National Development Programs

Surf Life Saving is committed to developing our members at all levels of the organisation. Surf Life Saving Australia offers members a number of programs for member development at the peak end of the membership development pathway.

National Leadership College

This program offers surf lifesavers the opportunity to develop leadership, management and personal skills to enhance their involvement in surf lifesaving.

The college is conducted each year and is open to surf lifesavers aged between 20 and 30 years. Participants must hold and be proficient in one or more of the following SLSA Awards: Bronze Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation, Radio Operators, First Aid or Surf Rescue Certificate. Participants are selected based on their commitment to their club and increasing their responsibility with surf lifesaving.

Sir Adrian Curlewis Queensland Scholarship

The Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship is a national program that is designed to build leadership skills, knowledge and highlight the potential in young Australians who choose to pursue leadership roles in surf lifesaving at a club, regional, state and national level. The program provides one candidate from each state with an environment where they can discover their leadership potential under the guidance and mentoring of active leaders in surf lifesaving.

This scholarship provides the scholars with a 12-month structured mentoring program through a ‘contract learning agreement’. This agreement focuses on key areas that the participant feels they need to improve in their personal leadership skills. The Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship recognises the contribution of a lifesaver over the age of 21 years and is dedicated to the late Sir Adrian Curlewis in memory of his long-time involvement with SLSA as President.

SLSA National Leader’s Conference

The conference provides an opportunity for existing leaders at all levels to participate in a high level leadership development program, with a particular target of club presidents. It is aimed at leaders in the 30+ age category and will be very useful for leaders with a limited surf lifesaving background or those who have re-entered the organisation after an extended period of absence. The conference will provide an environment that will enable the delegates to refresh and extend their leadership capabilities.

Forum Series

The SLSA Forum series was formally established in 2007, following a number of successful National Youth Forum’s (2003-2006) and a National Women’s Forum (2006). These forums have been designed to provide an opportunity for like-minded surf lifesavers to share their experiences and for Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) to develop a core base of issues based leaders and advocates. The forum identifies a key issue or target group each year and recent forums have included a Disability and a 14-17 Years Program.

For more information about the National Development Programs simply visit the SLSA website.