Who Are We?
Surfing Doctors is a not-for-profit organisation of Doctors, medical students, and health professionals interested in surfing, medicine, continuing medical education, and giving back. Most of our group are keen surfers who have grown up in the water and adopted the surfing lifestyle. Having completed and taught several life support courses, we can work individually and as a team to educate surfers on land and water safety. Our focus is on educating surfers in Basic Life Support (BLS). However, we also cover a wide range of specialities; therefore, our accumulated skill mix enables us to advise on any surfing ailment and injury. Apart from the benefits to the local community and resort staff, there has been considerable media attention lately on the hazards of surfing in remote locations. We value good surfing etiquette and good manners in and out of the water. We have worked hard to build relationships within this community. We are keen to enjoy the surfing experience and ensure everyone has peace of mind and a safe trip.
What do We Do?
Surfing Doctors offers diverse services catering to its members, potential members, and the wider surfing community.
For our valued members, we host an annual conference, typically set against the stunning backdrop of G-land in Java, Indonesia. However, during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we temporarily relocated our gathering to the picturesque shores of Gnaraloo in Western Australia.
Over numerous years, we have steadfastly provided comprehensive medical coverage at G-land and various surf camps across the globe. Our commitment to ensuring surfer safety extends to our members who have played crucial roles as event doctors at prestigious WSL events, including those in Margaret River, Rottnest Island, and G-land.
Furthermore, Surfing Doctors actively participates in local events, offering essential medical expertise and educational resources throughout Australia. We strive to empower and educate the surfing community on basic medical principles and advice.
Lastly, our organization is dedicated to facilitating medical students in their pursuit of valuable clinical experiences by assisting them in securing placements for their medical electives. These opportunities are available in diverse locations, encompassing the beautiful regions of Indonesia, Margaret River, and Tasmania..
Who Can Join?
We warmly welcome doctors, medical students, paramedics, nurses, and allied health staff interested in joining our community.
For those considering taking on the role of a medic at G-Land, we kindly request that you possess essential medical skills such as suturing, wound care, basic life support, a foundational understanding of tropical medicine, and the ability to assess when evacuation is necessary.
HOW TO JOIN?
To become a member, follow these simple steps:
- Complete the provided questionnaire.
- Upload a clear photograph of yourself and a few surfing photos that showcase your passion.
Membership subscriptions are priced at $AUD100 per year. This fee grants you access to our conferences and the opportunity to participate as a medic at G-land, provided you meet the required skill set.
Our subscription model is flexible, and if you decide to discontinue your membership, log in and cancel your subscription. Rest assured that all subscription fees are allocated towards maintaining our website, administrative tasks, organizing conferences, and contributing to charitable causes.