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Become a DECD surf education instructor

To become a surf education instructor with the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) you must be at least 18 years old, and you must do the following things.

Complete the forms

Complete the following checklist and forms electronically, or print and complete:

Provide evidence of eligibility and qualifications

You must provide evidence that you have completed:

No other qualifications will be accepted.

If you don’t have these qualifications you could consider applying as an assistant instructor.

Surf education qualification A list

Choose 1 from this list:

Surf education qualification B list

Choose 1 from this list:

Submit your application

Completed applications should be sent to:

DECDSwimAquatics [at] sa.gov.au


Swimming and Aquatics unit

Level 1 East, 31 Flinders Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Application approval

Application processing may take up to 6 weeks.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive a letter informing you that you are eligible to work as an assistant instructor or instructor.


Swimming and Aquatics unit

Phone: 8226 1302
Fax: 8115 5558
Email: DECDswimaquatics [at] sa.gov.au