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Surf Assessment - AC Sea and Coastal Awards

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Surf Assessment for Australian Canoeing Sea and Coastal Awards

Our next Surf Assessment is Sunday 23 October 2016.

This surf day forms part of the assessment for AC Awards that require competency in surf conditions:

  • Intro to Sea Skills
  • Sea Skills
  • Sea Leader
  • Sea Guide
  • Sea Instructor 

  • Enclosed Guide
  • Enclosed Instructor 
  • Coastal Skills


  • Coastal Guide 

For the full list of assessment requirements for each award visit our AC Courses and Certification page

Our program for the day will involve but is not limited to demonstrating competency in:

  • Surf - what you need to know before you go!
  • Appropriate equipment and clothing
  • Safety in the surf - surf 'etiquette', group management
  • Low support strokes
  • Strokes as appropriate - launching and landing
  • Communication and managing launches and landings - on water and onshore signals
  • What to do in the event of a capsize
  • Injury prevention and what to do in the event of an emergency

Candidates for Leader / Guide / Instructor Awards will be required to demonstrate knowledge and skills briefing less experienced paddlers. See individual evidence guides on our website AC Courses and Certification

Location: Meet at 8:30am at a designated café to discuss the program and destination for the day. Locations are within 2 hours drive of Melbourne, eg. Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Inverloch, Waratah Bay
Duration: 8.30am - 4.00pm
Cost: $300. Kayak hire $30 if required
Instructor ratio: 1:4 participants

Paddle Craft & Equipment:
Coastal Awards are relevant to Sit on Top Craft and Sea Awards are for sea kayaks. Your craft and equipment should be set up with regard to safety and is appropriate for the environment.

It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including 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.

Paddle clothing needs to be suitable for the conditions and environment - to protect you from sun, wind and cold.

Before you attend: 
Applicants for a Guide or Instructor award should already hold the relevant Skills Award or have demonstrated equivalent skills. This allows the paddler to operate confidently, skilfully and safely within their tested conditions. Ideally you have participated in the Intake weekend and participated in some mentored activities with us prior to assessment as part of your logbook component.

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