Surf Official Level 2

Course Overview

The Surf Official Level 2 course provides an advanced programme for current surf officials who are keen to further develop their knowledge and skills and perform senior roles at surf lifesaving events.

The course builds on the skills and knowledge obtained in the Level 1 course with a focus on decision making and problem solving skills. The Surf Official Level 2 course is the second formal stage of the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Surf Officials pathway. Officials interested in further developing their skills can progress into various event roles and take future development workshops and informal learning opportunities offered by Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

Course Information 

 Pre requistes

Current member of a SLS club | 18 years of age  Surf Offical Level 1 Award | Minimum 2 seasons officiating experience at level 1

Course Duration

One day 

Course Facilitators

Delivered by trained and approved SLSNZ facilitators

Who should attend

Surf Life Saving Club members that are existing officials who have completed their  Level 1 qualification and are interested in further developing their skills and surf officiating progression. Targeted at those officials who are looking to step up into roles of Arena Referee, Chief Judge, Starter or a more advanced officiating role. 

Officials must have a minimum of 2 seasons officiating experience at level 1 and have officiated at a regional event or higher. 

Participant requirements

To successfully complete the Surf Official Level 2 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. Communication, decision making, feedback

2. Event Planning, Timetaling, race timings

3. Time Management

4. People management and Leadership. Dealing with conflict and protests. 

5. Specific officials roles.  Arena Referee, Starter, Cheif Judges

 6.  Risk Management.  

Assessing risk at events, competition safety manual


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

  1. Identify and apply best practice for communicating decisions and dealing with feedback
  2. Identify conflict avoidance strategies
  3. Identify the risk assessment process
  4. Manage pre event preparation
  5. Perform a selected surf officials role
  6. Contribute to event planning
  7. Lead a team of officials

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