First Aid

First Aid Training

Having accredited first aid personnel present at all sport and recreational events is vitally important.

In the Kimberley region, environmental factors such as heat, humidity and the prevalence of water-based activities provide additional risks to sport and recreational programs and must be equally considered.

The St John Ambulance first aid course covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations, providing care for ill or injured until medical aid arrives.

For more information on course availability you can visit the St John Ambulance WA website or contact your local Garnduwa office.


The Royal Life Saving Society

With the hot climate and abundant amount of water ways in the Kimberley region, many sport and recreation activities are based around beaches, pools, rivers, creeks and gorges.

To increase the safety of water-based sport and recreation programs, staff and volunteers can register and complete the following courses:

·       First Aid and Resuscitation

·       Bronze Medallion

·       Lifesaving

·       Water safety

The training programs educate participants on identifying and avoiding potentially dangerous situations and how to manage injuries.

The Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia is one of Australia’s leading first aid and aquatic safety educators. Aquatic safety courses are delivered on a regular basis both in the metropolitan region and in regional areas.

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For more information on courses being delivered in your town, contact the following:



Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre
Phone: (08) 9191 8720


Derby Recreation Centre
Phone: (08) 9191 0999


Fitzroy Crossing Pool

Halls Creek

Halls Creek Aquatic Centre
Phone: (08) 9168 6007


Kununurra Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool
Phone: (08) 9168 2120


Wyndham Swimming Pool
Phone: (08) 9161 1293



Accredited Officiating Courses

Umpires, referees and officials are critical to all sports. Officiating is a great way to be involved in structured sport and there are opportunities for remuneration through various sports.

Officiating accreditation courses require participants to be assessed and to meet certain competencies. There are pathways available for talented officials in various sports. Elite level sports require officials to be able to officiate at an elite level.

The staged accreditation process is designed to provide officials with the training and knowledge required to officiate high-level competitions. Representative carnivals and regional, state and national carnivals are good opportunities for officials to gain experience at a higher level of competition.

For more information on the accreditation process for any sport contact your local Garnduwa office or visit the state sporting association website appropriate to the sport in which you are interested including AFL Football, Basketball, Netball, Soccer, Softball and Cricket.

Football – Football WA
Basketball – Basketball WA
Netball – Netball WA
Soccer – Football West
Softball – WA Softball
Cricket - WACA

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Becoming an accredited coach is an important step in ensuring that you are providing a quality service to the participants with whom you are working. The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is Australia’s system of training and accrediting coaches. It is recommended that all coaches become accredited through the NCAS. The NCAS training programs include the following components:

·       Coaching General Principles

·       Sports Specific



Level 1: General Principles Coaching

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The Level 1 General Principles Coaching is aimed at coaches working with children. There are five modules in the course and it takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete. The Department of Sport and Recreation delivers this course in towns throughout the Kimberley or it can be completed on-line at the Australian Sports Commission website. Once competency has been established participants will be issued a certificate outlining the accreditation.

For more information on the general principles course contact Dean Holder from Department of Sport and Recreation or your local Garnduwa office.


Sport Specific

The sport specific component of the Level 1 coaching accreditation focuses on the teaching of skills, techniques and strategies in your chosen sport of preference. The sport specific course has a theoretical and practical component.


Australian Rules Football or AFL

The AFL Level 1 Accreditation is delivered annually in the Kimberley and courses are delivered over two evenings targeting junior and senior community coaches.

The AFL Level 2 Coaching Accreditation is for coaches who have extensive coaching experience at the community level or higher. Coaches that work with high performance programs and state level competitions are required to be Level 2 accredited. The Level 2 Accreditation course is delivered annually in Perth.

For dates, venues and enrolment details for all AFL coach accreditation courses, contact your local Football Development Coordinator at Garnduwa:

West Kimberley
Eamon Rice
Phone: 0439 660 746

East Kimberley
Michael Ellul
Phone: 0406 801 942



The netball specific level coaching accreditation courses require the coaches to be assessed by an appropriately qualified person. There are numerous levels of accreditation for netball coaches including:

·       Foundation Coaching Accreditation

·       Development Coaching Accreditation

·       Intermediate Coaching Accreditation

·       Advanced Coaching Accreditation

·       Elite Coaching Course

·       High Performance Coaching Accreditation

Netball coaches in the Kimberley can be assessed at various stages throughout the year including the North West Championship. For more information on the netball Level 1 coaching accreditation visit the Netball WA website or contact Jane Edwards, the Garnduwa netball specialist.



