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 


  • Current member of a SLS club 
  • 16 years of age 
  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed) 
  • Surf First Aid (refreshed)

Duration: 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

Online 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 Resource (updated September 2022)
Online Download: SLA Instructors Record Form (pdf)

If you are interested in becoming an accredited facilitator in this course please click here.