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Course Sea Instructor / Guide
Course Dates 19/10/2024 - 23/10/2024
Closing Date 04/10/2024
Course Information
The Sea Guide/Instructor course is for people seeking a professional certification in Sea environments. The Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQS) course is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the paddling Guide and Instructor industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nation wide. The information provided below is for Sea Instructor standard, for Sea Guide standard please see the standard changes here 

Who: The holder of this qualification has demonstrated the skills and knowledge to guide and instruct groups of novices on day based activities in Sea Kayaks in Sea conditions:
  • Outside of estuaries, harbours, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands
  • Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls or tidal races
  • Difficult landings or open crossings may be included
  • Maximum of 5 nautical miles from shore
  • Wind conditions below Strong Wind Warning (26kn)
  • Breaking (whitecapping) waves (sea) up to 1.5m
  • Surf to 1.0m
Pre requisites: Participants knowledge and skills should be at least the level of Sea Guide. Plus to gain the qualification a minimum logbook is required, these requirements can be found in the Assessment Guidelines. Please pay particular attention to the logbook requirements that need to be logged in your Paddlelog

What Craft: This qualification is designed for Sea Kayaks only

Equipment: It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including craft, life jackets, paddles etc and present as a Guide/Instructor with appropriate equipment ( First Aid Kit, Repair kit etc).

  1. Practical: Completed through the training/assessment day
  2. Quiz: An online quiz is made available to participants upon registration that MUST to be completed PRIOR to the practical program
  3. Project: An online project is made available to participants upon registration that MUST to be completed PRIOR to the practical program
Assessment guidelines can be found here
Please ensure you review these to gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills that will be covered during the course.


Accommodation: Self accommodation or possible paid camping available at The Lea Scout Camp. Participants need to be fully self-sufficient for this. It is likely that one or two nights will be expedition style kayaking, so participants will need their own expedition gear. 

Course Numbers: Spaces are limited and at this stage to a maximum of 8

Instructors:  NATE WELCH (Paddle Australia SEA ASSESSOR )

Participant Suitability: Inclusion in this course is dependent upon suitable prior
experience and is at instructors discretion. Please see Paddle Australia Sea Instructor/Guide Guidelines to conduct a self assessment of skills and knowledge required to be successful in completing this course.

Gear: Participants will need to provide their own gear 

Locations: Locations are likely to be in the Hobart Area with expeditions happening at the Tasman Peninsula, Maria or Bruny Island. All condition dependant and will be confirmed at a later date. 

Start: Time: 9am. Exact location to be decided closer to the time due to conditions. 
National Training provider Paddle Tasmania
Phone 0475142910
Course Location Hobart Area,TAS
Course Cost $ 1000.00 Paddle TAS Member price $750 
Non-member price $1000

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Please ensure you have been in contact with Paddle Tasmania 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.