Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme

Paddle SA is charged with the administration of the Paddling Australia Qualification Scheme in South Australia. The Scheme is the only nationally recognised set of canoeing qualifications.

Paddle SA offers a diverse range of courses for all skill and fitness levels. We offer Paddling Australia Qualification Scheme courses including:
  • Basic Skills Award – a 6 hour introduction for people who want to learn to paddle (Canoe, Kayak or SOT (sit on top)).
  • Flatwater Skills Award – extension of paddling skills, course participants will learn additional paddle strokes and rescues. Holders of the Flat-water Skills award have demonstrated they can competently paddle a kayak or canoe as part of a group of peers on flat sheltered, undemanding water.
  • Flatwater Lifeguard Award – The introductory level for people wanting to gain employment in the industry. Holders of the Flatwater Lifeguard award have been assessed as and are qualified to manage a paddling activity in enclosed situations where the group does not leave the immediate launch area
  • Flatwater Guide Award – For people seeking employment, where the group under instruction will leave the immediate launch area such as an overnight or full-day excursion. Holders of the ACAS Flatwater Guide Award are qualified to lead or guide on inland waters such as open lakes and rivers (but not in whitewater or sea) in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing.
  • Flatwater Instructor Award – Courses for people seeking employment where the group under instruction will leave the immediate launch area such as an overnight or full-day excursion. Holders of the Flatwater Instructor Award have been assessed at and are qualified to operate on inland waterways in controlled conditions.
  • Sea Kayaking Awards – A series of awards aimed at those wanting to develop and hone sea kayaking skills.
  • Sea Weekend – this weekend of skills and information is a must do for the ocean and open water paddlers. Enjoying unprotected waters and the sense of adventure can be a buzz but conditions can change quickly. Learn to survive, test your ability and knowledge, learn from the best in South Australia and be inspired.
  • Sea Workshops – program of workshops for sea paddlers.

Click on the links in the left panel for dates, more information and enrolment details.


Rolling Sessions

Everyone who sits in a kayak for the first time feels insecure. The kayak not only feels unstable it may frequently threaten to flip over.

For the Inuit of Alaska & Greenland being able to roll after a capsize could be a matter of life or death. The same is true for sea kayakers who may be many kilometres from shore in rough seas when a capsize occurs
You know that you can easily exit the boat should it tip over, so you can feel more relaxed, but each “wet exit” fills the boat with water that must be emptied. Avoiding this chore is a great motivation for learning to roll!
Beginner’s rolling sessions are held on the gently, sloping sandy beach at West Lakes. Attending a rolling session will develop your knowledge and skills level.
For further information on rolling sessions, please contact Paddle SA sa@paddle.org.au for details.

To view a list of SA courses and to register:

  1. Click theCALENDARlink at the top of this page and select ‘STATE EVENTS’ in the drop down list.
  2. On the left side of the Calendar page, filter your search by choosing ‘Education’ under the ‘TYPE OF EVENT’ category, and click ‘SEARCH’ at the bottom of the page.
  3. Choose the course you wish to attend and click ‘Registration & Information’.
  4. If you are a member of Paddle Australia, log in and pay for the course.
  5. If you are not a member of Paddle Australia, register and then pay for the course.

To view a list of SA courses and to register:

  1. Click theCALENDARlink at the top of this page and select ‘STATE EVENTS’ in the drop-down list.
  2. On the left side of the Calendar page, filter your search by choosing ‘Education’ under the ‘TYPE OF EVENT’ category, and click ‘SEARCH’ at the bottom of the page.
  3. Choose the course you wish to attend and click ‘Registration & Information’.
  4. If you are a member of Paddling Australia, log in and pay for the course.
  5. If you are not a member of Australian Canoeing, register and then pay for the course.

Paddle SA ACAS Course Calendar

AC Education


To register for a course, please click on the course date
from the list above or visit the ‘Calendar’ page of the Paddle SA website and follow the Registration & Information link for the course you wish to attend.


 


For further ACAS course information, please see the course details section on the Education page of the Paddle SA website.

If you have any ACAS course queries, please contact Paddle SA by email: sa@paddle.org.au or phone: 08 8240 3294.

Please Note: Courses will only be held if there are sufficient registrations. Changes to a course may occur due to factors including predicted or actual changes to the weather.

Basic Skills Award

An introduction for people who wish to learn to paddle either a kayak or a canoe on inland waterways. The course programme is designed with the aim of giving you the confidence to enjoy the excitement and challenge of paddling. You will be shown and have time to practice the basic paddle strokes for moving your craft safely and efficiently.  While this course is intensive, it is not physically demanding. As the course is practically oriented, most of the course time will be spent paddling and practising paddle strokes.

There will be regular breaks (so bring snacks and water)

Course content and certificate

The Basic Skills Award is an introductory, participation award.
The course will cover:
An introduction to equipment;
Basic paddle strokes (for kayak or canoe);
Water safety;
Rescue procedure; and
Where to go from here.
At the conclusion of the course, you will be provided with a certificate of competency and a booklet or disc that covers an introduction to safe paddling and reviews the basic paddle strokes learnt during the session.
The course is to be carried out on a stretch of outdoor, unheated water. Please come appropriately attired for the weather on the day of the course. (see clothing to wear paddling below) You will be getting wet so a change of clothes is a must. 
Please Note: Whilst every attempt is made by Paddle SA to provide courses that meet the description provided, weather or other environmental conditions may influence the decision of the leadership team or instructors about the safety of participants or the conduct of the course/workshop either before or during the event. Registration for a course or workshop does not ensure that the course or workshop will occur in the manner described.

Enrolment

Please contact Paddle SA  sa@paddle.org.au or phone: 08 8240 3294 for enrolment information.

PLEASE NOTE: A course will not be held if the weather forecast is for wind strength that is not safe for novice paddlers. Weather predictions become more reliable as the day of the course approaches.

Cost

Course fees include the use of a kayak, course notes and certificate, and must be paid prior to the course at the time of enrolment.

Clothing for Paddling

Always dress for the weather conditions.

In summer, that will mean light clothing (long sleeve tops to protect arms and shoulders) with adequate sun protection (sunglasses for your eyes and sunblock for your skin)

In winter clothing will include woollen or thermal clothing, wetsuits may also be worn, and don’t forget the sun protection as winter sun can damage sensitive skin and eyes

Warm weather:

  • bathers or board-shorts
  • long sleeve rash vest or long sleeve shirt (polyester or other quick dry material)
  • broad-brimmed hat
  • sun-glasses with keeper band
  • footwear such as wet boots or sneakers

Cold weather:

  • bathers or board-shorts with thermal pants or track pants
  • thermal top or woollen jumper
  • windproof jacket (such as a spray jacket) or cag
  • hat
  • sunglasses with keeper band
  • footwear such as wet booties or sneakers.
Please note:
Prescription glasses, when worn on the water, should always be secured with a keeper band (they do not float)
Personal floatation device (pfd) are required to be worn by government regulation.
If in doubt about the weather, pack layers of extra warm clothing (wool is best as it can retain body warmth when wet)
All personal items should be secured if taken on the water (in the craft)

Further Information 

Contact:
email: sa@paddle.org.au or phone: 08 8240 3294

FLATWATER SKILLS AWARD

Course Format

This 2-day training course is designed for those paddlers that seek to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to safely and competently undertake a journey without instructor supervision.

The course is also the pre-requisite for Flatwater Supervisor, Flatwater Guide and Flatwater Instructor training.

The course is designed for both beginning leaders and those with more experience. The course will include both on-water practical and off-water theory components.

Paddle SA courses held at Paddle SA, Bower Road West Lakes will commence at 0900 and conclude at 1700 or before each day.

Award Definition

Holders of the Flatwater Skills Award have demonstrated that they can competently paddle during a trip, as part of a group of peers, on flat, sheltered and/or undemanding water.

Assessment

Assessment of the award is not included in this training for experienced paddlers. Novice paddlers may require further experience and skill development prior to assessment.

Assessment includes both theory and practical components.

Theory assessment includes the presentation of the logbook and appropriate standard project that demonstrates knowledge at Flatwater Skills (preparation for a paddling journey including route plan, equipment list, contingency plan, weather interpretation).

Practical assessment requires candidates to successfully complete an introductory paddling journey demonstrating navigation, group and equipment management, safety briefing, response to an incident and debriefing.

Prior to Attending the Course

Ideally, candidates will have a minimum of 5 days paddling experience however novice paddlers are welcome to use the course for skill and knowledge development.

Preparation for the Course

Please come prepared for paddling and capsizing including sufficient warm clothing to change into after on-water sessions. You will need to provide all your personal kayaking equipment such as suitable footwear, sun protection, paddling clothing, hydration and nutrition.

A range of kayaks, canoes, buoyancy vests, paddles and spraydecks are available for courses presented at Paddle SA Bower Road at no additional charge for the duration of the course but it is highly recommended that you source your own where possible.

If you require practical assessment throughout the course you will need to ensure you have equipment suitable for a journey such as a tow line, first aid, waterproofed communication device, whistle, waterproof bags with spare clothing, paddle leash, etc. Alternatively, these items can be presented at a separate assessment date with most items able to be loaned during the training course.

If you require theory assessment throughout the course you will need to submit your Flatwater Skills theory projects prior to the course (7 days minimum). Alternatively, these can be presented up to 6 weeks following completion of the training program. For further details see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#FW-Skills.

Paddle Australia now prefers electronic records and assessment. It will be helpful if you could download both ‘Paddle Prep’ and ‘Paddle Log’ apps available on both Android and Itunes to your smartphone or other device and be familiar with these resources.

Course Content

The course format is subject to change (due to changing weather conditions or at the discretion of course staff). The most common training format is 50% on-water and 50% off-water (classroom).

Flatwater skills include instruction in the following:

  • Prepare craft and equipment for paddling
  • Secure craft for transport
  • Launch and land
  • Perform paddle strokes including but not limited to forward and reverse, draw, stern rudder, stopping and support strokes
  • Wet exit
  • Rescue
  • Tow and be towed
  • Basic knots
  • Safety including communication and incident response
  • Navigate
  • Interpret weather
  • Plan a paddling activity
  • Minimal impact
  • Maintain a log book demonstrating at least 5 paddling experiences
  • Undertake a short independent paddle journey

For further detail see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#FW-Skills

The course registration fee does not include fees for assessment or fee for registration of the PAQS Awards.

For further information, please visit the Paddle SA Education webpage.

FLATWATER PADDLING SUPERVISOR (LIFEGUARD) AWARD

Course Format

This 2-day training course is a stand-alone program or forms the first 2 days of the Guide and Instructor training program. The aim of the course is to prepare you for assessment at the award level of Flatwater Supervisor.

The course is designed for both beginning leaders and those with more experience. The course will include both on-water practical and off-water theory components.

Paddle SA courses held at Paddle SA, Bower Road West Lakes will commence at 0900 and conclude at 1700 or before each day.

Award Definition

Holders of the Paddling Supervisor are qualified to manage a paddling activity in enclosed situations, performing rescues as required, where the group under supervision can be seen from a single vantage point at any time and does not leave the immediate launch area.

Assessment

Assessment of the award is not included in this training however can be undertaken as part of the complete 5-day Flatwater Instructor training. Alternatively, it can be undertaken as a separate assessment.

Assessment includes both theory and practical components.

Theory assessment includes presentation of logbook and appropriate standard project that demonstrates knowledge at Flatwater Skills (preparation for a paddling journey including route plan, equipment list, contingency plan, weather interpretation) and Flatwater Supervisor (activity planning, hazard identification and risk management, group equipment, safety briefings, Paddle Australia leader rights and responsibilities.)

Practical assessment requires candidates to conduct an introductory paddling activity demonstrating group and equipment management, safety briefing, response to an incident and debriefing.

Prior to Attending the Course

Participants in this course are expected to have Flatwater Skills or equivalent knowledge and experience. Flatwater skills can be assessed during the 5-day Flatwater Instructor Training for suitable candidates. Alternatively, candidates can undertake the 2-day Flatwater Skills training course.

Flatwater skills include the capability to:

  • Prepare craft and equipment for paddling
  • Secure craft for transport
  • Launch and land
  • Perform paddle strokes including but not limited to forward and reverse, draw, stern rudder, stopping and support strokes
  • Wet exit
  • Rescue
  • Tow and be towed
  • Basic knots
  • Safety including communication and incident response
  • Navigate
  • Interpret weather
  • Plan a paddling activity
  • Minimal impact
  • Maintain a log book demonstrating at least 5 paddling experiences
  • Undertake a short independent paddle journey

For further detail see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#FW-Skills

Preparation for the Course

Please come prepared for paddling and capsizing including sufficient warm clothing to change into after on-water sessions. You will need to provide all your personal kayaking equipment such as suitable footwear, sun protection, paddling clothing, hydration and nutrition.

A range of kayaks, canoes, buoyancy vests, paddles and spraydecks are available for courses presented at Paddle SA Bower Road at no additional charge for the duration of the course but it is highly recommended that you source your own where possible.

If you require practical assessment throughout the course you will need to ensure you have leader equipment such as tow line, first aid, waterproofed communication device, whistle, waterproof bags with spare clothing, paddle leash, etc. Alternatively, these items can be presented at a separate assessment date with most items able to be loaned during the training course.

