About Coach

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

Coaches provide support and guidance to athletes participating in surf sports.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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


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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The Development 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 skill development. The Development Coach is an entry point as well as being the second stage of the Surf Life Saving Australian coaching pathway.

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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. The Performance Coach is the part of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) in-line with the Surf Life Saving Australia Coaching Pathway.

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A select group of coaches who have been identified as leaders within their chosen field. These coaches are talent identified as a part of the National High Performance Program or as talented high performance coaches operating outside this particular program. Each member of this group will be supported with an Individual Coach Performance Plan (ICPP) which will facilitate SLSA’s high performance coaches to be 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.

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There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

To begin coaching in SLS you must be at least 16 years old.

How do I make it happen?

If you are interested in coaching, you will first need to contact your sport development officer at your state centre to enrol in a coaching training course. https://sls.com.au/state-centres/

Other Opportunities Related to Coach

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

Coach assessors support the high quality assessment of SLSA coaching course participants.

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Coach Mentors support coaching course candidates as they progress through their training.

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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:

Age managers are responsible for running activities for their group of nippers on the day, and encouraging children to learn and progress in their surf lifesaving activities.

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Team Managers assist competitors, coaches and support staff, by effectively managing the administrative and operational needs of a surf team. Team Managers work with junior, youth senior and masters teams, at all levels of surf sport competition (i.e. club, branch, state, national and international).

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

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