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Become a SMI affiliate, connect with likeminded surfers and participate in a global network. Start bringing your passion for the ocean & surf together with your professional career. Learn more about us & our biggest treasure: an amazing crew of volunteers.

 

Affiliate Programme

Professional network

About us & our crew

Become an Affiliate

The affiliate program provides you with a year full of exclusive education and webinars, discounts on live events, networking and opportunities to collaborate with like minded professionals and global leaders in the field of Surfing and Health.

No matter if you are a recreational or a pro surfer, new to surfing medicine or an experienced health professional, a small surf school or a thriving surf business, we have plenty of benefits for everyone. 

What you Get by Enrolling

Exclusive Webinars

Exclusive invitations to live online webinars with experts lecturing on a variety of topics. Let us know your questions & needs.

Video Lectures

Access to Video library of SMI, including recordings of previous conferences with top experts discussing topics around Health, Performance & Ocean Environment

Workgroups

Join or create work-group within your field of interest.  Discuss research agenda and collaborate with experts worldwide.

Unique Awards

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Special Discounts

Get discounts on the SMI live events, Surf Life Support Courses, WCSM conference and more. 

Exclusive Shop Items

Get your hands on SMI apparel & merchandise that is exclusive to our SMI affiliates. Standout & represent during SMI events and at your local spot. 

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Your Benefits

Click below to learn about your personal benefits:

Benefits for Individuals

  • Learn everything about Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals 
  • Social: meet professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Professional: get an impression of professionals integrating Surfing within daily work and life, get a job through like minded people in our network, share experiences 
  • Community projects: highlight your project on platform SMI
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive discounts for our live events

  • Continue your professional learning around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Professional: Get an impression of your profession in another country, get a job through like minded colleagues in our network, share experiences
  • Mentoring available to make next step in career
  • Research: conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise
  • Social: meet professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive discounts for our live events
  • Continue your professional learning around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Professional: Get an impression of your profession in another country, get a job through like minded colleagues in our network, share experiences
  • Mentoring available to make next step in career
  • Research: conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise
  • Social: meet professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive discounts for our live events
  • Continue your professional learning around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Professional: Get an impression of your profession in another country, get a job through like minded colleagues in our network, share experiences
  • Mentoring available to make next step in career
  • Research: conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise
  • Social: meet professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive discounts for our live events
  • Continue your professional learning around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Professional: Get an impression of your profession in another country, get a job through like minded colleagues in our network, share experiences
  • Mentoring available to make next step in career
  • Optimise training programmes for your athletes with help of SMI Network and new learning
  • Implement injury prevention and learning around Surfer’s Health in your classroom
  • Research: conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise
  • Social: meet professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive discounts for our live events
  • Continue your professional learning around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Optimise training programmes for your athletes with help of SMI Network and new learning
  • Implement injury prevention and learning around Surfer’s Health in your classroom
  • Professional: Get an impression of your profession in another country, get a job through like minded colleagues in our network, share experiences
  • Mentoring available to make next step in career
  • Social: meet professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive discounts for our live events

  • Learn everything about Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Electives/Internships: Get access to the global network of SMI to arrange your elective or internship for experience or study in specific topic of interest 
  • Research: conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise
  • Social: meet other students and professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive exclusive discounts for our live events
  • Continue your professional learning around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Professional: Get an impression of your research field in another country, get a project through like minded colleagues in our network, share experiences
  • Research: conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise
  • Cross disciplinary interaction enriches your research activities 
  • Mentoring available in specific research fields
  • Social: meet professionals from all over the world with a shared passion for water sports
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Become a part of the active crew of the SMI, make impact in local and global water sport community
  • Affiliates receive discounts for our events (affiliate fee is discount for one event per year) : ASLS, CSLS, WCSM minus 50€ –  BSLS minus 25€

