Surfing Medicine International currently hosts a number of different events for both surfing health professionals and non-medically trained surfers.
The annual surfing medicine conference is our largest event. This is a state-of-the-art medical conference delivering premium academic content in an innovative and engaging format. It provides 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. Former speakers include Dr.Joost Bierens, Dr.David Szpilman, Prof.Mike Tipton, and Prof.Brian Tissot.
Advanced Surf Life Support™
A training course for doctors and allied health professionals
The Advanced Surf Life Support™ (ASLS™) is a seven (7) day training course featuring a wide array of topics, such as: drowning and hypothermia; rescue techniques; theory concerning waves, tides, and rips; outdoor scene safety and patient assessment; diagnosis and treatment of wounds, marine envenomation, and musculoskeletal injuries, to name but a few aspects. Developed by Surfing Medicine International’s forerunner and refined over the years it is the original and leading course in surfing medicine specifically designed for health professionals. Participants experience theoretical and practical “hands-on” training as well as land and water based scenarios by experienced surfing doctors, wilderness medics, drowning specialists, and professional surf-lifeguard instructors. Teaching includes learning how to improvise with rudimentary materials (an essential skill in remote settings), how to work with professional-grade medical kits, splint injured extremities, and rescue victims in open water.
Basic Surf Life Support™
A training course for surfers*, watermen and women
Our outreach philosophy seeks to keep surfers (everywhere) healthy and safe. That’s why we developed the Basic Surf Life Support™ (BSLS™) training course. The BSLS™ is a full-day training course featuring a wide array of topics, such as: Surf First Aid, basic water rescue techniques; theory concerning waves, tides, and rips, outdoor scene safety and patient assessment, marine sting envenomation, and musculoskeletal injuries, to name but a few aspects.
Developed by SMI, the world’s largest collective of surf-enthusiast health professionals, it is the original and leading course in surfing medicine specifically designed for *non-medically trained surfers, watermen and women.
Download our Surf First Aid App to get an impression of what you learn on the BSLS!
The Surfer’s Academy is a full-day Health and Well-being Symposium for Surfers about the issues that affect them in and out of the water, and forms part of the ongoing SMI outreach program – translating our vision of “Keeping the Surfer Healthy and Safe”.
Symposia are events that discuss health topics within Surfing Medicine, among health professionals, Surfers and Coaches/Trainers and other interested professionals from other allied sciences.
If you educational institution is interested to host an event on Surfing Medicine, please contact us.
The Kick Off Symposium of Surfing Medicine International for Students 9 June 2016, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands was a huge succes with many stoked students!
Next to organised public events we educate the surfer digitally, f.ex. by our unique Surf First Aid App. We are always open for cooperation on initiatives to keep the surfer healthy and safe. Please contact us for more information.