ASLS COURSE

Advanced Surf Life Support

 Experience the best way for medical doctors & Health Professionals to unify your existing professional skills and your passion for the ocean and improve both during this unique practical 7 day course. 

 

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

Aim of the ASLS™ 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.

Who can take an ASLS™ course?

The ASLS™ certification is appropriate for any licensed medical professional with an interest in surfing and water activities. Medical professionals in training can take the ASLS™ depending on their stage of training. Our 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. 

What to expect

The Advanced Surf Life Support™ will give you an intense 7-day-course in probably the most fun and intense way to up your surf relevant medical skills and expertise. This unique format will await you with daily hands-on workshops, practically orientated lectures and intense scenarios. Included in the course fee are:

  • Teaching materials
  • Digital course manual
  • Written & practical exams
  • Accommodation (7 nights included)
  • Lunch & coffee breaks
  • Welcome and closing party
  • … and much more 

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Please note:
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the next ASLS course is postponed to spring 2021.  
Would you like to be among the first to know when & where? → Pre-Register today!

Knowledge to bring 

To make the course as effective, efficient, and beneficial as possible, we need participants to study the ASLS manual beforehand. It will be provided by us in sufficient time prior to the course. For more details please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Fitness to bring

The surf rescue training will be incredibly fun but also physically demanding. So, you must be in shape before the start of the course: the fitter you are, the more fun you will have while learning the rescue skills and saving people in the scenarios. Water fitness and showing confidence in the ocean and waves are mandatory and will be continuously assessed throughout the course to ensure your personal safety and make sure you meet the course’s criteria. For further details on physical requirements please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have collected the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers on the Advanced Surf Life Support™ course. If you don’t find the Q&A you were looking for, please write us: asls@surfingmed.com 

F.A.Q. - ASLS Course

The Advanced Surf Life Support™ (ASLS™) course is the first and most advanced course of its kind now running for almost a decade. The ASLS format has been custom-made to prepare and train health professionals in acute and surfing medicine, to learn and master basic aquatic life saving and rescue techniques, and wilderness medicine at remote surf locations.

The ASLS course is appropriate for licensed medical professionals (MD, PhD, OD, PA, NP, RN, Paramedic, EMT, etc.) who have interest in surfing and water activities. Medical professionals in training can take the ASLS depending on their stage of training. Our graduates include surfing enthusiasts, ship doctors and expedition physicians, physiotherapists of national teams, medical personal from pro surf events, big wave surfers and other water sport professionals, among others.

In addition to challenging yourself and learning something new, earning CME credits and an Advanced Surf Life Support certification, will provide you with skills, tools and knowledge to handle medical care in beach and surf settings where help may not be readily available. And it is also a lot of fun!

The Advanced Surf Life Support™ Course features a wide array of topics with drowning and hypothermia, rescuing techniques, theory about waves, tides & rips, outdoor scene safety and patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment of wounds, marine envenomation, and musculoskeletal injuries among others. The participants get practical training by experienced surfing doctors, wilderness medics, drowning specialists and professional surf lifeguarding instructors.

You will receive an ASLS certification after your participation in and completion of the FULL course, which includes successful passing of the written and practical exams. Participation in the course mandatory includes water fitness (see “Fitness to bring”) and showing confidence in the ocean and waves, both of which will be continuously assessed throughout the course to ensure your personal safety and make sure you meet the course’s criteria. The ASLS certification lasts for 4 years from the completion of your course. For more specific details on the course’s certificate and passing criteria please read the “Terms and Conditions” on the registration pages.

After four years  a in order to keep your certification you have the choice of either (1) retake the ASLS course, (2) be an active and instructing member of the ASLS team or (3) take one of our refresher courses. Please note, that the later are not taking place on a regular basis so far. If you have a request, please let us know.

The ASLS™ course programme takes account of our mutual passions: medicine and surfing! While we sure can not control the swell and weather conditions itself, the schedule leaves enough time for a daily surf-session. Or two. 

No! The ASLS™ course is NOT teaching you how to surf, it is about surfing medicine! You sure will learn some things for your surfing, but we do not give no dedicated surfing lessons. Also, when applying for the ASLS course you should bring some surf experience. This does not mean you should be a super surf crack, however bloody beginners barely able to standup on a surfboard sure will be overwhelmed by the course’s water exposure.

