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Ingemar Cressey - Head Coach / Director

South African born Ingemar Cressey offers over 23 years of surfing experience across international waters, and over 14 years experience as a Surf Coach. Surfing since the age of 9, after a run of successful wins at local Grommet contests he was picked up by Billabong at just 11 years old, securing a 5 year sponsorship deal with them, representing his province as part of the Border team annually from this time.

In 1991 Ingemar became South African Champion for under 14's and
found local fame as the youngest
competitor to secure entry to the
Billabong Pro in 1993. At age 15 his
achievements reached new heights,
representing his country as a member
of the South African Junior Surfing
Team, competing in the infamous
Jeffrey's Bay. The following year he
was competing in Brazil as part of the
South African Schools Team. Most
recently Ingemar has competed
on the BPSA UK Pro Surf Tour, all of
which has provided him with excellent
experience to support surfers looking to
develop their competitive skills.

In June 2012 Ingemar became Welsh
National Surfing Champion, taking the Seniors title at Freshwater West. He repeated this win, retaining the Welsh National Senior Championship title in May 2013.

Ingemar is an ASI Qualified (Level 2) Surf Coach - the official qualification required for working as a surf instructor across the world. The course covers all aspects of surf education including surf safety, surfing techniques and group management. Ingemar is also a qualified RLSS National Beach Lifeguard, with experience of working as a Lifeguard in South Africa, Dubai and the Bahamas. He is fully trained in all areas of First Aid, and also holds an Emergency First Response/CPR certificate.

On top of these relevant qualifications for Surf Coaching, Ingemar is a qualified Fitness Instructor (Level 2), and Swimming Instructor (Level 1) which has provided him with an excellent range of coaching skills for ensuring you develop confidence within the water and on a board, no matter what your age or experience. He holds a valid CRB certificate, and is experienced at working with children and young people as well as older groups.

Ingemar juggles competitive surfing with developing Cressey's Surf Academy using his skills and experience to help develop a new generation of surfers, and pass on his passion for the waves.

For information on other Surf Coaches at Cressey's Surf Academy click here.