At Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club we are committed to involving our youth in a way that encourages and supports what it is they enjoy as well as opening up opportunities. We aim to offer opportunities to experience many different roles that are important in running a club and being involved in a volunteer organisation. We aim to deliver on this commitment and we will be sure to have a lot of fun along the way.

Cadets 13 – 15 years

Active Cadets aged between 13 and 15 years of age as of the 1st October are required to gain their Surf Rescue Certificate when they turn 14 and their Bronze Medallion when they turn 15 and become Patrolling Members of the Club and compete at Senior Carnivals in Under 14 and Under 17 Age Groups.

Youth Pathways

Here at Coogee there are various pathways for our youth to be involved in our club.

We offer access to a variety of Surf Life Saving accredited training opportunities such as Bronze Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and IRB Crew – or work your way up to become an IRB Driver!

Become a Patrolling member, train as an Assistant Age Group Manager (accredited at 16yrs old) or become a trainer (accredited at 16yrs old).

Club Sport training activities – access coaching in the different surf sports areas such as Surf Rowing (for Bronze Proficient Members), Board Paddling, Beach Sprints and heaps more.

Hospitality Work Experience – Youth Members of the Club can obtain work experience with the potential to gain paid work in the Club Functions & Events area. To express your interest send an email to the Club Manager [email protected] or Youth Development Officer [email protected]

If the beach activities are not your thing, nominate to be a part of the Youth Active Council, try some of the alternatives mentioned on this page or come to us with an idea – opportunities are only limited by your imagination!


Developed to complement SLSWA’s Youth Program, the Youth Leaders Program (YLP) offers youth members the opportunity to formally record their experiences and service and receive recognition for doing so.

The YLP entails three levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold – for youth members to work towards achieving. Each level stipulates certain requirements and experiencing of various roles associated with surf lifesaving.

By creating well-rounded members with broad experiences across a range of disciplines, we will ensure that surf life saving offers ‘something for everyone’ and lifelong participation pathways for all.

Download this brochure for more information.

Like in many other sports, officials play a vital role in our movement. SLSWA youth members have the opportunity to officiate at SLSWA and Club events.

Hours accrued in this role can go towards the SLSWA Youth Leaders Program.

Youth coaches can work in a range of coaching roles at Clubs. Youth Coaches are mentored/supervised at Club training sessions by component, accredited/club endorsed, Foundation level (or above) coaches.

Hours accrued in this role can go towards the SLSWA Youth Leaders Program.

The Youth Age Manager provides an introduction to the pathway of an Age Manager. Youth are able to assist and develop their skills in delivering the SLSWA Woodside Nippers Program.

Hours accrued in this role can go towards the SLSWA Youth Leaders Program.

The Youth Trainer provides an introduction to the pathway of Education Training. Youth are able to assist and develop their skills in delivering components of the SLSA/SLSWA Education courses.

Hours accrued in this role can go towards to SLSWA Youth Leaders Program.

Youth Event Producers have a variety of options to get involved in at SLSWA run events. From interviewing athletes at events to assisting with event management. If you aspire to become involved in event management, sport commentating, videography, photography, social media or content management or multi-media communications to name a few, then this pathway may be for you. These skills can be developed and practiced at some of SLSWA’s biggest events!