have received the videos. However, you will receive a document stating you have participated for use in the tax office, employment center etc.

Other prerequisites:

  • Surf Coach Lifesaver Award
  • The certificate can also be handed in later (up to 1 year) - please note that in this case the Level 1 accreditations cannot be issued before we have received your certificate. However, you will receive a document stating you have participated for use in the tax office, employment center etc.
  • 4 weeks practical in a surf school / surf camp

In most legitimate surf schools and camps some sort of on-the-job-training is required. This training time can be reduced by doing a pre-practical in a surf camp prior to doing the coaching course. The pre-practical also helps you get your first experiences in the daily business of coaching and the surf camp vibes - please click here for our partner schools.

We only need an email by the camp manager / head coach (sent to as a proof of your practical.

Due to the substantial difference in the quality of teaching of surf instructors who have done a practical and those who have not, a 4-weeks-practical (80 hours) is a prerequisite for being awarded the accreditation. Compared to other sports, surfing - as a sport characterized by direct interaction with nature, i.e. the power and at times unpredictability of the ocean - and surf coaching need a lot more experience that cannot be completely covered in the course. This practical can be done pre- or post-course, or as a combination of both, however it fits better into your plans. 2 weeks pre- and 2 weeks post-course would be ideal. We do not want to build any bureaucratic obstacles, we just want to ensure the high quality of our coaching programs! If you have any questions, please contact us!

If all prerequisites for participation are met and the examinations have been passed, the licenses are issued.

Validity of the accreditations: 1 year


ISA accreditations:


Everyone who is currently registered in the ISA Online register (ISA accreditations) and sends us an email receives the AS licence (with an exact listing of the content and hours needed to get the licence).

Content of the coaching courses:

  • Improving the future coach´s surfing skills (including video analysis)
  • Teaching theoretical subjects
  • Delivery of the practical lesson
  • Freesurfing
  • Fun!

Table of contents (short version):

  • Definition of the term "surfing"
  • Didactics
  • Austrian Surfing and surfing in landlocked countries
  • Equipment
  • The Ocean
  • Dangers and risks of surfing
  • Safety and occupational knowledge
  • First Aid and lifesaving techniques with the surf board
  • Training theory and surf fitness training
  • Surf rules and etiquette
  • Surfing and the environment
  • Surfing Terminology


  • Written exams covering all parts of the course manual
  • worksheets and essays
  • Practicals: teaching theoretical subjects and delivering the practical lesson
  • Surfing skills (demonstrating beginner techniques as well as own surfing skills)

Oesterreichischer Wellenreitverband - Austrian Surfing
UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Rathausplatz 2
3100 St. Poelten
IBAN: AT141200051467026415

Please note "ISA and AS L1 course" in the money transfer!

You are receiving the invoice, the course manuals, etc., as soon as (and only if!) you have made the bank transfer AND registered; the invoice is also the reservation of your place! The payment should be made at least 4 weeks before the course. It is NOT possible to pay in cash on the spot for legal reasons. If the money transfer has not arrived in our account by the start of the course, a 50 € processing fee applies!

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellation until 3 months before the course start or cancellation due to exceptional incidents (i.e. if Austrian Surfing cannot run the course): Only a 50 € booking fee applies. This booking fee covering our administrative office services (course lists, emails, invoices, etc.) applies for every booking and can under no circumstances be reduced or waived.
  • Cancellation between 3 months and 1 month before the course start: 300 € cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation between 1 month and 2 weeks before the course start: 50% of the course fees are charged.
  • Cancellation within 2 weeks before the course start: 80% of the course fees are charged.
  • No-show: Full course fee is charged.
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