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Surf sports coaches play a crucial role in developing, inspiring and leading athletes to achieve their goals in Surf Life Saving competition and beyond. Hundreds of coaches spend hours on the beach and in the water each year. SLSA has reviewed, modernised and relaunched its National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) to deliver best practice coach education, key features of the new course include:
- Introducing online, self-paced, delivery of all classroom based theory; improving accessibility and the learning experience for all members across the country
- Practical workshops in each of the different disciplines within the sport to better equip coaches technically in their chosen discipline(s)
- Discipline specific mentor coaches to support coaches gaining their accreditation
- The ability to submit evidence via video for accreditation and reaccreditation purposes; allowing for better support for coaches in regional areas
- Athlete centred coaching philosophy; providing coach education that meets athlete development needs
- Extensive online video support resources via the SLSA members portal; coaches can utilise this resource library to improve their coaching capability
- A range of sample lesson plans and other useful coach resources for the different disciplines to support surf lifesaving coaches in the field!
SLSA has updated the surf sport coaching structure to reflect these key features. The coach education framework can be found on the SLS website which demonstrates the coach pathway relevant to the athlete development pathway.
Beginner and Intermediate Coach Programs Library
To assist you in starting your career as a surf lifesaving coach, Surf Life Saving WA has partnered with the Department of Sport and Recreation, to bring you a library of tried and tested beginner and intermediate coaching programs which have proven results from some specialist surf life saving coaches across the country and producing elite athletes such as Phil Clayton (Ironman), Ken Wallace (Surf Ski) and Allison O'Toole (2km Beach Run). Every coach has a unique way of coaching their athletes and some are self-taught professors in their disciplines. These 10 and 12 week programs are a guide to get a fresh beginner coach started or to enhance a current coach's skills on the beach, in the gym and in the water. SLSWA will continue to work with current and new coaches to develop a library of resources available to help all surf lifesaving coaches in Western Australia. Click on the links at the top left of this page to view the various programs available, or continue reading to learn about the new Coaching structures available to all SLS members.
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.
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.
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 third stage of the Surf Life Saving Australian coaching pathway.
Surf Boat Sweeps
Interested in becoming a Surf Boat Sweep? To do so, you must gain your Development Coaching accreditation as outlined above and then have your competency assessed by a Level 1/Development or higher accredited coach. Surf Boat mentors/assessors/tutors will utilise the newly released Boat Sweep Assessment Form to ascertain the level of all current and future sweeps. Sweeps are now being graded into 3 stages:
- Stage 1 - Pre-Competition Sweep. This is for the start-up sweep, allowing a new sweep to commence immediately to be schooled in the art of sweeping under the guidance of a qualified accredited/L1 sweep (tutor). This is a non-competition level designed for the start-up sweep to fast track the knowledge base required before commencing in competition.
- Stage 2 - Restricted level sweep. This is where the new sweep steps up into competition still under the guidance of the club or regional qualified tutor. At this stage of development, the S2 sweep may participate in competition up to and including surf conditions rated up to 13 under the Surf Hazard Rating (SHR) system. During this phase the S2 sweep will be continually monitored and assisted by their mentor or nominated S3 sweep.
- Stage 3 - Unrestricted sweep. All restrictions are lifted and sweep is now able to contest events at all levels of competition. To be classified at this level, the sweep will be able to show an advanced knowledge across the field.
- 16 years of age minimum
- Member Screening Check - for further details please refer to the SLSWA Member Screening Policy
- Be a current financial member of a Surf Life Saving Club
- For Development Coach and above - Water based disciplines including surf boat sweeps require a coach to have held or currently hold a bronze medallion
Interested in becoming an accredited Surf Coach?
Process for gaining Development Coach Accreditation:
1) Complete module 1 (Community Coaching Principles) through the Australian Sports Commission website available at http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/resources/coaches/onlinecoach.
2) Email the SLSWA Sport Development Officer - email@example.com with a copy of Module 1 certificate. This is a requirement to gain access to further course modules.
3) Create/activate lifesaving online account available at http://portal.sls.com.au
4) Once logged in – click Lifesaving Online -> my memberships —> join/transfer new organisation.
5) Select ‘I want to join an Academy so I can enrol for a course’. Select Surf Lifesaving WA Academy and company name. Fill out personal details. Once personal details have been filled out sign into the account to finalise the account, without this admins will not be able to grant you access to the course.
6) Once all modules have been successfully completed, email/call Ben Harvey - firstname.lastname@example.org or 92076666. Ben will then put you in touch with a SLSWA Coach Assessor for the practical components.
7) Complete a Practical assessment with a SLSWA Coach Assessor assigned to you.
Please contact Ben Harvey at Surf Life Saving WA via email or on 08 9207 6666 for more information on Coaching Courses.
Recognition of prior learning
Already have a coaching qualification and would like to gain recognition of prior learning? Download a Surf Coach RPL form, submit to SLSWA along with your credentials and you're half way there.
Download Surf Coach RPL Form
Need to re-license your coaching accreditation?
1. Download the following form relevant to your coaching level:
2. Complete module 1 (Community Coaching Principles) through the Australian Sports Commission website available at. http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/resources/coaches/onlinecoach
Email the SLSWA Sport Development Officer - email@example.com with a copy of Module 1 certificate. This is a requirement to gain re-accreditation in the new coaching award structure.
Please download below a number of resources relevant to coaching: