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Course Flatwater Skills - Kayak
Course Dates 28/09/2019 - 29/09/2019
Closing Date 26/09/2019
Course Information

PAQS Flatwater Skills Award 


1.5 day course


half day theory, full day practical





Award definition

Holders of the Flatwater Skills Award have demonstrated that they can competently paddle a kayak and/or canoe during a trip, as part of a group of peers, on flat, sheltered, undemanding water. This Award, or equivalent skills and knowledge, is a pre-requisite to becoming a Flatwater Guide or Instructor.


Senior First Aid, Working With Children Check, Background Check, Play By The Rules


Skill Component

  • Demonstrate the ability to control a craft in moderate conditions on flat, sheltered water.
  • Launch and land efficiently
  • Paddle the craft efficiently in moderate winds:
  • forwards, backwards, sideways and turning
  • using correct forward, reverse, draw and sweep strokes
  • Show efficient use of low supports
  • Capsize and swim craft ashore
  • Competently participate in simple rescues as rescue and rescuer
  • Competently accept a tow.

Knowledge Component

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and navigate a 3-hour flatwater paddle:
  • Store, operate and maintain appropriate safety equipment
  • Select appropriate equipment and clothing with consideration of sun sense and hypothermia
  • Navigate a 3-hour flatwater paddle
  • Interpret weather for a flatwater environment.

Experience Component

Produce a verifiable log showing at least six trips of a minimum of three hours duration.

Communication Component

Demonstrate the ability to maintain effective communication with a group.


More Information

For more information, please visit the Paddle Australia Education website ( or the Paddle SA Education webpage (

National Training Provider Paddle SA
Address Cnr Bower Rd & Old Port Rd
West Lakes SA 5021
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Course Cost $ 220.00
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Please ensure you have been in contact with Paddle SA prior to registering for this course to ensure you have the appropriate skills and information to take part.
There will also be a $20.00 fee to register your qualification with Paddle Australia for 3 years. You will only be invoiced for your PA registration at the successful completion of your assessment.