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Event Name
Sea Skills 
Organisation Type
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Paddle South Australia 
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Aquatic Reserve Bower Rd West Lakes SA 

Is non-financial member registration allowed?
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Accepting Entries

Who is responsible for the overall event?
Canoe SA 
Organiser's Email Address
Who is the Race Administrator?
Ian Heard 
Event Registration Manager
David Heard 
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Who is the Administrator Responsible for Registration and Results?
Ian Heard 
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Event Description

Canoe SA:  Sea SkillsTraining Programme

A three day training course plus two day overnight trip

The course is designed for paddlers to:


eDevelop practical skills to undertake coastal journeys including open-water crossings or multi-day


Ø  Understand and know your abilities, prepare for the adventures of paddling in coastal environments

Ø  Develop new skills and improve enjoyment of paddling in coastal and sea environments

 The course includes day and overnight expeditions in coastal environments

 At the end of the course you will be eligible to be assessed for the Paddle Australia Qualifiaction Scheme (PAQS) Sea Skills Award (this award is recognised in all states and overseas)

Please note: Whilst every attempt is made by Paddle SA to provide the course or sessions that meet the description provided, weather or other environmental conditions may influence the decision of the leadership team or instructors about the safety of participants or the conduct of the course/session either before or during the event.

 Registration for a course or a session does not ensure that the course or session will occur in the manner described or entitle attendance.

 Sea Skills conditions

Wind speed below fresh (17 knots) with a minimum of 11 knots (moderate conditions)

Areas of exposed coastline that is simple (open crossings may be included) not involving overfalls, tidal race or difficult landings

Distances of up to 4 nautical miles from the nearest shore

Breaking (overtopping) waves (sea) up to 1 metre

Surf up to 1 metre

 Session 1 – Introduction Sunday March 3

 Conducted at Paddle SA, Aquatic Reserve, Bower Road, West Lakes

 Topics covered:

Introduction to the Sea Skills Program – overview and discussion

The AC Award Scheme; assessment protocols/proof of competence, resources.      


Interpreting Weather Forecasts                                                                                          

Basic Navigation – you will prepare navigation log for a day excursion                               

On water skills tune up….forward paddling, turning, support strokes, other paddle strokes as time permits

 Session 2: Skills Development – Sunday, 17 March

 Location: TBA

 Towing, group management during a journey, deep-water rescues, managing multiple rescues or emergencies, landings and surf skills

 Session 3:  One day Coastal Expedition – Sunday 24 March

 Location to be advised (depending on weather conditions possibly a location on Fleurieu Peninsula)

Commencing at 8.00am Pack a sea kayak for a day expedition, safety briefing, skills development on-water training, scenarios


April 13-14 Location TBA

 Topic: Plan and conduct an overnight journey 

 For further enquiries and registration details please contact  PaddleSA ph 08 8240 3294

Email sa@paddle.org.au




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