Surfer’s Academy

The Surfer’s Academy marked the beginning of the Surfing Medicine International’s outreach activities – translating our vision of “Keeping the Surfer Healthy and Safe”.

An educational program for the Surf Community with focus on Drowning & Water safety, Surfing Injuries & Prevention and UV related skin/eye disease.

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

Last Event: 1 October Wellington, New Zealand













The next Academy will be held 1st of October Wellington New Zealand in cooperation with the Otago University, School of Medicine Wellington.

Join us and learn all about: Drowning, Water Safety, Surfing Injuries, Surfers Skin, Maori Surf Culture, Sustainable management of Surf Breaks, Waves under threat in Wellington ! Open for all interested; Medical Professionals, Surfers, Bodyboarders, Kite & Wind Surfers, Lifeguards and all other water sport fanatics! Paddle out with us and learn how to stay healthy, and improve your surfing experience!

Tickets 20$

Book your tickets here

Location Lectures Morning Program:

University of Otago Wellington

23 Mein St, Newtown, Wellington 6242

Location afternoon workshop:

Lyall Bay, Maranui SLSC

Morning Programme:

Registration 08:15-08:45    Lecture Programme 09:00-12:30

09:00/09:10  Mihi Whakatau
09:10/09:40  Drowning – Jonathon Webber
09:40/10:05  Surfers as first responders in Drowning – Ingvar Berg
10:05/10:15   Break
10:15/10:30   Surfing Injuries – Dion van de Schoot
10:30/10:40  Community Science Project – Debbie Remnant
10:40/10:55  UV related Skin disease – Cancer Society NZ
10:55/11:05   Break
11:05/11:20   Training & Performance: Physiology of Surf Athlete – Oliver Farley
11:20/11:35   Sustainable Management of Surf Breaks NZ – Shane Orchard
11:35/11:50   Wellington Waves under threat – Phil Wollerman
11:50/12:10   Indigenous surf craft: Ancient Maori surf culture – Jhan Gavala

Workshop (Lyall Bay Beach) 14:00 – 16:00 in cooperation with Maranui Surf Life Saving Club –

((Take your wetsuit and preferable board with you for the above workshop!!))

BIOS of Speakers

Ingvar Berg

Emergency Medicine Doctor, Den Hague (the Netherlands) Founder and President of Surfing Medicine International, Advanced Surf Life Support Instructor, Co-developer of mobile IOS/ANDROID app SurfFirstAid, Special interest in first response of Surfers in drowning

Jonathon Webber

Advanced Qualified Lifeguard, Life member of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club Auckland, Hon Lecturer Department of Anaesthesiology;University of Auckland, Chief Executive WaterSafe Auckland Inc, Representative of SLSNZ on the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Member of the International Life Saving Federation’s Medical Committee

Dion van de Schoot

Emergency Medicine Doctor, Wellington NZ, Founder of Surfing Medicine International, Advanced Surf Life Support Instructor, Co-developer of mobile IOS/ANDROID app SurfFirstAid, Special interest in Surfers as global health ambassadors

Shane Orchard

Environmental Consultant in water resource management, Christchurch, NZ, Specialist areas land-water boundaries, environmental policy and climate change. Research on sustainable management of surf breaks.

Jhan Gavala

Registered Psychologist and Lecturer in School of Psychology, Massey University Auckland. Current in PhD program in surf-psychology, examining localism, surf-rage and ancient Māori surfers. Supports amateur & professional surfers; development and strengthening psychological capabilities. Past Bicultural Director of the New Zealand Psychological Society, past member of the New Zealand Psychologist Board and the Massey University Human Ethics Committee.

Debbie Remnant, Lifeguard & member Mnt Maunganui Surf Life Saving Club, Master of Osteopathy student  – UnitecConducted 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

Phil Wollerman, MBA, grew up surfing in Eastbourne and has travelled widely in pursuit of waves. In 2004 an epileptic seizure while surfing at Lion’s Rock left him in a coma that he came out of 12 hours later in ICU, a life-changing event. He has two grown sons that he coached in the safe waves around his home and recently formed SOS Eastbourne, an organisation dedicated to stopping CentrePort dredging a deeper Harbour channel that will destroy his 5 local breaks.

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.