Sea Instructor / Guide - 5 Day Course


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

Many of our instructors are industry leaders who either own or work within the sea kayaking commercial industry in Tasmania. They can give you valuable advice on how you can make a career from paddling.

Participants on this course should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to guide and instruct groups of novices on day-based activities in Sea Kayaks in Sea conditions:

  • Outside of estuaries, harbours, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands
  • Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls or tidal races
  • Difficult landings or open crossings may be included
  • Maximum of 5 nautical miles from shore
  • Wind conditions below Strong Wind Warning (26kn)
  • Breaking (whitecapping) waves (sea) up to 1.5m
  • Surf to 1.0m

To check the requirements for this course please see the Paddle Australia Guidelines for Sea Instructor here.

What Craft: This qualification is designed for Sea Kayaks only

Equipment: It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including craft, life jackets, paddles etc and present as an Instructor with appropriate equipment ( First Aid Kit, Repair kit etc).

Interested paddlers to provide a short summary of their paddling experience and competence to our Education Officer at

For further enquiries contact our Education Officer at

Please visit our Calendar for our Sea Kayak Instructor / Guide Courses.