Yes & No. – We do provide surfboards for the course’s life saving training, scenarios etc. But we do NOT provide surfboards for surf sessions before/after the course day. However you can rent equipment locally, with one of our many local contacts offering you good rental rates.

NO.

We expect anyone taking the ASLS™ course already should have been around in the water for a while. Anyone surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, or alike should have her or his own wetsuit anyway. Please bring it along.

Not at all. On which board you use to ride on the water is secondary. However, to attend the ASLS™ course you must feel comfortable in the ocean and waves, with and without board. During you course you will do quite some swim and ocean rescue training, including rip currents and in breaking waves. You don’t need to be on swimming competition level, but feeling comfortable in waves is a must! Participation in the course mandatory includes water fitness (see “Fitness to bring”) and showing confidence in the ocean and waves, both of which will be continuously assessed throughout the course to ensure your personal safety and make sure you meet the course’s criteria. For the exact physical requirements please see the course’s Terms & Conditions.

Not at all. On which board you use to ride on the water is secondary. However, to attend the ASLS™ course you must feel comfortable in the ocean and waves, with and without board. During you course you will do quite some swim and ocean rescue training, including rip currents and in breaking waves. You don’t need to be on swimming competition level, but feeling comfortable in waves is a must! Participation in the course mandatory includes water fitness (see “Fitness to bring”) and showing confidence in the ocean and waves, both of which will be continuously assessed throughout the course to ensure your personal safety and make sure you meet the course’s criteria. For the exact physical requirements please see the course’s Terms & Conditions.

There are two major aspects on this question: mental and physical preparation.

In order to get ready for the ASLS™ course all registrants will receive a preparation manual prior to the course in sufficient time, so you have all the things at hand gain all the knowledge to fully enjoy the course.

As for your physical preparation and water fitness level please see the next question.

The surf rescue training will be incredibly fun but also physically quite demanding. So, you need to be in shape before the start of the course. The fitter you are, the more fun you will have while learning the rescue skills and saving people in the scenarios. You must be able to meet the following criteria to attend the course:

  • Visible confidence in unbroken and broken waves, with and without a floating device, i.e. surfboard
  • Paddling 100 meters in 1 minute on a surfboard
  • Swimming 50 meters in 1 minute
  • Continuously swimming for 30 minutes at a moderate speed
  • Threading water for 30 minutes continuously

Participation in the course mandatory includes sufficient water fitness (see above) and showing confidence in the ocean and waves, both of which will be continuously assessed throughout the course to ensure your personal safety and make sure you meet the course’s criteria. For the exact physical requirements please see the course’s Terms & Conditions. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: asls@surfingmed.com

If you can already answer all the above points with ‘Yes’, you are already in a great shape and physically ready for the course. If not, don’t worry: there is still plenty of time to get in shape.

ASLS alumni or seasoned Surfing Medicine professionals are encouraged to apply. We would love to explain you the pathway in person. One thing said in advance: it is a very rewarding, sometimes challenging but ALWAYS fun and satisfying job! We love what we do and we are sure you will, too.

If you have a great facility and passion for Surfing Medicine we invite you to think about hosting a licensed course. Please get in contact with us and we will let you know all the details: ASLS@surfingmed.com

Yes, of course there is a course programme providing day-to-day information. With plenty of activities in the water and on the beach we do need swell for several exercises but also we do not want do endanger anyone by massive waves or rips. With a course like the ASLS™ we do have to adopt the timetable to these external conditions. For this reason the course schedule is not yet available for download, however it will be handed to all registered participants in sufficient time.

You can come and leave whenever you want, just be aware that to get the ASLS certificate you will need to attend the full course, and pass the written and practical exams, which will be held on the last course day.

In other words, anyone being absent during the course will NOT get the full course certificate. Instead you will receive a printed “Proof of Attendance”, still eligible to apply for educational points. In order to receive the Advanced Surfing Medicine Life Support course certificate participants need to fulfill ALL the criteria as stated in the course’s Terms & Conditions.

In order to receive the Advanced Surfing Medicine Life Support course certificate participants must pass the written and practical exams, which will be held on the last course day. Also, for the full certificate you must attend the full course.

Additionally make sure to meet our required level of water fitness, among other criteria stated in the course’s Terms & Conditions.

Anyone NOT meeting the criteria above will receive a printed “Proof of Attendance” instead of the certificate, still eligible to apply for educational points.

