Event Details

Event Name
Flatwater Guide / Instructor Assessment 
Organisation Type
Organisation Name
Paddle Queensland 
Event Start Date
Event Start Time
Event End Date
Event Finish Time

Is non-financial member registration allowed?
Participants Gender
Maximum number of Participants
Type of Event
Accepting Entries

Who is responsible for the overall event?
Paddle Queensland 
Organiser's Email Address
Event Registration Manager
Steven Rowland 
Event Registration Manager's Email Address?
Recreational - Flatwater,  
Event Description

Flatwater Guide/Instructor Assessment

This is the Paddle Queensland Assessment for participants to achieve their Paddle Australia Award.

Holders of the Flatwater Guide or Instructor 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


Award Definition:

The Flatwater Guide or Instructor Award is for people seeking professional certification in flat water paddling environments. The Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the paddling industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.


Candidates for assessment should have achieved substantial paddling and guiding experience and qualifications suitable to meet assessment criteria for the Flatwater Guide qualification as defined in the ACAS evidence guidelines for the award prior to undertaking the assessment.

  • ACAS Flatwater Guide Training or legitimate equivalent
  • Proven paddling, guiding, instructional and rescue skills and experience
  • Meet all log book requirements
  • First Aid and CPR certificates (appropriate to your organisations requirements & area of operation)
  • Please Note:
    • this is a guide assessment, it is not a training curse
    • assessors will not provide any training or instruction
    • a candidate is not registered as a Flatwater Guide until all components of the assessment and registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid
    • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment

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