Want to teach Australias premier and industry leading surf breath holding course? 

We occasionally train suitable individuals to become SAA CERTIFIED instructors.  The 5 -7 day Instructor selection course is an extreme water based assessment process.  Kind of a like a hell week in a pool.   The course is an intense process designed to push candidates to their limits to discover how they cope and can make decisions when under a high stress load.  Particularly when under water on a single breath.


Upon initial application candidates are required to provide a one page essay that covers their background and experience, why they wish to become a SAA Instructor and what their intentions are once they are certified. 


Pre requisite Quals

Applicants require one of the following: Cert IV TAE 40116 – Training and Assessment or any other recognised coaching or training certification such as Cert IV - Fitness / Surf Coach accreditation / Sport and Recreation/ Freedive Instructor Certification.  Plus Hold a minimum level 1 open water freediving certification (we can provide this as an addition to or part of the SAA Certified instructor course if required).


The SAA Surf Apnea course is currently being developed as a commercial module under the Australian Quality Skills Framework and may subsequently become and approved elective VET module under the a certificate stream qualification which will also present future commercial opportunities for instructors who hold a Cert IV TAE 40116 – Trainer and Assessor qualification.


Physical performance prerequisite - tests

3.30 static breath hold

50M no fins underwater swim on a single breath

100M 1 breath drill (Swimming 100M underwater with no fins / taking one breath only every 12.5M for 100M). 


Note: The performance prerequisites are tested on day 1 and must be passed to continue on with the rest of the Instructor course.   If a candidate can knock out these prerequisites on demand we know they’ll get through the physical components of the selection course and be suitably skilled to teach our content.  The selection course is a pass / fail course.  Candidates who do not meet the required prerequisites or any other component will be provided   re test opportunities.


The selection course is a continuous 5-7 day rigorous and rolling pass / fail assessment that includes learning the SAA Surf Apnea course drills, learning materials and teach backs of the course content.  Expect an intensive few days of breath, ice and water work.  The water and ice components are designed to assess candidates performance and decision making whilst stressed under water.  Candidates will need a solid background in watermanship and ‘skin in the game’ to successfully get through the water components of the course. SAA Instructors are expected to walk the walk!   Candidates attitudes, demeanours, professionalism and general suitability as SAA ambassadors and educators will also be assessed throughout the entire selection process.

NOTE: The instructor selection course can delivered as an internship over several weeks for individuals not able to commit to an entire one week block.  Please contact us for further information relating to the internship style delivery.


What you get:

As a SAA Certified Surf Apnea Instructor you will receive the following;


  1. Instructor certification with Survival Apnea Australia and authority to teach the Surf Apnea course using our course material within your current business framework.

  2. Instructor certification with Survival Apnea (international) and access to their online Instructor training portal.

  3. HUET – Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Certification

  4. PADI Basic Freediver certification ( or open water certification if it is offered as part of your course

  5. Opportunity to become a SAA Affiliate



As an affiliate you run your own SAA branded Surf Apnea courses using the SAA trade marked branding and can market the SAA Surf Apnea courses through SAA social media and SAA website on which you will be provided a page on which to display your details and business location. You will also have a landing page on the SAA website.  You manage and you collect all income from your SAA branded surf apnea courses.


Affiliates are also offered commercial opportunities as the arise.


Affiliates will receive additional training on an as need basis. Affiliates will also be provided with the CO2 advantage course and training when that is released in 2021.  Non-affiliated Instructors get no ongoing training or support and will not have access to the CO2 advantage course.


Affiliates are able to attend / sit in on any SAA course for the purposes of self-development and refreshing their knowledge.  Any upgrades will be provided to affiliates free of charge.  Non-affiliated Instructors will pay the prescribed course fee to attend a course as an upgrade / refresher.


Affiliation vs Non Affiliation:

In a nut shell a non-affiliated instructor gets the initial training + power point presentation and that’s it.  There is no official ongoing support or interaction with or for non-affiliates.


Non affiliates cannot use or promote themselves using the SAA branding.  They can refer to themselves as a SAA certified instructor with in their existing business but that’s all.  They can deliver the SAA Surf apnea course and Survival Apnea (SA) Surf Survival courses within the framework of their existing businesses but not independently using the SAA or SA branding. As an affiliate you are able to use the SAA branding and market your courses independently as SAA courses.

Non affiliates are not offered commercial opportunties.