Officials and Coaches

Surf Sports Officials

Officials play an important part within Surf Sports and are integral to the ongoing delivery of our sport. Without officials, our sport just simply would not function for our participants.

Local carnivals along with the Branch and State Championships require clubs wishing to participate in competition to fulfill a quota of officials in order to compete at the carnival.

In 2017 the framework for officiating was changed from Junior, Level 1, 2 and 3 to a new framework Core (Junior), Technical (Level 1), Senior (Levels 2 and 3) and Performance. All officials need to be accredited under this framework. 

Officials re-licencing this year will be transferred to the new framework by SLSNSW when their completed re-licence form is received. There is a memo outlining the re-accreditation process and the re-accreditation form at the following link

These forms need to be emailed to Graham Bruce our Sydney Branch Officials Adviser so he can endorse the forms and send onto Surf Life Saving NSW. If you are due for re-licensing you will also need to provide a copy of your logbook outlining 100 points accrued over the last four years. If you no longer have your log book or it has been lost etc. Graham can provide you with an excel spreadsheet which you can fill out.

For people wanting to be new officials the process for this is an online course followed by some practical sessions on the beach and an assessment. Information on how to do this is available at the following link  If you require any further information please contact your club or Graham Bruce.

Official Carnival Nominations

Officials can nominate for upcoming 20/21 carnivals using the online form here.

Note: due to COVID-19 there has been a number of changes to the SLSS Surf Sports Calendar. Carnivals will be added to the form once  dates have been confirmed.

Coaching Accreditation

SLSA Surf Sport Coach training sits under the umbrella of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), which covers over 70 different sports throughout Australia and is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).  SLSNSW coaching courses are now accessible to members at any time through the SLSA Members Portal.

Coaching Awards

SLSA has a 5-tiered Coaching Pathway :
Age Manager (not part of NCAS)
Foundation Coach – targeting parents of nippers/new club members and people with an interest in coaching.
Development Coach – targeting parents of nippers, parents of young athletes, current/ex surf competitors,  lifesaving trainers, other sporting code coaches wishing to coach surf athletes.
Performance Coach – for ex-surf competitors, NSW accredited coaches wishing to coach surf sports athletes at the performance level.
High Performance Coach – this award is reserved for selected coaches who have been identified as leaders within their chosen field and is offered and run by SLSA, not the State Centres.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidate that already have the required competencies in any of the courses can apply to have these skills recognised to acquire their coaching accreditation without completing the theory components. This requires SLSNSW approval.  For more information on coaching pathways, enrolling for courses, and award reaccreditation, visit the SLSNSW Coaching website here


SLSA’s public liability and errors omissions policy extends to include coaching of surf lifesaving activities ONLY and is subject to the following conditions:
“Activities” are defined as:  
-those, which are part of a structured training program encompassing elements directly developing skills required for lifesaving competition;
-those managed by an appropriately “accredited” coach/trainer;
-those approved by Surf Life Saving Australia as competition activities.
“Accredited” coach/trainer means:
– holding a current SLSA Surf Coach Accreditation;
– having satisfied SLSA’s member protection policy particularly the screening requirements (managed by states);
– having satisfied any other requirements required by law i.e. “accreditation – working with children”.
The policy covers the coaching of registered, financial and proficient members in the following categories: Junior (Nippers), Active (Junior and Senior), Active Reserve, Long Service, Award, Life.

Volunteer coaches do not need to be contracted to a club, but the club must approve their activity. It may be that you have circumstances/activities that fall outside the activities listed above and therefore you may need to obtain additional insurance.

If you are employed as a coach : 
– you will need to take out extra insurance;
– you must be under a written contract with a club.
All coaches are encouraged to analyse their coaching activities and develop a risk minimisation plan.

If you require any further information, please contact George Benhayon who is the Sydney Branch  Coaching Advisor and he can be contacted