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ACAS COURSES

Queensland Canoeing promotes education and training opportunities to its members, clubs, industry and the community to foster safety in paddling.  We are a National Training Provider registered to deliver training and assessment from the Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS).

Enquiries for specifically developed courses or assessment should be made to qc.education@canoe.org.au

To gain a Lifeguard, Guide or Instructor Award, candidates must:

  • Be assessed as having the knowledge to plan and conduct an appropriate activity or programme and complete a written assessment and an assessment project
  • Be assessed for personal paddling skills and rescue skills appropriate to the craft and the award
  • Demonstrate the ability to train individuals and groups from novices upwards to partake in an activity with you (Lifeguard and Guide) or to go off and complete an activity on their own (Instructor)
  • Produce a verified log book showing a minimum of personal and instructional (working as an assistant, or instructor / observer under training) paddling in the relevant craft (canoe, kayak or sit-on-top) and appropriate water conditions (flatwater, coastal, sea and whitewater) over the last 2 years (this is in addition to time spent on training courses)
  • Have a current First Aid and CPR certificate at the time of submitting the award to Australian Canoeing
  • Please note:
    • a candidate is not registered as a Lifeguard, Guide or Instructor until all components of the registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid to Australian Canoeing (additional to the course cost)
    • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment
    • Lifeguard, Guide and Instructor Awards are only valid for three years and for the type of craft (Canoe, kayak or sit-on-top) and type of water (i.e. flatwater, coastal etc.) stipulated in the award

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LIFEGUARD, GUIDE OR INSTRUCTOR ACCREDITATION

LIFEGUARDS AND GUIDES

  • Have sufficient knowledge and experience to impart the skills required for participants to complete an activity with you

INSTRUCTORS

  • Have sufficient knowledge and experience to impart the skills and knowledge required for participants to go off and complete an activity on their own (without you)

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FLATWATER LIFEGUARD

  • Holders of the Flatwater Lifeguard award are qualified to manage a paddling activity in enclosed situations, performing rescues as required, where the group under supervision can be seen from a single vantage point at any time and does not leave the immediate launch area.
  • Controlled situations include:
    • an area where no environmental forces (waves, wind or current) are acting to separate or move the group significantly
    • still water (insignificant tide or river flow)
    • the ability to see all participants at once
  • This qualification is a supervisory award for an enclosed area only

FLATWATER GUIDE

  • Holders of the Flatwater Guide Award have been assessed at and are qualified to lead or guide trips 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 INSTRUCTOR

  • Holders of the Flatwater Instructor Award are qualified to instruct, facilitate skill transfer to develop participants in order so that they may act independently or with minimal supervision in controlled conditions for inland kayaking and or canoeing which include:
    • sheltered and calm waters
    • minimal wind
    • ease of access to shore
    • minimal flow of water

COASTAL GUIDE

  • The holder of this award has demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct guided kayaking activities in sit on top kayaks in coastal conditions defined as:
    • estuaries, embayment’s and areas enclosed or partially enclosed by fringing reef or islands
    • areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or open crossings may be included
    • distances of up to 1 nautical mile offshore
    • conditions below Fresh (17 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of Meteorology

ENCLOSED SEA GUIDE

  • The holders of this award are qualified to guide groups of novices on activity and day based programs in sea kayaks in enclosed waters defined as Bays and Harbours:
    • moderate conditions (forecast or 11 – 16 knots)
    • assessed in minimum winds of 11 – 16 knots
    • max 1.5 nautical miles from shore
    • breaking (overtopping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
    • no surf

ENCLOSED SEA INSTRUCTOR

  • The holder of this award has demonstrated the ability to train individuals and groups on activity and day based programs in sea kayaks in enclosed sea defined as Bays and Harbours:
    • moderate conditions (forecast or 11 – 16 knots)
    • assessed in minimum winds of 11 – 16 knots
    • max 1.5 nautical miles from shore
    • breaking (overtopping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
    • no surf

PLEASE NOTE:

  • For all activities a risk analysis of the area must be conducted prior to the activity to determine whether the location is suitable for the number of boats, the skills of participants and the experience and qualifications of the leaders
For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

COACHING COURSES

The coach development pathway takes coaches through a measured program to give them the skills and confidence to prepare individuals and teams from the introductory levels through to high performance and elite competition.  It begins with basic paddling skills and works through to advanced performance.

