Surfing NSW Supports The New Wave Of Female Surf Coaches and Judges

Published on 11/05/2023

Surfing NSW is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the NSW Government’s ‘Investing in Women’ initiative. The funding will go towards Surfing NSW’s Coaching Career Development Strategy, aimed at improving economic opportunities and advancement for women and supporting diverse and flexible employment opportunities for women in NSW.

The Coaching Career Development Strategy is focused on increasing opportunities for women and girls in the area of surf coaching. It will grow and open pathways for women who may wish to enter or return to the surf industry. The initiative will increase the number of women coaches and encourage and develop the participation of females in the sport.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding from the NSW Government’s ‘Investing in Women’ initiative,” said Matt Lawson, Surfing NSW’s Head of Programs and Community. “This funding will enable us to expand our Coaching Career Development Strategy and create more opportunities for women to pursue a career in the surf industry. We are committed to promoting gender equality and empowering women in surfing, and this funding will help us achieve our goals.”

The funding comes after the recent success of the Her Wave Teams Classic events, two weekend events that saw over 500 females participate in surfing, with an all-female judging panel. The success of these events highlights the growing interest in women’s surfing and the need for greater opportunities for women in the sport.

“We are excited to build on the success of the Her Wave Teams Classic events and use this funding to support the development of women in surfing,” said Kate Cass, General Manager at Surfing NSW. “We believe that this initiative will not only increase the number of female coaches but also create a more inclusive and diverse surfing community.”

The Coaching Career Development Strategy is part of Surfing NSW’s commitment to creating a better community through surfing. The goal is to increase the number of coaches that are desperately needed within our system, by supporting the interest and need for females to be included in this space. Surfing NSW looks forward to working with the NSW Government and surfing community to create a more equitable future for passionate members.

Under the Surfing NSW Her Wave banner, this crucial funding provides the organisation with the opportunity to provide 150 aspiring female coaches to undertake the necessary courses to be accredited for free.

The Foundation Surf Coaching Course will increase the number of female coaches in NSW by 150, in addition to the surf coaching course Surfing NSW is offering a range of other training and accreditation courses that will equip coaches with crucial knowledge and expertise in this field. These courses include:

  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Surf Safety Supervisor Course
  • Surfers Rescue 24/7 Course
  • Spinal Management
  • Trauma Bleeding Control Overview.

Surfing NSW will then organise to provide this training in regions where the applying coaches reside. Collectively the above resources and training are valued
at over $600 per person.

For more information on the free foundation courses, please email Surfing NSW’s Programs and Community Manager, Adam Seminara I or apply via the link here.

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