Becoming an Official

So, what’s it all about?

What will I have to do as an offi­cial?

First­ly, thank you for con­sid­er­ing to become an offi­cial to assist your Club. We have many Nip­pers that would like to com­pete in Nip­per Car­ni­vals to help improve their skills. We as a Club, are required to pro­vide offi­cials to sup­port the effi­cient run­ning of Car­ni­vals and to meet our oblig­a­tion of offi­cial num­bers per com­peti­tor num­bers.

You may be required to help call the fin­ish line, round up the com­peti­tors to mar­shal for events, write down the results as a recorder, keep time with a stop watch or even start a race! All these skills are fair­ly sim­ple and you will be assist­ed when you first start. Being an offi­cial has the advan­tage of being in the “best seat in the house” so to speak! Mul­laloo NEEDs YOU!

What do I need to do to become an offi­cial?

You will need to com­plete two online mod­ules, one through the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion and the oth­er through Surf Life Sav­ing. When these are com­plete, print out/email the cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion to Dawn Jones, our Offi­cials coor­di­na­tor. When you attend a car­ni­val “as an offi­cial” for the first time, a mentor/assessor will com­plete your appli­ca­tion to become an offi­cial – fact-to-face assess­ment.

We have bro­ken it down in steps, with links to the mod­ules to com­plete. If you have any fur­ther ques­tions after check­ing the below out, please con­tact Dawn Jones.

STEP 1:

Sup­ply a cur­rent work­ing with chil­dren clear­ance (if you need to apply for one, con­tact the office for details). Whilst wait­ing for clear­ance you can com­mence online train­ing.

STEP 2:

COMPLETE ONLINE LEARNING – MODULE 1

Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion (ASC) – online Com­mu­ni­ty Offi­ci­at­ing Gen­er­al Prin­ci­ples.

You will need to cre­ate a login with ASC to start this mod­ule. There is no charge for this mod­ule.

http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/officials/onlineofficial

STEP 3:

COMPLETE ONLINE LEARNING – MODULES 2 and 3

You will need to access your SLSA mem­bers area – https://portal.sls.com.au/ (for­mer­ly mem­bers por­tal)

Either login or cre­ate a user­name & pass­word to login.

Click on:

  • > Cours­es tab
  •     > Login to eLearn­ing (sug­gest chrome brows­er)
  •         > Train­ing Library tab
  •             > SLS – Sport (view cours­es)
  •                 > SLS – Core Offi­cial or,
    > SLS – Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial

There is a one-off fee of $35:00, this will be reim­bursed by Mul­laloo.

You can choose either “Core Offi­cial” or “Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial”

SLSA – Core Official

This course is designed as an entry-lev­el for offi­cials. It is designed to be a quick and easy course for those want­i­ng to offi­ci­ate at junior surf car­ni­vals.

SLSA – Technical Official

Tech­ni­cal Offi­cials are those who choose to ful­fil spe­cif­ic offi­ci­at­ing role/s and who work with par­tic­i­pants (non-bronze pro­fi­cient, Surf Res­cue Cer­tifi­cate qual­i­fied or bronze pro­fi­cient) that are active­ly com­pet­ing in surf sport com­pe­ti­tion envi­ron­ments. Offi­ci­at­ing roles may include: Mar­shal­l/Check-Mar­shall, Starter/Check-Starter, Recorder, Time­keep­er and Fin­ish Judge.

You do not need to com­plete all of the dis­ci­plines in mod­ule 3 but it is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed to become a ver­sa­tile offi­cial. Each dis­ci­pline will need to be assessed at a car­ni­val.

1. Being a Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial part 1
SLS — Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial Mod­ule 2 — Being a Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial part 1.

2. Being a Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial part 2
SLS — Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial Mod­ule 2 — Being a Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial part 2.

3. Mod­ule 3a – Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial in Action (Marshall/Check Mar­shall)
SLS — TO Mod­ule 3a — Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial in Action (Marshall/Check Mar­shall).

4. Mod­ule 3b – Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial in Action (Starter/Check Starter)
SLS — TO Mod­ule 3b — Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial in Action (Starter/Check Starter).

5. Mod­ule 3c – Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial in Action (Time­keep­er, Fin­ish Judge, Recorder)
SLS — TO Mod­ule 3c — Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial in Action — Time­keep­er, Fin­ish Judge, Recorder.

