Start Date


The ISA Judging & Officiating Development Program is a comprehensive educational program that has been identified by leading sporting organizations as the worlds’ best educational practice in the development of quality accredited surfing officials.

This Program is the result of 15 years of research and development, and is designed to compliment all ISA Development Programs for the benefit of all ISA member nations.

The number of countries who partner with the ISA in worldwide judging development continues to grow as many National Federation’s (NF) come to realize the importance of the parallel development of the Judges and Officials for the sport.

The ISA Judging Course and registration fees are budgeted to provide a financial return to all NF’s involved in preparation, administration and delivery of the program. Ongoing consultancy support is available to initiate and develop the programs upon request.

Is this course for me?


The ISA is committed to the continued success of surfing as a sport worldwide and recognizes the need for a standardized accreditation course for sport officials. The quality and credibility of every competition hinges on the education of our officials. A globally standardized education program for Judges ensures that the athletes receive identical feedback on their performance regardless of the place of competition.


All judges that complete the ISA Judging & Officiating Accreditation Course are registered as ISA International Judges. All accredited and registered Judges are eligible to officiate at all ISA events and for NF’s at their sanctioned events.

Post Course

All ISA Judges are registered on the ISA International Judge’s Register for 1 year and will receive newsletters and the official ISA International Judges’ Identification card for the current calendar year.


To maintain International accreditation and registration, each Judge is required to pay a NF renewal fee each calendar year. This can be managed and administered by each NF.

Start the Course


Andy Joyce

Turning his love for the water into a career, he started up Surf Steps, his own Surf and SUP training centre in 2005. He now directs the business, and a very happily married Father of 2.

“My dream of a more water filled life was realised through passion, hard work and vision. I see my role is to help people achieve theirs too!”

More courses you might like

Learners who joined this course have also enjoyed these courses.


Open Water SUP

Level One

Level Two

Surf SUP