Coaching plays a vital role in the Surf Life Saving Sport Pathway.
Surf Life Saving Australia has reviewed, modernised and relaunched its National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) to deliver best practice coach education. The new coach education framework is shown below which reflects the coach pathway relevant to the athlete development pathway.

Coaching accreditation is broken down into three (4) separate levels: Foundation, Development, Performance and High Performance.

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

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The SLSA Coaching Framework is as follows:

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.

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All coaching accreditations last four (4) years.
To reaccredit – please provide SLSNT:  
 - The completed Coaching Reaccreditation Form signed by you and endorsed by your club.

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


Accreditation Process for Coaches

Re-AccreditationFoundation Coach OverviewDevelopment Coach OverviewSLSA Coaching Framework