Course Description: This course is the assessment day for a Paddle Australia (PA) Flat water Guide or Instructor Award in either Kayaks or Canoes. The course consists of a full days combining a theory test and practical components in a flat water environment, concentrating on guiding and instructing skills. Participants are expected to already have the ability to paddle to the standard of the Flat water Skills course.
This assessment for Day Guide/Instructor - does not include overnight practical component. Contact us for the Overnight Camping Endorsement.
Course Content: Topics covered include but are not limited to:
Craft, Personal Protection Gear & Clothing
First Aid Kit
Adequate Food & Water
Coaching & Skills Analysis Briefings:
Weather & Tides Interpretation
Strokes (on land)
Program Overview & Navigation Teaching Style (clear & concise)
Paddle Craft & Equipment: You need to decide which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is craft specific. If you are teaching/guiding people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak” award. You may hold both a canoe and kayak qualification in any PAQS award, however paddling skills will need to be assessed in both craft types.
It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including kayak/canoe, PFD, paddles (including spare), spray deck and helmet. East Coast Kayaking can provide any or all of this equipment - please notify us at the time of booking if you need to hire equipment. Please detail personal equipment on the checklist on the Participant Information form emailed to you following your booking to determine its suitability.
Paddle clothing needs to be suitable for the conditions and environment - to protect you from sun, wind and cold.
Location: Our Training Centre at 37 Jetty Road, Sandringham, with the practical component on the sheltered waters of Sandringham Harbour. Other locations for your private group / organisation can be arranged - contact us to discuss. Duration: 9.00am - 4.30pm Cost: $295. Kayak or Canoe hire $50 if required Class Size: Maximum 6 participants