Foundation Coach

The foundation coach works with beginners and recreational paddlers to introduce the basic paddling skills common to all canoe/kayak disciplines.  Key discipline specific skills are also introduced.  Foundation accreditation is suited to coaches introducing paddlers at canoe clubs and in schools.

For Details on current courses click here

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

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ACAS and COACHING CALENDAR

For Enquiries Contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

on 07 3899 1667 or by email qc.education@canoe.org.au

To book onto a course click on the date to go straight to our online booking system

Flatwater Lifeguard Training and Assessment     2 days duration

Flatwater Guide and Instructor Training     2 days duration

Flatwater Guide and Instructor Assessment     1 day duration
Coastal and Enclosed Sea Guide Training     2 days duration

Coastal and Enclosed Sea Guide Assessment 1 day duration

  • Saturday 30th September
Foundation (Level 1) Coaching Course     2 days duration

p1000734FLATWATER LIFEGUARD TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT COURSE

Award Definition:

The Lifeguard Award is for people seeking professional certification in enclosed flat water paddling areas perfect for school and group camp style paddling needs.  Holders of the Lifeguard Award are qualified to manage a paddling activity in canoes, kayaks or sit-on-tops in enclosed situations, performing rescues as required, where the group under supervision can be seen from a single vantage point at any time and does not leave the immediate launch area.

Pre-Requisites:

Course Description:

  • The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) Lifeguard Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00m to 4:00pm 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:

Course Cost:

  • From $395  (with own craft & equipment) per person
    • current members of Queensland Canoeing receive a discount when booking online
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 25km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 25km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & equipment hire available @ $30 per day
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates.  If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

Course Location/s:

  • Sinbad Street Boat Ramp, Shorncliffe
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

What I will learn:

  • Safety briefings and equipment
  • Flat water paddling skills
  • ACAS overview
  • Minimal impact practice
  • Knowledge of craft and basic maintenance
  • Safety guidelines, risk management, incident reporting
  • Log books
  • Rescues
  • Paddling games

Paddle Craft:

  • You need to determine which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is also craft specific.
  • If you are teaching people in canoes, you will need the “Canoe Award”
  • If you are teaching people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak Award”
  • If you are teaching people in sit-on-tops, you will need the “Sit-on-Top Award”
  • You may also hold both a canoe and kayak award in any ACAS award, however paddling skills and rescues will need to be assessed in both craft styles
  • Note:
    • the “Kayak Award” covers sit-on-tops
    • the “Sit-on-Top Award” does not cover kayaks

Equipment:

  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket and paddle; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost
    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form
  • Any personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions
  • Please also bring a towel, change of clothing and water bottle

Assessment:

  • Participants are trained and assessed on this program at different stages throughout the program
  • The training components will be separate from the assessment components and participants will be advised when they are under assessment conditions
  • Assessment components include:
    • skill
    • knowledge
    • experience
    • communication
    • leadership
    • theory
  • Please note:
    • a candidate is not registered as a Lifeguard until all components of the registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid to Australian Canoeing
    • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

p1000729FLATWATER GUIDE TRAINING COURSE

This course is the Queensland Canoeing pathway to prepare the participant for the Flatwater Guide Assessment to achieve their Australian Canoeing Award Scheme qualification.

