Surf Official Level 3


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 surf sport events. 

This award further recognises the officials 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 surf sport events for athletes, clubs and spectators alike. 

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

Pathway Information 


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 4. Managing and operating event management systems


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


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.