practise of surfing

with the quality charter Eco-Safe Surfing


  • ECO AS IN ECOLOGY : sensitization to the environment through the practise of an activity in touch with nature and providing feedback to local authorities in order to support their quality and safety processes of their beaches. Willingness to follow up on technological advancements aiming to improve surf equipment in order to make them more environmentally friendly.
  • ECO AS IN ECONOMY : saving in human resources and material in order to have a minimum impact on the environment, both natural and human.
  • ECO IS SOLIDARY VISION of the surf economy, anchored in a healthy and diversified local economy.
  • ECO TO MINIMIZE THE TRADE-OFF BETWEEN QUANTITY AND QUALITY : eco-tourism is tomorrow’s tourism. Time of mass tourism, lovers of concrete and human tide is over. Nature and wellness are two essential ingredients that motivate this new tourism.
  • ECO AS IN ECHO, to change the preconceived ideas about surfing, sport known to be individualist and federate innovative idea and interests of the profession around social responsibility actions.
  • SAFE AS IN SECURITY in the surf practice, through prevention and research of technologic innovations; and in the safe surrounding, through the preservation of the environment.


ECO-SAFE Surfing Association proposes
to its surf school members :

    …pour défendre un enseignement exigeant, sûr et respectueux de l’environnement.
    …to discuss common challenges in a reasoned usage of the beach,
    …in order to improve the quality and security of the surf practice and take into account the environmental dimension.
SURF SCHOOLS ARE THE FIRST WITNESSES, day after day, of the phenomena that are taking place on the coast line linked to human impact, erosion, challenges due to security in an aquatic environment.
Unfair competition, price of a surf course at the same price than the pizza with an underqualified teacher, a two-speed regulation… from this also depend the survival of a profession, but most of all, the quality of surf teaching in France.


The quality CHARTER


  • PROFESSIONAL CARD issued by the DDCSPP (La Direction Départementale de la Cohésion Sociale et de la Protection des Populations).

    QUALIFYING DIPLOMAS, AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT STATE CERTIFICATE OR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE (one year of training) are superior to the European ISA certificate (one week of training).

    EXPERIENCE : seniority of the teacher or of the structure is a seal of quality as experience is a learning value

    FIRST AID TRAINING CERTIFICATE UP TO DATE (with a refresher once a year)

    MATERIAL TO ENSURE SAFETY :first aid kit / intervention equipment (fin or surfboard) / mean to alert (telephone) / list of first aid organisation (SAMU, firemen, police, lifeguard posts) / Intervention protocol sheets.

    QUALITY PEDAGOGIC TOOLS: foam boards, leashes, wetsuits, rash guards.

    PEDAGOGIC MESSAGING BASED ON RISKS PREVENTION: adapted guidance to weather conditions and to the level of the participants (surf zone, management of security distance, current, risks of choc between the boards, security protocol to manage its own board a leash, etc.).

  • CHOICE OF LOCATION AND TIME OF THE SESSION: the beach and the sand bank should be adapted to the security of the students according to their level and taking into account the weather conditions (shape of the sand bank, wind and swell, tide) and human conditions (management of the swimming zone and other surf school or simple users).

    AWARENESS OF THE BOUNDARIES NOT TO TRESPASS, mainly from an environmental nature: dangers linked to the thunder, waves and / or wind, creating conditions which are too hostiles to maintain an adequate level of security (e.g.: storm, tide too high or too low), exceptional events (pollution, natural disasters, etc.), red flag to be taken into account.

    A SPONTANEOUS ROTATION PROTOCOL BETWEEN SURF TEACHERS when the location is saturated with surf students: regroup on the shore for pedagogic debriefing allowing other groups to rotate in the water by slot of 10 min. A good management of the students drifting also prevent the aggravation of the overpopulation (two strategies depending of the current strength: maintaining strict position in front of the point of reference when the current is weak / group recover, and when the current is strong, Group A let Group B drift to go use the vacant zone).

    A REASONABLE NUMBER OF STUDENT PER GROUP AND TEACHERS BY SURF SCHOOL: maximum 8 students per teacher (compulsory).


DIPLOMA, seniority and experience as pre-requirement of this qualification.

ADAPTATION TO CONDITIONS AND THE LEVEL of the students: guidance adapted to each individual.

DOUBLE OBJECTIVE: manage the field + technically improve.

REACHED OBJECTIVE: ease and autonomy.

BASIC OBJECTIVE: the student is not a danger for himself or for others.

VERTUOUS OBJECTIVE: an outdoor activity contributes to sensitize the public to environmental issue (respect of sand dunes stretch, explication of the beach ecosystem, the changing topography of the coastline and its fauna and flora).


BECOME MEMBER of the ECO-SAFE Surfing asociation
Annual fees : 50 €

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