STEP 4:

Print the com­plet­ed assess­ment at end of the mod­ules, these are to be pre­sent­ed at the face-to-face asses­sor at the car­ni­val you attend.

When you’ve com­plet­ed online learn­ing, con­tact both Dawn Jones at Mul­laloo and Andrew Mosel at SLSWA.

STEP 5:

ATTEND A CARNIVAL AS AN OFFICIAL!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Surf Sports Man­u­al (down­load – from mem­bers area – print & bind OR save to tablet). For all the cur­rent rules and set­up of the com­pe­ti­tion course, click in your SLSA Mem­bers Area:
    • > Library
    •   > Sport
    •     > Man­u­als & Tech­ni­cal Rules
    •       > SLSA
    •         > Surf Sports Man­u­als (each chap­ter)
  • Cap colours for WA clubs, click in your SLSA Mem­bers Area:
    • > Library
    •   > Sport
    •     > Man­u­als & Tech­ni­cal Rules
    •       > SLSWA
    •         > Cap Colours
  • Wear a white long sleeved non-club shirt to car­ni­vals until accred­it­ed. SLSWA should sup­ply a shirt in due course.
  • Record atten­dance at each car­ni­val in log book (pro­vid­ed at first car­ni­val)
  • What to bring with you to a car­ni­val:
    • hat
    • water
    • snack
    • notepad, pen­cil & pen
    • tow­el & bathers (great for cool­ing off or for ski/boat fin­ish­es)
    • sun­screen
    • whis­tle
    • jack­et (seabreeze can be cool)
    • pro­gram for the rel­e­vant car­ni­val from SLSWA web­site
    • ther­mal rashie for wet fin­ish­es at senior events — ski & boat fin­ish­es
    • surf sports man­u­al, cap colours.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is the Core Offi­cial course a pre­req­ui­site for the Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial course? 

No. The SLSA Core Offi­cial course is designed as an entry-lev­el for offi­cials. It is designed to be a quick and easy course for those want­i­ng to offi­ci­ate at junior surf car­ni­vals.

Is the Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial course a pre­req­ui­site for the Senior Offi­cial course? 

Yes. RPL and reac­cred­i­ta­tion will also be tak­en into account.

Am I required to keep a log book? 

Yes. At all lev­els, offi­cials are required to log each car­ni­val they attend and have their log book signed by the event referee/coordinator and/or the stamp of the organ­is­ing body.

How do I get a log book? 

A log book will be issued when you have com­plet­ed the online units and presented/emailed the com­plet­ed cer­tifi­cates to the Offi­cials coor­di­na­tor and SLSWA.

How long does the Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial accred­i­ta­tion last for? 

All SLSA Offi­cials cours­es are accred­it­ed for 4 years. Offi­cials are required to keep a log book and attain 100 points with­in a four (4) year peri­od (the log book has more details on this).

How long will it take for me to com­plete the Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial course? 

Each SLSA online learn­ing module/part is designed to take approx­i­mate­ly 30 min­utes.

The dura­tion of the face-to-face work­shop is depen­dent on your local branch require­ments. Each dis­ci­pline elec­tive will have its own sep­a­rate face-to-face work­shop com­po­nent. Please note that there may be a few weeks between com­plet­ing the SLSA Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial online course and par­tic­i­pat­ing in your face-to-face work­shop.

The offi­cials coor­di­na­tor has tried to allo­cate me the course but can­not find me. 

All mem­bers wish­ing to com­plete an online course must have reg­is­tered and logged into the Mem­bers Area pre­vi­ous­ly. Until such time, they will not appear when try­ing to allo­cate a course.

How much does it cost? How do I pay? 

The course is $35. Pay­ment can be made with credit/debit card only. You will receive an invoice to your email address once pay­ment has been processed. Please note, the Club will reim­burse this cost.

I haven’t received my receipt for my course. Where is it? 

All SLSA online course receipts will be emailed to your pri­ma­ry email address reg­is­tered with­in Sur­f­Guard. Please ensure you check that your email address is up to date with­in Sur­f­Guard, as well as check­ing your trash or spam fold­ers.

I can’t find Mod­ule 1. The online course starts at Mod­ule 2. Where is Mod­ule 1? 

The pre­req­ui­site for Tech­ni­cal Offi­cial is Com­mu­ni­ty Offi­ci­at­ing Gen­er­al Prin­ci­ples. Click here to access Mod­ule 1.

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