Surf Schools play an important role in promoting surfing. The idea for BCASI approved surf schools was introduced in 2002 to help the public obtain better value for money and greater safety during surfing instruction. Surf schools operating outside the District of Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park (ie: “remote”) are not subject to these regulations as certain area specific regulations may apply. In order to become a BCASI approved surf school, the applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
1. The surf school must have a minimum of $2 million liability insurance (both aggregate and occurrence)
2. Proper equipment in good condition must be provided including the following:
- a. semi soft surfboards for beginners, preferably with rubber fins
- b. all surfboards must have leashes
- c. full wetsuits must be used on all students, common sense must be used in relation to water temp for the addition of gloves and boots for winter.
- d. coloured rashguards must be worn by all students.
- e. instructors must wear a different colour of rashguard than students and be clearly marked with “instructor”
3. Instructor:student ratio of 1:5 or better must be standard practice. Assistant Instructors will be counted as and instructor. It is recommended that all surf schools have a 1:4 Instructor:student ratio or better for kids under age 12
4. All instructors must be BCASI level accredited Instructors, Assistant Instructors must be supervised by an accredited Level 1 Instructor
5. Instructors must have a First Aid Kit that includes a means of communication such as a VHF radio, cell phone or walkie talkie with them during lessons. First Aid kits must contain the supplies required by WorkSafe BC for level 1 Occupational first aid (see Appendix A of full manual)
6. All surf schools must register and submit their Instructor List (including qualifications) by June 1st each year. Updates should be submitted when necessary
7. All approved surf schools must follow the BCASI approved Emergency Action Plan and fill out Incident Report Forms for all incidents occurring during lessons.
8. All member surf schools must adhere to the BCASI Emergency Action Plan in case of an emergency during a lesson. See full manual for details
9. All member surf schools must follow the BCASI Code of Conduct