Award Definition:

The Flatwater Guide Award is for people seeking professional certification in flat water paddling environments.  The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing / kayaking guide industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

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

Pre-Requisites:

Course Description:

  • The ACAS Flatwater Guide Training Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00m to 4:00pm 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:

Course Cost:

  • From $395 (with own craft & equipment) per person
    • current members of Queensland Canoeing receive a discount when booking online
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 25km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 25km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & equipment hire available @ $30 per day
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates. If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

Course Location/s:

  • Sinbad Street Boat Ramp, Shorncliffe
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

What I will learn:

  • Subject matter that will be covered includes but is not limited to:
    • paddling guiding skills
    • refining paddling technique
    • rescues
    • paddling instruction techniques and teaching methodology
    • ACAS overview
    • minimal impact practice
    • interpreting weather
    • navigation
    • trip, route, float plans and risk management planning
    • group management
    • personal and group guiding equipment

Paddle Craft:

  • You need to determine which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is also craft specific.
  • If you are teaching people in canoes, you will need the “Canoe Award”
  • If you are teaching people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak Award”
  • If you are teaching people in sit-on-tops, you will need the “Sit-on-Top Award”
  • You may also hold both a canoe and kayak award in any ACAS award, however paddling skills and rescues will need to be assessed in both craft styles
  • NOTE:
    • the “Kayak Award” covers sit-on-tops
    • the “Sit-on-Top Award” does not cover kayaks

Equipment:

  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket and paddle; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost
    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form
  • Any personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions
  • Please also bring a towel, change of clothing and water bottle

What Next:

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

 

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FLATWATER GUIDE ASSESSMENT

Award Definition:

The Flatwater Guide Award is for people seeking a professional certification in flat water paddling environments.  The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) course is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing and kayaking industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

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

Pre-Requisites:

Assessment:

  • This is a full day assessment from approximately 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • All components of the assessment have to be completed within six weeks of the assessment date
  • Candidates must be prepared to put their skills and knowledge into practice and need to come prepared for all aspects of the assessment
  • Complete a written exam to demonstrate knowledge of: correct paddling technique and guide abilities, navigation, weather interpretation, ACAS structure, lesson planning, risk management and safety
  • In field assessment includes: paddling equipment scrutiny and set up, ability to brief & instruct paddling skills, group management and communication, ability to provide safety briefings, ability to perform efficient rescues and tows
  • Current First Aid and CPR qualifications (when all paperwork is submitted to Australian Canoeing for registration)
  • Log book requirements:
    • logbooks should be clear, concise and verifiable by a third party
    • for assessment you will need to produce a verified log book showing over the previous two years at least:
      • a minimum of six paddling trips where each trip is of at least three hours’ duration in the type of craft for which you are being assessed
      • plus a minimum of three flatwater guided trips where each trip is of at least three hours’ duration as an assistant guide or an observer under training in the type of craft for which you are being assessed
      • this is in addition to the time spent on the water during your training and assessment
    • Complete a written ‘Assessment Project’
    • Please note:
      • a candidate is not registered as a Flatwater Guide until all components of the assessment and registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid
      • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment

Course Cost:

  • From $195  (with own craft & equipment) per person
    • current members of Queensland Canoeing receive a discount when booking online
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 25km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 25km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & paddle hire available @ $30 per day
    • each participant must provide their own personal and rescue equipment
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates.  If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

Course Location/s:

  • Sinbad Street Boat Ramp, Shorncliffe
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

Paddle Craft:

  • You need to determine which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is also craft specific.
  • If you are teaching people in canoes, you will need the “Canoe Award”
  • If you are teaching people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak Award”
  • If you are teaching people in sit-on-tops, you will need the “Sit-on-Top Award”
  • You may also hold both a canoe and kayak award in any ACAS award, however paddling skills and rescues will need to be assessed in both craft styles
  • Note:
    • the “Kayak Award” covers sit-on-tops
    • the “Sit-on-Top Award” does not cover kayaks

Equipment:

  • It is expected that all participants for guide awards will supply their own equipment including craft, life jacket, paddle and rescue equipment
  • All personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

p1000738FLATWATER INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

This course is the Queensland Canoeing pathway to prepare the participant for the Flatwater Guide Assessment to achieve their Australian Canoeing Award Scheme qualification.

