Sunday 22nd September 2019 11am-3:30pm – Westerfolds Park Templestowe

Sunday 20th October 2019 9am-1pm – Westerfolds Park Templestowe

Saturday 16th November 2019 9am-1pm – Westerfolds Park Templestowe

Saturday 18th January 2020 9am – 1:00pm – Westerfolds Park, Templestowe

Saturday 22nd February 2020 9am – 1:00pm – Westerfolds Park

Sunday 15th March 2020 10am – 2:00pm – Westerfolds Park


Time:               4 hours total

Location/s:       Westerfolds park Templestowe

Cost:            $125

Who:           This course is designed for anyone who seeks to understand the essential paddling skills and safety requirements for successful paddling on Victorian waterways.

What is included:

  • Paddle Australia Award Scheme accredited Paddle Victoria instructors
  • 4 hours of interactive instruction
  • All Paddling Gear and equipment advice
  • Successful completion includes a PAQS basic skills award certificate

Course description/ Overview:

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.

Anything else?

Candidates will need to be able to swim 50 metres in paddling clothes (shirt, shorts and sandshoes as a minimum) whilst wearing a life jacket and swim under the craft to surface on the other side.

Due to the physical nature of this course, individuals are required to be 15 years of age or over to participate. If you are under 15 years and are keen to get paddling, contact the Paddle Victoria office on 9020 2750 for information on other ways to get involved.

Basic Skills Registration Form

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Please fill in the details below to register for the Basic Skills Course.  Each course is $125 and can be paid via PayPal or credit card (please contact the office prior to registering if you wish to arrange for alternative payment). Payment must be received two weeks prior to the course. For payment options after this time please ring the office on (03) 9020 2750.

View our program booking terms and conditions - includes refund and cancellation policy.

Participants are welcome to bring their own paddling equipment if they wish or may choose to borrow equipment from Paddle Victoria (helmet, paddle, life jacket and boat). If you have queries regarding the suitability of your craft or paddling gear please don't hesitate to contact the office. This course is based at Westerfolds Park in Templestowe unless otherwise specified.

Please list any special requirements, previous experience etc

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Important information and your registration confirmation will be emailed to you once the form and payment has been successfully submitted.