This course is designed to prepare participants for assessment as a Paddle Australia (PA) Enclosed Sea Guide or Instructor in sea kayaks. The course consists of a full day combining theory and practical components in an Enclosed Sea environment, concentrating on guiding and instructing skills. Participants are expected to already have the ability to paddle to the standard of the Enclosed Sea Skills award.
A separate assessment day is required to complete certification.
Who is this course for:
This course is aimed at people wishing to gain Paddle Australia certification for employment in the industry.
The holder of this award is qualified to guide (and instruct) individuals or groups of novices on activity and day based programs 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
An Instructor will have a deeper understanding of paddling technique and skills development and has been assessed to a higher level than guides.
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
- Finessing paddling technique and rescue skills
- Paddling Guiding skills and Group Management
- Paddling Instruction techniques and methodology
- Trip planning, float plans and risk management
- Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQS) overview
- Minimal impact practice
- Weather and Tides
Paddle Craft & Equipment: It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including sea kayak, PFD, paddles (including spare), spray deck and helmet. East Coast Kayaking can provide any or all of this equipment - please notify us at the time of booking if you need to hire equipment. Please detail personal equipment on the checklist on the Participant Information form emailed to you following your booking to determine its suitability.
Paddle clothing needs to be suitable for the conditions and environment - to protect you from sun, wind and cold - you are expected to present as a Guide / Instructor with the relevant equipment
Location: Our Training Centre at 37 Jetty Road, Sandringham, with the practical component on the sheltered waters of Sandringham Harbour. Other locations for your private group / organisation can be arranged - contact us to discuss.
Duration: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: $295. Kayak hire $50 if required
Class Size: Maximum 6 participants
efore you attend:
Applicants for a Guide or Instructor award should already hold a Enclosed Sea Skills Award or have demonstrated equivalent skills. This allows the paddler to operate confidently, skilfully and safely within their tested conditions.
This course is for the training component - assessment will take place in a separate one day session, date TBC. You need to complete the assessment day and pay a registration fee in order to complete your certification as a guide or instructor - separate fees apply for the assessment day and the registration with Paddle Australia (3 years registration).
Prior to booking you should check the assessment criteria, including logbook and first aid certificate requirements to ensure you can meet this within the available timeframe.