Unit description

Develops and enhances the practical surf coaching and surfboard design skills of students. First, it introduces students to a range of practical surf coaching skills, and a comprehensive understanding of surf safety. Second, it introduces students to modern industrial surfboard design and manufacture.

Unit content

Surfing Skills Topics
Topic 1: Introduction to National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and the Level One Surfriding Coaching Course
Topic 2: Safety of the surfer in your care 
Topic 3: Equipment for beginner surfers 
Topic 4: Role of the coach 
Topic 5: Coaching methods and skill development 
Topic 6: Program planning 
Surfing Technology Topics 
Topic 7: Introduction to the surfboard design process 
Topic 8: Composites in construction 
Topic 9: Surfboard shaping techniques and processes 
Topic 10: Colouring methods in glassing and decoration 
Topic 11: Producing a decal; printing methods 
Topic 12: Repairing and restoration processes; mould making

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Jennar, H, 2007, The Surfer's textbook, H J Surf Designs, Bogangar, NSW.
  • Surfing Australia, 2012, Level 1 Surf Coaching Manual & Workbook, Surfing Australia, Coolangatta, Qld.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Practical session 4 hours (2 weeks)
Workshop on-site 3 hours (6 weeks)
Workshop on-site 4 hours (4 weeks)
Practical skills25%


Teaching method
Field work 18 hours (1 weekend)
Structured online learning 3 hours (6 weeks)
Practical skills25%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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