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Event Name
Flatwater Guide/Instructor Training 
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Paddle Queensland 
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Is non-financial member registration allowed?
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Who is responsible for the overall event?
Queensland Canoeing 
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Event Registration Manager
Steven Rowland 
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Recreational - Flatwater,  
Event Description

Flatwater Guide/Instructor Training

This course is the Queensland Canoeing pathway to prepare the participant for the Flatwater Guide Assessment to achieve their Australian Canoeing Award Scheme qualification.

Award Definition:

The Flatwater Guide Award is for people seeking professional certification in flat water paddling environments. The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing / kayaking guide industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

Holders of the Flatwater Guide Award have been assessed at and are qualified to lead or guide day and half day trips on inland waters such as open lakes and rivers (but not on whitewater or at sea) in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and canoeing which include: -

  • Sheltered and calm waters
  • Minimal wind
  • Ease of access to shore
  • Minimal flow of water


  • Personal flatwater paddling skills as defined in the ACAS flatwater skills award
  • Recommended obtaining prior to course:
    • current First Aid and CPR certificates
    • logged hours working as an assistant or observer under training

Course Description:

  • ACAS Guide Training Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00m to 4:00pm each day
  • Participants should expect each day to consist of approximately half a day in a semi classroom-style environment and the other half of each day on the water
  • Candidates must be prepared to put their skills into practice and will be required to do some work prior to the course to assist in moving swiftly through the syllabus
  • Participants should come prepared for paddling sessions in both the morning and afternoon of the course
  • Please note:
    • this is a guide training and assessment course; it is not a skills course. Candidates are expected to have the personal flatwater skills as identified in the “Flatwater Skills Award” prior to commencement of the course.
    • an assessment day is also required to obtain the full certification

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