PADDLE AUSTRALIA QUALIFICATION SCHEME
AWARDS & COURSES

Paddle Australia sea kayaking courses Perth, Western Australia

Capricorn Seakayaking offers a range of sea kayak training courses, from recreational courses for those wishing to improve their personal skills and confidence, to nationally recognised Paddle Australia (PA) award courses. As an approved National Training Provider (NTP) for Paddle Australia, we can help you on your journey to gaining formal qualifications and working as a professional in the sea kayaking industry.

 

To help you decide which course is for you, PA offers the following definitions:

Skill Award – Skill Awards are a demonstration that a paddler has achieved a certain level of skills and knowledge, and are prerequisites for training to Guide and Instructor awards. They have no expiry date, and it is the responsibility of holders to maintain skill and expertise to be able to participate at the appropriate level. Lack of a Skill Award in no way precludes any paddler from paddling within their limits and should not be seen as a necessary requirement for paddling. It is merely a formal statement of demonstrated skills.

Guide – A person who leads or guides a group without the intention of imparting skills or knowledge beyond that which is necessary to participate safely and adequately in the activity. At the end of a session or program with a guide, the intent is not for the participant to have acquired the skills to independently participate in the activity.

Instructor – A person who facilitates skill transfer or development to participants so that they may act independently or with minimal supervision. This requires the instructor to be able to critique technique, apply a variety of appropriate instructional strategies and may require them to assess participant’s skill acquisition at the end of a program or session. Instructor awards include all the elements of the related Guide awards.

 

Our sea kayak training courses and assessment are offered in a number of locations. Typically courses will be run in the greater Perth area (Safety Bay) during the summer months, and Ningaloo Reef (Exmouth, with our sister company Exmouth Adventure Co) during the winter months.

 

View our Training Calendar here: CSK Training Calendar 2020

 

Custom courses and training may also be available, please contact us for more information.

ENCLOSED SEA SKILLS

Undertaking Enclosed Sea Skills training is a useful way to improve your personal paddling skills, knowledge and confidence; or can be building block to attaining a guide or instructor award.

 

'Enclosed Sea' conditions are defined as:

  • Inside of estuaries, harbours, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands Maximum of 2 nautical miles from shore
  • Wind conditions below Fresh winds (17 knots)
  • Breaking (whitecapping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
  • No surf

Refine your paddling strokes, learn about and practice different rescue and towing techniques and gain confidence paddling in moderately windy conditions. The course also covers navigation, communication and weather interpretation relevant to sea kayaking.

View the Paddle Australia Enclosed Sea Skills Assessment Guidelines here: Enclosed Sea Skills

Location: Perth (Safety Bay)

Dates: November 30 & December 1, 2019 (2 Days)**

Minimum numbers: 2 people

Cost: $500 per person plus PA Award fees. Gear hire is available for an extra fee.

**Custom dates may be available, depending on instructor availability. Contact us for more info.

COASTAL GUIDE (SIT-ON-TOP)

The Coastal Guide (Sit-On-Top) award is designed for emerging outdoor leaders and school teachers with some paddling experience. Gain the skills and experience necessary to safely manage groups of novices in sit-on-top kayaks in coastal conditions.

The holder of this award is qualified to guide groups of novices on activity and day-based programs on SOTs in Coastal conditions:

  • Outside of estuaries, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands
  • Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls or tidal races
  • Maximum of 1 nautical mile from shore
  • Wind conditions below Fresh Winds(17kn)
  • Breaking (whitecapping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
  • Surf to 0.5m

Elements covered in this course include (but are not limited to): equipment, paddling skills, rescue techniques, navigation, weather, tides, trip planning, risk management and group control.

View the Paddle Australia assessment guidelines for this award here: Coastal Guide Assessment Guidelines

 

Location: Perth (summer months) or Exmouth (winter months). Other locations may be arranged on request, please contact us to discuss.

Dates: January 22 - 24, 2020 (Safety Bay) | April 21 - 23, 2020 (Safety Bay) | July 16 - 18, 2020 (Exmouth) | October 8 - 10, 2020 (Exmouth) | December 7 - 9, 2020 (Safety Bay). Custom dates may be available, depending on instructor availability, please contact us for more info.

Minimum numbers: 2 people

Cost: $750/person plus Paddle Australia fees. Kayak and safety equipment hire is also available for an additional fee

ENCLOSED SEA GUIDE

Gain the skills and experience necessary to safely manage groups of novices in Enclosed Sea conditions.

The holder of this award is qualified to guide groups of novices on activity and day-based programs in sea kayaks in Enclosed Sea conditions:

  • Inside of estuaries, harbours, embayments or other sheltering reefs or islands
  • Maximum of 1.5 nautical miles from shore
  • Wind conditions below Fresh Winds 17kn)
  • Breaking (whitecapping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
  • No surf

Elements covered in this course include (but are not limited to): equipment, paddling skills, rescue techniques, navigation, weather, tides, trip planning, risk management and group control, with a focus on guiding skills.

View the Paddle Australia assessment guidelines for this award here: Enclosed Sea Guide Assessment Guidelines

 

Location: Perth (Safety Bay). Other locations may be arranged on request, please contact us to discuss.

Dates: January 29 - 31, 2020 (Safety Bay) | April 25 - 27, 2020 (Safety Bay). Custom dates may be available, depending on instructor availability, please contact us for more info.

Minimum numbers: 2 people

Cost: $750/person plus Paddle Australia fees. A limited number of kayaks and safety equipment hire may be available for an additional fee.

SEA GUIDE

The holder of this award is qualified to guide groups of novices on activity and day based programs 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 1.0m
  • Surf to 1.0m

View the Paddle Australia assessment guidelines for this award here: Sea Guide Assessment Guidelines

 

Location: Perth and South West area (location is dependant on ocean and weather conditions).

Dates: September 29 - October 2, 2020 (4 Days). Custom dates may be available, depending on instructor availability, please contact us for more info.

Minimum numbers: 2 people

Cost: $1000/person plus Paddle Australia fees. It is expected that course participants will have all their own equipment. A limited number of kayaks and safety equipment may be available for hire for an additional fee.

SEA INSTRUCTOR

The Sea Instructor award course is designed for those who wish to become professional sea kayak guides and instructors. Candidates must be able to successfully model the Sea Skills set, and be comfortable paddling in fresh wind conditions (17-21 knots) with seas up to 1m.

The holder of this award is qualified to guide and instruct individuals or groups of novices on activity and day based programs 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

During the course we take an in-depth look at the more technical aspects of paddling, a range of rescue and towing techniques, rolling, surf skills as well as weather, tides and navigation, with a focus on instructing skills.

 

View the Paddle Australia Assessment Guidelines for this award here: Sea Instructor Award

 

Location: Perth and South West Area (location is dependant on weather and ocean conditions)

Dates: September 29 - October 2, 2020 (4 Days).Custom dates may be available, depending on instructor availability, please contact us for more info.

Minimum Numbers: 2 people

Cost: $1000/person plus Paddle Australia fees. It is expected that course participants will have all their own equipment. A limited number of kayaks and safety equipment may be available for hire for an additional fee.

 

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