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Sport Education

Members who don’t wish to compete of have finished their competitive careers are encouraged to be involved in Sport through becoming an Official, Coach, or Team Manager. Details about each stream are outlined in each section below.

Officials/Coaches and other volunteers are eligible to receive service awards as a recognition of their volunteer work.  Please see further information here.






Officials are the key to the effective running of all Lifesaving events. An official is any person who controls or judges the technical aspects of a competition through the application of rules and laws of the sport. We need officials to ensure the spirit of the event is observed and enjoyed by all.

Descriptions of the role of each official can be found in section 13 of the Surf Sports Manual.

To enquire about Officials courses, please contact sport@lsv.com.au


Must be a financial member of Life Saving Victoria or another SLSA or RLSSA organisation.
Must have a Working with Children Check (If 18 years and over)
Must complete the Australian Sports Commission Online course prior to course. CLICK HERE
Must be 16 years or older

The NOAS Pathway is as follows:

Core Official – Core Officials work with entry level participants from U8-U14 age categories at Junior club competitions.
Core Official Overview

Core Official FAQ

Technical Official – Technical Officials are permitted to officiate at Club and State events.  Officiating roles may include: Marshall/Check Marshall, Starter/Check Starter, Timekeeper or Finish Judge. – Recommended for Victorian Officials Officiating at Carnivals
Technical Official Overview

Technical Official User Guide and FAQ

Senior Official – Senior Officials are those who work with athletes competing in State/National Surf Sports competition.  Officiating roles may include: Referee, Area Referee, Sectional Referee, Chief Judge and Course Supervisor.

Senior Official User Guide & FAQ

Further information regarding the Officials Pathway can be found here:

Accreditation Process for Life Saving Officials

SLSA Technical Official Training Program Curriculum

SLSA Officiating Training Plan


Officials Practical/Assessments 2022-2023 season

Practical Assessments for Pool Competition

Practical Assessments for IRB Competition


All officials must re-accredit every four (4 years).  Please complete the form below and forward to Aquatic Sports, LSV (sport@lsv.com.au) along with a copy of your log book showing your officiating hours on the beach.

Officials Re-accreditation Form



Coaching plays a vital role in Surf Life Saving Sport.

Surf Life Saving Australia has reviewed, modernised and relaunched its National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) to deliver best practice coach education. The new coach education framework is shown below which reflects the coach pathway relevant to the athlete development pathway.

Key features of the new courses and NCAS include:

Athlete centered coaching philosophy; providing coach education that meets athlete development needs

The ability to submit evidence via video for accreditation and re-accreditation purposes; allowing for better support for coaches in regional areas

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)

Extensive online video support resources via the SLSA members portal; coaches can utilise this resource library to improve their coaching capability

Discipline specific mentor coaches to support coaches gaining their accreditation

A range of sample lesson plans and other useful coach resources for the different disciplines to support Surf Life Saving coaches in the field!



Must be a financial member of Life Saving Victoria or another another SLSA or RLSSA organisation
Must have a working with children check (If 18 years and older)
Must complete the Australian Sports Commission Online course prior to course   CLICK HERE

The SLSA Coaching Framework is as follows:

Foundation Coach – 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.
Foundation Coach Fact Sheet

Development Coach – provide coaches with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and deliver discipline specific coaching sessions with a particular focus on skill development.
Development Coach Fact Sheet

Development Coach Online Modules

Performance Coach – A coach who is a specialist within their discipline, striving for a performance-based outcome from their athletes.  The performance coach is a mentor to other coaches and can facilitate workshops in their nominated disciplines.

Performance Coach

Performance Coach Practical Workshop

Performance Coach Fact Sheet

High Performance Coach – A group of coaches selected who have been identified as leaders within their chosen field.  These coaches are talent identified as part of either the NHP program or as experts outside this particular program.

SLSA Coaching Framework

Accreditation Process for Coaches


Coaches Reaccreditation

All coaches must reaccredit every four (4 years).  Please complete the form below and forward to Aquatic Sports, LSV (sport@lsv.com.au) along with relevant documents.

Surf Coach Re-Accreditation Form

Recognition of  Prior Learning

Participants who already have some of the required knowledge and/or skills for coaching can apply to complete a module or the whole course via an assessment only pathway – known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The documents below will explain the process to complete.  These tools will assist you to make a decision about whether to apply for recognition, apply to attend training or a combination of both.

RPL- Foundation Coach

RPL – Development Coach

RPL – Performance Coach

Boat Sweeps

Boat Sweeps

The future of surfboats depends on the availability of capable Sweeps. The Sweep does many more things than steer the boat. Identifying potential sweeps and encouraging them to develop surfboat sweeping skills is the responsibility of every surf club’s boat section.

Boat Sweeps will need to follow an accreditation process – there are three levels S1, S2 & S3.

S1 – Pre Competition Sweep

Stage 1 is for beginner sweeps.

S2 – Restricted Boat Sweep

Intermediate Sweeps who wish to progress into the competition phase.
S2 Sweeps will need to obtain the Development Coach certification.  If conditions exceed Surf Hazard Rating 13 at both non and championships events, a Level 2 Sweep will be ineligible to continue participating.

S3 – Boat Sweeps

Stage 3 is for advanced Sweeps who can demonstrate a high level of knowledge across the field.  S3 Sweeps can compete in all levels of competition.
In order to progress to S3, S2 Sweeps must have completed all of the above and be deemed competent by their nominated S3 Sweep Assessors.
Once deemed competent as a S3 Sweep, all restrictions are lifted.

Accreditation Process for Boat Sweeps in Life Saving

Accreditation Process for Boat Sweeps & Coaching Accreditation

Sweep Accreditation Assessment Tool

Team Managers

Team Managers

Team Managers are an essential part of Aquatic Sport and take the lead on administering clubs athletes, volunteers and the overall team to take part in competition.

LSV have put together a Team Managers Guide to assist new and existing Team Managers in the processes and procedures of Aquatic Sport.

Team Managers The Guide V3