The holder of this award is qualified to supervise a paddling activity with novice paddlers on Flatwater areas such as lakes, dams, slow moving rivers, etc. where the group under supervision can be seen from a single vantage point at any time and does not leave the immediate launch area.
You should be able to demonstrate experience paddling:
Four Flatwater activities of a minimum of one and a half hours duration
Two Flatwater activities of at least one and half hours duration as an observer under training or as an assistant Supervisor
Two Flatwater activities of at least one and half hours duration as lead Supervisor under observation of qualified Supervisor.
Download the Paddle Australia Paddle Log APP to record paddling experience.
The final knowledge assessment is to demonstrate ability to plan a three hour paddling activity with a group of eight Year 7 students in a location of your choice. The location must fit within the award definition above. A learner guide can be dowloaded for further information.
A hazard identification and risk management program for the activity including placement of supervisory staff, communications (signals and systems for you and your staff), rescue plans and First Aid support
An equipment list for the trip, taking into consideration sun sense and hypothermia precautions, and including equipment for group communication and rescue.
A briefing in point form to be delivered prior to departure, to include signals, posture, Flatwater paddle strokes, capsize issues, and actions in the event of sickness or other emergency.
Look at the Bureau of Meteorology site and choose a forecast for the location that will have an impact on your trip. Write down or print out that forecast.
Analyze how the forecast conditions will affect your trip and outline any changes or precautions you might take.
The Paddle Supervisor Course will be conducted in one day. Participants will be required to present ready to paddle with their own craft. This includes life jacket, footwear, clothing appropriate for swimming, warmth & sunsafe, personal first aid kit, personal medications. Bring a throw rope and Rescue Kit for towing. pen and clipboard.
Assessment may be completed if leadership, skills, experience and project meets the assessment criteria. .
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