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SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue


To establish a standard that creates a level of competence in Life Saving that meets the requirements of the surf coach and enables more location and job specific training and assessment. Surf coaching requires a 1:10 ratio and so most surf coaches will be operating on their own and will need to have life saving skills to deal with situations without immediate assistance.

Important Notice:

This is a suitable alternative to having a full lifeguard award to accommodate your ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Award. One can not apply for lifeguard jobs nationally or internationally with this qualification.


  • Minimum of 16 years of age on date of assessment.
  • Able to perform a continuous swim for a minimum of 200 metres in a pool.
  • Medically and physically fit.


24 months from the date of the assessment. Subsequent proficiency tests may be completed to maintain status.


1. Fitness Test & Releases

  • Complete a swim of 200 metres in the sea, attacking the surf on entry.
  • Complete a 200 metre run in under one minute.
  • Demonstrate effectively two releases with appropriate management of the situation.

2. Life Saving Skills, Rescue & Knowledge

Demonstrate effectively the ability to carry out the following:

  • Board rescue of unconscious casualty 150 metres from the shore using either a rescue board or a surfboard of 8ft minimum length.
  • Demonstrate a free swim rescue and tow of casualty without rescue aids at a minimum of 50 metres’ swimming distance from the shore.
  • Demonstrate management of suspected spinal injury to casualty in the surf zone using public/surf school students to assist.
  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of Lifeguard signals and flags.
  • Demonstrate aftercare of conscious and unconscious casualty.

3. Life Support

4. First Aid


Complete the syllabus for the assessment. The qualification can be Trainer assessed.

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