Assessment information for ACAS Candidates

Assessment Information for ACAS Candidates

Information regarding Assessment as an Lifeguard, Guide or Instructor under the Australian Canoeing Award Scheme
Assessment is conducted by Australian Canoeing Accredited Assessors, and Canoe SA has 24 Qualified Assessors.
Assessments are coordinated by Canoe SA. Contact Canoe SA by phone or email when ready to be assessed.
Candidates are eligible for assessment if:
1. They have a current senior first aid certificate;
2. They have a logbook demonstrating minimum experience requirements for the award;
3. They have completed the Assessment Project for the award;
4. Whilst not compulsory, candidates should attend a suitable instructor training course
Assessment may occur
Option 1: Contact Canoe SA to arrange an assessor. At least 14 days notice, and date subject to availability. One-day assessment fee – $300 plus travel costs.
Option 2: Contact Canoe SA for assessor that can do on water assessment as part of their daily duties. Assessment fee may be reduced.
In both cases, the on –water assessor will be required to check that documentation is in order at least 7 days before assessment. This includes log book, first aid, planning documentation (risk assessment, weather, plan, float plan, instruction notes & etc)
Note: Registration fee (for 3 years registration) applies.
The following notes from an assessor workshop in 2010 remain current practice:
  1.  Any relevant paperwork such as session plan, risk management plan, float plan (if applicable), client information is to be presented to the assessor well before the teaching episode, ideally at least 7 days.
  2. The assessor is to check the log book prior to conducting the assessment, ideally at least 7 days, to gain a good understanding of the candidate’s background.
  3. If candidate changes lesson or does not follow original plan because of change of context (weather, group, equipment issues) this is considered good practice.
  4. The role of the assessor is to provide every opportunity to complete the Flatwater Instructor (FWI) Award.
  5. If teaching skills to the level of FWI cannot be demonstrated due to the candidate’s skills or the context of the assessment not providing adequate opportunity, then Flatwater Guide (FWG) or Canoe/Kayak Lifeguard (CKL) should be explored until another opportunity for assessment presents itself.
  6. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to teach for independent practice, the standard for independent practice being Flatwater Skills (FS). If unable to demonstrate on-water that day due to assessment context, assessor can refer to log book and use question-and-answer to identify candidates ability to do this in another context.
  7. Professional standards are expected to be modelled by candidates at all times.
  8. A good understanding of the relationship between the equipment used and how it used and paddling skill development is required.
  9. It is expected that the candidate undertake a safety summary prior to getting on-water that was consistent with the context of the assessment. The candidate should check for understanding by the clients.
  10. Safety briefings might be done at several stages prior to and/or during the off-water instruction. Some aspects of a safety briefing and practice are non-negotiable , such as ensuring medical and consent forms are checked, PFD’s are worn on water, ensuring clients are informed of likely risks and hazards, the actions on if such hazards and risks are encountered, and the emergency response plan.
  11. There may be minor details about instruction that the candidate has not covered. The assessor can provide minor prompting at the time, or candidate might be questioned or asked to demonstrate an example to the assessor following assessment.
  12. The methodology used to teach skills is not as important as the purpose of each activity during the teaching session being clear.
  13. The activities chosen need to be purposeful and sequential.
  14. The candidate must show evidence of the ability to observe client group members paddling skills and practices to detect any areas that are not safe practice or not consistent with a skilful paddler, provide feedback for correction, and check for competence following feedback.
  15. Candidate is required to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the biomechanics of paddling through teaching, or might be asked questions following completion of the assessment.
  16. Ideally, instructors would demonstrate a good understanding of the range of activities that are described as kayaking and canoeing.


Contact Canoe SA

Canoe South Australia
T – 08 8240 3294
M – 0417 081 426
F – 08 8240 3295
Location – Aquatic Reserve, Bower Road, WEST LAKES, SA.
Postal – PO Box 281, PORT ADELAIDE, SA. 5015
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