The purpose of these resources is to aid you in the establishment of a surfing program for youth. This guide is intended for people who want to lead beginner surf programs with adequate equipment and supervision. The guides, templates, and sample documents will help you develop your program. We also include tools supplied by our partner organizations that will help you effectively get youth into the water.

IntroductionGUIDE Introduction and Overview Surfing with Youth

This guide is an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to facilitate a youth focused surfing program.


This section will help you to develop a logistical plan for a day of surfing with youth. Use the Day Planner to modify the Day-at-a Glance to produce a portable logistics summary for the day.

Day PlannerGUIDE Surfing Day Planner

This guide is a more in-depth plan for a day of surfing with youth including a suggested lesson plan. Use this in advance of a trip to plan out the details of your surfing trip.

Day at a glanceTEMPLATE Surfing Day at a Glance

This template gives you a sample of how a day might run in terms of timing, mechanics, and includes some helpful reminders of how to keep things running on time.


Use these templates to create a Local Operations Plan and Trip Log, to efficiently organize information about your trip into a portable resource. You can use the Surfing Checklist below to make sure you have all the gear and supplies you need.

Trip LogTEMPLATE Trip Log

This template contains simple information that is pertinent to your trip. You can customize this template in any way you chose, adding anything specific and relevant to you.


This template is prepared to help you produce a Local Operations Plan (LOP). This is a document that collects emergency information in one place and that permitting agencies may require you to file with them in advance of a trip.

ChecklistCHECKLIST Surfing 

This checklist is for surfing equipment. It is not exhaustive and may need to be modified or edited to suit your program.


The sections above provide you with the tools you need to prepare and facilitate your Surfing programs. Additionally, we have included some resources from our partner organization below that will give you further resources to develop your program.

WaiverSAMPLE Waiver and Medical Form

This is a sample trip waiver and medical form from our partner Outdoor Outreach. Please check with your medical personnel and insurance to make sure that the forms you use are suitable to your insurance coverage, youth population, and trip area.

Surf ManualSAMPLE Surfing Manual

This is a sample manual provided by our partner Outdoor Outreach which gives comprehensive information on facilitating surfing experiences with youth. Use this document as a resource when developing key objectives for your youth surfing program.

Information ChartSAMPLE Surfing Curriculum/information Chart

This outdoor outreach document outlines and gives a sample of information about a surfing location that is useful to collect before facilitating experiences with youth.

NSSIAWEBPAGE Surf Etiquette Guide

This webpage, provided by the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association, gives rules and guidelines for facilitating safe experiences surfing with youth. Use this as a reference when teaching students and instructors proper surf etiquette