Australian Canoeing Awards Scheme (ACAS)
Canoe South Australia is charged with administration of the Australian Canoeing Award Scheme in South Australia. The Scheme is the only nationally recognised set of canoeing qualifications.
- 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 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 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 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.
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.
To view a list of SA courses and to register:
- Click the ‘CALENDAR‘ link at the top of this page and select ‘STATE EVENTS’ in the drop down list.
- 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.
- Choose the course you wish to attend and click ‘Registration & Information’.
- If you are a member of Australian Canoeing, log in and pay for the course.
- If you are not a member of Australian Canoeing, register and then pay for the course.