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BECOME AN OFFICIAL

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Officials are vital in facilitating the efficient and safe conduct of lifesaving competitions. From local carnivals to international Championships, pool lifesaving requires the assistance of volunteers and Officials with a wide range of skills, experience and abilities and most importantly - team work. There is bound to be a role for you!

Royal Life Saving offers three levels of Officials Accreditation, equipping volunteers with the knowledge and skills to assist and conduct events from amateur to elite competitions. Learn more about the Officials pathway below and how to become an Official:

Foundation  Official

Technical Official

Senior Official

Find out more about each level

Foundation Officials

Accreditation as a Foundation Official enables individuals to officiate at modified or amateur pool lifesaving events and competitions, or in non-technical roles. A Foundation Official has a fundamental understanding of pool lifesaving sport, rules and event guidelines associated with theirs (and an athlete’s) participation in pool lifesaving.

Prerequisites

Are you a member of Royal Life Saving, over 16 and hold a CPR Certificate?

If you are already a member of a RLS State or Territory Member Organisation,  go to Step 1

Step 1 

Subscribe to the SportsHub and establish your Profile

If you are already subscribed, go to Step 2

Step 2

Complete the ASC General Principles and RLSSA Foundation Officials Courses

On completion, sync your learning in the Skills Register and go to Step 3

Step 3

Submit your online application for Foundation Official Accreditation

Your accreditation will be processed by RLSSA and a certificate issued.

 

Technical Officials

You must be an Accredited Foundation Official to commence being a Technical Official.

At this stage an official will develop and display a strong technical knowledge and capacity to supervise Pool Lifesaving events at local, state and national events.

Prerequisites

Complete the Play By The Rules Child Protection and Anti-Discrimination Courses through Sport Australia and add it to your Skills Register:

Step 1

Complete the RLSSA Technical Officials online  modules through the SportsHub:

You must have a Sports Hub subscription to access RLS courses.

Step 2

Attend a Technical Officials workshop and officiate on pool deck at at least 2 event (assessed by a Senior Official).

Step 3

Submit your online application for Technical Official Accreditation

Senior Officials

You must be an Accredited Technical Official to commence being a Senior Official.

At this stage an official will perform management roles at state, national and international events and act as a leader and mentor for Foundation and Technical Officials. 

Prerequisites

Complete the Play By The Rules Complaint Handling Course through Sport Australia and add it to your Skills Register:

Step 1

Complete the RLSSA Senior Officials online modules through the SportsHub:

You must have a Sports Hub subscription to access RLS courses.

Step 2

Officiate at a National competition in a management or leadership role*, AND;
Present and assess Technical Officials course, OR;

Provide mentorship to a Foundation or Technical Official

Refer to the RLSSA Competition Handbook for Officials roles

Step 3

Submit your online application for Senior Official Accreditation