Coaching

Welcome to the coaching section of the website!

Click on one of the following questions to find out what you are looking for. If the answer isn't here, please contact Tim Piper for more information.

Before you begin, make sure you have read
Circular 3458: 2016 Foundation and Development Coaching Courses Nomination (pdf)

What are the changes to the coaching framework?

Following a comprehensive review of the SLSA Surf Sport Coaching Framework in 2012/13, SLSA has redesigned the way coaches are recruited, trained, supported, and retained. The result is a contemporary, flexible, interactive and purpose-built coach development framework, designed to ensure we are developing great coaches in all coaching environments and in all Surf Sport disciplines.

The new SLSA Coaching Framework is fundamentally taking over what was formally known as the Junior Coaching, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 courses. The major change to the coaching framework is that it is now discipline specific.

SLSA Surf Sport Coach training sits under the umbrella of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), which covers over 80 different sports throughout Australia and is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). SLSA has a 5-tiered Coaching Pathway which is outlined in Figure 1 below.

Note: The Age Manager qualification is not part of the National Coach Accreditation Scheme.

Why should you become an accredited coach?

Becoming an accredited coach is an important step in ensuring that you are providing a quality service to the participants you are working with and your accreditation will be endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission. NCAS is Australia’s system of training and accrediting coaches, which more than 80 sports participate in. The fundamentals learnt in the new coaching courses are easily transferrable to other sports which are also endorsed by the ASC NCAS.

What is the Foundation course and who does it target?

Coaches of entry level participants actively participating in a club surf sport environment (recreationally or competitively). This level is for Nippers (U13) based coaching.

Target: Parents of nippers/new club members and people with an interest in coaching.

Duration (theory & practical): A mix of theory and practical education methods. The two-part theory component must be completed prior to the practical course.

The first component is the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Community Coaching General Principles online certificate (see question 10). The second component is to complete the online modules via Pulse (see question 8). The Foundation course modules (2 & 3) you will need to complete on Pulse are:

  • Introduction to Surf Sports Coaching
  • Time to Coach

You will be given one month to complete all theory components. You do not have to complete this in the one sitting. The practical component is known as the Practical Workshop which will take approx. 4 hours in duration depending on the discipline you choose and the availability of your Assessor/s.
Enrolment prerequisites: Participants must be 16+ years to enrol in this course. This course is not a prerequisite for the Development course.
Cost: $175 including GST.

What is the Development course and who does it target?

A coach who has chosen a specific discipline/s to coach participants who are actively competing in a club/branch surf sport environment. You must complete this course if you wish to coach Surf Boats, followed by the Sweep Accreditation Checklist.

Target: Parents of nippers, parents of young athletes, current/ex surf competitors, lifesaving trainers, other sporting code coaches wishing to coach surf athletes.
Duration (theory & practical): A mix of theory and practical education methods. The two-part theory component must be completed prior to the practical course.

The first component is the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Community Coaching General Principles certificate (see question 10). The second component is to complete the online modules via Pulse (see question 8).

The Development course modules (2-6) you will need to complete on Pulse are:

  • Introduction to Surf Sports Coaching
  • Understanding your athletes
  • Developing your athletes’ skills
  • Developing your athletes’ physical capacities
  • Managing your Surf Sport coaching program

You will be given one month to complete all theory components. You do not have to complete this in the one sitting. The practical component is known as the Practical Workshop which will take approx. 4 hours in duration depending on the discipline you choose and the availability of your Assessor/s.

Enrolment prerequisites: Participants must be 16+ years to enrol in this course. The Foundation course is not a prerequisite for the Development course.
Cost: $230 including GST.

What is the Performance course and who does it target?

A coach who is a specialist within their discipline, striving for a performance based outcome from their athletes. This level has not been released by SLSA. It is expected to be released in mid-2016.

Target: Ex-surf competitors, High Performance partner, NSO coaches wishing to coach surf sports athletes.
Duration (theory & practical): This course is yet to be released to States by SLSA. Stay tuned for more information.
Enrolment prerequisites: Participants must be 18+ years to enrol in this course.
Cost: To be advised by SLSA

What is the High Performance course and who does it target?

A group of selected coaches who have been identified as leaders within their chosen field. These coaches are talented identified as part of either the NHD Program or as experts outside this particular program. Each member of this group will be supported with an Individual Coach Performance Plan (ICPP) which will ensure SLSA’s High Performance coaches are at the cutting edge of lifesaving sport at the highest level. Each HP Coach will be required to attend an annual workshop where they will be required to either present at or participate in the workshop. This course has not been released by SLSA.

