Group Assessment Day, Sunday 11 February 2018

The 2018 Paddle SA Group Assessment Day for Flatwater Lifeguards, Guides and Instructors will be held on Sunday 11th February 2018, at Uni SA Aquatic Centre, Charles Davis Court, Largs Bay SA

This will be similar to other recent assessment days that have seen multiple candidates successfully qualify for their paddling leadership awards.   Other experienced paddlers have also taken the opportunity to refresh their group management and instructional skills.  

This date will be an ideal chance for those who have previously undertaken their skills and theory training, but who may not have completed their final paddling assessment.

It is anticipated that candidates attending will be assessed at one of the following levels:

 Flatwater Lifeguard Award (FWL)  

This is the introductory level to gain employment in the industry. Holders of this award are qualified to manage and supervise a paddling activity in enclosed situations, where the group does not leave the immediate launch area.

Flatwater Guide Award (FWG)

This award qualifies you as a FWG to lead group trips in canoes / kayaks on lakes and rivers in controlled conditions. A FWG enables safe participation in the activity without the intention of teaching all paddling skills.  Multi-day and overnight activities require the Overnight Camping Endorsement.

Flatwater Instructor Award (FWI)

A FWI is qualified to instruct and lead groups on overnight or full-day excursions on 
inland waterways in moderate conditions. An instructor is able to critique technique and apply a variety of instructional strategies.

To ensure that you are prepared for success and will be assessed at an appropriate level, you are requested to submit some documents to verify your previous training and experience and therefore readiness for assessment. An assessor will review your documents and discuss with you an appropriate award level for assessment.

The requested documents, in electronic format, are requested by no later than Monday 5th February:

    • Copy of your Logbook / summary of paddling experience that meets the requirements of award level being assessed.
    • Copy of your First Aid Certificate


  • If you have done it, your completed Assessment Project for the award being sought (this would have been detailed in your Paddle SA training course).

    These documents should be sent to with the subject marked ‘Assessment Day – for attention: Jim Townsend’


The day’s format will see you assessed for both practical on-water elements, and your knowledge and understanding at your chosen award level.

For those who do not meet the pre-requisite Log Book experience requirements, that will not preclude you from participating on the day.

All candidates who attend will be assessed to their level of competence. Detailed feedback will be provided to create a clear understanding of what competencies you are noted as having achieved (e.g. you might be competent for performing deep water rescues, but not yet competent for instructing kayak skills to a group).

You will be working with experienced Assessors, all of whom have vast experience as outdoor guides and instructors.

If you are considering participating in the Group Assessment Day, it is highly recommended that you visit and review the Lifeguard, Guide and Instructor information.

Cost: $125 (for Paddle SA members) $145 for non members           

To register:

Time / Date: 9am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11th February 2018

Location: Uni SA Aquatic Centre, just north of Port Adelaide Rowing Club, at the end of Charles Davis Court, Largs Bay (aka Snowden’s Beach)

An equipment list detailing recommended items will be provided upon enrolment. 

Please contact the Paddle SA office if you have any questions by email or phone (08) 8240 3294.

By conducting this assessment opportunity, Paddle SA is aiming to assist you in achieving the most streamlined pathway to your final assessment. We look forward to paddling with you!

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