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Australian Canoeing (AC) Flatwater Guide / Instructor Award (Kayaks or Canoes) Course Intake

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Course Description:
This course is designed to prepare participants for assessment as a Australian Canoeing (AC) Flatwater Guide or Instructor in either Kayaks or Canoes. The course consists of two full days combining theory and practical components in a flatwater environments, concentrating on guiding and instructing skills. Participants are expected to already have the ability to paddle to the standard of the Flatwater Skills course. 


A separate assessment day is required to complete certification.

Who is this course for:
These courses are aimed at people wishing to gain Australian Canoeing certification for employment in the industry.

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.

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.

Course Content:
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
  • Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) overview
  • Minimal impact practice
  • Weather and Tides
  • Navigation

Paddle Craft & Equipment:
You need to decide which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is craft specific.  If you are teaching/guiding people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak” award.  You may hold both a canoe and kayak qualification in any ACAS award, however paddling skills will need to be assessed in both craft types.

It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including kayak/canoe, 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.

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 for two days, Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $330. Kayak or Canoe hire $65 for the two days if required
Class Size: Maximum 12 participants

Before you attend: 

Applicants for a Guide or Instructor award should already hold a Flatwater Skills Award or have demonstrated equivalent skills. This allows the paddler to operate confidently, skillfully and safely within their tested conditions.

This weekend 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 Australian Canoeing ($150 for 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.

Assessment Guides:

Flatwater Kayak and Canoe Guide
Flatwater Kayak and Canoe Instructor


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