Assessment will be both informal and formal with an online quiz and a written project to be commenced prior to the training dates and completed and sent to the assessor Ian Royds before completing the course.
Things To Do Beforehand
• Read the Flatwater Instructor and Guide Learner Manual available on the PNSW website.
• A quiz and project will be sent after registration. Please do the Written Project below and NOT the online one as it is more relevant to your needs. Both must be completed before the course and sent to your assessor (Ian Royds).
• Bring food and drink for the day, as there will be little spare time.
• Bring a kayak/canoe 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 tow 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 Guide on the day of assessment.
• Register and pay the course fee to PaddleNSW beforehand to secure a place.
• Pen and clipboard
• Send your ‘Paddlers Logbook’ to me or download 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 Berrima Reserve, Berrima. 8.30am for a 9am start.
Flatwater Guide/Instructor Assessment Project
In addition to the online quiz this assessment task is designed as an evidence tool to complement your on-water assessment. It must be your original work and relevant to your situation. Submit it along with your logbook before the course to ensure that you get the most from the course. Point form is acceptable. What we are looking for is evidence that you have knowledge and understanding of the key concepts contained within. Refer to the FlatwaterInstructor & Guide Level-1 Learner Manual, also available on the PNSW website contact me for clarification (contact details below). Points will be elaborated on during the course.
Prepare for a flatwater day river trip that you will be guiding on a river of your choice. Your client group consists of teenage students who have received some instruction in canoeing/kayaking. They have all paddled in a controlled environment before. The aim of the trip is for the students to gain experience in an extended day adventure and to experience roles in leadership, navigation and group responsibility.
Please submit the following:
1. Activity Plan: Choose a suitable venue selection for participants and activity objectives. State who, when, where etc. Identify reliable sources of information about the trip such as from a named River Guide, a reliable website or other reliable sources.
2. A Float Plan and Emergency Management plan to be left with a nominated responsible person. It will include a route plan for the trip that details the entry and exit points and emergency exit routes. The plan should be in a form that provides sufficient information for a third party to be able to locate these points and the route taken and should include an expected trip time and arrival time. (A Float Plan proformais available on PA and PNSW websites)
3. Weather: State Conditions of Cancellation e.g. water levels, inclemency of weather etc. Download a sample BOM weather map and interpret it for your proposed activity. Include your methods of checking that the water level will be safe on the day (e.g. Paddle Safe app river level and recommendations) and possible observable flow features.Give date and source of information.
4. Legal Permissions: Access or Land manager permission, if required (or details of the land manager to gain permission). If none required, state none required.
5. Equipment List: Include an equipment list for the trip, for both participants and group safety. Detail the safety equipment that will be carried by guides. Take into consideration sun sense and hypothermia precautions as well as any rescue and communication equipment required.
6. A Risk Management Plan (RMP) for the trip, only to the level that is applicable for the context of the proposed trip. List of participants, their emergency contacts and any relevant medical information (asthma form, medical form). Appropriateness of the equipment and environment (including any notable hazards). Placement of supervisory staff, communications (signals and systems for you and your staff that will be used), rescue plans and First Aid support. The number of supervisors and their paddling qualifications mentioned. How an incident will be managed (incident command responsibilities)
7. Emergency Management Plan (EMP): Includes important information or procedures needed in the event of an emergency e.g. emergency contact number/s(who, how, when) emergency evacuation points, weather limits before cancellation or evacuation. It can be imbedded into your RMP or RA so long as it is identified with a heading
8. Risk Assessment (RA): Construct a Risk Assessment with risk factor calculated before and after controls are put intoplace. NOTE: A risk assessment is different to a risk management plan.
9. Activity Briefing: Briefing notes sent to clients before the activity.
10. Departure Briefing: A briefing, in point form, to be delivered onshore just prior to departure, to include signals, a final gear check, injury prevention tips (posture etc), paddle techniques, capsize issues, and actions in the event of sickness or emergency…
Itinerary for will be sent closer to the date.