About Sports Official

Officials ensure competitions are run in a safe and secure environment, while maintaining rules and regulations.

Officials need to know the rules of the events that they are monitoring

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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


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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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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Senior Officials also fulfil the role of mentor to accredited Core and Technical Officials, as well as being qualified to facilitate SLSA Official Training Workshops in their nominated roles. Officiating roles may include: • Chief Judge • Referee • Area Referee • Sectional Referee • Course Supervisor

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This course is currently under development

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There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

The Officials Pathway is inline with the Australian Sports Commissions, Official Framework (NOAS)  

How do I make it happen?

To find out more about becoming an official, contact your surf sports manager at your state centre to find out more. https://sls.com.au/state-centres/

Other Opportunities Related to Sports Official

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

Official Assessors support the high quality and nationally consistent assessment of SLSA officiating course candidates.

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

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