About Development Coach

The Development Coach course provides coaches with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and deliver discipline specific coaching sessions with a particular focus on skill development.

At the completion of this course coaches will be able to:
  1. Understand the role, legal obligations and ethical responsibilities of a Development Coach operating in a discipline environment
  2. Identify risks associated with discipline specific coaching activities and identify relevant risk reduction strategies.
  3. Prepare a discipline specific Surf Sports monthly coaching plan and individual session plans suitable for participants in the Learn / Participate phase of development.
  4. Select coaching methods and activities appropriate to participants' (in the Learn / Participate phase of development) physical technical, tactical and psychological needs and characteristics.
  5. Safely conduct discipline specific Surf Sports coaching sessions, (with participants in the Learn / Participate phase of development) which develop participants' physical technical, tactical and psychological skills.
  6. Utilise a range of communication skills and behaviour management strategies to help participants develop discipline specific skills and tactics.
  7. Develop strategies to build effective working relationships with parents, Surf Sports Officials and Club/Event Administrators.
  8. Review coaching programs and plans; and own performance and identify improvement strategies.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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


There are no specific qualifications


There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

Water based disciplines require the coach to have held or currently hold Bronze Medallion.   Each candidate is required to enrol in one of the following electives.

  1. Surfboat
  2. Beach
  3. Ski
  4. Board
  5. R&R
  6. Ironman
  7. IRB
  8. Pool Rescue
  9. Swimming
  10. Lifesaving

How do I make it happen?

Contact the Sport Manager at your State Office to enrol in the Development Coach training program. https://sls.com.au/state-centres/   For more information contact [email protected]

Other Opportunities Related to Development Coach

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

Discipline specific coaches work with athletes to support the development and performances in specific disciplines – i.e. Board, Ski, Swim, Multi, Board Riding, Rescue and Resuscitation, Inflatable Rescue Boat, Pool Rescue, Surf Rescue / Lifesaving, Surf Boats, Beach Events.

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

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Performance coaches work with athletes competing at club all the way through to international and elite domestic competition levels. Performance coaches typically have specialist disciplines in which their expertise is focused in.

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

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Trainers provide members with the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to similar-minded and passionate members through a formal learning process. As a Trainer you will be able to conduct courses, both SLSA Awards and Nationally Recognised Units, if you currently hold the relevant award in which you wish to train.

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