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Sunday 22nd January 2023 –  Fully Booked!
Saturday 18th February 2023 –  9:00am – 1:00pm, Westerfolds Park, Templestowe
Sunday 26th March 2023 – Fully Booked!

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Time:               4 hours total

Location/s:      Westerfolds Park Templestowe  |  Most course are run at Westerfolds Park in Templestowe, however the course location may be changed if the river conditions are unsuitable for beginner paddlers.

Cost:                $150.00 – All equipment provided and Paddle Australia Qualified Guides and Instructors

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

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.

What is included:

  • Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQs)from accredited Paddle Victoria instructors and Guides
  • 4 hours of interactive instruction
  • All Paddling Gear and equipment advice

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 Guide or 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

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.

Paddle Victoria is running under current COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.  As per the current DHHS advice all paddling activities are allowed whilst following healthy hand hygiene, maintaining a 1.5 meter distance from others and wearing a face mask when not exercising if you cannot maintain a 1.5 meter distance from others.  All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

If you have any signs or symptoms of a cold, sore, throat, runny nose, fever, upset stomach, dry cough, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, please ensure you CANCEL your participation and stay home for the safety and wellbeing of other participants, club members and Paddle Victoria Staff.

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