About Us

We envision that every surfer is an ambassador for global health and the ocean environment. We believe in connecting great people. As we are at the core of medical scientific communities, we share our knowledge and educate coastal communities in preventing injuries, saving others and living healthy.


Next Event: ASLS Course 2018 

The Advanced Surf Life Support™ (ASLS) course has been custom-made to prepare and train health professionals in acute surfing medicine, to learn and master basic aquatic life saving rescue techniques, and wilderness medicine at remote surf locations. This intense 7-day-course in probably the most fun and intense way to up your surf relevant medical skills and expertise. This unique format will await you with daily hands-on workshops, practically orientated lectures and intense scenarios.

The next course in Peniche, Portugal from 13. – 20.  May 2018 is up for registration. Over half of the tickets are already booked. Get one of the limited places now!



World Conference 2018

The “World Conference in Surfing Medicine” 2018 will take place in Newquay, Cornwall, UK from 24. – 28. September 2018, This is a state-of-the-art medical conference delivered premium academic content in an innovative and engaging format. It provided a scientific platform for surfing healthcare professionals, scientists, lifeguards, and other key players across the global surf community. The annual surfing medicine conference has run since 2012 and has seen speakers and participants from all around the globe.



Who are Surfing Medicine International?

Surfing Medicine International (SMI) is the world’s largest and leading collective of Surfers, Lifeguards, Medical & Allied Health professionals of all specialties, Surf Coaches, environmental & other associated scientists, Students, Surf Industry and key surfing stakeholders, who are  actively contributing to welfare of the global surf community, through numerous activities, such as: treatment in day-to-day practice, serving as contest medical personnel in both professional and amateur surfing arenas, delivering training courses (e.g. Advanced Surfing Medicine Life Support™), outreach events to Surf Community – Surfer’s Academy, conducting scientific research work and publication, defining evidence-based standards within the specialty and the sport at large, and convening the Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine.


Our Journey

paddleoutWe want to educate this generation and create a new breed of Surfers, enable Surfers to prevent Injuries, helping and saving others, and inspire Surfers to become ambassadors for Global Health. Our quest is to connect with the local surf community, provide education on major topics as Drowning, Water Safety, Injury Prevention and UV related disease.

Surfing grows increasingly popular with some estimates suggesting up to 37 million people participating worldwide nowadays. Surfers may encounter several different types of health issues whilst riding waves around the globe: trauma, to the head or extremities; drowning; hypothermia; UV damage to the skin and eyes; exposure to tropical infectious disease, as a result of traveling to far-flung destinations; stings and/or bites from animals, Mental health – Substance abuse & Depression. That’s quite a broad spectrum, yet we’ve only listed a few.

By connecting individual Surfers and professionals, we hope to share knowledge, expertise and stoke for global health ambassadorship in the Surf community at large.



Get involved

If you would like to get involved, and believe your skills can make a positive difference, please get in touch. Send us your suggestions, observations, questions, or support SMI with a donation.

We are open to individuals from different backgrounds, from surfer, to student (we have a separate student section! SMI for Students), scientist, to medical professional. We invite everyone who can contribute to keeping the surfer healthy and safe to contact us and make a change. Email to info@surfingmed.com to contact us now!


Become a Donor

  • Every 30 seconds someone drowns in this world
  • Every 20 seconds someone new gets skin cancer in this world
  • Over 20 million paddle surfers out there
  • +60 million watermen riding others boards on water

Drowning and skin cancer prevention are just two of the many topics Surfing Medicine International (SMI) successfully addresses for years. We’re educating medically non-trained surfers, health professionals and key players in the surfing world.

YOU can support the work of SMI by simply giving a donation. Each donation will be used to help us to to keep the surfer healthy and safe!

Donations can be made by organisations, clubs or individuals. In the latter case we invite you to review membership and additionally individual membership for added benefits related to your donation.

Donate via bank wire

Account Holder: Surfing Medicine International
IBAN Number: NL88INGB0004939228
Bank: ING Bank
Bank address: Financial Plaza Bijlmerdreef 109, 1102 BW Amsterdam, Netherlands


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Keeping the surfer healthy and safe!