Holders of the Canoe/Kayak Lifeguard award are qualified to manage a paddling activity in enclosed situations, performing rescues as required, where the group under supervision can be seen from a single vantage point at any time and does not leave the immediate launch area

This Course is for competent paddlers who can perform the basic paddling techniques: forward and reverse stroke, forward and reverse sweep, support strokes, bow draw and stern rudder.

In this one day course, participants will work through structured practical scenarios to develop competence to:

  • complete a flatwater skill-set to effectively paddle safely in a kayak, and/or Sit On Top (SOT) and/or canoe. Self and group rescue techniques. Handling equipment, storing and transporting.
  • conduct kayak and canoe activities in flat and sheltered waters considering hazard identification, risk management, multiple capsizes, local regulations, weather and AC’s requirements and safety guidelines.
  • communicate, lead and manage a group in simple group activities.

Resources and Guidelines

Course Cost 

  • Training Course –  $245 per person with $45 discount for PaddleNSW members
  • Assessment can be undertaken when all the Course requirements have been completed.
  • Assessment for recognition of current competencies without attending a training course will be $395 per person with a $45 discount for members and will require an evidence based review. If a gap is identified an applicant will be assisted with a training program to reach competence.
  • Australian Canoeing Registration – $90. AC provides the Award and the registration to operate as a Lifeguard for 3 years.  Professional indemnity insurance is included in the registration. Paid directly to AC on successful completion of the Award.
  • Extra Awards – $18 each. For those seeking Awards in more than one craft, e.g. Kayak and Canoe. For those seeking an Overnight Endorsement.

Prepare for Training

  • Assess your own knowledge and skill using the Flatwater Skill guide (above)
  • Start your Log book noting current experience and shows a minimum standard of: On-water paddling activities totaling 6 – 9 hours duration as an observer under training or as an assistant
  • Review your skill and the resources from the website videos.
  • Practice all onwater skills and study the AC safety requirements.
  • Complete a First Aid Certificate
  • Bring your own boat and equipment prepared to work as a Guide &/or Instructor.