Surf Official Development


From local surf carnivals to our national championships, surf sport needs great officials. Being a surf official is a rewarding way to stay involved and contribute to the ongoing development of surf sports and to meet others who share a common passion for surf sport.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) offers a range of surf official development opportunities which are designed to meet the emerging needs of the sport and the expectations of our diverse pool of volunteer surf officials. Whether you're new to officiating or have many years experience, our surf officials development pathways provide opportunities for you to continue to learn and develop your skills for years to come. Please select from the titles below to find out more about the surf officials development opportunities that are available to you. Thanks for your interest in being a surf official - we look forward to having your aboard and seeing you out on the beach!

SLSNZ Surf Officials Development Pathways 

SLSNZ offers a range of surf official development opportunities throughout the country. SLSNZ has in the past relied solely on the delivery of courses by trained facilitators as the means to develop officials. Increasingly however, it is difficult to get groups of volunteers together for these courses. So, with the growing capability and accessibility of technology SLSNZ is moving towards expanding surf officials learning and development opportunities to include both 'online' and 'onsite' training options. This is a work in progress as SLSNZ partners with Sport NZ's Sport Tutor platform, while also developing capacity to provide on site training opportunities. 

Level 1 Surf Officials Award 

Level 2 Surf Officials Award

Level 3 Surf Officials Award


Once you become an accredited official, the key to your ongoing development is getting out and being active at events, which are no longer restricted to summer alone, with pool rescue events now part of regional and national surf sports calendars. 

Latest Surf Officials Memos

Surf Officials Memo Oct 2018

Find when courses are happening in your local area

Visit the Local Activity Calendars page.