This personalized training course is being offered by Eric Akiskalian and is designed for individuals who are getting started in towsurfing and or want to improve their skills. This course is for individuals who have a basic understanding of their physical range by knowing their abilities and their limitations in ocean conditions. Eric will instruct each of you in spring and summer surf conditions giving you the opportunity to train in safe, yet challenging conditions. Experienced individuals will have the opportunity to train during the winter months in select locations.

Lifeguard, U.S.C.G., Military, Marines, Navy, and Government Agencies:

This course is also offered to groups working for, or representing lifeguards, U.S.C.G., Military, Marines, Navy, and Government agencies. (Fees are subject to custom course design, training days, location and trainee headcount)

The Course Will Help You Develop The Following Skills:
1. Teamwork and communication
2. Driving and towing techniques
3. Quick, yet precise pickups using the rescue sled and short rope technique
4. Sharpen skills in driving, shuttle, and rescues in the surf zone
5. Time-saving, decision-making, and risk management
6. Identifying local resources for acting upon a rescue or assist the situation
7. Proper equipment list and care
8. Safety devices

The intention of this course is to create safety in a dynamic environment. We are creating our own safety mechanism, as well as creating one for others with the overall objective of teaching people the basic fundamentals, equipment needs and safety. By using our knowledge, experience, resources, and technologies, risk factors can be prevented and minimized. This is a certification course, and it’s an opportunity to train with a very knowledgeable and experienced waterman. We will also recommend the necessary and required items that you may need in case of an emergency.

We will also cover aspects of the ever-changing ocean conditions, tides, rip currents, swell forecasting and ocean awareness.

Training Locations Available: Ventura, California – Oceanside, California – Lincoln City, Oregon – Nazare, Portugal

Dates: Scheduling Available Monday thru Sunday, hours – 9:00 A.M. thru 3:00 P.M.

Cost For Private Two Day Course: $1,500.00 includes safety equipment and PWC with rescue sled. (Tow board not included)

Also Available: Two-hour minimum, half day, and multiple day courses.

Items to bring: Online Store has all the recommended towsurfing, safety and rescue equipment available for purchase.
• One PWC per team (if you own one) along with any towsurfing equipment you might own i.e., Rescue Sled, Life Vest, Board, Rope/Handle etc.
• Wetsuits
• Liquids and Food

“This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in learning the basics of PWC operation, ocean rescue and assistance, tow-in surfing and the equipment needed to outfit your ski properly. Remember, safety comes first and in numbers.” – Eric Akiskalian

“Eric Akiskalian ‘AKA’ TOWSURFER, what a solid guy, always ready, always organized and forever CHARGING forward!!! I have known Eric of for over 15 years and I have traveled to many global big wave destinations with him as well. Over the years, he has demonstrated his dedication, expertise, time and passion to promoting our sport and keeping surfers safe with assisting in water safety and rescue. As of recent, I have personally had him work with me in Nazare, Portugal and Mavericks, CA for water safety, assistance and rescue for our crew. I trust his abilities and level of experience with my life in any situation that he is willing to put himself in. He’s very calculated and confident, but he also knows that mistakes and bad situations will happen to the best. He’s mentally and physically prepared for the worst-case scenarios. He’s a great friend with a big heart and very easy to work with. Let’s Go!!!” Garrett McNamara / Current Guinness World Record Holder for Biggest Wave Surfed Nazare, Portugal / HI-USA

“I’ve known Eric Akiskalian for over a decade now and his dedication to Tow Surfing and PWC Water Safety is 2nd to none. I have used Eric and his services on many occasions chasing swells around the world. I trust him to come and get me when my life is on the line. I know he is constantly keeping his skills fine-tuned and doing all the updated courses so he is on his game. Thank you, Eric, for keeping me safe over the years and looking forward to many more sessions to come. Cheers!” – Jamie Mitchell / Professional Big Wave Surfer / AUS

“The more you can learn from trained professionals, the safer our oceans will be. It was great to have Eric Akiskalian in our training program and share his expertise and knowledge” Archie Kalepa  /Ocean and Safety Water Patrol / County of Maui, HI

“This course really opened my eyes to how important safety is and how much training is needed. What I learned with Eric Akiskalian in two days would have otherwise taken me an entire season to figure out. Having just bought a new PWC, I learned how to properly outfit and drive my ski and now I can enjoy my water time and feel somewhat knowledgeable”.Sean Jenson / Owner Eletic Surfboards / Huntington Beach, CA

“ I was stoked to find Eric Akiskalian online and learn that he offered a private tow-in training course. I hired him for private PWC training, ocean safety and tow-ins for about 4 days. I wanted to learn as much as I could and absorb all the information he had to offer. His level of experience and knowledge was apparent and by the end of the course, I felt much more competent with my driving and pickups in the beach break.  I am not a big wave tow surfer but love to tow solid south swells in my area. This was the perfect training course for me as a beginner wanting to advance my skills and experience. I would highly recommend Eric, if you are looking for this type of training course.” – Matt Hill / Oxnard, CA

“I met Eric Akiskalian soon after I became interested in shooting big wave surfing nearly 10 years ago.  As a regular fixture in the water at Nelscott Reef, Eric tackles some of the biggest conditions the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Getting out to Nelscott Reef is a challenging affair and takes focus, skill, and knowledge.  Eric is one of the few people I trust to get me and my equipment out in The Zone quickly and safely.  In 2010, I was lucky enough to be able to capture his Biggest Wave of the Year nomination for the XXL Big Wave Awards.  In addition to Nelscott, I have been fortunate to have him drive me at some of the best big wave spots including Mavericks and Teahupo’o. It takes a team to take on big waves as well as document them. It is nice to know Eric is out there and on your team, especially when the swell and conditions are unpredictable.” – Richard Hallman / Freelance Imaging / Bend, OR

When I come to Oregon or California, it’s always good to know that Eric Akiskalian is available helping to coordinate safety and logistics for the swells. Eric is a dedicated water man that has the global experience, passion, and dedication needed for success in big surf. He’s a good guy, with a great attitude and worth having in your corner on those special days of waves.” – Trevor Sven Carlson / Professional Big Wave Surfer / Oahu, HI

“When I first started tow surfing Eric Akiskalian was a great mentor and always came prepared with everything needed for a fun, safe tow session. He stays updated on all new current safety protocols and equipment so that everyone comes back to the beach safely. Eric uses his enthusiasm and passion for promoting the sport in a positive way, which makes him an ambassador for big wave surfing. Eric is the only person I know that is more stoked than I am and he always brings a smile and positive attitude to every session.” – Ollie Richard / Newport, OR

Industry Letters of Support and Recommendations:

Adam Wagner

Scott Eggers

Rodney Kilborne

Glen Gremillion

PJ Lungren


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For more information, additional rates, and scheduling, contact:

Eric Akiskalian / Owner
(805) 443-2045

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