Award Definition:

The Flatwater Instructor Award is for people seeking professional certification in flat water paddling environments. The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing / kayaking guide industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

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 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

Prerequisites:

Course Description:

  • The Instructor Training Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00m to 4:00pm 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:

Course Cost:

  • From $395 (with own craft & equipment) per person
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 25km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 25km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & equipment hire available @ $30 per day
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates.  If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

 

Course Location/s:

  • Sinbad Street Boat Ramp, Shorncliffe
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

What I will learn:

  • Subject matter that will be covered includes but is not limited to:
    • paddling guiding skills
    • refining paddling technique
    • rescues
    • paddling instruction techniques and teaching methodology
    • ACAS overview
    • minimal impact practice
    • interpreting weather
    • navigation
    • trip intentions, float plans and risk management
    • group management

Paddle Craft:

  • You need to determine which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is also craft specific.
  • If you are teaching people in canoes, you will need the “Canoe Award”
  • If you are teaching people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak Award”
  • If you are teaching people in sit-on-tops, you will need the “Sit-on-Top Award”
  • You may also hold both a canoe and kayak award in any ACAS award, however paddling skills and rescues will need to be assessed in both craft styles
  • Note:
    • the “Kayak Award” covers sit-on-tops
    • the “Sit-on-Top Award” does not cover kayaks

Equipment:

  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket and paddle; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost
    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form
  • Any personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions
  • Please also bring a towel, change of clothing and water bottle

What Next:

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

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FLATWATER INSTRUCTOR ASSESSMENT

Award Definition:

The Flatwater Instructor Award is for people seeking a professional certification in flat water paddling environments.  The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) course is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing and kayaking industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

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 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

Pre-Requisites:

Assessment:

  • This is a full day assessment from approximately 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • All components of the assessment have to be completed within six weeks of the assessment date
  • Candidates must be prepared to put their skills and knowledge into practice and need to come prepared for all aspects of the assessment
  • Complete a written exam to demonstrate knowledge of: correct paddling technique, guide and instructional abilities, navigation, weather interpretation, ACAS structure, lesson planning, risk management and safety
  • In field assessment includes: paddling equipment scrutiny and set up, ability to brief & instruct paddling skills, group management and communication, ability to provide safety briefings, ability to perform efficient rescues and tows.
  • Current First Aid and CPR qualifications (when all paperwork is submitted to Australian Canoeing for registration)
  • Log book requirements:
    • logbooks should be clear, concise and verifiable by a third party
    • for assessment you will need to produce a verified log book showing over the previous two years at least:
      • a minimum of six paddling trips where each trip is of at least three hours’ duration in the type of craft for which you are being assessed
      • plus a minimum of three flatwater guided trips where each trip is of at least three hours’ duration as an assistant guide or an observer under training in the type of craft for which you are being assessed
      • plus, as an observer under training or as an assistant instructor: –
        • three paddling instructional activities of at least three hours duration
        • two off water sessions
      • this is in addition to the time spent on and off the water during your training and assessment courses
  • Complete a written ‘Assessment Project’
  • Please note:
    • a candidate is not registered as a Flatwater Instructor until all components of the assessment and registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid
    • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment

Course Cost:

  • From $195 (with own craft & equipment) per person
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 25km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 25km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & paddle hire available @ $30 per day
    • each participant must provide their own personal and rescue equipment
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates. If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

Course Location/s:

  • Sinbad Street Boat Ramp, Shorncliffe
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

Paddle Craft:

  • You need to determine which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is also craft specific.
  • If you are teaching people in canoes, you will need the “Canoe Award”
  • If you are teaching people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak Award”
  • If you are teaching people in sit-on-tops, you will need the “Sit-on-Top Award”
  • You may also hold both a canoe and kayak award in any ACAS award, however paddling skills and rescues will need to be assessed in both craft styles
  • Note:
    • the “Kayak Award” covers sit-on-tops
    • the “Sit-on-Top Award” does not cover kayaks

Equipment:

  • It is expected that all participants for instructor awards will supply their own equipment including craft, life jacket, paddle and rescue equipment
  • All personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

 

picture1COASTAL GUIDE TRAINING COURSE

This course is the Queensland Canoeing pathway to prepare the participant for the Coastal Guide Assessment to achieve their Australian Canoeing Award Scheme qualification.

