BASIC Surf Life Support

Knowledge is good, but when it comes to rescuing a friend, a fellow surfer, a family member, or even a complete stranger, experience and practical training is where it’s at.

Make the Surf Safer!

This full-day course was specifically designed for medically non-trained surfers, watermen and women to get you prepared for when surfing friends, family or yourself need it the most. 

In the Basic Surf Life Support (BSLS) course you will get both, practical knowledge and hands-on training. The course features a wide array of topics, such as: Surf First Aid, basic water rescue techniques; theory concerning waves, tides, and rips, outdoor scene safety and patient assessment, marine stings envenomation, and musculoskeletal injuries, to name but a few.

Aim of the BSLS™ course

The Basic Surf Life Support™ (BSLS™) course has been custom-made to prepare and train medically non-trained surfers, watermen and women in Surf First Aid, to learn and master basic aquatic life saving rescue techniques, and wilderness first aid at remote surf locations.
Who can take a BSLS™ course?

Who can take an BSLS™ course?

The BSLS™ course and certification is appropriate for ANY surfer, waterman or waterwoman, stoked about the liquid medium and interested in keeping themselves, friends, fellow surfers, or family members healthy and safe.

You will receive online interactive preparation prior to the 8 hour full-day course, where they will experience theoretical and practical training as-well as land and water based scenarios by international team of experienced, well trained and certified surf enthusiastic health professionals.

You can make the surf safer – you can be the difference!

Knowledge to bring

ANYONE can come to the BSLS™ course. To make the course as effective, efficient, and beneficial as possible, we need participants work through the interactive online preparation, which can be done in about 2-4 hours, depending your reading speed and pre-knowledge.

Fitness to bring

The surf rescue training will be incredibly fun but also physically 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.


Please note:
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 all BSLS courses are postponed to 2021.  
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BSLS™ Certificate

Every participant attending and completing the course as-well as passing the written and practical exams will get an internationally accepted BSLS™ course certificate.



Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the next BSLS course is postponed to spring 2021. Would you like to be among the first to know when & where? Then sign up for the SMI Newsletter today. 

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BSLS Crew & Instructors

The Basic 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.

Andrew Schmidt

Andrew Schmidt

Senior ASLS Team Officer
Bob Verweij

Bob Verweij

BSLS Team Officer
Hylmar Elsenga

Hylmar Elsenga

Senior ASLS/BSLS Team Officer
Mischa Göttinger

Mischa Göttinger

Chief Educational Officer CEdO

Leading ASLS, BSLS, SMI App Dev


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


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