Your surfing journey has begun!
This surfer can have fun in a safe ocean environment under fully qualified supervision.
Where physically able this surfer may have stood up on their board with or without assistance.
Their success lies in their willingness to try new things.
By having fun and digging deep they can achieve the incredible. This Explorer is a budding ‘Icon’.
Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 1
Paddle, paddle, up and away!
This surfer can surf in a fully supervised environment, in suitable safe conditions, on learner equipment (soft boards).
They have a basic understanding of the dangers and key safety aspects of surfing.
This colour iAM Band could be awarded in the first lesson if the pupil has the required skills to successfully stand up on their own wave.
Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 2
In control, filled with potential!
This surfer can regularly catch and stand up on their own waves (generally broken / white water waves) without assistance. They can turn their board in both directions.
This surfer applies good surf safety awareness.
This surfer understands the basics of surfing dynamics. They display good control of their board and can dismount safely.
Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 3
Stepping up to the next level!
This surfer can surf unsupervised in suitable conditions and are consistently ‘out the back’ beyond breaking waves. Traversing waves, they are kicking out or turning to the beach at the end of the ride.
This surfer understands and applies basic surf and beach etiquette.
They are starting to consider more advanced equipment to suit their needs.
Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 4
Advanced skills are on the menu now!
This surfer can always ride on green waves. They can comfortably take off, bottom turn and top turn. This surfer is moving on to their own equipment, away from learner boards on to hard boards.
They have a full understanding of surfing etiquette and apply this at all times.
They are hunting for good waves.
Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 5
Perseverance is paying off!
This surfer can consistently apply the basics of good surfing: speed - flow - control. They are surfing in decent waves often referred to as ‘6ft’ or just overhead.
They have all the basic manoeuvers worked out and can perform them on demand.
This surfer is ready to step up!
Control, power, grace - ripping!
This surfer can legitimately be called a ‘good’ surfer. They are comfortable in most conditions, adding power and creativity to the basics of good surfing.
Aerials, whilst not compulsory, could be in their repertoire.
They behave in a responsible ‘ocean and surf minded’ manner showing good surf etiquette at all times.
A very good surfer indeed!
This surfer can compete and win at a national level. By ramping up their speed and power this surfer stands out in any line up.
A highly visible national profile would usually be expected.
This iAM Band can also be awarded to renowned ‘watermen/women’ who charge big waves or surfers who are celebrated on a national level for their inspiring surfing skills.
The surfing Elite!
This surfer can compete and win at an international level.
They have usually won several national titles. This surfer has a full repertoire of tricks. They can lay down some amazing manoeuvers and/or impress us with their huge wave prowess.
They are a great ambassador of the sport on a global stage. An inspiration to their national surf scene.
SURFING is the art riding a surfboard along a wave. From it’s Polynesian roots it has grown to be a global sport, and the origin of all modern day boardsports.