No. Saturday has a full schedule and as such part of the course.

Furthermore, on this last day of the course the written and practical exams will be held.

We advise you to plan you travel times to arrive at the course location before the first course event and to leave without stress at earliest on the evening of the last course day. Ideally you leave the day after, so you’ll have the chance to celebrate your successful completion of the course at our legendary closing party.

Please note that anyone being absent during the course will NOT get the full course certificate. Instead you will receive a printed “Proof of Attendance”, still eligible to apply for educational points. In order to receive the Advanced Surfing Medicine Life Support course certificate participants need to fulfil ALL the criteria as stated in the course’s Terms & Conditions.

On Sunday, the first course day you will have sufficient day to arrive, do the on-site registration, get the keys to your lovely rooms/cottages, etc. Just make sure to arrive before 15:00 on sunday. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner for all participants, the course team, the instructors to get together and with first easy-to-digest presentations.

Since we all know the pitfalls of working in the medical business, we sure understand anyone getting into the situation of cancellation.

Of course anyone can cancel her/his reservation at any time. As we usually already have some people on the waiting list, your place being assigned to someone else will make her/him happy. In that case that your place will be inherited by someone on the waiting list, as soon as she/he paid we will refund you 100% of the course fee.

However, if your course place can not be assigned to someone after your cancellation, you might not be eligible to a full refund. Please read our easy to understand refund policy can be found in the ASLS course’s Terms & Conditions.

While we would love to get to know your wife/family, the course program will be quite packed. From the past year’s we have learned that ASLS™ course + surf + family might get pretty ‘intense’. Also, the available space on the venue & locations is perfectly fitted to the participants + instructors + ASLS™ team leaving few to none space for extra guests. However, if you still wish to bring your beloved ones along, we sure could arrange something. Let us know. Call or write us. asls@surfingmed.com

Yes, you heard absolutely right. After a week of hard training, lectures and the exams, we all deserve some more surf time together and a closing celebration. As this party will be on the evening after the exams, please arrange your flights accordingly so we all have your big smile around on the closing night.

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Please note:
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the next ASLS course is postponed to spring 2021.  
Would you like to be among the first to know when & where? → Pre-Register today!

ASLS Crew & Instructors

The Advanced Surf Life Support course is made possible by the amazing work of our enthusiastic crew, organising the course, infusing it with their stoke and year by year rosins the course’s quality. 

Find below our core crew, that is currently setting up the coming courses. Additionally we have some changing and new instructors, that might not be shown below … but you will get to love them during the course.  

Amrita Schäffler, MD

Amrita Schäffler, MD

ASLS Team Officer
Andrew Schmidt, MD

Andrew Schmidt, MD

Senior ASLS Team Officer
Bob Verweij, MD

Bob Verweij, MD

BSLS Team Officer
Chris Lobo

Chris Lobo

SMI Crew Member
Frederique Elffers Tan, MD

Frederique Elffers Tan, MD

SMI Task-force ENT
Hans van den Broek

Hans van den Broek

Senior ASLS/BSLS Team Officer

SMI Lead Lifesaving

Hylmar Elsenga, MD

Hylmar Elsenga, MD

Senior ASLS/BSLS Team Officer
Ingvar Berg, MD

Ingvar Berg, MD

Chief Executive Officer
Lena Huebl, MD

Lena Huebl, MD

ASLS Team Member
Lisa Veith, MD

Lisa Veith, MD

Senior ASLS Team Officer, National Lead Austria
Mischa Göttinger, MD

Mischa Göttinger, MD

Chief Educational Officer CEdO

Leading ASLS, BSLS, SMI App Dev

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Thank you very much for your interest in the Advanced Surf Life Support™

By pre-registering for the ASLS you will get informed about the new dates and locations. It is totally free – no obligations.

Your details will help us, to better tailor the courses to our participants. Thank you for you interest in this great course.

 

 

In case you need any assistance with pre-registration, please email us: ASLS@surfingmed.com

Please note:
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the next ASLS course is postponed to spring 2021.  
Would you like to be among the first to know when & where? → Pre-Register today! 

Contact

For any questions, comments, or concerns you may have in regard to the Advanced Surf Life Support™ course please do not hesitate to email us using the contact format the bottom the page or email us directly. 
Email: asls@surfingmed.com

 

Terms and Conditions

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