If you require theory assessment throughout the course you will need to submit your Flatwater Skills and Flatwater Supervisor theory projects prior to the course (7 days minimum). Alternatively, these can be presented up to 6 weeks following completion of the training program. For further details see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#Supervisor

Paddle Australia now prefers electronic records and assessment. It will be helpful if you could download both ‘Paddle Prep’ and ‘Paddle Log’ apps available on both Android and Itunes to your smartphone or other device and be familiar with these resources.

Course Content

The course format is subject to change (due to changing weather conditions or at the discretion of course staff). The most common training format is 50% on-water and 50% off-water (classroom).

The course content will include:

  • Hazard identification & risk assessment of an enclosed area paddling session
  • Planning a  paddling session (enclosed area)
  • Instruction & training methodologies
  • Communication and leadership
  • Environmental impact
  • Flatwater paddling skills
  • At the commencement of the course you will be provided with:
  • Paddle Australia resources booklet (or e-copy)
  • Information about the assessment process.

The course registration fee does not include fees for assessment or fee for registration of the PAQS Awards.

For further information, please visit the Paddle SA Education webpage.

FLATWATER GUIDE AWARD

Course Format

This 3-day training course is a stand-alone program or forms the first 3 days of the Instructor training program. It includes Flatwater Supervisor training. The aim of the course is to prepare you for assessment at the award level of Flatwater Guide.

Students that have completed the Flatwater Supervisor Training need only complete the 3rd and final day of the Flatwater Lifeguard training if this was undertaken within the last 12 months.

The course is designed for both beginning leaders and those with more experience. The course will include both on-water practical and off-water theory components.

Paddle SA courses held at Paddle SA, Bower Road West Lakes will commence at 0900 and conclude at 1700 or before each day.

Award Definition

Holders of the Flatwater Guide Award are qualified to lead or guide trips on inland waters such as open lakes and rivers (but not on whitewater or sea) in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing.

Assessment

Assessment of the award is not included in this training however Flatwater Supervisor assessment can be undertaken as part of the complete 5-day Flatwater Instructor training.

Assessment includes both theory and practical components.

Theory assessment includes presentation of log book and appropriate standard project that demonstrates knowledge at Flatwater Skills (preparation for a paddling journey including route plan, equipment list, contingency plan, weather interpretation) and Flatwater Guide (activity planning, hazard identification and risk management, contingency plan, permits and licences, group equipment, equipment and clothing briefing, safety briefings, minimal impact, use of communication equipment, Paddle Australia leader rights and responsibilities.)

Practical assessment requires candidates to conduct an introductory paddling journey demonstrating navigation, group and equipment management, safety briefing, response to an incident and debriefing.

Prior to Attending the Course

Participants in this course are expected to have Flatwater Skills or equivalent knowledge and experience. Flatwater skills can be assessed during the 5-day Flatwater Instructor Training for suitable candidates. Alternatively candidates can undertake the 2-day Flatwater Skills training course.

Flatwater skills includes capability to:

  • Prepare craft and equipment for paddling
  • Secure craft for transport
  • Launch and land
  • Perform paddle strokes including but not limited to forward and reverse, draw, stern rudder, stopping and support strokes
  • Wet exit
  • Rescue
  • Tow and be towed
  • Basic knots
  • Safety including communication and incident response
  • Navigate
  • Interpret weather
  • Plan a paddling activity
  • Minimal impact
  • Maintain a log book demonstrating at least 5 paddling experiences
  • Undertake a short independent paddle journey

For further detail see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#FW-Skills

Preparation for the Course

Please come prepared for paddling and capsizing including sufficient warm clothing to change into after on-water sessions. You will need to provide all your personal kayaking equipment such as suitable footwear, sun protection, paddling clothing, hydration and nutrition.

A range of kayaks, canoes, buoyancy vests, paddles and spraydecks are available for courses presented at Paddle SA Bower Road at no additional charge for the duration of the course but it is highly recommended that you source your own where possible.

If you require practical assessment throughout the course you will need to ensure you have leader equipment such as tow line, first aid, waterproofed communication device, whistle, waterproof bags with spare clothing, paddle leash, etc. Alternatively these items can be presented at a separate assessment date with most items able to be loaned during the training course.

If you require theory assessment throughout the course you will need to submit your Flatwater Skills and Flatwater Guide theory projects prior to the course (7 days minimum). Alternatively these can be presented up to 6 weeks following completion of the training program. For further details see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#FW-Guide.