Target: High Performance (selected) coaches. This course is offered and run by SLSA, not the State Centres.
Enrolment prerequisites: Participants must be 18+ years to enrol in this course.
Cost: To be advised by SLSA.

Are there any other prerequisites to become a coach?

  • All course participants must be a current financial member of SLSA
  • Working with children check

How often are the courses run?

If you wish to complete a Foundation or Development coaching course, nominations will be open in the months of January, April, July & October 2016 only. This will create quarterly intakes. By nominating in one of these months, you are simply expressing interest that you wish to complete a course. Formal enrolment will be completed following the close of nominations where SLSNSW will contact you to provide more information about payment, how to access the modules, etc. You will be given one month to complete the online modules which are then followed by the practical assessment where the date and location will be communicated with all participants. You should allow 6-10 weeks form the time of nominating to the time you will receive your accreditation.

What is Pulse?

Pulse is an online education platform used to deliver the theory component of all courses. This is accessed via the SLSA Members Portal. This program has allowed SLSA to drastically minimise the face to face theory time and gives you the opportunity to complete the online modules at your own pace in your own time.

Before you enrol in any course, please ensure you have a SLSA Members Portal account. You will need to access this throughout the duration of the courses. To active your username in the system, please follow the below prompts:

  • Please log on to the SLSA Members Portal. If you do not have a SLSA Members Portal account, or are having troubles logging in, please email the SLSA IT Help Desk ithelp@slsa.asn.au and they will be able to assist you. SLSNSW cannot help you with this.
  • Once logged in and on the home page of the SLSA Members Portal, click ‘Lifesaving Online’
  • Then click ‘Courses’
  • Then select ‘NSW’ (if not automatically selected). You should now be redirected to the SLSA Online Learning Portal.
  • By following these prompts, this will tell the SLSA Online Learning Portal (Pulse) that you intend to complete some courses/modules and will activate your username in the system. Until you do this, the course modules cannot be allocated to you.
  • You will not see any modules at this time, however it will help greatly when then time comes around for SLSNSW to allocate you the modules.

Who do I contact if I’m having IT troubles?

Please email an SLSA representative at support@interactiontraining.net and mention that you are trying to enrol for a coaching course in NSW and need access to the Members Portal.

What is the Community Coaching General Principles?

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Community Coaching General Principles (CCGP) is a prerequisite for the Foundation and Development Coaching Courses. This online course covers one of the two theory components. The CCGP online course has been developed to assist coaches to learn the basic skills of coaching, particularly those coaches working with children. This course is not sport specific, however you will develop a knowledge and understanding in general coaching topics including:

  • The role and responsibilities expected of a coach
  • Planning
  • Safety
  • Working with parents
  • Communication
  • Group management
  • Inclusive coaching practices

This certificate covers module 1 for both the Foundation and the Development courses and is separate to those on the SLSA Members Portal. Do not complete this if you have not formally nominated via the circular at the top of this page.

Once completed, you do not have to complete it again. This course is not sport specific however the course will give you a basic knowledge of coaching fundamentals. This course was previously known as the Beginning Coaching General Principles course. As this course has been superseded, SLSNSW cannot accept this certificate as RPL (see question 11) for any course. The CCGP is free of charge.

How to log in to complete the CCGP certificate:

  • Visit the website here.
  • Create a login
  • Once you have created a log in and are logged in to the Learning Portal, click ‘Browse Learning’
  • Click ‘Community Coaching General Principles’
  • Complete enrolment and begin the course.
  • Save a copy of the certificate. You will be asked to submit this certificate. Later on, you cannot attend the Practical Workshop until you have completed this theory component.

What is RPL?

RPL stands for Recognised Prior Learning.

How to apply for RPL: If a candidate feels they already have the required competencies in any of the courses, they can apply to have these skills recognised to acquire their coaching accreditation without completing the theory components. You must have considerable prior knowledge to be approved. Please complete the RPL forms;

How long is my accreditation valid for?

All SLSA coaching accreditations are valid for four years.

How do I update my accreditation?

Complete the reaccreditation form (pdf) and submit before your accreditation expiry date. This form can also be found on the SLSA Portal Library under Sport/Coach Education/SLSA/Accreditation and Reaccreditation

There are 5 steps involved in the reaccreditation process which are outlined on the reaccreditation form above.

