Paddle Education Weekend Flatwater Lifeguard/Guide/Instructor Course

Paddle Tas will be running a Flatwater Lifeguard/Guide/Instructor training and assessment course for a Paddle Australia Qualification (PAQS award) the weekend of April 2-3 at Kingston Beach.

Paddle Tasmania will conduct a 2 day Flatwater Lifeguard/Guide/Instructor Course based around Kingston Beach. The course will commence at 9am4pm at the dog beach end of Kingston Beach on Sat, April 2 and 9am – 4pm on Sun April 3 Please meet at the Kingston Beach side of the footbridge.

Assessment for this course (for either FW Guide or Instructor, or Canoe Lifeguard, dependent upon participant previous experience and meeting the PAQS criteria) will occur both informally and formally over the two days. Please see attached supporting document for the explanation between the awards from the PA website to see at which level the participant is aiming for or requires.

Participants need to bring:

  • Kayak or canoe, paddle, PFD, spraydeck

  • Warm paddling clothing – 2 sets per day of next-to-body clothing is recommended so you don’t have to put on wet gear for a second paddling session

  • Lunch, drinks and snacks

  • Personal paddling log, other relevant qualifications

  • Any currently used risk management or lesson plans if available. These are not required at the time of the course, but if you are using some, bring them along for review.

  • Paper and pen

Cost: $325 non-members  $260 members

To become a member visit:

For detailed information regarding the assessment requirements for either Flatwater Instructor or Flatwater Guide, see the Australian Canoeing Award Scheme Handbook:

Register online here



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