Officials & Water Safety

Officials play an important part within our organisation and are integral to the ongoing delivery of our sport. Without officials, SNB would simply be unable to deliver carnivals through the season.

And we also require to allocate Water Safety to ensure the safety of all competitors, escpecially important for the Junior carnivals.

To ensure that we can efficiently and safely run all SNB carnivals, we have a quota system in place that requires all participating clubs to fulfil officials and water safety positions at events. The quotas for Junior Activities carnivals is a ratio-based formula which correlates to the number of competitors attending from each club, and is based on the actual entries for each carnival. Currently there is no quota system for Open carnivals, but this is being reviewed .

If you have any question about being an SNB official, please send an email to

Nominating to Officiate at SLSSNB Carnivals

To nominate as a Surf Sports official for all SLSSNB carnivals for the 2020-2021 season, please refer to the Surf Sports | Officials & Water Safety | Nominations page, which will be updated regularly throughout the year for all upcoming carnivals.

Water Safety nomination forms will also be made available from the Surf Sports | Officials & Water Safety | Nominations page.

Official Accreditation Levels

In recent years, SLSA Surf Sport Officials training has moved under the umbrella of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS), which covers over 80 different sports throughout Australia and is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

There are four levels for officials to obtain under the NOAS pathway –

SLSA Core Official

Core Officials work with entry level participants in a club surf sport environment (recreationally or competitively). Participants will generally be non-bronze proficient.

A Core Official can officiate at Branch & State Carnivals in the positions of Judge, Timekeeper, Marshall, Recorder

SLSA Technical Official 

Technical Officials choose to fulfil specific officiating role(s) and who work with participants (non-bronze proficient, Surf Rescue Certificate qualified or bronze proficient) who are actively competing in a club / branch / state surf sport competition environment.

Technical Official roles may include: Marshall, Starter, Check Starter, Recorder, Timekeeper, Finish Judge

SLSA Senior Official

Senior Officials  choose to fulfil specific senior officiating roles and who work with athletes competing in state/national surf sport competition environments.

Senior Official roles may include: Chief Judge, Referee, Area Referee, Sectional referee, Course supervisor

The Senior Official is also a mentor to other core and technical officials and can facilitate NOAS training workshops in their nominated roles.

SLSA Performance Official

Performance Officials have been identified as leaders within their chosen field. These officials are talent identified as a part of either the NHP Program or as experts outside this particular program.

Each member of this group will be supported with an Individual Official Performance Plan (IOPP) which will facilitate SLSA’s high performance officials to be at the cutting edge of surf sport officiating at the highest level (national / international).

Each Performance Official will be required to attend a biennial Performance Officiating Workshop.

How to Become an Official

Online courses are available for anyone wishing to become accredited an official. These courses can be taken at any stage during the year and are accessible via the SLSA members Portal.

For more information on becoming an official and details of the available courses including how to enrol, visit the SLSNSW Officials General Information & Resources page.

There are costs associated with these online courses, and you are required to pay for these courses upfront. So, discuss with your club whether they will reimburse you for the cost of the course.

Reaccreditation for Officials’ Award

Officials that have been accredited prior to the NOAS scheme coming into effect are classified by the following levels –

  • Junior Official
  • Level 1 Official
  • Level 2 Official
  • Level 3 Official

A Junior Official will transfer to a Core Official after re-accreditation.

A Level 1 Official will transfer to Technical Official after re-accreditation.

A Level 2 Official will transfer to a Senior Official role only if they can demonstrate (via their log book) that the have officiated in the last 4 years in the position of

Chief Judge, Referee/Area Referee/Sectional Referee, Course Supervisor, Appeals Committee, Competition Liaison Officer, Support Service Coordinator, Disciplinary Committee

If there is insufficient evidence, the Level 2 Official will transfer to a Technical Official.

All current Level 3 Officials will be sent via Branch to State and onto SLSA when reaccreditation is due. Not all Level 3 Officials will remain as Level 3 Officials. SLSA will determine if the official will remain as a Level 3 or transfer to Senior Official.

For more information on Reaccreditation, visit the SLSNSW Officials General Information & Resources page.

Surf Sports Manual

All Surf Sport carnivals are conducted under the rules and regulations that are outlined in the SLSA Surf Sports Manual, and as such, it is imp[ortant that officials are across these rules.

The 36th Edition of the SLSA Surf Sports Manual is avaialble on the SLSA Members Portal, and is also avaialble in an online format via the new SLSA Publications App. Refer to the following details on how to access this –

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