Coaching Courses


Introduction to Surf Coaching Overview

The Introduction to Surf Coaching Course provides an entry level coaching course for junior surf coaches,  parents and clubbies new to coaching at a junior surf level.  The course aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to coach at Junior Surf  level at a Surf Life Saving Club.  It covers a range of Junior Surf activities with a special emphasis on a holistic coaching approach. 

The Introduction to Surf Coaching course is the first step on the Surf Life Saving New Zealand coaching pathway. Coaches interested in further developing their coaching skills can then progress to the Developing Surf Coach Course.

Course Information 

Pre requistes:  Current member of a SLS club  | 14 years of age

Course Duration:  One day 

Course Facilitator:  Delivered by 1 trained and approved SLSNZ facilitator

Who should attend:  Any Surf Life Saving Club members interested in getting started in Junior Surf coaching or parent helpers of Junior Surf programmes. 

Participant requirements:  To successfully complete the Introduction to Surf Coaching Course participants need to attend the full course and participate in its activities.

Topics covered

  1. Athlete centered coaching
  2. Skill progressions and modified games
  3. Events and rules for Junior Surf Athletes
  4. Communication in Junior Surf environment
  5. Management and effective coaching 
  6. Resources and Support

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

Outcomes

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

  1. Identify basic principles of coaching and how to apply these in a safe surf environment
  2. Run structured sessions where your athletes learn more and have fun
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of effective communication to children
  4. Describe how surf activities can be modified for Junior Surf athletes 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of Junior Surf sports
  6. Identify how to provide a safe learning environment for a Junior Surf session
  7. Plan a Junior Surf session

Developing Surf Coach Overview

The Developing Surf Coach course is designed to help coaches develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to plan and deliver an effective coaching session.  The target audience for this course are coaches of developing athletes of all ages and abilities that are starting to develop fundamental surf lifesaving skills. This course is a prerequisite for the Competitive Surf Coach Course.

Course Information 

Pre requistes:  Current member of a SLS club  | 16 years of age

Course Duration:  Two days 

Course Facilitator:  Delivered by 2 trained and approved SLSNZ facilitators

Who should attend:  Any Surf Life Saving Club members interested in gaining basic knowledge and skills in surf coaching including new surf coaches, or existing coaches with no formal training.

Participant requirements:  To successfully complete the Developing Surf Coach course candidates need to attend the full two days of the course, participate in its activities and successfully complete  the practical course assessment during day 2 of the course.

Topics covered

  1. Athlete centred approach to coaching
  2. Communication
  3. Risk management
  4. Knowing your athletes motivation
  5. Rules of surf sports
  6. Nutrition
  7. Introduction to sports science
  8. Skill analysis and skill acquistion
  9. Planning

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

Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe the roles of a Surf Coach
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of effective communication
  3. Select and apply appropriate questioning techniques
  4. Identify and apply athlete motivations to sports participation
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of surf life saving sports
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of health and safety issues relevant to Surf Lifesaving members
  7. Identify and explain the relevance of nutrition principles to physical activity
  8. Plan a coaching session for Surf Life Saving
  9. Teach to develop a fundamental Skill in Surf Life Saving
  10. Describe the structure and function of the major physiological systems important in physical activity
  11. Conduct and review a coaching session in Surf Life Saving

Competitive Surf Coach 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 Facilitator:  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

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

Outcomes

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