Surfer’s Academy – Community Health Symposium

Symposium on Health & Performance for surf & coastal community – The event is open for all interested welcome, age +14; Surfers, Bodyboarders, Kite & Wind Surfers, Lifeguards, medical professionals and all other water sport fanatics!

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 Elite Training & Performance. See below the full preliminary program.

The Surfer’s Academy marks the continuation of Surfing Medicine International’s outreach activities in the surf & coastal community – translating our mission to educate on health & well being.




Daymen Huband

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

Sam Cosgrove

Medical Doctor, specific interest in nutrition and health of Surfer’s athletes.

Britte van der Pouw

Dietician, specific field of interest around Sports Nutrition in extreme sports

Phil Watson

Physiotherapist, interest in prevention and treatment of Surfing Injuries, day-day practice with Surfers, Hutt Valley

Dion van de Schoot

Emergency Medicine Doctor, Wellington NZ, co-founder of Surfing Medicine International, Advanced Surf Life Support Instructor


Start: 14:00 hrs

14:00 Whakatau/Opening

14:10 – 14:25 Drowning

14:25 – 14:40 Surfers as first responders

14:40 – 14:55 Surf first aid

14:55 – 15:10 Skin Cancer prevention

15:10 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 15:45 Chronic Injury prevention in surfing

15:45 – 16:20 High performance surfing and the Olympic Dream

16:20 – 17:40 Nutrition & Surfing

17:40 – 18:00 Surfer’s Shoulder

Paddle out with us and learn how to stay healthy in the Surf! Register below!!