Development Programs

Member development is an important aspect of surf life saving. Following is a list of SLSNSW member development opportunities offered. Find out about development pathways available to you by downloading the Pathways Booklet.

Junior Lifesaver of the Year Development Program

This Program is for U/13-14 members who are the branch winners of the Junior Lifesaver of the Year Award.

The focus of this camp is a combination of fun and learning through experience.

Participants will be involved in physical challenges, information sharing in presentations and discussions, activities and scenario’s which require leadership, teamwork and communication.

Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop

Outstanding members who are 15-17 years of age are invited to join us at this workshop.

Participants will be involved in activities that broaden their understanding of the operations of branches and surf life saving as a whole.

Leadership skills will be developed through physical exercises and activities, with the weekend also calling (and building) upon teamwork, communication, negotiation and planning skills.

Development Networking Program

18-25 year members will collaborate with surf life saving experts, fellow lifesavers and motivational facilitators in a weekend packed with information exchange and knowledge building.

The weekend will encompass team challenges, exercises that develop negotiation, problem solving and leadership skills that can be used within and external to surf life saving.

A firm knowledge of pathways and opportunities available will maintain the required enthusiasm and ensure continued personal growth.

Beyond My Club 26+ Development Program

Following a very successful inaugural pilot program in 2015 that received overwhelming interest and support, Surf Life Saving New South Wales (SLSNSW) will be continuing the ‘Beyond My Club (26+) Development Program’ in 2016.

The program will continue to bridge the gap in formal development opportunities for new members aged 26 years and over.

The program will encompass all aspects of Surf Life Saving from a club perspective including but not limited to member recruitment and development, educational pathways, sport participation and lifesaving skills development. A key focus of the program will be to promote best practice initiatives that can be tailored to an individual club’s needs. These initiatives will be based on the SLSNSW Quality Clubs Program and the Club Sustainability Framework. They are intended to reduce ‘burnout’ of members by not overburdening them and by establishing a sustainable system whereby workloads are split across multiple members.

Lifesaving Exchange

The Lifesaving Exchange Program targets members who are currently Patrol Captains or identified to be future Patrol Captains between the ages of 18 and 25 years. The program has been running since 2009 involving over 140 members and provides participants with an exciting opportunity to experience different patrolling methods and environments in a fun, practical and interactive setting. The skills learnt during the program will be useful personally, and can be implemented within your own club. Overall, the program aims to:

  • Broaden the lifesaving experience and skills of participants
  • Provide development opportunities for our members
  • Increase lifesaving standards across New South Wales

The Lifesaving Exchange Program consists of two programs run concurrently on the Australia Day Long Weekend in January. The program is offered at no cost to the participant, with Surf Life Saving New South Wales covering the travel, accommodation and meal costs.

Visit the event page to apply.

New Zealand Lifesaving Exchange

Participants from the City to Country and Country to City Exchange Programs will be given the opportunity to apply for two positions on a lifesaving exchange to Auckland (NZ), to participate in an Intermediate Lifesaving School in March 2017.

Travel and accommodation will be provided at no cost to participants. Further Information on the program will be provided to successful applicants of the City to Country and Country to City Exchange Programs.

National Leadership College

The college is all about shared, interactive and individually lead learning. Participants will be challenged, inspired, motivated and entertained.

The college develops leadership skills and helps participants learn a great deal about themselves.

The college is practically designed for surf members to be able to apply their skills at a grass roots level; however these new skills can be also be applied in all areas within their life.

National Leaders' Conference

The aim of the Leaders Conference is to provide an opportunity for existing leaders within SLS (at all levels) to participate in a high-level leadership development program.

The conference will provide participants with an environment that will enable them to refresh and extend their leadership capabilities.

No Leaders’ Conference is ever the same, with participants’ guiding the program content based on their identified development needs.