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AC Courses and Certifications

These courses are aimed at people wishing to gain Australian Canoeing certification for employment in the industry.

East Coast Kayaking is an accredited National Training Provider (NTP) with Australian Canoeing and is accredited for coaching and assessing Basic Skills, Flatwater and Sea Kayaking Awards.

Basic Skills certification is available to participants in our Sea Starter Course or we can provide a Skills course for your school or organisation (Basic/Flatwater or Sea Skills). Call or email us to discuss: 03 9597 0549 and info@eastcoastkayaking.com


Our Flatwater Guide  / Instructor Course is takes place over a weekend, held at our Training Centre 37 Jetty Road Sandringhamfour times a year. See below for details and to book.

Contact us for Sea Guide / Instructor courses.

Flatwater Guide / Instructor Course

Flatwater Guide

This course is for people seeking employment where the the group under instruction will leave the immediate launch area such as an overnight or full-day excursion. Holders of the Flatwater Guide award are qualified to lead or guide on inland waters such as open lakes and rivers (but not on whitewater or sea) in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing. This is recommended for activities such as camps, school trips and experiences.

Flatwater Instructor

Holders of the Flatwater Instructor Award are qualified to instruct, facilitate skill transfer to develop participants in order so that they may act independently or with minimal supervision in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing. An Instructor will have a deeper understanding of paddling technique and skills development and has been assessed to a higher level than guides.

Elements covered will include but are not limited to:

  • Equipment
  • Paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Tides
  • Trip planning
  • Risk management
  • Group control

In addition, for Flatwater Instructor

  • Teaching models
  • Skill and knowledge transfer