Open the reaccreditation form and complete the basic information at the top of page 1.

Step 1: Australian Sports Commission
Complete the Community Coaching General Principles certificate via the Australian Sports Commission website. (This is a hyperlink on the attached form). Allocate approximately 3 hours to complete this course. Once this course is completed, a copy of the certificate must be saved and kept and submitted to state centre with the rest of your reaccreditation paperwork. More information can be found above at question 11 ‘What is the Community Coaching General Principles’.

Step 2: Club Endorsement
A Club Officer must complete this section. This cannot be filled out by the reaccrediting coach.

Step 3: Practical Coaching Assessment
This section needs to be completed by a coach of the same or higher coaching accreditation level than you. This section is completed by a coach who endorses your reaccreditation application and has witnessed you complete a training session and is confident in your ability to coach and carry out a training session. They must be a current (not expired) coach. This is checked on the surfguard database.

Step 4: Evidence of Planning
This depends on which level you choose to be reaccredited in; Foundation or Development. Basically, Foundation is targeted towards nippers based coaching (under 13 years of age) in the disciplines of beach, board and swim. Therefore you only need to tick ‘Nippers U13’ at the top of page 2. Development is targeted towards any athlete older than U13 and is discipline specific. So therefore the you must choose which disciplines you wish to be accredited in (this is also located at the top of page 2). A boat coach must select the Development level if they wish to be a boat coach and/or sweep. As outlined in the table on page 1, a copy of two training sessions need to be submitted for the Foundation level and a one month training plan is required for the Development level. For every discipline ticked at the top of page 2, a training plan must be submitted. This needs to be signed off by a qualified Coach Assessor. A copy of the training sessions/plans needs to be submitted with the reaccreditation form. All training session plans should be a formal document and not handwritten.

Step 5. Qualified Coach Assessor
(In conjunction with step 4) ‘Coach Assessors’ are those who attended their branch training session anywhere between May-Sept 2015. There are only a handful of these around the state. So if the reaccrediting coach is unsure who is a qualified Coach Assessor or not, please contact Denise Lees dlees@surflifesaving.com.au who will tell inform you who can sign off on this section or not. Publishing this information is a breach of their privacy.

Once you have completed the form please send to Denise Lees, Sports Administration Officer dlees@surflifesaving.com.au.

State centre will liaise with the individual coach if more information is required. Once all information is received this will be processed on to your surfguard profile and the award is valid for another 4 years.

What will happen to my current Junior Coaching, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 Coaching accreditation?

You will keep your current coaching accreditation until you need to reaccredit yourself before it expires. The reaccreditation form asks you which level best suits your coaching ability. Our SLSA trained Assessors will sign off on your reaccreditation paperwork. Please note: there are a handful of Qualified Coach Assessors in NSW. If you are unsure of who is a NSW Assessor, please leave this section of the reaccreditation form blank when submitting to SLSNSW. Your reaccreditation forms will be sent back to you if not completed correctly. Please contact Denise Lees, Sports Administration Officer 9471 8000 dlees@surflifesaving.com.au if you have any questions about your reaccreditation.

My accreditation has expired, what do I do?

Do not let your accreditation lapse more than 6 months. You may have to complete a new course under the new framework if you do not get this information to your State Centre in time.

How can I be a Boat Sweep?

You must complete the Development Coaching accreditation as a Boat Coach prior to completing your Boat Sweep Accreditation Checklist. The Development level is discipline specific, whereas the Foundation is targeted towards coaching nippers and therefore does not apply to anyone wishing to be a boat coach or Sweep. The Foundation course is not a prerequisite for the Development level. You cannot Sweep until you have completed both the theoretical and practical components of the Development Boat Coach Accreditation.

It is the responsibility of the individual Sweep to ensure they have a current coaching accreditation if they wish to sweep in competition. SLSNSW cannot accept excuses as to why a sweep has not kept their coaching accreditation current. Any disputes must be referred to SLSA.

For further self education, please visit the Coaches Corner of the ASRL website.

Are there any changes to the Boat Sweep Accreditation?

