About Age Manager

Age managers use their experience and passion for youth development to mentor Nippers and facilitate fun learning programs that encourage and develop young surf lifesavers. Their goal is to enrich the lives of Nippers through the delivery of surf lifesaving knowledge and skills in a fun and safe aquatic environment.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:


Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively facilitate Nipper training activities.

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There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

To become a qualified SLS Age Manager, you must:

  • Be a minimum of 15 years old
  • Have completed the relevant state/territory legislation checks(s) for working with children
  • Have completed the online Child Safe Awareness Online Course
  • Be a financial member of a club.

How do I make it happen?

If you would like to become an Age Manager, please contact your Junior Activities Committee at your local surf life saving club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Age Manager

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

Responsible for the coordination of all junior/youth activities of the club.

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Responsible for the planning, implementation and review of all member protection activities of a surf lifesaving club.

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Officials working with entry level participants in a club surf sport environment (recreationally or competitively). Participants will generally be non-bronze proficient. Core Officials need to understand the core elements of the Surf Sport environment and how this relates to officiating in junior surf sport (beach, board and swim) environments. This course provides a basic understanding of the key events conducted for junior level competitions. Core Officials are permitted to Officiate at any carnivals and competitions including State Championships where up to and including under 14 years age categories are conducted. There are four duties that they can carry out: Marshall, Recording Judge, Timekeeping Judge and Finish Judge. Core Officials will be supervised at competitions by a competent Technical (or above) accredited Official.

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What other options might suit me?

If you can do this role but would like to use your skills in another area in our organisation here are some other options for you to consider:

Provide in-water support for participants in SLS sanctioned activities.

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A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer that patrols our beaches on the weekends. Becoming a surf lifesaver is satisfying, fun and rewarding. You can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle, become trained in aquatic safety skills, make new friends, compete in surf sports, and give something back to your local community. You may also help save someone’s life one day!

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Radio operators provide communication and coordination support to lifesaving services and external emergency services agencies.

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Coaches work with surf sport athletes across all of the disciplines of Surf Life Saving competition.

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Officials enforce all the competition rules found in the Surf Sports Manual.

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The core roles of the club secretary are to provide the coordinating link between members, the committee, and external agencies and to manage day to day administrative activities of the club.

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The Foundation Coach provides an 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. The Foundation Coach is the first stage of the Surf Life Saving Australia’s coaching pathway.

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