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Benefits for Organisations

  • Continue your professional learning of staff in Surf School around Surfing & Health 
  • Integrate learning webinars around Surfing & Health in your surf lessons  -> Contact us for customised education for your Surf School 
  • Provide specific learning webinar for your staff Surf Teachers and Coaches -> f.e Injury Prevention, Skin, Drowning, Surf with disabilities, Mental Health -> Contact us for customised education for your Surf School 
  • Become part of global network of SMI affiliated Surf Schools, share experiences with colleagues around the world 
  • Community projects: highlight your project on the SMI platform and events
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Policy: influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Continue your professional learning of staff in Surf Resort around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Mentoring available for planning of Emergency Management Plans 
  • Provide a learning experience for your customers around Surfing & Health, we can provide webinars by experts on Expedition Medicine for Surfers, Drowning, Performance & Injury prevention – Contact us for customised education for your Surf Resort 
  • Become part of global network of SMI affiliated Surf Resorts, share experiences with colleagues around the world 
  • Influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Opt in to become an research & excellence partner of SMI -| Report your injuries via Global Injury Register of SMI, start your injury registration data with assigned liaison of your resort     and be displayed as active contributor to the annual Global Surf injury Report.
  • Continue your professional learning of staff in Surf School around Surfing & Health 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Mentoring available for planning of Emergency Management Plans for Wave Pools 
  • Become part of global network of SMI affiliated Wave Pools, share experiences with colleagues around the world
  • Provide a learning experience for your customers around Surfing & Health, we can provide webinars by experts on Expedition Medicine for Surfers, Drowning, Performance & Injury prevention – Contact us for customised education for your Surf Resort
  • Provide specific learning for your staff of Surf Teachers and Coaches -> f.e Injury Prevention, Skin, Surf with disabilities, Mental Health -> Contact us for customised education for your Surf School 
  • Community projects: highlight your project on the SMI platform & events
  • Become a venue for SMI events  
  • Research: bring your wave pool to the arena of research around Surfing & Health 
  • Influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally 
  • Opt in to become an research & excellence partner of SMI -| Report your injuries via Global Injury Register of SMI, start your injury registration data with assigned liaison of your Wave Pool and be displayed as active contributor to the annual Global Surf injury Report.
  • Continue your professional learning of staff in your Performance centre around Surfing & Health 
  • Optimise training programmes for your athletes with help of SMI Network and new learning
  • Research: conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise and highlight your publications in network 
  • Webinars available by experts on specific topics in performance & injury prevention for your centre -> contact us for customised learning / lectures for your centre. 
  • Become part of global network of SMI affiliated Performance Centres, share experiences with colleagues around the world 
  • Get the opportunity to ask specific questions in network of Surfing professionals
  • Influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Opt in to become an research & excellence partner of SMI -| Report your injuries via Global Injury Register of SMI, start your injury registration data with assigned liaison of your performance centre  and be displayed as active contributor to the annual Global Surf injury Report.
  • Continue your professional learning of staff in your Faculty around Surfing & Health 
  • Connect with a diverse group of researchers and professionals to enrich your research network 
  • Lecturing / Webinars available on demand for your learning needs in University or Faculty – contact us for customised learning / lectures for your centre
  • Conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise and highlight your publications in network 
  • Community projects: highlight your projects on SMI platform & events
  • Become part of global network of SMI affiliated Faculties / Universities, share experiences with colleagues around the world 
  • Influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Continue your professional learning of staff in your institution around Surfing & Health 
  • Connect with a diverse group of researchers and professionals to enrich your research network 
  • Lecturing / Webinars available on demand for your learning needs of your team-> contact us for customised learning / lectures for your centre
  • Conduct research together on specific topics in your field of expertise and highlight your publications in network 
  • Community projects: highlight your projects on the SMI platform & events
  • Become part of global network of SMI affiliated Faculties / Universities, share experiences with colleagues around the world 
  • Influence policies in your country to prevent injury and disease in water sport.
  • Support our mission of improving health and safety for surfers and water sports globally
  • Opt in to become an research & excellence partner of SMI -| Report your injuries via Global Injury Register of SMI, start your injury registration data with assigned liaison of your performance centre  and be displayed as active contributor to the annual Global Surf injury Report.

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Free Content

Sharing an ever growing selection of free content on our website is in the DNA of Surfing Medicine International. However, some tailor made premium content will be exclusive to the SMI affiliates.  

Premium Content

  • Get early access on new content 
  • Download Q&As as PDF files
  • Get exclusive algorithms and more

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Professional Network 
& Professional Tools

This unique platform provides an inspiring environment to collaborate on projects that give in the end back to the Surf community, by developing more science and education around the health of the Surfer and beyond.

The affiliate programme of SMI aims to connect professionals and organisations in a multidisciplinary perspective around Surfing & Health ranging from Surf Coaching / Performance, Surf Industry, Lifeguarding, broad spectrum of Medical & Paramedical sciences and sports & environmental science. 

Surfing Medicine International fosters the efforts of prevention and reduction of injury and disease in the global surf & coastal population. The organisation is connected worldwide with Surf Associations, researchers and academic centres, to enable exchange of knowledge and standards.

 

Becoming an affiliate offers a way of advancing you and/or your organisation to become a leader and ambassador in your community on Surfing & Health via a range of tools.

Getting Insight

Getting insight into what actually affect surfers via the Global Injury Register (GIR). In this unique project started 5 years ago Surfing Medicine International connects and collects insights in surf sport injuries. 

