Coaching

 Coaching 

Surf Coaching
SUP Coaching
Bodyboard Coaching
Applying for RPL - Recognised Prior Learning
 

Enroll in one of Surfing Australia's education courses and become a qualified coach; judge; or event official and start working for an affiliated Surfing Australia event or school this summer!

Surfing Australia's courses are the only accreditations recognised by the National Sporting Organisation for coaching and judging in Australia.  They are the only courses recognised under the Australian Government's - National Coaching Accreditation Scheme, and Surfing Australia ensures all courses are run to the highest standards in terms of safety and coaching principles. (Please note that for all courses participants must be over 16 years of age to be eligible for accreditation.)

Surfing Australia and its associated State Branches are recognised by the International Surfing Association as the world leader in the development of coaching and judging programs.

 

LEVEL ONE - SURF INSTRUCTOR

 The Surfing Australia Level 1 Surf Instructors course is the minimum qualification required to be a surf instructor in Australia.

To obtain this accreditation candidates must adhere to the following requirements:

1. Full attendance at the course
2. 20 hours practical surf coaching experience (after completing the course)
3. Pass a basic surf skills assessment
4. A current Surfing Australia membership
5. A current ‘Working With Children' check for the relevant state
6. An apply first aid or provide first aid certificate
7. A current Ocean Rescue Award (one of the below)
     • Bronze proficiency: Surf Life Saving Association
     • Surf Rescue Certificate: SLSA Community Award
     • Ocean Rescue Award: Royal Lifesaving Society
     • OSSCA - Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association

State Branches conduct regular Level 1 Surf Instructor courses throughout the year. For details on these courses contact your State Branch or check out courses being conducted around Australia on the left hand side of this page.

LEVEL TWO - SURF COACH

The Surfing Australia Level 2 Coaching Course provides the theory and practical knowledge for a coach to deliver club level development programs for novice to advanced skill level surfers.

To obtain this accreditation candidates must have held a level 1 coaching accreditation for a minimum of 2 years and must adhere to the following requirements:

1. Full attendance at the course
2. Successful completion of the Assessment Workbook
3. Pass the Level 2 online exam
4. Pass a basic surf skills test
5. A current Surfing Australia membership
6. A current ‘Working With Children' check for the relevant state
7. An apply first aid or provide first aid certificate
8. A current Ocean Rescue Award (one the below)
     • Bronze proficiency: Surf Life Saving Association
     • Surf Rescue Certificate: SLSA Community Award
     • Ocean Rescue Award: Royal Lifesaving Society
     •
OSSCA - Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association

FLAT WATER - STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING (SUP) COACHING COURSE

The Surfing Australia SUP Flat Water Coaching Course is the minimum qualification required to coach Stand Up Paddleboarding in an enclosed flat water environment.
To obtain this accreditation candidates must adhere to the following requirements:

1. Full attendance at the course
2. 20 practical SUP flat water coaching experience (after completing the course)
3. Pass a basic SUP skills assessment
4. A current Surfing Australia membership
5. A current ‘Working With Children' check for the relevant state
6. An apply first aid or provide first aid certificate
7. A current Ocean Rescue Award (one of the below)
     • Bronze proficiency: Surf Life Saving Association
     • Surf Rescue Certificate: SLSA Community Award
     • Ocean Rescue Award: Royal Lifesaving Society
     •
OSSCA - Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association

SUP SURF and/or SUP OPEN WATER modules
The objectives of the SUP Open water and SUP Surf modules are to up-skill the accredited Flat Water SUP coach with the competencies required to deliver lessons and programs in an open water or surf related environment.  To obtain either of these certifications, candidates must:

1. Hold a current flat water SUP accreditation
2. Full attendance at the course
3. 10 practical SUP flat water coaching experience (after completing the course)
4. Pass a basic SUP skills assessment
5. A current Surfing Australia membership
6. A current ‘Working With Children' check for the relevant state
7. An apply first aid or provide first aid certificate
     • A current Ocean Rescue Award (one of the below)
     • Bronze proficiency: Surf Life Saving Association
     • Surf Rescue Certificate: SLSA Community Award
     • Ocean Rescue Award: Royal Lifesaving Society
     •
OSSCA - Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association

 On completion of these requirements your Surfing Australia SUP SURF or OPEN WATER Coaching accreditation will be added to your endorsement and a new coaching card will be issued and sent to you.

State Branches conduct regular SUP Module courses throughout the year. For details on these courses contact your State Branch or check out courses being conducted around Australia on the left hand side of this page.

BODYBOARDING COACHING COURSE

The Surfing Australia Bodyboarding Coaching Course is the minimum qualification required to be a Bodyboarding coach in Australia.

To obtain this accreditation candidates must adhere to the following requirements:

1. Full attendance at the course
2. 20 hours practical surf coaching experience (after completing the course)
3. Pass a basic bodyboarding skills assessment
4. A current Surfing Australia membership
5. A current ‘Working With Children' check for the relevant state
6. An apply first aid or provide first aid certificate
7. A current Ocean Rescue Award (one the below)
     • Bronze proficiency: Surf Life Saving Association
     • Surf Rescue Certificate: SLSA Community Award
     • Ocean Rescue Award: Royal Lifesaving Society
     •
OSSCA - Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association

State Branches conduct Bodyboarding courses throughout the year. For details on these courses contact your State Branch or check out courses being conducted around Australia on the left hand side of this page.

Recognised Prior Learning - RPL/RCC

If a candidate feels they already have the required competencies in any of the above courses, they can apply to have these skills recognised to acquire their coaching accreditation without the requirement of attending a course.

The RPL/RCC Assessment is carried out when the applicant provides evidence of their competencies; completes an RPL/RCC application form; and forwards this for processing as detailed on the form.
Please click on the below link to access Surfing Australia's RPL forms:

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