Coaches & Officials

Officials

Officials monitor races and competitions to ensure that the rules are being followed.

Junior Official Certificate

Junior officials play a critical role within the surf sport environment. Their responsibilities revolve around providing safe, fair and fun surf sport competition environments, in which participants develop a love of surf sports and of competition.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

Level 1 Official 

The course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to effectively fulfil entry level officiating roles.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

Level 2 Official 

Trains officials who choose to fulfil specific officiating role(s) and who work with competitors competing in a club / branch / state surf sport competition environments.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

Level 1 Official

Coaches

Coaches provide support and guidance to athletes in a wide-range of surf sport disciplines. As a coach in surf lifesaving, you have the opportunity to work with athletes across all levels of competition and performance - from juniors to high performance.

To start coaching in surf life saving, you will need to have qualifications at the level you are coaching. All surf lifesaving coaching qualifications meet the requirements of the National Coach Accreditation Scheme.

All course participants must be a current financial member of SLSA and have an NT Ochre Card (Working with Children Check). 

Coaching Levels 

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Foundation Coach 

Coaches of entry level participants actively participating in a club surf sport environment (recreationally or competitively). This level is for Nippers (U13) based coaching.

Target Audience 

Parents of nippers/new club members and people with an interest in coaching.

Course Duration

A mix of theory and practical education methods. The two-part theory component must be completed prior to the practical course.

The first component is the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Community Coaching General Principles online certificate (see question 10). The second component is to complete the online modules via Pulse (see question 8). The Foundation course modules (2 & 3) you will need to complete on Pulse are:

  • Introduction to Surf Sports Coaching
  • Time to Coach

You will be given one month to complete all theory components. You do not have to complete this in the one sitting. The practical component is known as the Practical Workshop which will take approx. 4 hours in duration depending on the discipline you choose and the availability of your Assessor/s.

Enrolment prerequisites 

Participants must be 16+ years to enrol in this course. Water based disciplines require the coach to have held or currently hold a bronze medallion.

Development Coach

The Development Coach course provides coaches with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and deliver discipline specific coaching sessions with a particular focus on skill development.

You must complete this course if you wish to coach Surf Boats, followed by the Sweep Accreditation Checklist.

Target Audience

Parents of nippers, parents of young athletes, current/ex surf competitors, lifesaving trainers, other sporting code coaches wishing to coach surf athletes. 

Course Duration

A mix of theory and practical education methods. The two-part theory component must be completed prior to the practical course.

The first component is the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Community Coaching General Principles certificate. The second component is to complete the online modules via Pulse.

The Development course modules (2-6) you will need to complete on Pulse are:

  • Introduction to Surf Sports Coaching
  • Understanding your athletes
  • Developing your athletes’ skills
  • Developing your athletes’ physical capacities
  • Managing your Surf Sport coaching program

You will be given one month to complete all theory components. You do not have to complete this in the one sitting.

The practical component is known as the Practical Workshop which will take approx. 4 hours in duration depending on the discipline you choose and the availability of your Assessor/s.

Enrolment prerequisites

Participants must be 16+ years to enrol in this course. The Foundation course is not a prerequisite for the Development course.

Performance Coach

The Performance Coach course has been created to provide coaches with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and deliver discipline specific coaching sessions with a particular focus on athlete performance. 

These coaches are talented identified as part of either the NHD Program or as experts outside this particular program. Each member of this group will be supported with an Individual Coach Performance Plan (ICPP) which will ensure SLSA’s High Performance coaches are at the cutting edge of lifesaving sport at the highest level. Each HP Coach will be required to attend an annual workshop where they will be required to either present at or participate in the workshop. This course has not been released by SLSA.

Target Audience

High Performance (selected) coaches. This course is offered and run by SLSA, not the State Centres.

Enrolment prerequisites

Participants must be 18+ years to enrol in this course.

Cost

To be advised by SLSA.