Paddle Australia now prefers electronic records and assessment. It will be helpful if you could download both ‘Paddle Prep’ and ‘Paddle Log’ apps available on both Android and Itunes to your smart phone or other device and be familiar with these resources.

Course Content

The course format is subject to change (due to changing weather conditions or at the discretion of course staff). The most common training format is 50% on-water and 50% off-water (classroom).

The course will include content from the Flatwater Supervisor Course including:

  • Hazard identification & risk assessment of an enclosed area paddling session
  • Planning a  paddling session (enclosed area)
  • Instruction & training methodologies
  • Communication and leadership
  • Environmental impact
  • Flatwater paddling skills
  • At the commencement of the course you will be provided with:
  • Paddle Australia resources booklet (or e-copy)
  • Information about the assessment process.

In addition the course will include the following additional Flatwater Guide content including:

  • Hazard identification and risk management during a paddling journey
  • Equipment and clothing instruction
  • Planning a journey
  • Guiding methodologies
  • Responding to incidents during a journey
  • Leadership prior to and during a journey

The course registration fee does not include fees for assessment or fee for registration of the PAQS Awards.

For further information, please visit the Paddle SA Education webpage.

FLATWATER INSTRUCTOR AWARD

Course Format

This 5-day training course is a stand-alone program. It includes Flatwater Supervisor and Flatwater Guide training. The aim of the course is to prepare you for assessment at the award level of Flatwater Instructor.

Students that have completed the Flatwater Guide Training need only complete the 4th and 5th day of the training if this was undertaken within the last 12 months.

The course is designed for both beginning leaders and those with more experience. The course will include both on-water practical and off-water theory components.

Paddle SA courses held at Paddle SA, Bower Road West Lakes will commence at 0900 and conclude at 1700 or before each day.

Award Definition

Holders of the Flatwater Instructor Award are qualified to instruct, facilitate skill transfer to develop participants in order so that they may act independently or with minimal supervision in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing.

Assessment

Assessment of the award is not included in this training however Flatwater Supervisor assessment can be undertaken as part of the complete 5-day Flatwater Instructor training.

Assessment includes both theory and practical components.

Theory assessment includes presentation of log book and appropriate standard project that demonstrates knowledge at Flatwater Skills (preparation for a paddling journey including route plan, equipment list, contingency plan, weather interpretation) and Flatwater Instructor (activity planning, hazard identification and risk management, contingency plan, permits and licences, group equipment, equipment and clothing briefing, safety briefings, minimal impact, use of communication equipment, Paddle Australia leader rights and responsibilities,  session plan for on an and off-water course instruction )

Practical assessment requires candidates to conduct an introductory paddling journey demonstrating navigation, group and equipment management, safety briefing, response to an incident, debriefing, instruction for independent paddling, managing an instructional course.

Prior to Attending the Course

Participants in this course are expected to have Flatwater Skills or equivalent knowledge and experience. Flatwater skills can be assessed during the 5-day Flatwater Instructor Training for suitable candidates. Alternatively candidates can undertake the 2-day Flatwater Skills training course.

Flatwater skills includes capability to:

  • Prepare craft and equipment for paddling
  • Secure craft for transport
  • Launch and land
  • Perform paddle strokes including but not limited to forward and reverse, draw, stern rudder, stopping and support strokes
  • Wet exit
  • Rescue
  • Tow and be towed
  • Basic knots
  • Safety including communication and incident response
  • Navigate
  • Interpret weather
  • Plan a paddling activity
  • Minimal impact
  • Maintain a log book demonstrating at least 5 paddling experiences
  • Undertake a short independent paddle journey

For further detail see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#FW-Skills

Preparation for the Course

Please come prepared for paddling and capsizing including sufficient warm clothing to change into after on-water sessions. You will need to provide all your personal kayaking equipment such as suitable footwear, sun protection, paddling clothing, hydration and nutrition.

A range of kayaks, canoes, buoyancy vests, paddles and spraydecks are available for courses presented at Paddle SA Bower Road at no additional charge for the duration of the course but it is highly recommended that you source your own where possible.

If you require practical assessment throughout the course you will need to ensure you have leader equipment such as tow line, first aid, waterproofed communication device, whistle, waterproof bags with spare clothing, paddle leash, etc. Alternatively these items can be presented at a separate assessment date with most items able to be loaned during the training course.

If you require theory assessment throughout the course you will need to submit your Flatwater Skills and Flatwater Instructor theory projects prior to the course (7 days minimum). Alternatively these can be presented up to 6 weeks following completion of the training program. For further details see https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/flatwater-awards/#FW-Instructor.

