Discipline Specific Coach

About Discipline Specific Coach

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.

Coaches play a critical role within the surf sport environment. Their responsibilities revolve around providing a fun, safe and organised environment in which those they coach can achieve their potential.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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

Qualifications

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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This program is designed for young people moving into leadership roles within their clubs.

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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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How do I make it happen?

If you would like to become a discipline specific coach, please contact your local surf lifesaving club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/  

Other Opportunities Related to Discipline Specific 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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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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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:

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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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 who choose to fulfil specific officiating role/s and who work with participants (non-bronze proficient, Surf Rescue Certificate qualified or bronze proficient) who are actively competing in a club / branch / state surf sport competition environments. Officiating roles may include: • Marshall / Check-Marshall • Starter / Check-starter • Recorder • Timekeeper • Finish Judge

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