Getting Better

Pushing how research is done, for example by introducing a unique kind of exposure value in sports: Surf Years (SY). Learn why it is better than any other value. Use our free SY Calculator to facilitate your work.

Unique Workgroups

Join or create work-group within your field of interest.  Discuss research agenda and collaborate with experts worldwide to gain new insights, develop guidelines, giving back to research & surfing, alike.

About Us

… and our biggest treasure:
Our Amazing Crew 
 

 

Surfing Medicine International is a non-profit foundation made possible by the amazing work of our global network of, surf enthusiastic health professionals, scientists and other volunteers. 

Surfing Medicine International is at heart a certified medical association powered by a passionate and global network. 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”.

Hover over the profile pics beloaw to learn more about our dedicated team of volunteering professionals.

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The SMI Board

Ingvar Berg, MD

Ingvar Berg, MD

Chief Executive Officer
Dion van de Schoot, MD

Dion van de Schoot, MD

Chief Operational Officer  

Leading WCSM, Surfers Academy and SMI southern hemisphere team

Jennifer Straatman, MD

Jennifer Straatman, MD

Chief Financial Officer
Mischa Göttinger, MD

Mischa Göttinger, MD

Chief Educational Officer CEdO

Leading ASLS, BSLS, SMI App Dev

Ogi Markovic, MD

Ogi Markovic, MD

Chief Strategy Officer

General Strategy Lead Marketing, Outreach, Sponsorship

SMI Active Crew

Markus Emmerich, MD

Markus Emmerich, MD

SMI Task-force ENT
Andrew Schmidt, MD

Andrew Schmidt, MD

Senior ASLS Team Officer
Guilherme Vieira Lima, MD

Guilherme Vieira Lima, MD

MOS Team Officer
Evelien van der Vinne, MD

Evelien van der Vinne, MD

SMI Lead Certification/Accreditation
Lisette Langenberg, MD

Lisette Langenberg, MD

SMI Lead Intern Communication
Olivier Chambres, MD

Olivier Chambres, MD

SMI National Lead France
Simon Morris, MD

Simon Morris, MD

MOS Team
Jeroen Seesink, MD

Jeroen Seesink, MD

SMI Students
Yvonne Konst, MD

Yvonne Konst, MD

Senior WCSM Team Officer
Lan Göttinger, MD

Lan Göttinger, MD

SMI Head of Merchandise
Alex Kelleher, MD

Alex Kelleher, MD

Senior WCSM2019 Team Officer
Hans van den Broek

Hans van den Broek

Senior ASLS/BSLS Team Officer

SMI Lead Lifesaving

Bob Verweij, MD

Bob Verweij, MD

BSLS Team Officer
Hylmar Elsenga, MD

Hylmar Elsenga, MD

Senior ASLS/BSLS Team Officer
Eline Thijssen, MD

Eline Thijssen, MD

MOS Team Officer
Daymen Huband

Daymen Huband

SMI Crew Member
Lisa Veith, MD

Lisa Veith, MD

Senior ASLS Team Officer, National Lead Austria
Jiska Kooijman

Jiska Kooijman

Senior ASLS Team Officer
Amrita Schäffler, MD

Amrita Schäffler, MD

ASLS Team Officer
Frederique Elffers Tan, MD

Frederique Elffers Tan, MD

SMI Task-force ENT
Lena Huebl, MD

Lena Huebl, MD

ASLS Team Member
Floortje Kemps

Floortje Kemps

SMI MOS Team
Markus Knöringer, MD.

Markus Knöringer, MD.

SMI Crew Member
Chris Lobo

Chris Lobo

SMI Crew Member
Corina Bello

Corina Bello

SMI Crew Member
Sebastiaan Heitkamp

Sebastiaan Heitkamp

ASLS Team, Physio, Injury Prevention
Kevin Wong

Kevin Wong

SMI Crew Member
Benedikt Stadlbauer

Benedikt Stadlbauer

ASLS Team
Aidan McParland

Aidan McParland

ASLS Team
Vanessa Bastek

Vanessa Bastek

Plastic Health

Our oceans, our health.

Surfing Medicine International is proud to be contributing to the Plastic Health Coalition. Working in collaboration with scientists and activists, Plastic Soup Foundation, VU Amsterdam and other organisations from all over the world, we are striving to gather and spread evidence about the health effects as a result of (micro)plastic pollution in the oceans.

On October 3th in 2019, the very first Plastic Health Summit took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During this event scientists, companies, health professionals and many other people came togehter to exchange about new insights about the human health effects from microplastics. New collaborations and good discussions were the result. We are looking forward to the next summit in 2021 to spread the new knowledge and ideas.

More information can be found on: www.plastichealthcoalition.org

Watch a video on microplastics

WCSM 2021

WORLD CONFERENCE SURFING MEDICINE

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