SLSA are in the process of changing the Boat Sweep Accreditation. They are currently working on changing the Sweep Accreditation Checklist in conjunction with the ASRL to make it current with modern coaching methods. When this is introduced, NO old boat sweep accreditation checklists will be accepted. You must have a current coaching accreditation to be a Sweep. If this accreditation expires, you are not accredited to Sweep in competition. Please contact Denise Lees for a Sweep Accreditation Checklist and a list of who can accredit you as a sweep and where. There are a limited amount of people who can sign off on Sweep Accreditations. Never assume.

It is the responsibility of the individual Sweep to ensure they have a current coaching accreditation if they wish to sweep in competition. SLSNSW cannot accept excuses as to why a sweep has not kept their coaching accreditation current. Any disputes must be referred to SLSA.

There are no changes to the Boat Sweep Accreditation. However, SLSA are currently working on changing this checklist in conjunction with the ASRL to make it current with modern coaching methods. You must have a current coaching accreditation to be a Sweep. If this accreditation expires, you are not accredited to Sweep. Please contact Denise Lees for a Sweep Accreditation Checklist or if you are unsure of who can sign off on this checklist.

Are there any Sweep Schools that I can attend?

Sweep Schools are planned and scheduled in conjunction with the SLSNSW Surf Boat Commission Panel members. These are targeted toward novice sweeps who aspire to sweep in competition. You do not need any accreditation to participate. Yes, Sweep Schools have been offered and run in the second half of 2016 via Circular 3457.

Sweep Schools are not an opportunity to have your sweep accreditation or coaching accreditation signed off.

How do I enrol in a coaching course?

Refer to Circular 3458 at the top of this page. Read through and follow the prompts in the ‘How to Nominate’ section. If you wish to complete a Foundation or Development coaching course, nominations will be open in the months of January, April, July & October 2016 only. This will create quarterly intakes. By nominating in one of these months, you are simply expressing interest that you wish to complete a course. Formal enrolment will be completed following the close of nominations where SLSNSW will contact you to provide more information about payment, how to access the modules, etc. You will be given one month to complete the online modules which are then followed by the practical assessment where the date and location will be communicated with all participants. You should allow 6-10 weeks form the time of nominating to the time you will receive your accreditation.

What happens when I complete the course?

Your Assessor will complete the paperwork and send to SLSNSW. Please allow 3-6 weeks for your accreditation to be processed.

Coaching Course Timeline

  • SLSNSW releases coaching course nomination circular
  • If no circular, coach registers interest with tpiper@surflifesaving.com.au
  • Nominations will be open from 1-31 January, 1-30 April, 1-31 July, 1-31 October 2016. No nominations will be accepted outside of these dates.
  • Following the close of nominations, nominees are sent information how to access online modules and are to complete within one month. (Course participants will receive approval from State once all components are complete)
  • State assigns Assessor to individual coach
  • New coach and Assessor to organise practical assessment date and location at a local training session.
  • A Mentor is assigned if any coach requires more assistance in order to be awarded their accreditation
  • The Assessor completes paperwork and submits to State Centre.
  • State Centre completes accreditation (allow 3-6 weeks)

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

General Enquiries: Tim Piper, Sports Development Officer 9471 8000 tpiper@surflifesaving.com.au Accreditation Enquiries: Denise Lees, Sports Administration Officer 9471 8000 dlees@surflifesaving.com.au

SLSA Members Portal

Click here to go to the SLSA Members Portal -discipline specific videos to assist your coaching can be found on the SLSA Members Portal under Library/Sport/CoachEducation/SLSA/Development

Extra e-learning courses

SLSNSW in conjunction with SLSA are providing e-learning courses and opportunities to the SLSNSW community to ensure all are across contemporary education methods in Australian Sport.

Such education courses on offer are:

Both the above courses are free of charge and provide an opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of anti-doping and match fixing in sport. We strongly believe this is important learning for those involved in any SLSNSW event and is vital for elite competition and member development.

SLSNSW fully supports the new SLSA Anti-doping and Match Fixing policies. SLSNSW strongly encourages those involved in the sport to complete these education courses (no longer than 1 hour each). Please click on the links above to complete the courses.

Following the completion of each course, please forward the completion email (Match Fixing) and a copy of the certificate (Anti-Doping Level 1) through to Tim Piper to track and upload to SurfGuard as an award on your profile. Once completed, the courses do not have to be completed again, unless there is an update in information from these organisations. If anyone has previously completed either course, proof must be sent through to Mikaela in order to be recognised.

More information

Download the SLSA Coaching Framework here for more information (pdf)