Paddle Australia now prefers electronic records and assessment. It will be helpful if you could download both ‘Paddle Prep’ and ‘Paddle Log’ apps available on both Android and Itunes to your smart phone or other device and be familiar with these resources.

Course Content

The course format is subject to change (due to changing weather conditions or at the discretion of course staff). The most common training format is 50% on-water and 50% off-water (classroom).

The course will include content from the Flatwater Supervisor Course including:

  • Hazard identification & risk assessment of an enclosed area paddling session
  • Planning a  paddling session (enclosed area)
  • Instruction & training methodologies
  • Communication and leadership
  • Environmental impact
  • Flatwater paddling skills
  • At the commencement of the course you will be provided with:
  • Paddle Australia resources booklet (or e-copy)
  • Information about the assessment process.

In addition to Flatwater Supervisor the course will include the following additional Flatwater Guide content including:

  • Hazard identification and risk management during a paddling journey
  • Equipment and clothing instruction
  • Planning a journey
  • Guiding methodologies
  • Responding to incidents during a journey
  • Leadership prior to and during a journey

In addition to Flatwater Guide the course will include the following Flatwater Instructor Content

  • Planning an instructional course
  • Instructional methods for skill development and self-reliant paddling journeys
  • Leadership of a course

The course registration fee does not include fees for assessment or fee for registration of the PAQS Awards.

For further information, please visit the Paddle SA Education webpage.

 

Intro to Sea Skills Award

Intro to Sea skills – The holder of this award has demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct personal kayaking activities in sea kayaks in coastal conditions defined as:

  • Estuaries, embayments and areas enclosed or partially enclosed by fringing reef or islands;
  • Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or open crossings may be included;
  • Distances of up to two nautical miles offshore;
  • Conditions below Fresh (17 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of Meteorology

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Equipment
  • Paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Trip planning
  • Surf launch and land
  • Towing

Further assessment requirements

  • Logbook: Six sea environment trips of a minimum of three hours duration over a period of at least two years.

Sea Skills Award

Sea skills – The holder of this award has demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct personal kayaking activities in sea kayaks at sea defined as outside of estuaries, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands in moderate conditions:

  • Conditions below Fresh (21 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of Meteorology;
  • Assessed in minimum winds of 11 knots (moderate conditions);
  • Areas of exposed coastline that is simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or open crossings may be included;
  • Distances of up to 4 nautical miles from the nearest shore;
  • Breaking (overtopping) waves (sea) up to 1m;
  • Surf to 1m.

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Equipment
  • Paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Trip planning
  • Surf launch and land
  • Towing
  • Rolling

Further assessment requirements

  • Logbook: Six Sea environment trips of a minimum of three hours duration over a period of at least two years
  • Two different overnight coastal sea kayak trips

Sea Leader Award

Sea Leader – The holder of this award has been assessed and is qualified to lead groups of sea skills paddlers in sea kayaks at sea defined as outside of estuaries, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands in moderate conditions:

  • Conditions below Strong (21 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of meteorology;
  • Distances of up to 4 nautical miles from the nearest shore;
  • Surf to 1m;
  • Operations may also be conducted in conditions that exceed the above where a documented hazard;
  • Identification and risk management process has been undertaken to ensure the participants skills and equipment are appropriate to the environment.

Sea leaders may also lead people at the level of intro to sea skills or equivalent paddlers in conditions that include:

  • Wind conditions below 15 knots (forecast or observed);
  • Crossings of less than 1 nautical mile;
  • Surf to 0.5m;

Not rounding a significant headland

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Equipment
  • Paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Trip planning
  • Surf launch and land
  • Towing
  • Rolling
  • Risk management
  • Group control

Further assessment requirements

  • Logbook: Six Sea environment trips of a minimum of three hours duration over a period of at least two years
  • Two different overnight coastal sea kayak trips
  • Three trips of at least three hours in a coastal environment as group assistant leader
  • One self-contained overnight trip in a sea environment of at least 25km distance.
  • Current Apply first aid certificate

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Programs for Schools

Canoe SA offers a variety of programs for schools and their students. Choose from the programs below.

To discuss the options for a learning experience for students, please contact Paddle SA (sa@paddle.org.au or phone: 08 8240 3294).

SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education)

Year 12 and 11 Kayaking Courses

Maximum group size – 24 students

CANOE SA TEAM PADDLE CHALLENGE

A weekend of orienteering and paddling on the River Murray (above Lock 1) and in the backwaters. This weekend activity will be a special learning opportunity for your students. They will learn to work as a team, they will learn that each member of a group has something to contribute to the team, be it the person who can make a quick decision under pressure, or the best navigator in the group, or the person who is best at motivating others. They will be paddling in one of the most beautiful parts of the lower Murray and will see a lot of wildlife including birds and maybe a turtle.

