Event Details

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


Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 2019

This course is the Paddle Queensland pathway to prepare the participant for the Flatwater Guide or Flatwater Instructor Assessment to achieve their Paddle Australia qualification.

Award Definition:

The Flatwater Guide and Instructor Awards are for people seeking professional certification in flat water paddling environments. 

The Paddle Australian Qualification Scheme (PAQS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the need for paddling qualifications for use in education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide. Where the activities take place 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

Flatwater Guide Award

Holders of the Flatwater Guide Award have been assessed at and are qualified to lead or guide day and half day trips.

  • i.e.: - you are able to impart the skills required for participants to partake in a day/half day trip with you, where if anything goes wrong you are there to deal with it.

Flatwater Instructor Award

Holders of the Flatwater Instructor Award have been assessed at and are qualified to lead and guide day and half day trips, plus instruct, facilitate and skill transfer to develop participants in order so that they may act independently or with minimal supervision.

  • i.e.: - you are able to train a group of beginner students with practical and theory sessions to a level where they are able to plan and undertake a trip on their own (and/or pass the flatwater skills award), where if anything goes wrong, you have trained the students to deal with it.


  • Personal flatwater paddling skills as defined in the PAQS flatwater skills and guide awards
  • Recommended obtaining prior to course:
    • First Aid and CPR certificates (appropriate to your organisations requirements & area of operation)
    • some experience and logged hours working as an assistant or observer under training

Course Description:

  • The Paddle Queensland Flatwater Guide Training Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00am to 5:00pm 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 and instructor training 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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