Award Definition:

The Coastal Guide Award is for people seeking professional certification in coastal water paddling environments using sit-on-top craft.  The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing / kayaking guide industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

Holders of the Coastal Guide Award have demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct guided kayaking activities in sit on top kayaks in coastal conditions defined as:

  • Estuaries, embayment’s and areas enclosed or partially enclosed by fringing reef or islands
  • Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or open crossings may be included
  • Distances of up to 1 nautical mile offshore
  • Conditions below Fresh (17 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of Meteorology

Pre-Requisites:

Course Description:

  • ACAS Coastal Guide Training Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00m to 4:00pm 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:

Course Cost:

  • From $420 (with own craft & equipment) per person
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 50km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 50km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & equipment hire available @ $30 per day
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates. If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

Course Location/s:

  • Raby Bay / Victoria Point
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

What I will learn:

  • Subject matter that will be covered includes but is not limited to:
    • paddling guiding skills
    • refining paddling technique
    • rescues
    • paddling instruction techniques and teaching methodology
    • ACAS overview
    • minimal impact practice
    • interpreting weather
    • navigation
    • trip, route, float plans and risk management planning
    • group management
  • personal and group guiding equipment

Paddle Craft:

This course is designed for sit-on-top craft.  The craft you use must be sea worthy, well maintained and have minimum necessary safety equipment and buoyancy that should be used by coastal guides such as (but not limited to):

  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle float
  • Tow system
  • Paddle leash
  • Split paddles

Equipment:

  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket, paddle, safety and rescue equipment; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost
    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form
  • Any personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions
  • Please also bring a towel, change of clothing and water bottle

What Next:

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

picture1COASTAL GUIDE ASSESSMENT

Award Definition:

The Coastal Guide Award is for people seeking professional certification in coastal water paddling environments using sit-on-top craft.  The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing / kayaking guide industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

Holders of the Coastal Guide Award have demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct guided kayaking activities in sit on top kayaks in coastal conditions defined as:

  • Estuaries, embayment’s and areas enclosed or partially enclosed by fringing reef or islands
  • Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or open crossings may be included
  • Distances of up to 1 nautical mile offshore
  • Conditions below Fresh (17 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of Meteorology

Pre-Requisites:

Assessment:

  • This is a full day assessment from approximately 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • All components of the assessment have to be completed within six weeks of the assessment date
  • Candidates must be prepared to put their skills and knowledge into practice and need to come prepared for all aspects of the assessment
  • Complete a written exam to demonstrate knowledge of: correct paddling technique and guide abilities, navigation, weather interpretation, ACAS structure, lesson planning, risk management and safety
  • In field assessment includes: paddling equipment scrutiny and set up, ability to brief & instruct paddling skills, group management and communication, ability to provide safety briefings, ability to perform efficient rescues and tows
  • Current First Aid and CPR qualifications (when all paperwork is submitted to Australian Canoeing for registration)
  • Log book requirements:
    • logbooks should be clear, concise and verifiable by a third party
    • for assessment you will need to produce a verified logbook showing over the previous two years at least:
      • A minimum of six coastal trips where each trip is of at least three hours’ duration in the type of craft for which you are being assessed
      • Plus a minimum of three guided coastal activities where each activity is of at least three hours’ duration as an assistant guide or an observer under training in the type of craft for which you are being assessed
      • Plus two guided coastal activities where each activity is of at least three hours’ duration as a lead guide under observation of a qualified guide
      • This is in addition to the time spent on the water during your training and assessment
  • Complete a written ‘Assessment Project’
  • Please note:
    • a candidate is not registered as a Coastal Guide until all components of the assessment and registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid
    • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment

Course Cost:

  • From $215 (with own craft & equipment) per person
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 50km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 50km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & paddle hire available @ $30 per day
    • each participant must provide their own personal and rescue equipment
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates.  If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

  • Saturday 30th September

Course Location/s:

  • Queensland Canoeing has a number of venues it uses
  • The location of the course will be determined from the location of the course participants, which will determine the final cost of the course and if an additional fee is payable
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

Paddle Craft:

This course is designed for sit-on-top craft.  The craft you use must be sea worthy, well maintained and have minimum necessary safety equipment and buoyancy that should be used by coastal guides such as (but not limited to):

  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle float
  • Tow system
  • Paddle leash
  • Split paddles

Equipment:

  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket, paddle, safety and rescue equipment; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost
    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form
  • Any personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions
  • Please also bring a towel, change of clothing and water bottle

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

sk-1234ENCLOSED SEA GUIDE TRAINING COURSE

This course is the Queensland Canoeing pathway to prepare the participant for the Enclosed Sea Guide Assessment to achieve their Australian Canoeing Award Scheme qualification.

