Instructors Award - Rock Training & Rescue

Course Overview

The Instructors Award - Rock Training, certifies that the holder has the skills and knowledge to be an Instructor to deliver the Rock Training & Rescue Module. The qualification enables members to obtain relevant theory and practical skills about instruction and teaching to be utilised when training members in rock activities. 

Course Information 


  • Current member of a SLS club 
  • 18 years of age 
  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed) 
  • Minimum 3 years active patrol experience, including relevant rock activity experience 
  • Rock Rescue and Training Module 
  • Demonstrated competency of local beach, local drifts/currents/swells and rock conditions 
  • Instructors Award - Surf Lifeguard or IRB 
  • Attend a Rock Training and Rescue Instructors Course 

Duration: Half Day (4-5 hours) + onsite assessment 

Delivered by: Instructors Course delivery by regional SLSNZ Rock Instructor Assessors/facilitators 

Who should complete it: Anyone interested in instructing the Rock Training & Rescue Module 

Candidate requirements: Full participate in the Instructors Course and complete the practical components

Topics Covered 

  1. Introduction 
  2. Communication & Planning 
  3. Risk Management 
  4. Rock Training & Rescue Theory 
  5. Practical Delivery of module components 
  6. 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
  4. Identify and apply effective questioning techniques
  5. Identify, manage and assess Risk 
  6. Demonstrate instructing ability of the practical module components 
  7. Prepare candidates for assessment

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Those leading, managing and instructing any rock activities must hold the SLSNZ Rock Instructors Award.  Rock Instructor Awards may be awarded by SLSNZ to individuals that have successfully demonstrated their competency to the standards required by SLSNZ in one of the following manners;

  1. Attendance at an approved SLSNZ Rock Instructors Course - Contact your regional Lifesaving or Club Development Manager

  2. Applied to SLSNZ for, and received recognition of prior learning (RPL). Rock Instructors Award RPL Application - PDF click here, Word click here

  3. Demonstrated their competency during an onsite club rock activity assessment, which must be assessed by an approved SLSNZ Rock Instructor Assessor.  
    Rock Instructor Assessor Criteria & Application - PDF click here, Word click here