Coach Development

From nippers to world champions, surf athletes need great coaches. Coaching is a rewarding way to contribute to your community, stay involved and give back to your surf club and to meet others who share a common passion for our sport.

As a coach you help make surf sport happen locally and succeed on the world stage. The Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) coaching courses have been designed by the experts from SLSNZ and Sport New Zealand. Whether you're new to coaching or have many years experience, our courses will develop your skills and set you up to be a great coach at whatever level you choose.

Please read on to find out all you need to know about our coach courses and thanks for your interest in being a surf coach - we look forward to seeing you at our courses and out on the beach!

SLSNZ Coach Pathway

SLSNZ currently offers three coaching courses throughout the country. Courses are delivered by trained facilitators who are also experienced coaches. Courses are designed to meet the need of coaches at each level. Below you can find information on Introduction to Surf Coaching, Developing Surf Coach and Competitive Surf Coach courses. 




View the Coach Development Guide which includes all three course information in a printable form (pdf, 154kb)


Check the SLSNZ Calendar for Coaching Development workshops.

Start Coaching Now

To start you're coach development all you need to do is contact you're Regional Sport Manager and they'll take care of the rest.