Surf Official Level 1

Course Overview

The Surf Official Level 1 course provides an entry level and developmental programme for Surf Life Saving Club members to pursue or continue officiating at surf lifesaving events. The course aims to provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to officiate at club and regional levels.

The Surf Official Level 1 course is the first step on the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Surf Official pathway. 

Course Information 


Current member of a SLS club  | 16 years of age

Course Duration

One day (5 hrs + breaks)

Course Facilitator

Delivered by trained and approved SLSNZ facilitator

Who should attend

Any Surf Life Saving Club members interested in getting started in surf officiating, new officials, previous competitors, parent helpers or existing officials with no formal training.

Participant requirements

To successfully complete the Surf Official Level 1 course participants need to attend the full course and participate in its activities and successfully complete and submit to SLSNZ the post course practical assessment.

Topics covered

1. Introduction to officiating

2. Effective communication with athletes and others

3. Officials, the law and risk management

4. Rules and guidelines of surf lifesaving competition

5. Officials and their duties

6. Health & Safety, missing person

7. Surf Official roles - Course Judge, Marshall, Recorder, Finish Judge

8. Assessment and accreditation



At the completion of this course coaches 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
  7. Identify and describe the ACC SportSmart plan

For course bookings and further information please contact your SLSNZ Club Development Officer or SLSNZ Regional Programmes and Services Manager.