Learn for free. Online. Or offline. Free knowledge adopted to your special needs as a surfer, venue or health professional. Apps, Videos, Webinars


Grow at one of our live events. Add to your knowledge and get trained in water and medical skills. Certified events for surfers, venues and health professionals. 


Connect with likeminded surfers, support our work as an affiliate, become part of a professional network, or get involved as part of the SMI active crew.


A research platform to collaborate, join in research meetings to identify gaps in evidence, define together research priorities and find overview of studies.


Injury Register

Register your accidents & injuries here, to contribute to improve knowledge and safety in board riding sports


Fun and challenging courses for the average surfer, surf instructors and full week programmes for health professionals. 

Video Library

Find an extensive video library on a wide range of topics around Surfing & Health, Training & Performance and more.

Surf school/Resort

Become part of a global network of excellence around Surfing & Health. Be certified and strive for best surf experience.


Always wanted to combine surfing with your professional career. Combine work with your passion for Surfing.


Present your abstract, find an internship, or create your own student symposium with SMI & local university.

Watch a documentary about our work.

Active Countries

Surfers Educated

Something for Everyone. 

For surfers

Easily learn how you can keep yourself and your mates safe in the surf, what to do when things go wrong, or profit from our free Surf Injury Prevention videos to maximise your surf. 

for Health Professionals

Ever wanted to combine your passion for medicine and the ocean? Learn how to create an unknown synergy to improve your professionalism both in the ocean and at work. 

For surf Schools

Take advantage of easy and affordable online courses, or get your staff trained by our professional Surf First Aid instructors and ultimately become an SMI certified Surf School. 

for all ocean lovers

Whether you are a lifeguard, marine biologist, wind driven board addict, own a business, or just love the salty wets — our network can help everyone to learn, grow & connect.    

Be The Change

You Have the Power to Make the Surf Safer. 

Here are some examples how you can help:

  • Fitness & Injury Prevention — Download the free Surf Injury Prevention programme, created by surfing physios to maximise your fitness and time riding on your board. 
  • Emergencies — Sometimes you just need be prepared. Learn how to deal with challenging orunforeseen situations, injuries and critical moments in the surf or at the beaches with  our educational platform. With units ranging from “medical green horn” to “Experienced Team Doctor”. 
  • Get Certified — You might want to go full hands-on and experience Surf First Aid, rescue techniques and more in the water and at the beach? We got you covered in one of our many live training formats ranging from our 1-day basic courses for the everyday surfer to full blown intense week-programmes for health care workers. 
  • Become Active — Want to shape the future more actively? Become an affiliate or partner of Surfing Medicine International. Or become part of our unique global family of volunteers.
  • Environment — Learn what you can do to help preserving the oceans, which are your playground and marina life’s habitat alike. We partnered with the Plastic Soup Foundation and hold membership of the Plastic Health Coalition  to help keeping our beloved oceans blue.  


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Surf School & Resorts

Excellence in Surfer’s health & safety

 No matter if you are running a surf school, performance centre or remote surf resort in the tropics, you work daily on the frontline with surfers in your care, contributing to Surfer’s Health & Injury Prevention.

Working in the middle of surf community you have the perks of endless swell, SMI understands as well it also comes with a responsibility to safeguard the lives of Surfers.


Get Involved

Surf Injury Register


Welcome to the first Global Injury Register for board riding water sports. This anonymous five (5) minute survey is being conducted by Surfing Medicine International, the world’s leading network for health professionals focused on keeping the surfer healthy and safe.



The purpose of the Global Injury Register is to find out more about the prevalence and patterns of injury in board riding sports. With this knowledge we aim to improve safety measures, help industry evolve safer products, and deliver board riders everywhere reliable, activity-specific, and trusted safety and first aid information.

Our Friends & Partners


  • Plastic Soup Foundation
  • Surfrider Foundation Australia
  • Surfrider Foundation Porto chapter
  • Surfers Against Sewage

Surfing Federations

  • Surfing Victoria
  • Surfing England
  • Federação Portuguesa de Surf
  • Deutscher Wellenreit Verband


  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Lifeguarding.NL
  • Lifeguards without Borders
  • Surf Life Saving GB
  • Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club


  • University Lisbon, UMF
  • Otago University Wellington
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Medical Society Austria
  • Austrian Sport Medical Association

Photo & Media

  • TBWA \ WorldHealth London
  • Jonas “Draws” Claesson
  • Video Nomads
  • Carve Magazine
  • Surf Girl Magazine
  • Staccato Films

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