Holders of the Flatwater Skills Award have demonstrated that they can competently paddle a kayak and/or canoe during a trip, as part of a group of peers, on flat, sheltered, undemanding water. This Award, or equivalent skills and knowledge, is a pre-requisite to becoming a Flatwater Guide or Instructor.
Senior First Aid, Working With Children Check, Play By The Rules training
Demonstrate the ability to control a craft in moderate conditions on flat, sheltered water.
Launch and land efficiently
Paddle the craft efficiently in moderate winds:
forwards, backwards, sideways and turning
using correct forward, reverse, draw and sweep strokes
Show efficient use of low supports
Capsize and swim craft ashore
Competently participate in simple rescues as rescue and rescuer
Competently accept a tow.
Demonstrate the ability to plan and navigate a 3-hour flatwater paddle:
Store, operate and maintain appropriate safety equipment
Select appropriate equipment and clothing with consideration of sun sense and hypothermia
Navigate a 3-hour flatwater paddle
Interpret weather for a flatwater environment.
Produce a verifiable log showing at least six trips of a minimum of three hours duration.
Demonstrate the ability to maintain effective communication with a group.
Holders of the Paddling Supervisor award 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.
Training conducted at the Aquatic Reserve West Lakes. Times TBA
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Three day training incorporating FW Guide and Instructor
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.
10% discount to Paddle SA members
10% discount if enrolled in Padding Supervisor course September 28