CANOE POLO SCHOOLS PROGRAM

The fast and exciting sport of canoe polo can be the starting point for your students to extend their ability.

Canoe Polo can be played on any flatwater, indoor pool or outdoor lake. (such as West Lakes, Patawalonga or Mawson Lakes) contact Paddle SA for further details (sa@paddle.org.au or phone: 08 8240 3294).

Students will learn paddling and ball skills, balance, edging and boat control, teamwork, game strategy and have a lot of fun getting wet.

The maximum size of the group applies. Cost of the program may vary.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

Canoe SA offers programs for school students in term breaks

Full-day and half-day paddling activities for your school groups (maximum size may apply)  at West Lakes or a suitable venue close to your school.

Expedition programs of 2 or more days also available.

BASIC SKILLS

Basic Skills Courses for students – please contact the Paddle SA Office (sa@paddle.org.au or phone 08 8240 3294).

Active8

Canoe SA is a registered Acitive8 provider. We can tailor a program for the needs of your students. Contact Paddle SA (sa@paddle.org.au or phone: 08 8240 3294) to discuss your students learning requirements.

Paddleability for students

Students with a disability may be eligible to join Canoe SA programs. On the water, there are no boundaries. Contact Paddle SA (sa@paddle.org.au or phone: 08 8240 3294) to discuss opportunities for students to join a local canoe club and get involved.

Resources for Outdoor Educators, Instructors, Guides and Leaders

Canoe South Australia’s Education Technical Committee has provided the following resources for download:Australian Canoeing Safety Guidelines

Float Plan

Click here to download a standard float plan

Logbook

Logbooks are required to contain the following information:

  • Date & time of paddling activity
  • Starting and finishing point, distance travelled
  • Group/number of participants, paddling partners
  • Craft used
  • Weather & general paddling conditions such as wind speed & direction, water state, tide or river flow

Instructors, guides, leaders & etc are required to submit a logbook as part of the re-registration process every three years, so keeping your logbook up-to-date is important. To construct your own logbook, open an excel file and enter the details in each column. Update soon after each paddling activity to keep it up-to-date. Different worksheets can be used for different paddling activity (e.g. recreation, sea paddling, competition, etc.)

Please note: Summaries such as “5 Paddles during December, various locations” are considered insufficient and inadmissible in courts as evidence of current and correct practice, and are therefore unacceptable when re-registering your award.

All Australian Canoeing members are able to use the online logbook available through the My Club website. Contact Canoe SA (sa@canoe.org.au) for more information.

A logbook template designed for people who are candidates for Flatwater Instructor is available. Click here

Template for candidates for Sea Instructor is available as a pdf download. Click here

Resources for Candidates for AC Awards and Assessors

1. Teaching Skills: Summary of factors when assessing candidates for Flatwater Instructor and other AC Awards requiring assessment of instruction technique. CLICK HERE

2. Assistance for candidates and assessors (notes on the assessment project) CLICK HERE

Sit On Top – Paddling Guide

Do you have a Sit-on-Top and looking for some more information on how to get the most out of paddling it? Canoe SA SOT Paddling Guide may just be the answer. This file includes basic stroke information as well as covering safety issues realted to this type of craft.

Hanmer Report

The Hanmer Report is a well recognised incident analysis and is required reading for those looking for careers in outdoor recreation.

AC Downloads

A link to the Australian Canoeing Education downloads page with policies, Member Protection Bylaw, and  forms for download.

SSABSA (Yr 12 PE) Kayaking Notes

Essential Notes for students undertaking SACE Stage 2 Kayaking.

Other downloads:

Teachers and Instructors can access various resources such as Basic Skills Notes, Flatwater Skills for Schools, Foward Paddling Technique (Workshop Notes) by arrangement.
Please contact the Canoe South Australia office for more information (sa@canoe.org.au).

Teaching Skills to novice paddlers

Factors to guide Assessors, Instructors and Candidates for Assessment CLICK HERE

This guide provides information for applicants to be assessed or to register an Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) qualification. This information is generic for all awards. For specific information please contact the Canoe SA office (sa@canoe.org.au).

