Paddling Supervisor Course Introduction
Training and Assessment: Two day mix of practical and theory skills.
Last updated by Ian Royds 6/10/2020
A Paddling supervisor Course will be held at TBA, Walgett for those wanting to develop their skills and
competencies towards a Paddle Australia Qualification (Paddling Supervisor). Assessment will be both
informal and formal with a simple written project to complete by the assessment day.
Things To Do Beforehand
Read the Flatwater Instructor and Guide Learner Manual posted to you online and also available
on the PNSW website. A written written knowledge project will be given for those seeking a
Bring food and drink for the day as there will be little spare time.
Bring a kayak, SOT, canoe or craft, canoeing gear including life jacket, helmet (optional), footwear,
clothing appropriate for swimming, spare clothing etc.
First Aid Kit and any personal medications
Bring a throw rope and a simple Rescue Kit if you have one. (If you are seeking a qualification
then you must be able to demonstrate that you are ‘ready to go’ as a Paddling Supervisor on the
day of assessment.
Register and pay the course fee to PaddleNSW beforehand to secure a place.
Pen and clipboard
Bring your Paddlers Logbook, Written Project and any other relevant certificates as the
assessor must sight these before a qualification can be given.
Please bring tolerance and good humour as I will be trying my best to accommodate everyone’s
needs in the limited time available. People come with different competencies.
We will meet at…TBA… at 8.30am for a 9am start.
Plan a 3-hour paddling activity with a group of 8 Year-7 students in an enclosed flatwater location of your
1. 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. Emergency contact number/s, emergency evacuation points, weather limits before
cancellation or evacuation. The number of supervisors and their paddling qualifications mentioned.
2. A valid Risk Assessment with S.F.P.T. shown before and after controls put in place (S=severity, F=
frequency, P=probability, T = Total Risk Score)
3. An equipment list for the activity, taking into consideration sun sense and hypothermia precautions,
and including equipment if required for group communication and rescue.
3. 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 emergency.
5. Look at the Bureau of Meteorology site and choose a forecast for the location that will have an impact
on your activity. Write down or print out that forecast. Analyse how the forecast conditions will affect your
activity and outline any changes or precautions you might take.
This is an evidence tool to show that you have the necessary experience to lead groups in canoeing
activities. There are various versions available online but it may be set out as follows:
Date Place Craft Duration Conditions Who? Activity Role Notes
First Aid and CPR are no longer a prerequisite for a Paddle Supervisor Award but may be required by
your employer or client.
See the attached itinerary for more information. This itinerary is a guide only and may be modified to suit
the requirements of the participants or the conditions on the day.
I look forward to meeting you all there
Course conducted according to NSW Department of Health Covid rules.