Award Definition:

The Enclosed Sea Guide Award is for people seeking professional certification in enclosed sea paddling environments using sea kayaks.  The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing / kayaking guide industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

Holders of the Enclosed Sea Guide Award are qualified to guide groups of novices on activity and day based programs in sea kayaks in enclosed waters defined as Bays and Harbours:

  • Moderate conditions (forecast or 11 – 16 knots)
  • Assessed in minimum winds of 11 – 16 knots
  • Max 1.5 nautical miles from shore
  • Breaking (overtopping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
  • No surf

Pre-Requisites:

Course Description:

  • ACAS Enclosed Sea Guide Training Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00m to 4:00pm 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:

Course Cost:

  • From $420 (with own craft & equipment) per person
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 50km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 50km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & equipment hire available @ $30 per day
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates.  If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

Course Location/s:

  • Raby Bay / Victoria Point
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

What I will learn:

  • Subject matter that will be covered includes but is not limited to:
    • paddling guiding skills
    • refining paddling technique
    • rescues
    • paddling instruction techniques and teaching methodology
    • ACAS overview
    • minimal impact practice
    • interpreting weather
    • navigation
    • trip, route, float plans and risk management planning
    • group management
    • personal and group guiding equipment

Paddle Craft:

This course is designed for sea kayaks.  The craft you use must be sea worthy, well maintained and have minimum necessary safety equipment and buoyancy that should be used by enclosed sea guides such as (but not limited to):

  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle float
  • Tow system
  • Paddle leash
  • Split paddles

Equipment:

  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket, paddle, spray deck, safety and rescue equipment; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost
    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form
  • Any personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions
  • Please also bring a towel, change of clothing and water bottle

What Next:

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

 

sk-1234ENCLOSED SEA GUIDE ASSESSMENT

Award Definition:

The Enclosed Sea Guide Award is for people seeking professional certification in enclosed sea paddling environments using sea kayaks.  The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of the canoeing / kayaking guide industry for education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

Holders of the Enclosed Sea Guide Award are qualified to guide groups of novices on activity and day based programs in sea kayaks in enclosed waters defined as Bays and Harbours:

  • Moderate conditions (forecast or 11 – 16 knots)
  • Assessed in minimum winds of 11 – 16 knots
  • Max 1.5 nautical miles from shore
  • Breaking (overtopping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
  • No surf

Pre-Requisites:

Assessment:

  • This is a full day assessment from approximately 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • All components of the assessment have to be completed within six weeks of the assessment date
  • Candidates must be prepared to put their skills and knowledge into practice and need to come prepared for all aspects of the assessment
  • Complete a written exam to demonstrate knowledge of: correct paddling technique and guide abilities, navigation, weather interpretation, ACAS structure, lesson planning, risk management and safety
  • In field assessment includes: paddling equipment scrutiny and set up, ability to brief & instruct paddling skills, group management and communication, ability to provide safety briefings, ability to perform efficient rescues and tows
  • Current First Aid and CPR qualifications (when all paperwork is submitted to Australian Canoeing for registration)
  • Log book requirements:
    • logbooks should be clear, concise and verifiable by a third party
    • for assessment you will need to produce a verified logbook showing over the previous two years at least:
      • A minimum of six enclosed sea environment trips where each trip is of at least three hours’ duration in the type of craft for which you are being assessed
      • Two different overnight enclosed sea kayak trips
      • Plus a minimum of six guided enclosed sea activities where each activity is of at least three hours’ duration as an assistant guide or an observer under training in the type of craft for which you are being assessed ( must be in two different locations)
      • Plus two guided enclosed sea activities where each activity is of at least six hours’ duration as a lead guide under observation of a qualified guide
      • This is in addition to the time spent on the water during your training and assessment
  • Complete a written ‘Assessment Project’
  • Please note:
    • a candidate is not registered as an Enclosed Sea Guide until all components of the assessment and registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid
    • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment

Course Cost:

  • From $215 (with own craft & equipment) per person
  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 50km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters
    • if the course takes place more than 50km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person
  • Craft & paddle hire available @ $30 per day
    • each participant must provide their own personal and rescue equipment
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Award Registration Fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates.  If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.