Documents to be presented to the Assessor 7 – 10 days prior to assessment (of a leadership award)

  • Log book – containing details of paddling sessions within the last 2 years that meet the requirements for the award you are being assessed for. The log should show details of the following: Date, Starting and Finishing point, duration/distance, type of craft, others who accompanied, role or purpose, conditions and any other notes
  • Assessment Project – documents should include a Risk Management Plan, Emergency Response Plan, Chain of Command,  a Lesson Plan, Safety Briefing notes and any other documentation required for the planning or conducting the activity/lesson)

Prior to Assessment

Where you are being assessed for a leadership award (FW Lifeguard, FW Guide or FW Instructor, & etc)

  • Ensure group being used for assessment have completed all necessary documentation (Medical and Emergency Contact Information forms)
  • Equipment for group is arranged, checked to be fit for purpose and safe for use
  • Site is checked for hazards (where group assessment is done over a journey or expedition also identify hazards found on the planned route.) This may require a reconnoitre being undertaken.

On the day of Assessment

  • Present your craft and yourself ready for assessment including all necessary equipment at the level of award you are being assessed for.
  • Site is checked for hazards
  • Where being assessed for a leadership award and a group is arranged, check all medical information and emergency contact information is completed and available
  • Float plan is completed and left with a responsible adult

Registering an Award

Where applying to register or re-register an Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) Award in South Australia – all documents (only send electronic copies) are to be sent to: sa@canoe.org.au.

Documents to be included when registering an award:

  • Assessment Record – completed and signed by an ACAS qualified Assessor with the Application for Registration signed by the applicant (attached) Copies of Assessment Record are available below
  • Assessment Project – completed and initialed by an Assessor. Contact Canoe SA if you require an Assessment Project for an ACAS award
  • Log Book – completed and initialed by an Assessor. To see the requirements for a log book CLICK HERE. For a copy of Canoe SA log book for Flatwater Instructor CLICK HERE
  • First Aid Certificate – copy of a current Senior First Aid Certificate (please note: for Leadership Awards such as Lifeguard, Guide & Instructor the award is only valid while your First Aid is valid)
Attendees at Canoe SA Flatwater induction courses (Flatwater Lifeguard, Flatwater Guide & Flatwater Instructor) will receive a disc which has the Assessment Record form on it.
Click here for Flatwater Instructor Assessment Record
Click here for Flatwater Guide Assessment Record
Click here for Flatwater Lifeguard Assessment Record
Click here to go to Flatwater Skills course information
Click here to go to Flatwater Lifeguard course information

Documents to be included when re-registering an award:

Please note: ACAS awards are valid for 3 years from date of registration. It is the award holders responsibility to ensure their registration is maintained valid.

  • Re-registration Form – CLICK HERE for the form
  • Logbook – a verifiable copy of paddling and related activities (such as PD for instructors/guides) that meets the requirements of the award to be re-registered. The log book must provide the following information for each activity (date, start & finish location, type of craft, conditions, names of other paddlers, general comment) CLICK HERE for more information on logbook requirements.  CLICK HERE for table of points for re-registration.CLICK HERE for log book template
  • First Aid Certificate – a copy of a current Senior First Aid Certificate.

Assessment of Awards

The Canoe SA Education & Safety Technical Committee have in place a process for independent assessors to conduct practical assessments for ACAS awards.

Ready for assessment? Contact Canoe SA (sa@canoe.org.au) with your contact details. Your name will go to the assessment panel to have an independent assessor make contact to arrange a time for assessment.

You will be required to provide to the assessor the documents for assessment at least 7 – 10 days prior to the assessment date. (not 6 weeks after as outlined on the assessment project).

Scouts’ Statements of Attainment

Australian Canoeing in partnership with Scouts Australia are issuing the Statement of attainment set out below.

Statement of Attainment information

RPL Enrolment Form

Consent Form

Information Guide

 

Flatwater skills Canoe

SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills

Flatwater skills kayak

SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills

Flatwater Guide Canoe

SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills

SISOCNE305A guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water

Flatwater Guide Kayak

SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills

SISOKYK304A guide kayaking trips on flat and undemanding water

Flatwater Instructor Canoe

SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills

SISOCNE305A guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water

SISOCNE306A Instruct canoeing skills on flat and undemanding water

Flatwater Instructor Kayak

SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills

SISOKYK304A guide kayaking trips on flat and undemanding water

SISOKYK407A Instruct kayaking skills on flat and undemanding water

AC Education

Visit the Paddling Australia Award Scheme – Education frequently asked questions webpage

To register to attend any course, please visit the Paddling Australia Education website: https://paddle.org.au/education-safety/ For any further information, please email the Paddle SA office: sa@paddle.org.au