About us

About Surfing Medicine International

The SMI active crew

Surfing Medicine International is at heart a certified medical association powered by a passionate and truly global network from every aspect of life. We envision every surfer as an ambassador for health and environment. We believe in connecting great people. Being part of the scientific communities, we share our knowledge and experiences to inform and educate coastal communities “Keeping the surfer healthy and safe”.

The SMI´s network research and the collective experience of the biggest scientific community in surfing and the foundation for our consultancy activities in marine and sports health, product development and placement. “Evolving together”

Surfing Medicine International Film 

Get to know us through our short film and get the core essence of SMI.

Plastic Health Summit 2019 

Coming 3th of October 2019 the very first Plastic Health Summit will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During this event new knowledge about plastic health research will be presented. Surfing Medicine International partnered up with the Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF) to spread the awareness about microplastics and human health. With the PSF and other parties having the knowledge, and SMI having the medical outreach platform, we want to spread the word and urgency of this problem together. Contact us to see what You can do! Click on the following link for more info:  Plastic Health Coalition & Plastic Health Summit

World Conference on Surfing Medicine 2020 


Next  World  Conference  on Surfing  Medicine  #WCSM2020  🇯🇵  Katsuura, Chiba is unfortunately postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
We  are  excited  to  work  and  meet  with  our  dear  friends  and  crew  members  from  amazing  Japan.  “Evolving together”. Surfing Medicine International brings an unique event , World Conference on Surfing Medicine to Japan. More future announcements coming soon so check in regularly with SMI for the next update.

ASLS Course 2020 

The Advanced Surf Life Support™ (ASLS) course is a practical, water-centered 7-day medical training course. 

The ASLS course has been custom-made to prepare and train health professionals in acute surfing medicine, to learn and master basic aquatic life saving rescue techniques, and wilderness medicine at remote surf locations. This intense 1-week-course is probably the most fun and intense way to up your water relevant medical skills and expertise. This unique format will await you with daily hands-on workshops, practically orientated lectures and intense scenarios.

The next ASLS course hosted in Peniche, Portugal from 17th – 24th May 2020 has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. Participants are personally informed.


BSLS Courses 2020

The BSLS is for everyone – whether you’re a first aid green-horn, endowed

with practical experience or in continuous first aid training: this 1-day-course will teach you new, surf relevant skills and knowledge in a fun and practical way.

A full day of BSLS training will give you hands-on training, fun educational role-playing and teach you water rescue techniques. Besides you will learn about waves, tides, and rips, outdoor scene safety and patient assessment, marine stings, musculoskeletal injuries, to name but a few aspects.

► BSLS @ your homespot: Host a course at your home spot? Email info@surfingmed.com for more information!


Surfer’s Academy – Community Health Symposium

The Surfer’s Academy marks the beginning of Surfing Medicine International’s outreach activities 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.

For more information click here.

Global Injury Register

Welcome to the first Global Injury Register for board riding water sports. This anonymous five (5) minute survey.

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. Thanks for your time and contribution!

Fill in your injury now in the Global Injury Register!

High Performance Surf Coach Postgraduate

This course offers globally peerless education for professional surf coaching. The curriculum is based on state of art, evidence based science and practice created for surf coaches, sport science graduates and sports health professionals ready to take their skills and capabilities to another level for more click here.

Who are Surfing Medicine International?

Surfing Medicine International (SMI) is the world’s largest and leading collective of Surfers, Lifeguards, Medical & Allied Health professionals of all specialties, Surf Coaches, environmental & other associated scientists, Students, Surf Industry and key surfing stakeholders, who are  actively contributing to welfare of the global surf community, through numerous activities, such as: treatment in day-to-day practice, serving as contest medical personnel in both professional and amateur surfing arenas, delivering training courses (e.g. Advanced Surfing Medicine Life Support™), outreach events to Surf Community – Surfer’s Academy, conducting scientific research work and publication, defining evidence-based standards within the specialty and the sport at large, and convening the Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine.

Our Journey

paddleoutWe want to educate this generation and create a new breed of Surfers, enable Surfers to prevent Injuries, helping and saving others, and inspire Surfers to become ambassadors for Global Health. Our quest is to connect with the local surf community, provide education on major topics as Drowning, Water Safety, Injury Prevention and UV related disease

Surfing grows increasingly popular with some estimates suggesting up to 37 million people participating worldwide nowadays. Surfers may encounter several different types of health issues whilst riding waves around the globe: trauma, to the head or extremities; drowning; hypothermia; UV damage to the skin and eyes; exposure to tropical infectious disease, as a result of traveling to far-flung destinations; stings and/or bites from animals, Mental health – Substance abuse & Depression. That’s quite a broad spectrum, yet we’ve only listed a few.

By connecting individual Surfers and professionals, we hope to share knowledge, expertise and stoke for global health ambassadorship in the Surf community at large.

Get involved

If you would like to get involved, and believe your skills can make a positive difference, please get in touch. Send us your suggestions, observations, questions, or support SMI with a donation.

We are open to individuals from different backgrounds, from surfer, to student (we have a separate student section! SMI for Students), scientist, to medical professional. We invite everyone who can contribute to keeping the surfer healthy and safe to contact us and make a change. Email to info@surfingmed.com to contact us now!

Become a Donor

  • Every 30 seconds someone drowns in this world
  • Every 20 seconds someone new gets skin cancer in this world
  • Over 20 million paddle surfers out there
  • +60 million watermen riding others boards on water

Drowning, skin cancer prevention and surf injuries are just three of the many topics Surfing Medicine International (SMI) successfully addresses for years. We’re educating medically non-trained surfers, health professionals and key players in the surfing world.

YOU can support the work of SMI by simply giving a donation. Each donation will be used to help us to to keep the surfer healthy and safe!

Donations can be made by organisations, clubs or individuals. In the latter case we invite you to review membership and additionally individual membership for added benefits related to your donation.

Donate via bank wire

Account Holder: Surfing Medicine International
IBAN Number: NL88INGB0004939228
Bank: ING Bank
Bank address: Financial Plaza Bijlmerdreef 109, 1102 BW Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Evolving Together”

Educational Platform 

Surfing Medicine International is working on the next step in surfing medicine. Evolving surfing together. Encompassing all of the knowledge of one decade of Surfing Medicine International on one platform. Welcome to the future of surfing science.

Privacy Policy

We are very delighted that you show interest in our Privacy Policy. Data protection is of a particularly high priority for the management of Stichting ‘Surfing Medicine International’. Find our full Privacy Policy here: www.surfingmed.com/privacy-policy/

Surfing Medicine International is a global network of health professionals, medical doctors, paramedics, physiotherapists, lifeguards, marine biologists, among others. Surfing Medicine International is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with the aim of keeping the surfer healthy and safe! We offering several events per year, both for the public and for selected health professionals. Three of our main events are the years “World Conference in Surfing Medicine” and the “Advanced Surf Life Support” (ASLS) course for Health Professionals, as-well the “Basic Surf Life Support” (BSLS) course suited for every surfer and water enthusiast. Our course’s graduates include surfing enthusiasts, ship and expedition doctors, physiotherapists of national teams, medical personnel from pro surf events, big wave surfers and other water sport professionals, among others.