WSA Individual Membership

Our annual membership provides public liability and public indemnity insurance cover for freelance instructors who are WSA qualified in their chosen disciplines. If you wish to transfer and you hold qualifications from other awarding bodies WSA has a list of qualifications that we recognise, please contact us. Our insurance is amazing value for money as one payment covers coaching for surfing, SUP, coasteering and sit on top kayaking. Membership also allows individuals to be involved with any WSA events and workshops as well as receiving regular updates throughout the year. When joining a WSA coaching course initially we will include a 1 year free membership as part of the course fee. You will however need to renew your annual membership once this initial 1 year has expired and you will need to keep up to date and evidence your “Continuous professional Development (CPD)”  Membership will include

  • Public Liability – £5 million
  • Professional Indemnity – £10 million

The insurance policy provides worldwide cover (excl. USA and Canada).

COST £60 pa

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WSA Accredited Schools

At WSA we believe our schools deliver the best current practice with the best equipment giving new to experienced paddlers and surfers the very best experiences. We ensure that our schools and their coaches are kept up to date with not only current best practice and knowledge we also believe in schools sharing experiences and helping each other. Creating a common theme of developing together and helping each other to provide a consistent message is something we believe in strongly. We know that our family of schools deliver great coaching sessions and experiences, however we DO NOT insist that schools only employ WSA coaches. We understand and recognise that other coaching qualifications can be relevant and that working under a WSA coach or to WSA standards quality can be met. We also know that the benefits through CPD, insurance and a common approach promote the WSA coaching scheme.

We listen to our coaches and schools and try our best to meet the needs of the industry. We visit schools annually carrying out an inspection which is a two way experience. The WSA has commitment to ensuring high quality across all aspects of the school and work with school owners and employees to achieve this. As a WSA Accredited School you will feel part of our larger family, be included in developments and help shape the way forward. You will be personally supported through a positive and developmental inspection and we will be on hand to answer any technical questions you may have.


WSA  hold an annual coaching symposium and during this event our schools will come together to discuss developments and improvements. We include relevant information, a series of workshops and industry professionals for you to work with and develop your schools. Leading equipment distributors will also be in attendance for you to test the latest products and answer any questions you may have. Worldwide we work closely with statutory bodies and agencies. We are in a unique position to have positive relationships with these bodies and are continually engaged with them in regards to our activities, enhancing the sports and leading on coach development and safety. Accredited schools get discounted membership for staff with 1 FREE membership for every 5 taken.

COST £200 pa



WSA recognise other relevant coaching qualifications and as a result offer a transfer process for those wanting to join the WSA and continue through our coaching pathway.  Other benefits include Personal and professional liability insurance, continual development and of course, being up to date with the WSA family.

To do this you will need to hold and send copies of

  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • A recognised coaching qualification in SUP or Surf from the BCU, BSUPA, ASI or ISA (foreign qualifications can still apply). These courses must have been completed within 3 years
  • Membership £60

To transfer, please complete the attached form, photocopy your documents and send to

Payments can be made via paypal.

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