The Surfer’s Academy marks the beginning of Surfing Medicine International’s outreach activties in the surf & coastal community – translating our mission to educate on health & well being. The academy consist of an educational program in the format of an interactive symposium with mini lectures on the topics: Drowning & Water safety, Surfing Injuries & Prevention and UV related skin disease.

Let us know if you think the Surfer’s Academy should come to your home break!



Upcoming  Surfer’s Academy will take place in the heart of Surf Culture of New Zealand, Raglan.

Solscape Eco Retreat is powering the event and official partner for the Surfer’s Academy in Raglan.

Date : 31st of March 2018

Venue: Eco Retreat Solscape, 611 Wainui Road, Raglan 3297

The educational programme will be provided in the format of an interactive symposium with mini-lectures  on the topics:  Drowning & Water safety, Surfing Injuries & Prevention and UV related skin disease.

The event is open for all interested, Ticket is open for donation, age +14; Surfers, Bodyboarders, Kite & Wind Surfers, Lifeguards, medical professionals and all other water sport fanatics! Paddle out with us and learn how to stay healthy in the Surf!





Preliminary Programme

Saturday 31st of March

17:00               Whakatau/Opening

17:10 – 17:25  Drowning

17:25 – 17:40  Surfers as bystander rescuers

17:40 – 17:55  Surf First Aid

17:55 – 18:10  Skin Cancer prevention

18:10 – 19:10  Break

19:10 – 19:25  Chronic Injury prevention in surfing

19:25 – 19:45  High performance surfing and the Olympic Dream

19:45 – 20:00  Nutrition & Surfing

20:00 – 20:15  Surfer’s Shoulder

20:15 – 20:30  Mental health and surfing

Speakers :

Debbie Remnant, Lifeguard & member Mnt Maunganui Surf Life Saving Club, Osteopath based in Raglan, Conducted large survey on surfing injuries in NZ

Oliver Farley, Exercise Physiologist, Former Lead Exercise Physiologist at Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, Strength and Conditioning coach: Aktive Pathway to Podium national athletes, Lecturer at Unitec – Sport

Dion van de Schoot, Emergency Medicine Doctor, Wellington NZ, co-founder of Surfing Medicine International, Advanced Surf Life Support Instructor, Co-developer of mobile IOS/ANDROID app SurfFirstAid

Daymen Huband, Medical Doctor, preceding career in pre-hospital care as paramedic, specific interest in bystander rescue of Surfers

Britte van der Pouw, Dietician, specific field of interest around Sports Nutrition in extreme sports

Rachel Mannings, Emergency medicine doctor recently relocated to Raglan. Qualified lifeguard and surf instructor. Keen interest in expedition and humanitarian medicine.

The presentation below, “Surf Injuries” by Dr. Clayton Everline MD, is one example of the topics discussed on the previous Surfer’s Academy in Sligo, West Coast Ireland. A selection of other lectures from the Academy are available on the SMI Vimeo page.

Surfer’s Academy – Dr. Clayton Everline on “Surfing Injuries” from Surfing Medicine International on Vimeo.