Course Dates:         click on course date to book your place on a course

  • Saturday 30th September

Course Location/s:

  • Queensland Canoeing has a number of venues it uses
  • The location of the course will be determined from the location of the course participants, which will determine the final cost of the course and if an additional fee is payable
  • Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation

Paddle Craft:

This course is designed for sea kayaks.  The craft you use must be sea worthy, well maintained and have minimum necessary safety equipment and buoyancy that should be used by enclosed sea guides such as (but not limited to):

  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle float
  • Tow system
  • Paddle leash
  • Split paddles

Equipment:

  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket, paddle, spray deck, safety and rescue equipment; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost
    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form
  • Any personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity
  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions
  • Please also bring a towel, change of clothing and water bottle

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

FOUNDATION (LEVEL1) COACHING COURSE

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2017

The coach development pathway takes coaches through a measured program to give them the skills and confidence to prepare individuals and teams from the introductory levels through to high performance and elite competition.  It begins with basic paddling skills and works through to advanced performance.

Foundation Coach

The foundation coach works with beginners and recreational paddlers to introduce the basic paddling skills common to all canoe/kayak disciplines.  Key discipline specific skills are also introduced.  Foundation accreditation is suited to coaches introducing paddlers at canoe clubs and in schools.

Course Description:

  • The Queensland Canoeing Foundation (Level 1) Coaching Course consists of two full days approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm 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

Course Cost:

  • $200 for current members of Queensland Canoeing ($250 for non-members), plus online booking fee^
  • Course fee does not include Australian Canoeing Coach Registration fee of $44 for 4 years
  • an additional $50 for hard copies of resources ^
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates. If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.
  • Maximum 8 participants

Course Location/s:

  • Varsity Lakes

Pre-Requisites Prior to Attending the Coaching Course

  • Satisfactory completion of the following Australian Sports Commission’s free online courses (each course takes approximately 4 hours to complete with an assessment at the end of each module) : –
    • Community Coaching General Principles Course
    • Play by the Rules – Child Protection Course
    • Evidence of relevant basic canoe/kayak skills
        • Documentation required: – AC Basic Skills Award, evidence of involvement in canoeing as a competitive athlete, a current ACAS award, a current coaching certification in another canoeing discipline

What to bring to the course:

  • Your own lunch, morning and afternoon tea
  • A notebook and pen(s).
  • Evidence of completion of the ‘Community Coaching General Principles Course’ and the ‘Play by the Rules – Child Protection Course’.
  • All your own canoeing gear including life-jacket, kayak and paddle for the practical on-water sessions, appropriate clothing for the weather, a warm, dry change of clothes and equipment that you would normally have with you when canoeing/kayaking.

Recommended Prior to Commencement of Practical Coaching Experience:

  • Current First Aid and CPR Certificates
      • Documentation required: Certificates of completion including expiry date
  • A current Working With Children Check (for coaches 18 years of age or older)
    • Obtained online from your state government department
      • Documentation required: Working With Children Clearance Certificate

Required for Application for Registration:

  • Completion of a minimum 20 hours practical coaching experience with an approved mentor coach
    • Documentation required:
  1. Coaching log book signed by your mentor coach(es) outlining details of the practice sessions conducted and coaching hours completed
    • (template included with this information package)
  2. Coaching plan for a minimum of 8 sessions
    • (template included with this information package)
  3. Practical Observation Assessment Checklist completed and signed by your mentor coach
    • (checklist included with this information package)
  • Agreement to abide by the AC Coach Code of Behaviour
    • Documentation required:
      • Signed AC Coach Code of Behaviour
  • Completed AC Coach Accreditation Application Form
    • Documentation required:
      • Signed AC Coach Accreditation Application Form
  • Payment of $44.00 4-year coach accreditation fee
    • Documentation required:
      • Completed AC Coach Accreditation Application Payment Form

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

SCHOOLS PROGRAMS

Queensland Canoeing has a number of programs, experiences and competitions which are specifically aimed towards the participation of schools.

