Paddle Supervisor Project
(Last updated by Ian Royds 10/08/2022)
In addition to the on-line quiz sent after registration the following document should be produced and submitted to your Assessor prior to final assessment.
Below you will find several tasks to be completed using the following scenario:
Plan a paddling activity with a group of eight Year 7 students in a location of your choice. The location must fit within the qualification definition (flat, sheltered water near launch area).
Prepare a Project with the following sections:
1. Activity Plan: Who, when, where etc.
2. Participant Details: Name, experience, contact, medical, include leaders and their qualifications.
3. Risk Management Plan: Outline risk management strategies for the activity including placement of supervisory staff, communications (signals and systems for you and your staff), rescue plans and First Aid support
4. Risk Assessment: Before and after controls are put into place to mitigate risk
5. Equipment List: An equipment list for the activity, taking into consideration sun sense and hypothermia precautions, and including equipment for group communication and rescue.
6. Departure Briefing: 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.
7. Weather Analysis: Look at the Bureau of Meteorology site and choose a forecast for the location that will have an impact on your activity. Analyse how the forecast conditions will or will not affect your activity and outline any changes or precautions you might take. Include cut-off conditions that would cancel your activity.
8. Log Book
Logbooks are an evidence tool to show that you have the necessary experience to lead groups on canoeing activities. They may be in a variety of formats including journals, formula style or electronic. There is a free Paddle Log App available from Paddle Australia and this source is required for later award re-ratification. However, many paddlers also keep a personal log. All log books for assessment should be verified by a third person (a name and phone number will do). There are various versions of log books available online but the following is given as a general guide for the information logged:
Kayak Activity Log Name: Fred Nurk (PAid No382901)
Incl. a valid contact no.
Learn paddle strokes
"The Minnows' at Burradoo
FW short reach protected from wind
7 X inxperienced students
Glenn Rob ph: 0407xxxxxx
Fine, sunny, no wind. Under water jetty poles. No other dangers
Play canoe polo
Bowral Swimming Pool
7 X students 12 to 16 yo
Ph: Anne R
Warm, clean water.
On water activities to be carried out in a variety of locations and conditions
Minimum log book requirement
In the previous three years:
· 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
Last updated by Ian Royds 26/07/2022
Things To Do Beforehand
• Read the Flatwater Instructor and Guide Learner Manual available on the PNSW website.
• Bring food and drink for the day, as there will be little spare time.
• Bring a kayak and canoeing gear including PFD, helmet (optional), footwear, clothing appropriate for swimming, spare clothing etc. Make sure your craft is safe with hand loops, buoyancy 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 Supervisor on the day of assessment(
• Register and pay the course fee to PaddleNSW beforehand to secure a place.
• Pen and clipboard
• Download your ‘Paddlers Logbook’ onto the Paddle Australia (PA) Paddle Log app and any other relevant certificates as the assessor must sight these before a qualification can be given.
• On-water snacks
• 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 …Tench Park…………………………………………. 8.30am for a 9am start.