BP Leaders for Life was created in 2012 as part of a national
strategy to support a wide range of development activity for
member's right across the Surf Life Saving community. Over
the past three years, around 75 candidates have taken part in group
workshops, held across three weekends from June to August.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Member Development Manager
Belinda Slement says while small changes have been made from
year-to-year, after last year's programme it was clear that there
were some aspects that needed review.
"As with any programme, you constantly need to evaluate
and reflect on it to ensure it is still meeting your desired
outcomes. We have seen the programme constantly develop year after
year with changes noted and we needed to look at the programme to
ensure the content and delivery mechanism we use still meets out
leadership strategy, she says.
"We recognise that in order to develop our future leaders,
we need to have a programme that is strength-based, tailored,
provides ongoing leadership support and develops good adult
As part of the review, Surf Life Saving New Zealand has
evaluated feedback from past courses and held meetings with
previous BP Leaders for Life candidates, programme facilitators and
key Surf Life Saving New Zealand staff. As an outcome of the
review, Surf Life Saving will undertake a new format for the
2017-18 season. A total of 15 candidates will be selected and the
selection process will involve regions identifying key leaders and
the short listed candidates will then have a face-to-face
Mrs Slement says each successful candidate will be
assigned a leadership mentor, who will be someone within their
region that can guide and mentor them as a leaders.
"It will be someone who demonstrates strong leadership skills
and can act as a sounding board to bounce ideas off," she says.
Group projects, which were formerly developed over three weekend
workshops, will now be worked on for a full year (June to July)
with a list of project topics provided for candidates to select
Mrs Slement says it is hoped that the new structure will allow
candidates more time to bond as a group, become more capable
leaders at all levels and build a more sustainable organisation for
"BP Leaders for Life is a fantastic programme on offer to our
members. We hope that ongoing reviews like this, to make sure it
remains relevant and desirable, will help us to build great leaders
well into the future."
Part of surf Life Saving's partnership with Zespri sees a
number of scholarships available for the BP Leaders for Life
programme to cover the user-pays component of the course cost for
Eastern Region candidates and this will be offered again this