Course Descriptionhis course provides students with hands-on experiences in surfing sports, Some of the surfing sports that will be covered include: bodysurfing, bodyboarding, stand-up paddle surfing, mat surfing, traditional and modern board surfing. Students will be given an introduction and description of surfing sports as a modern recreational activity, learn the history and development of surf sports in Hawaii, and discuss safety issues with surf sports in Hawaiian ocean waters. Also covered are customary practices and sport etiquette, environmental and cultural issues, competitive sporting events, and commercial and tourism aspects. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Display an understanding of the history and development of surfing sports and activities.
2. Increase water safety skills and knowledge.
3. Show an understanding of the equipment design, function and maintenance of the various surfing equipment.
4. Apply the customary practices and sports etiquette as they relate to surfing sports and activities.
5. Identify the environmental and cultural issues as they relate to surfing sports and activities.
6. Recognize the business, commercial and tourism, and competitive sporting events aspects.
Participants must pass a water safety test demonstrating the ability to swim a minimum of 500 yards using any strokes, and treading water for 5 minutes in the open ocean.
Participants must also have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as a Surfing Technician from Windward Community College.