  • We offer a variety of different programs for schools:
    • Fun and games
    • Leadership
    • Qualification-based programs

You can also contact our discipline committees (Canoe Polo, Marathon or Sprint) directly, as most competitive disciplines host Schools Championship events throughout the year and can provide other information for schools who are just getting involved in competition.

CERTIFICATION FOR TEACHERS

There are many different qualifications that teachers can obtain in order to improve their paddling skills and develop their on-water group management skills.

The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is the national benchmark for canoeing and kayaking, designed and supported by Australian Canoeing, the peak national canoeing body recognised by the Federal government.  The Scheme presents the highest standards of skills and safety to the general public, recreational paddlers, commercial operators and administrative officials.

The Award Scheme has been created for paddler development in both skills and knowledge to enrich the paddlers’ enjoyment of the sport and to develop safe practices amongst all paddlers.  The Scheme is designed to allow anyone to enter at any level.

The Skill Awards help define minimum paddling skills for those who wish to guide or instruct.  They are more than just competency based.  Holders of a given skill award have a moderated set of paddling skills that allow those paddlers to operate confidently and safely within their tested conditions.

The Lifeguard, Guide and Instructor Awards represent industry quality paddling awards recognised throughout Australia for use in industry, education and clubs.

Course Assessors are people that are Instructors in their own right who have additional experience and the ability to judge the standards of other paddlers

To learn more information about the different qualifications Queensland Canoeing offer, please click the links below:

  • Life Guard Course
  • Flatwater Guide Training
  • Flatwater Guide Assessment
  • Flatwater Instructor Training
  • Flatwater Instructor Assessment
  • Coastal Guide Training
  • Coastal Guide Assessment
  • Enclosed Sea Guide Training
  • Enclosed Sea Guide Assessment

If you would like further clarification or have any questions, please feel free to contact our Education and Recreation Officer, Steven Rowland on 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au

Thank-you for your query regarding Recognition of Prior Learning for either Australian or overseas qualifications.

This is the process that you need to go through:

  1. Please provide the following information to Queensland Canoeing via email to education@canoe.org.au:
  • Log book
  • A CV of your experience
  • A copy of a current first aid and CPR certificates
  • A reference from the company/canoe club
  • Anything else you wish to use to support your application
  1. Queensland Canoeing then forwards your information to an assessor for review. There is an initial fee of $75 to cover the cost of this review. The assessor will provide QC with a report of what RPL can be offered.
  2. Queensland Canoeing will advise you of the outcome of your assessment. You may need to have a physical assessment before your RPL will be recognised. There will be a cost associated with this physical assessment.

We will endeavour to provide each applicant with an initial decision about their RPL application within two weeks of it being received by the office, once all documents have been received. If all documents listed above have not been received this process will be delayed.

For any queries please don’t hesitate to call the Queensland Canoeing office on 3899 1667 and speak to Steven or email him on qc.education@canoe.org.au

Education Program Cancellation policy:

a)    Queensland Canoeing Cancellation:

  • A full refund will apply to any Event cancelled by Queensland Canoeing.
  • Course participants will have the option of transferring the credited entry fees to another Event of their nomination, or having that money returned by Electronic Funds Transfer to their nominated bank account.

b)    Participant Cancellation:

Should you as the participant cancel or withdraw your application, then for notice received:

  • 21 days prior to the course: you will receive a full refund less a $30 administration fee and registration fees;
  • between 10 and 21 days prior to the course: you will receive a fifty percent refund of course fees less a $30 administration fee and registration fees;
  • 10 days prior or less to the course: no refunds or transfer;
  • All cancellation requests, and instructions for refunds or transfers must be received in writing to qc.education@canoe.org.au