This course is based on the Australian Canoeing Award scheme for guiding recreational paddlers OR instructing new paddlers to the various types of waters found on lakes, estuaries, rivers, and seas. For this reason, a guide or Instructor will need to be a highly competent paddler in the particular environment, range of conditions and type of boat used by recreational paddlers before coming to this course.
We conduct a Skills Review usually a week or so before the course date to hone skills. This will enable the course time to focus on the needs of guides and instructors. Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange. You will need to bring your own craft and equipment. Payment of $50 for the Skill Review can be made directly to the Instructor on this day.
If a participant has completed a previous PaddleNSW Guide/Instructor Training Course or undertaken Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) review, they can apply to undergo assessment during the course. This must be confirmed before the course start date.
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After you register, the Course Instructor will be in touch with details of the course – pre-course preparation.
THIS FLATWATER GUIDE TRAINING COURSE: is for competent paddlers who can paddle as part of a group in flat in sheltered undemanding waters. In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge to guide others on flatwater trips in the recreation industry, Organisations or Clubs.
The following summary is for GUIDES. In addition, Instructors are required to demonstrate a high degree of leadership, instructor training skills.
In a group, 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.
- conduct kayak and canoe activities including trips in winds to 16 knots in flat and sheltered waters for day and/or overnight trips considering hazard identification, risk management, local regulations, weather and AC’s requirements and safety guidelines.
- communicate, lead and manage a group in activities across a range of prevailing conditions.
Resources and Guidelines
In addition to the Guide summary, participants who wish to become Instructors will work on scenarios to
- conduct a flat water training course.
- instruct others to effectively paddle the complete skill set to the standards outlined in the Award Handbook, in a range of boats and for varying conditions experienced in flatwater.
- Training Course – $295 per person with $45 discount for PaddleNSW members (does not include Paddle Skill Review)
- Assessment Only – $95 per person as part of a subsequent PaddleNSW group course. You can undergo an assessment only after completing a PaddleNSW Guide/Instructor training course in the past year. Assessment to take place on day two of the next PaddleNSW Guide/Instructor course and takes approximately 3 hours, although you are welcome to attend both course days at no extra charge. Payment for Assessment can be completed here:
- Assessment for recognition of current competencies without attending a training course will cost $445 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 – $150. AC provides the Award and the registration to operate as a Guide 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 Guide Evidence Guide (above)
- Attending the Skills Review will enable you to brush up on your current techniques and identify any gaps in skills set.
- Start your Log book noting current experience and what is required in the ACAS handbook for Guide or Instructor.
- Review your skill and the resources from the website videos.
- Practice all onwater skills and study the theory resource and starting the assignment.
- Complete a First Aid Certificate
- Bring your own boat and equipment prepared to work as a Guide &/or Instructor.