Basic Skills courses are intended for people who wish to learn to paddle either kayak or canoe on calm inland waters. Subsequent courses, such as the Introduction to Sea Kayak Skills or Flatwater Skills courses, equip you for paddling in other waters.
The programme is designed to cater for all ability levels, with the aim of showing you how to enjoy the excitement and challenges of canoe touring in safety.
The courses generally run from 9am – 4pm.
The course fee is $90 (inc GST) and includes all equipment, instruction, notes and Australian Canoeing Basic Skills Award Certificate on sucessful assessment.
Payment can be made by cheque, money order or credit card (Bankcard/Mastercard/Visa).
Registration forms for the courses are available by clicking HERE. (109Kb PDF file).
Registration for courses generally closes on the Monday prior, however please call the office as vacancies are often available.
April / May dates will be listed early in 2006.
Canoe or Kayak?
The kayak is the better choice for more open waters where wind and chop may be a problem (kayaks only are used at sea). There is less stowage space, and access to stowed gear is not as easy. Kayaks are usually better as singles, and are paddled with double blade paddles.
Following successful assessment you will be granted the Basic Skills award. Your details will be registered by Australian Canoeing. You are then encouraged to join a club, and to continue training for other skill and instructional awards. Courses are available through Canoe SA.