Coaches plays a vital role in the Surf Life Saving Sport Pathway. Surf Life Saving Australia's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme delivers best practice coach education. The coach education framework (shown below) reflects the coach pathway relevant to the athlete development pathway.

SLS coaching accreditation is broken into four (4) separate levels:

  1. Foundation
  2. Development
  3. Performance, and 
  4. High Performance.

Pre-requisites to be a coach

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Must be a financial member of Surf Life Saving Northern Territory or another SLSA or RLSSA organization.
  • Must have a Working with Children Check (Ochre Card) (if over 18)
  • Bronze Medallion: Development in water-based disciplines
  • ASADA Level 1 Anti-Doping Course: Development Coach

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For more information about Coaching Courses, please contact

SLSA Coaching Framework

Foundation Coach

Entry level course for parents and club members who are new to coaching. The course aims to provide coaches with the knowledge and skills needed to coach nippers in a surf club environment using a games sense approach. It covers the three general principles of surf sports: swim, beach and board. For more information - Foundation Coach Overview

Development Coach

Provide coaches with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and deliver discipline specific coaching sessions with a focus on skill development. Must be enrolled in a development coach course, in the discipline of surf boats, to become an accredited sweep. For more information - Development Coach Overview

Performance Coach

A coach who is a specialist within their discipline, striving for a performance-based outcome from their athletes. The performance coach is a mentor to other coaches and can facilitate workshops in their nominated disciplines.

High Performance Coach

A group of coaches selected who have been identified as leaders within their chosen field. These coaches are talent identified as part of either the NHP program or as experts outside this particular program.

READY TO START? View the accreditation process and begin now!   


All coaching accreditations last four (4) years.
To reaccredit your coaching qualificaiton please send your completed Coaching Reaccreditation Form (signed by you and endorsed by your club) to SLSNT at

If your coaching qualification has been expired for longer than 3 months, then you may be required to obtain a new qualification.


SLSA Coaching Framework

Accreditation Process for Coaches

Re-Accreditation Form

Foundation Coach Overview

Development Coach Overview