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Community Surf Educators
Community Surf Educators are responsible for delivering Surf Lifesaving New Zealand's three educational programmes to children throughout the summer period. These programmes are Beach Ed, Surf to School and City Nippers and they are run by qualified and specifically trained lifeguards, teaching the children fundamental water safety skills and surf safety theory so they can safely enjoy New Zealand's favourite playground. 

Beach Ed
Beach Ed is a unique practical and theoretical programme that is delivered at Surf Clubs throughout the region. This programme runs on school days during school hours in school terms four and one. 

Surf to School
Surf to School is an interactive theoretical based programme that is delivered at the school grounds. This programme runs on school days any school term of the year, but mostly in school terms four and one. 

City Nippers
City Nippers is an Auckland based programme that runs in school terms four and one during after school hours and on Sundays and in the summer holidays Mondays to Fridays. Conducted out of Takapuna, Saint Heliers, Mission Bay, Onehunga, Maraetai and Eastern/Bucklands Beach, the City Nippers programme builds the participants' confidence in the sea, teaching them fundamental water safety skills.

The responsibilities of a Community Surf Educator include:

  • To ensure effective delivery of the Surf Safety Education Programmes during school hours in school terms 4 and 1
  • Be available from November until the end of March on Mondays to Fridays during school hours and on Sundays and some weekdays during after school hours.
  • To follow guidelines of the Surf Education Programmes
  • To represent Surf Life Saving in a professional manner at all times
  • To provide children with a positive and professional role model
  • To supervise a safe swimming area for participating groups
  • To liaise with Surf Club personnel on matters concerning equipment, programmes and Club facilities
  • To wear a correct uniform (clean and without stains) at all times when delivering the Surf Education Programmes
  • To liaise with the SLSNR Community Education Manager on matters relating to the Surf Education Programmes

In order to be considered and employed as a Junior/Senior Community Surf Educator:

1. You have to hold a SLSNZ Surf Lifeguard Award or equivalent qualification (SLSA, SLSGB) and be able to demonstrate current proficiency for all components of the SLSNZ Surf Lifeguard Award qualification at any time. You have to be refreshed for 2017-18 season before the 31st January 2018.

2. You have to hold a current First Aid Level 1 qualification - this must be current through until the end of March 2018.

3. You have to be endorsed by your club. An email will be sent to all your clubs at the start of the season.

Required Training and Courses

1.  The SLSNR Surf Education Induction & Training Day

2.  GACU Coaching Workshop


Apply Here 

Applications close 4pm Friday 29th of September.