Instructors Award - Surf Lifeguard

Course Overview

The Instructors Award - Surf Lifeguard certifies that the holder has the basic skills and knowledge to be an Instructor. The qualification enables members to obtain relevant theory and practical skills about instruction and teaching to be utilised when training members.

Course Information 

Pre requistes

16 years of age
Current member of a SLS club
Surf Lifeguard Award (Refreshed)
Current First Aid Level 1


Variable depending on instruction time

Delivered by

Instructors Training Course - delivered by regional facilitators

Who should complete it

Anyone interested in getting started as an instructor 

Candidate requirements

Fully participate in the Instructors Training Course and complete the workbook 
Successfully put 4 candidates through the relevant qualification

Topics covered

1. Introduction to the Member Education Framework

2. Planning

3. Risk Management

4. Learning Principles

5. Being an Effective Instructor

6. Effective Questioning

7. Feedback

8. Communicating

9. Evaluating the Lesson

10. Readiness for Assessment




At the completion of the qualification candidates will be able to:

  1. Prepare for lessons and implement lesson plans and sequences
  2. Create a safe physical environment conducive to learning/training
  3. Communicate with candidates/athletes
  4. Identify and apply effective questioning techniques
  5. Evaluate own instruction
  6. Identify and apply learning styles and identify and reduce learning barriers 
  7. Prepare candidates for assessment
  8. Identify the roles and responsibilities of an instructor

Surf Lifeguard Instructor Resources

The Instructor Resources have all the information needed for Instructors to take a group of Surf Lifeguard Award candidates through their award training.  
Online Download Surf Lifeguard Award Instructor Resources  (updated August 2019)
SLA Instructors Record Form (pdf)