Competent paddlers who can paddle as part of a group in flat, sheltered undemanding waters will be assessed as a qualified paddle Australia Flatwater Guide and or Instructor who can work in the industry, organisation or Club
If proceeding to the VET award, an overnight trip will be required.
In an advertised training Course, an assessment applicant will be required to demonstrate competence for conducting a range of scenarios to:
- model flatwater paddling efficiently and safely in a kayak and/or canoe.
- conduct or describe kayak and canoe activities including trips in winds to 16 knots in flat and sheltered waters for day and/or overnight trips (for overnight endorsement) considering hazard identification, risk management, local regulations, weather and AC’s requirements and safety guidelines.
- communicate, lead and manage a group in activities across a range of prevailing conditions.
In addition, to verify knowledge and experience:
- completed an assignment/s or equivalent evidence of the underpinning knowledge to guide trips and/or to conduct a Paddling Course if undergoing Instructors Assessment.
- present a verified logbook of paddling experience over the previous two years and at least three activities of three or more hour’s duration as an observer under training and or an observer conducting Instruction
- holding a current First Aid Certificate.
Please review additional Paddle Australia Award requirements as specified the following website.
- The Qualifications for various conditions
- Evidence Guidelines for each condition
- Flatwater Instructor Guidelines
- The Safety Guidelines and Risk Management Guide
- Links to basic skills videos
- A Flatwater Learners Guide (will be provided after registration)
- A Log book PADDLE LOG
- An Assignment Outline for Flatwater Guide