Surf Sports Officials

How to become an Official

In order to be an official, you must first be a member of a surf lifesaving club and be 16 years of age. If you would like to become an accredited Level 1 official, please contact Illawarra Branch on    (02) 4228 3884 to find out when the next Level 1 Officials Course is taking place.


SLS NSW send out re -licensing forms to officials. Once you receive these, you complete and return with copy of your Officials log book to the Branch office. Endorsement by Branch will be completed by Keith Caldwell and then your re-licensing application will be forwarded to SLSNSW.

Active Membership for Illawarra Branch Officials – BOSS

Each year Illawarra Officials are asked to fill in a BOSS Renewal Form where you are asked to indicate which Illawarra carnivals you would like to Officiate at. You can download the form now, click here.


Surf Life Saving Australia has updated its coach and officials database, helping to increase the speed of the accreditation and re-accreditation process. If you would like to check your accreditation status, please

Surf Sports Coaches

Surf Life Saving NSW Level 1 Coaching Courses

Surf Life Saving NSW will announce dates and venues for Level One Surf Coach Courses soon.

Please keep your eyes posted on this website under Surf Sports Latest News for upcoming Course Date.

Surf Sports Coach Nominations

Click here to download the nomination form to become a Surf Sports Coach.

Coach re-license forms

If you require a ‘Coaching re-licensing form’ please click here, fill out both pages and email them to Surf Life Saving Illawarra at or mail to Surf Life Saving Illawarra PO Box 6, Wollongong East, NSW 2520

Coaches and Officials Insurance Details


SLSA’s public liability and errors omissions policy extends to include coaching of surf lifesaving activities ONLY and is subject to the following conditions:

“Activities” are defined as: those, which are part of a structured training program encompassing elements directly developing skills required for lifesaving competition;

those managed by an appropriately “accredited” coach/trainer;
those approved by Surf Life Saving Australia as competition activities.

“Accredited” coach/trainer means:

holding a current SLSA Surf Coach Accreditation;
having satisfied SLSA’s member protection policy particularly the screening requirements (managed by states);
having satisfied any other requirements required by law i.e. “accreditation – working with children”.

The policy covers the coaching of registered, financial and proficient members in the following categories:

Junior (Nippers)
Active (Junior and Senior)
Active Reserve
Long Service

Volunteer coaches do not need to be contracted to a club, but the club must approve their activity.

It may be that you have circumstances/activities that fall outside the activities listed above and therefore you may need to obtain additional insurance.

If you are employed as a coach, you:

will need to take out extra insurance. RMI Australia is able to supply this insurance;
must be under a written contract with a club.

All coaches are encouraged to analyse their coaching activities and develop a risk minimisation plan.

RMI Australia Pty Ltd provides SLSA with their public liability and errors omissions policy and should you require assistance/information on this issue, please contact John Provan on 07 3854 1688 or via email:

SLSA Coaching Manual

Copies of the SLSA Coaching Manual are available to be purchased for $25 (incl. GST, plus postage) and can be paid for either by cheque or credit card. To order a copy of the coaching manual please contact SLSA on (02) 9300 4000.