Official Courses

 

 


Level 1 Overview

The Level 1 Surf Official Award is an entry level award given to candidates that have demonstrated competency in a range of surf official support roles and who have demonstrated basic knowledge of the rules relating to sport events. This award enables parents, caregivers and other to get involved in support of athletes of all ages. The course aims to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to officiate at club and regional levels.

The Level 1 Surf Official Award is the first step on the SLSNZ Surf Official Development Pathway. 

Training Information 

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

Training Type:  Option 1. One day course (5 hrs + breaks) followed by 2 days practical experience as an assistant official.  Option 2. Self directed online learning (2-3 hrs) followed by a 2hr practical session and 2 days practical experience as an assistant official.

Course Facilitator:  Option 1. One day course - delivered by trained and approved SLSNZ facilitator/s.  Option 2. Access to online and regional support by trained and experienced officials.

Who should attend:  Any SLSNZ club members interested in getting started in surf officiating including competitors, or previous competitors, parents, supporters or existing volunteer 'officials' with no formal training/award.

Participant requirements: Completion of either a one day Level 1 Surf Official course or completion of the online learning workbook and 2 hr. practical session, plus completion of two days practical experience. 

Topics Covered

  1. Introduction to officiating
  2. Surf Officials Roles
  3. Communication with athletes
  4. Assessment and Accreditation
  5. Surf Sport rules and regulations
  6. Principles of Risk Management & Health and Safety

Registrations

To register for the online learning option or for a one day course, please contact your Regional Sports Manager.

Outcomes

At the completion of this award officials will be able to:

  1. Observe, Record, Report
  2. Identify the athlete centred approach to officiating
  3. Identify and demonstrate selected roles of surf officials
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of effective communication
  5. Identify risk management processes and values relevant to surf officials
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of surf life saving sports

 


Level 2 Overview

The Level 2 Surf Official Award is awarded to candidates that have demonstrated competency as an Arena Referee, Chief Judge or Starter (senior events), while effectively leading and managing a small group of officials during large regional or national sport events. 

This award further recognises the official's ability to make decisions and problem solve during an event, while competently using event management systems and procedures to deliver a safe and enjoyable event for athletes. 

The Level 2 Surf Official Award is recognition of an official's ability to competently lead and manage aspects of a surf sport event.

Course Information 

Pre-requisites:  Current member of a SLS club | 18 years of age  |  Surf Official Level 1 Award | Minimum 2 seasons officiating experience at level 1, and have officiated at at least one large regional event.

Training Type:  A one day course (6 hrs + breaks) followed by at least 2 days practical experience including supervision and mentoring. 

Course Date/details:  There is only one course offered each year, normally in Sept. The course location is dependent on where the majority of registrants reside. Travel subsidies are available for out of town registrants.

Course Facilitators: Delivered by trained and approved SLSNZ facilitators.

Who should attend: Those officials who are looking to step up into roles of Arena Referee, Chief Judge, Starter (senior events) or a more advanced officiating role, including assisting with leading and managing regional event. 

Award requirements:  Completion of the one day Level 2 Surf Official course, + two days practical experience, along with a positive self and peer  performance review.

Topics covered

  1. Communication and Decision Making
  2. Managing Conflict
  3. Surf Officials Roles and Responsibilities
  4. Leading and Managing People
  5. Assessment and Accreditation
  6. Applying Risk Management & Health and Safety

Registrations

To register for this course please email your Regional Sports Manager with you name, address, contact email and phone number by 1 August. 

Outcomes

At the completion of this award officials will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply best practice for communicating decisions and dealing with feedback
  2. Identify and apply conflict management strategies
  3. Identify and apply risk assessment and management processes and procedures
  4. Perform a selected surf officials role involving leadership and management of other officials 
  5. Demonstrate sound knowledge of the rules and their application in surf sport events

Level 3 Overview

The Level 3 Surf Official Award is awarded to candidates that have demonstrated competency as an Event Referee, while effectively leading and managing a large group of officials during large regional and or national sport events. 

This award further recognises the official's comprehensive knowledge, skill, experience and ability to implement SLSNZ's event management planning, registration, and operating systems across multiple competition areas that enable the safe delivery of sport events for athletes, clubs and spectators alike. 

The Level 3 Surf Official Award is recognition of an official's ability to competently lead and manage all aspects of large surf sport events.

Pathway Information 

Pre-requisites:  Current member of a SLS club | min 24 years of age  |  Surf Official Level 2 Award | Minimum 4 seasons officiating experience at level 2, and have officiated at at least four large regional events.

Training Type:  Practical experience, supervision and mentoring by selected experienced surf officials.

Training Duration:  Dependent on the knowledge, skill, experience and ability of candidates. Likely to be 12 + months.

Training Personnel:  A selection of experienced peers 

Who should attend:  Those officials who have comprehensive knowledge, skill, experience and ability as a Level 2 Surf Official, who have demonstrated a commitment to the development and support of officials and are willing and able to positively contribute to the ongoing development of surf sport events and surf officials.

Award requirements:  Completion of an agreed development plan in accordance with the agreed assessment criteria.

Topics covered

  1. Preparation and Planning Surf Sport Events
  2. Understanding event entries and processes
  3. Event Risk Management & Health and Safety
  4. Managing Protests and Appeals
  5. Leading and Managing People
  6. Managing and operating event management systems

Registrations

To register for a Level 3 Surf Officials Development Pathway please email your Regional Sports Manager including your name, address, contact email and phone number, along with a brief CV of your SLS experience and and a log of the Level 2 roles that you have fulfilled over the past 5 years. 

 

Outcomes

At the completion of this award officials will be able to demonstrate competency in the;

  1. Preparation and planning of surf sport events across multiple competition areas
  2. Comprehensive use of SLSNZ's Waves management system
  3. Application of Risk Management & Health and Safety procedures and practices across multiple competition areas.
  4. Effective Leadership and Management of Surf Officials
  5. Management of protests and appeals