Role Description

Click here to view a role description that your club may customise to meet local junior activity requirements.

Please note that your role may have a different role title at your local SLSC.

Timeline of Priorities

Download the Timeline of Priorities for a list of considerations for each calendar month that includes some of the key tasks we see as crucial for the smooth running of your club. You can add or subtract from this timeline as necessary.

Below is a high-level summary of what tasks you need to perform.

During patrol season (September – April)

Off- Patrol Season (May – August)

Complete your Junior Activity Chair training.

Attend and lead junior activity pre-season meetings.

Coordinate the junior development program including preliminary and competition skills evaluation.

Document your plans and work with club management team members to make them a reality.

Coordinate the end of season awards graduation activities.

Monitor club financials.

Ensure that safeguarding processes and WWCCs have been actioned.

Plan any off-season training including training for nipper parents.

Monitor club financials.

Review the season successes and areas of improvement – make a plan for next year.

Recruitment and registration of nippers (including Active Kids Vouchers where applicable).

Succession plan and submit feedback to branch.

Support and say thank you to your age managers, water safety personnel, nipper parents and other junior activity volunteers.

Support and say thank you to your age managers, water safety personnel, nipper parents and other junior activity volunteers.

The below table summarises the key people that can assist you at every level of the SLS organisation.

These key people may be current or previous holders of the role as noted in SLS annual reports.

Club Level

Club Board Members

Club Board members are available to assist with advice and support. 

Refer to your Surf Life Saving Club website or annual report for names. Refer to SurfGuard for contact details. 

Club Life Members

Life Members have a wealth of information to assist you to make informed decisions. 

Refer to your Surf Life Saving Club website or annual report for names. Refer to SurfGuard for contact details. 

Club Management Team Members

Work with your existing Club Management Team members. They can answer enquiries, assist with projects or point you in the right direction of where to find information. 

For example, the Club President, Surf Sports Officer, Chief Training Officer, Club Director of Lifesaving, Administrator.

Refer to your Surf Life Saving Club website or annual report for names. Refer to SurfGuard for contact details. 

Other Junior Activity Chairs in Your Region

You can also reach out to local club Junior Activities Chairs to share some key learnings. 

Refer to the SLSNSW Club Directory for club contact details.

Branch Level

Branch Director of Member Services/Junior Activities

The Branch Director of Member Services/Junior Activities can assist you in understanding your role and provide information and updates from SLSNSW and SLSA. These may include changes to policies and procedure, award courses, recognition, safeguarding or member pathways.  

Refer to the SLSNSW Branch Directory for branch contact details.

SLSNSW

SLSNSW Director of Member Services

The SLSNSW Director of Member Services sits on the SLSNSW Board and represents the voice of members strategically.  They work closely with the Branch Directors of Member Services (volunteers) and SLSNSW Membership staff members.  

Contact details are available on the SLSNSW website.

SLSNSW Membership Manager

They collate feedback from junior activities and member services positions at lower organisational levels and monitor changing industry requirements to lead organisational change at a state level, e.g., policy and procedure changes.

Contact details are available on the SLSNSW website.

SLSNSW Membership Team

The NSW Membership team coordinates the junior activity chair training and resources available to clubs. This team works directly with the Director and Branch Directors to ensure consistent information is available. They can answer junior activity related enquiries, assist with projects or point you in the right direction of where to find information.

Contact details are available on the SLSNSW website.

SLSA

SLSA IT Helpdesk

The SLSA IT Helpdesk is available to support you with using SLS applications and systems, such as SurfGuard and the SLS eLearning Platform. 

Log a support ticket or provide feedback at: http://support.sls.com.au

There are several different platforms you need to be familiar with in your role at your Surf Life Saving Club.

Click the links below to note the key ones to be aware of and what they are used for.

Social Media Platforms

SLS Platforms

SLSNSW JACs also have the Workplace by Facebook Group – Junior Forum to network, communicate and collaborate with other JACs from across SLSNSW.

The SLSA Junior Resource Development Kit (JDR) in the SLS Members Area and the SLSNSW Club Guide are the key documents that you need to familiarise yourself with as they can assist you with completing some of the day to day tasks in your role.

SLSNSW has created a dynamic list of resources that are useful for Club Management Team members to be aware of. The list is in an excel sheet with tabs organised into document categories and contains links to the resources it references such as:

  • Circulars
  • Memorandums  
  • Bulletins
  • Guides  
  • Publications
  • Toolkits and information packs      
  • Templates           
  • Forms and checklists        
  • Online Training   
  • External organisation resources     

Note: This list is reviewed annually by SLSNSW so be sure to note the date is was last updated.

Download list of useful resources