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Course Enclosed Sea Instructor / Guide - Kayak
Course Dates 25/03/2024 - 27/03/2024
Closing Date 13/03/2024
Course Information
The description below is for Enclosed Sea Instructor. If you are attempting this course at Enclosed Sea Guide level, please visit this page for exact requirements of the Guide level qualification

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 Enclosed Sea conditions:
  • Inside of estuaries, harbours, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands
  • Maximum of 1.5 nautical miles from shore
  • Wind conditions below Fresh Winds(17kn)
  • Breaking (whitecapping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
  • No surf
The Enclosed Sea  Instructor is for people seeking a professional certification in Enclosed 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.

Pre requisites: Participants knowledge and skills should be at the level of Enclosed 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 an 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 needs to be completed prior to the practical program
  3. Project: An online project is made available to participants upon registration that needs to be completed prior to the practical program
Assessment Guidelines - Enclosed Sea Instructor 

Further Course Details:

Dates/Times: 9.00am  - 4.00pm

Area:    Taroona beach, Kingston Beach, Tinderbox peninsula coastlines

Accommodation: Self accommodation or possible paid camping available at The Lea Scout Camp. Participants need to be fully self-sufficient for this  

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

Instructors: Nate Welch

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

Participants to:

  • have prior experience paddling sea kayak in a coastal environment 
  • have paddled a sea kayak in moderate wind condition 10-15 knots
  • ability to spend 1-2 hours controlling & paddling a sea kayak  
  • ideally have understanding of basic kayak design and functions  
  • ideally have basic knowledge or understanding of marine based navigation
  • ideally have understanding of marine environments and weather in relation to paddlecraft 
  • ideally sea kayaked in group environment (as this is a guiding focused course)

Interested paddlers to provide a short summary of their paddling experience and competence  

If you have not previously had formal instruction and are unsure whether you have
the skills suitable to undertake this course please contact Paddle Tasmania on 

Program Outline: Paddle Tasmania is providing a 3 day Enclosed Waters Sea Kayak Guide course. This is designed to allow interested and suitable participants to complete a full 3 days of training. This course is day based with the finish time around 4pm daily  

The focus of this course is on developing technical and safety knowledge specific to
Sea kayaks being used in a marine environment in a group guiding capacity. There will also be considerable emphasis on developing personal kayaking skills to be applied into a group guiding context. Ability to effectively manage challenging marine environments safely.
Weather and coastal water conditions will be simulated at times to achieve intended outcomes of course.  

The group will be based in the Taroona / Kingston Beach area. Venues  that the group may potentially utilise within the course are: Taroona Beach, Kingston Beach, Blackmans Bay Beach, Tinderbox Coastline and other areas on the east coast at the instructors discretion. 

Potential Course Content:

  • revision of technical strokes
  • understanding weather interpretation 
  • understanding and utilizing towing technique
  • understanding and using wind and wave features to your advantage
  • improving stroke efficiency and placement
  • learning and/or improving edging ability
  • marine navigation
  • Self and assisted rescues 
  • Risk management & safety considerations
  • Improvisation techniques for lost paddles/boats and equipment 

Paddling Equipment Required: All participants should come fully prepared for
numerous swimming activities and may want to consider using a drysuit OR a full-length wetsuit. 

*Some participants who bring wetsuits choose to bring two so that they can swap a wet one out
for a dry one.


  • Sea kayak
  • Pfd
  • Paddle
  • Spraydeck 
  • Note taking ability
  • Drysuit or a full wetsuit (the later with ideally a drytop or a cag/spray jacket
  • Appropriate footwear for both paddling  
  • Drybag for carrying essential gear/snacks/lunch during day trips
  • Personal medications/personal first aid

Any questions? Contact our education officer at

Cancellation Fees apply:   


21 days or more prior to course full refund

20-14 days prior to course 10% of course fee retained

13-2 days prior to course 15% of course fee retained
less than 48 hours no refund.

National Training provider Paddle Tasmania
Phone 0475142910
Course Location Hobart / Taroona / East Coast,TAS
Course Cost $ 675.00 $675 for non-members
$525 for Paddle TAS members
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.

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