The Softball specific Level 1 Accreditation is delivered by Softball WA. Courses are delivered regularly in the metropolitan region and have been delivered in the Kimberley region in previous years. For more information on dates, venues and enrolment information visit the Softball WA website or contact Annie Dann, Garnduwa’s Women in Sport Coordinator.



Basketball WA delivers a Level 0, 1 and Advanced Coach Accreditation courses. The Broome Basketball Association also has development opportunities available to volunteers. For more information on the development needs and opportunities for basketball coaches, visit the Basketball WA website or contact your local Garnduwa office.



The West Australian Cricket Association (WACA) delivers coach accreditation courses in the metropolitan and also regionally. For more information on the requirements of the course and further details visit the WACA website or contact your local Garnduwa office.



Athletics WA deliver a Level 1, 2 and 3 Coach Accreditation. For more information visit the Athletics WA website or contact your local Garnduwa office.



Football West delivers coach development courses and seminars for coaches at various levels of participation. Former Perth Glory captain Jamie Harnwell services the Kimberley region frequently and has delivered skill development workshops around the region.

For more information on local coach development opportunities, contact the Broome Soccer Association and for further coaching information visit the Football West website or contact your local Garnduwa office.



Benefits of mentoring: 

The benefits of having a mentor are wide and varied but to the player, coach or official they can include:

·       Regular and constructive feedback on performance,

·       Ease of transferring skills in practice onto the field,

·       Introduction of new skills and training initiatives,

·       Ease of clarifying goals, future options and directions,

·       Improved interaction and networking with other players, coaches and officials, and

·       Assistance in overcoming barriers to improvement.

There are also benefits to the mentors themselves by taking on such a role including:

·       Stimulates renewed enthusiasm and commitment towards the sport,

·       Creates opportunity to share knowledge and skills,

·       Re-energises their physical and mental well-being, and

·       Recognition of their expertise.

Garnduwa Mentoring Program

Garnduwa has three primary roles to play through the Garnduwa Mentoring Program:

1.     To assist players, coaches and officials to understand the benefits of having a mentor and assisting them in identifying an appropriate and accessible mentor,

2.     To build, during the early stages of the partnership, the relationship between the two parties concerned, and

3.     To provide, if necessary, the training or support to the mentor to enable them to meet their mentoring obligations.

If you would like to find out further information on Garnduwa’s Mentoring Program either as a person who is need of mentoring support or is interested in becoming a mentor then please contact your local Garnduwa office.

Sports Trainer

The Sports Trainer provides a crucial link between the coach, player and health professional. The Sports Trainer’s prime responsibility is to make sport safer. This is achieved by:

·      Implementing appropriate injury prevention protocols

·      Preparing players for competition

·      Providing the appropriate immediate management of injuries

·      Providing immediate crisis management of severe injuries

·      Informed referral of injuries to a more qualified health professional for further advice and management

·      Working in conjunction with health professionals (e.g. physiotherapist or GP) to ensure a safe return to play for injured players

·      Educating players and coaching staff in relation to return to play principles

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Accredited sports trainers are very important to all sports. Accredited trainers are qualified to help prevent and safely manage injuries caused through sport participation. The Level 1 Sports Trainers course involves 16 hours of lecture and practical sessions in subjects such as management of specific sporting injuries, warm up, stretching, cool downs, taping and nutrition. In the Kimberley region the Level 1 Sports Trainers course can be delivered through the Kimberley TAFE or Department of Sport and Recreation.

Level 2 Sports Trainer

The Level 2 Sports Trainers course is a progression from Level 1. It is designed to give the active sports trainer the flexibility to structure the course to suit their own needs by offering optional modules in addition to a compulsory core module. Current Level 1 Sports Trainers Accreditation, 12 months experience and 50 hours practical field experience are prerequisites for entry into the Level 2 Sports Trainers course.

For more information on the accredited sports trainer courses contact one of the following networks:

1.     Sports Medicine Australia

2.     Kimberley TAFE

Sports First Aid

The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an effective sports injury prevention program and give competent first aid to the ill or injured until medical aid arrives at the sporting environment.

First Aid training providers in the Kimberley include:

1.     Kimberley TAFE

2.     Royal Life Saving WA