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Event Name
Basic Skills Training 
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Paddle Victoria 
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Westerfolds Park, Templestowe 

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Paddle Victoria 
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Recreational - Flatwater, Recreational - Whitewater, Recreational - Sea Kayaking,  
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Event Description

What is a Basic Skills course?

The Basic Skills Course is an introduction to paddling where participants come away with an PAQs Basic Skills Certificate of accreditation. The course is delivered and assessed by a current Paddle Australia qualified Instructor and assessment will be carried out on flat, sheltered water. You have the option to complete the award in a canoe, kayak or Sit on top craft.

What will I learn?

The course will teach you 6 essential strokes for paddling to control your craft efficiently and will also include a safety briefing and explanation of equipment used. You will also learn:

  • The safety requirements for paddlers and their craft in Victorian Waterways
  • Understanding the use of life jackets and the legislation surrounding the wearing of life jackets
  • Launch the craft, embark and paddle away from the launching point
  • Disembark, then re-embark, paddle to deep water, capsize and assist with a deep water rescue or swim the craft ashore

Focusing on paddling skills, you will be taught:

  • Understanding of correct posture and basic injury prevention
  • Paddling forwards, backwards and emergency stops
  • Turning the craft
  • The use of the paddle as a means of support on the water
  • Coming alongside other craft, and also a clear approach to the launching point

How will I be assessed?

A formal assessment by a Paddle Australia Instructor is required to attain the award and is included in the course. The assessment can be conducted in single kayaks (which can be sit on top) or canoes, and is specific to the craft in which it was taken. The candidates’ performance throughout the assessment must be satisfactory and confident, demonstrating the skills outlined above. If using a double kayak or canoe the candidates should be tested in both the bow and stern positions.


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