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ACAS: Leader in Paddle Sports Education

The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) is designed to meet the needs of the Paddling industry. This includes, clubs, commercial operators, freelance instructors and those that wish to improve there personal paddling skills, knowledge and safety.

Vision: Develop and maintain a quality paddling education pathway for all Australian’s.

Mission: To provide training and certification for Paddle sports leaders through a Nationally recognised assessment and registration system.

ACAS priorities:

Qualifications and Training: Ensuring ACAS provides quality professional qualifications making it the wanted award in the outdoor and paddling industry.

Professional Community: Ensuring ACAS meets current and future Guide and Instructor needs.

Leadership: Building relationships with Key stakeholders in the Paddling and Outdoor Industry.

Operational: Organised, current, consistent and knowledgeable department.

Sustainable: For the ACAS to e accessible and sustainable to its users.

Enclosed waters with no or little current, little wind influence and very small waves. Hazards are minimal and there is ready access to safe landing.

There is sufficient flow to produce small waves or riffles but not stoppers or standing waves. Obstacles are few and safe paths are easy to see and follow. Hazards are overhanging trees and submerged branches and fences.

The sea ranges from easy conditions close inshore with ready access to safe landings to open ocean with heavy swells, surf, and few safe landings. Away from the shelter of land, wind can generate choppy conditions. Knowledge of tides and weather is essential.

Qualifications and awards that can be used across multi disciplines.

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Statement of Attainment information

RPL enrollment form

Consent form

Information Guide

Australian Canoeing in partnership with Scouts Australia are issuing the Statement of attainment set out below.

Flatwater skills Canoe

SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills

Flatwater skills kayak

SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills

Flatwater Guide Canoe

SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills

SISOCNE305A guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water

Flatwater Guide Kayak

SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills

SISOKYK304A guide kayaking trips on flat and undemanding water

Flatwater Instructor Canoe

SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills

SISOCNE305A guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water

SISOCNE306A Instruct canoeing skills on flat and undemanding water

Flatwater Instructor Kayak

SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills

SISOKYK304A guide kayaking trips on flat and undemanding water

SISOKYK407A Instruct kayaking skills on flat and undemanding water

Since 1949 Australian Canoeing has been the Peak Industry Body for canoeing and its qualifications have been regarded as ‘best industry practice’ since their implementation in 1976.

The AC Instructional and Guide Awards have been devised to give a leader the minimum level of competence to operate as a canoeing specialist in the outdoor recreation industry. This level of competence is AC’s recommended level for operation in the Award context.

Courses for the conduct of AC Instructor and Guide Awards are facilitated and delivered by National Training Providers approved by AC. These National Training Providers undergo an audit process to ensure that the training they deliver meets minimum industry standards.

Mark Thurgood

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Rohan Klopher

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Alex McWhirter

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Allana Bold

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Mark Hessling

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Mark began his involvement in paddle sports at an early age paddling
canoes with his parents.
After a break of many years Mark returned to paddling when he joined
QSKC to obtain some skills prior to paddling through the Svalbard Archipelago in 2012.
Through his involvement with QSKC Mark has qualified as a Sea Instructor and is the current President of QSKC.
Mark is also involved with QC conducting various recreation programs and conducts sea kayaking expeditions for schools.

The Basic Skills Award is purely an introduction and participant award that can be delivered and assessed by a current AC Lifeguard, Guide, Coach or Instructor.

ACAS Instructors who have held their award for greater than twelve months or with prior approval from AC  are able to deliver and assess the below skills awards.

Instructors delivering these awards will be covered by the Australian Canoeing Insurance as long as all AC Guidelines and procedures are followed.

If you wish to deliver a program, please complete and return the request form below. Once reviewed and accepted by AC, the appropriate paperwork will be sent to you.

Flatwater Instructor (day)

Basic Skills

Flatwater Skills

Flatwater Instructor with Overnight Endorsement

Above plus Overnight Endorsement

Whitewater Instructor

Basic Skills

Flatwater Skills

Whitewater Skills

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Whitewater Instructor with Overnight Endorsement

Above plus Overnight Endorsement

Enclosed Sea Instructor

Basic Skills

Flatwater Skills

Enclosed Sea Skills

Overnight Endorsement

Sea Instructor

Basic Skills

Flatwater Skills

Enclosed Sea Skills

Intro Sea Skills

Sea Skills

Overnight Endorsement