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Course PAQS Flatwater Group Assessment Weekend
Course Dates 11/02/2023 - 12/02/2023
Closing Date 22/02/2023
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PSA Flatwater Guide / Instructor Assessment
11-12 February 2023

Paddle South Australia will provide an assessment opportunity for paddlers seeking a Flatwater leadership award on the weekend 11-12 February 2023 at Aquatic Reserve, West Lakes.

This activity will consist of two days of assessment elements.  Day 1 will be a personal paddling skills assessment and Day 2 will cover the leadership, management and instructional components.  The program will see you being assessed for both practical on-water elements and your knowledge and understanding at your chosen award level.

Candidates will be assessed for one of these Paddle Australia awards; Paddling Supervisor, Flatwater Guide or Flatwater Instructor.  See description below.

Flatwater Paddling Supervisor Award  

This is the introductory level to gain employment in the industry. Holders of this award are qualified to manage and supervise a paddling activity in enclosed situations, where the group does not leave the immediate launch area.

Flatwater Guide Award (FWG)

This award qualifies you as a FWG to lead group trips in canoes / kayaks on lakes and rivers in controlled conditions. A FWG enables safe participation in the activity without the intention of teaching all paddling skills.  Candidates seeking to lead multi-day and overnight activities should also attain the Overnight Camping Endorsement.

Flatwater Instructor Award (FWI)

A FWI is qualified to instruct paddling skills and lead groups on overnight or full-day excursions on inland waterways in moderate conditions. An instructor is able to critique technique and apply a variety of instructional strategies.

To ensure that you are prepared for success and will be assessed at an appropriate level you are requested to submit some documents to verify your previous training and experience and therefore readiness for assessment. An assessor will review your documents and discuss with you an appropriate award level for assessment.

The requested documents, in electronic format are requested by no later than Monday 6th February:

  • Copy of your Logbook / summary of paddling experience that meets the requirements of award level being assessed.

·           Copy of your First Aid Certificate (or similar).

·           If you have done it, your completed Assessment Project for the award being sought
          (this would have been detailed in your Paddle SA training course).

These documents should be sent to with the subject marked FW Assessment. 

For those who do not meet the pre-requisite Log Book experience requirements, that will not preclude you from participating on the day. All candidates attending will be assessed to their level of competence and detailed feedback will be provided to enable a pathway to complete the award (e.g. you might be competent for performing deep water rescues, but not yet competent for instructing kayak skills to a group).

This activity will be supervised by current Instructors and Assessors who all have vast experience in working as outdoor guides and instructors, and are well-suited to getting you underway with your qualification.

If you are considering participating in this activity, it is highly recommended that you visit and review the Supervisor, Guide and Instructor information.    

Cost: $150 Day 1 only; $250 both days   

Time /Date: 9am – 4.30pm, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February

Location: Aquatic Reserve, Bower Road, West Lakes

An equipment list detailing recommended items will be provided upon enrolment. 

Please contact the Paddle SA office if you have any questions.

email  or phone 0408 390 211

By conducting this assessment opportunity, Paddle SA is aiming to assist you in achieving the most streamlined pathway to your final assessment. We look forward to paddling with you!


National Training provider Paddle SA
Course Location West Lakes ,SA
Website Visit Website
Course Cost $ 250.00
Please ensure you have been in contact with Paddle SA prior to registering for this Course to ensure you have the appropriate skills and information to take part.
There will be a $170.00 fee to register your qualification with Paddle Australia for 3 years. You will only be invoiced for your PA registration once all requirements for the qualification have been completed and submitted to Paddle Australia.

The closing date for registrations has passed. Please contact Paddle SA to determine if they provide late registrations for this Course.