Competitive Surf Coach

Course Overview

The Competitive Surf Coach course is designed to help coaches develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to plan, implement and evaluate a structured sequence of developmental coaching sessions.

The target audience for this course is coaches of competitive athletes who are on the developmental pathway and are starting to engage in more competition. This course will be a prerequisite for the Performance Surf Coach Course.

 Course Information 

  Pre requistes

Current member of a SLS club  | 18 years of age | Developing Surf Coach Award

Course Duration

Two days

Course Facilitators

Delivered by 2 trained and approved SLSNZ facilitators

Who should attend

Coached interested in wanting to advance their knowledge and skills to be able to effectively coach athletes interested in competition.  Athletes must be at a competition level of Oceans and above.  

Participant requirements

To successfully complete the Competitive Surf Coach course candidates need to attend the full two days of the course, participate in its activities and successfully complete and submit the post course assessment requirements to SLSNZ.

Topics covered

1. Athlete centred coaching

2. Communication

3. Risk management

4. Goal setting

5. Competitive racing

6. Exercise physiology

7. Nutrition

8. Planning and delivering a structured sequence of sessions


At the completion of this course coaches will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain your own coaching philosophy
  2. Use communication strategies
  3. Identify the risk assessment process
  4. Treat risk
  5. Identify and explain the application of goal setting
  6. Apply and explain the general principles of training and designing a season training programme
  7. Explain nutritional factors that affect performance in physical activity on race day
  8. Identify and compare the component parts of races in surf life saving
  9. Plan, implement and evaluate a structured sequence of developmental coaching sessions

For course bookings and further information please contact your Regional Sport Manager.