AC – Australian Canoeing Inc.
ACAS – Australian Canoeing Award Scheme
Co-requisite – Where an AC rescue award is called for, a demonstration of the necessary rescue skills during the assessment process will be adequate.
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.
ICF – International Canoe Federation.
Instructor – A person who facilitates skill transfer or development to participants in order 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.
Leader – A person giving direction to a group. This includes Instructors, Guides, trip leaders, peer leaders, Scout leaders, group leaders, etc.
Participant – A person who has the necessary competencies to participate independently or under supervision in an outdoor activity. The ability to demonstrate participatory skills to the appropriate standard is a pre-requisite to performing as a Guide or Instructor in outdoor recreation.
Peer Activity – A paddling activity where no instructional or guiding structure exists and it is the responsibility of each member of the group to ensure the suitability of their equipment and themselves for the activity.
Prerequisite – Where an AC paddling Skill Award is called for, a demonstration throughout the assessment process will be adequate.
Re-registration – The process of renewing Guide or Instructor awards at their three year expiry by providing evidence of continued participation at the appropriate level.
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.
VET – Vocational Education and Training.
RTO – Registered training organisation
AQF – Australian qualification framework.
Flatwater areas are areas such as lakes, dams, slow moving rivers, etc. An area should not be classified as flatwater if any of the following apply:
- rapids of any grade
- surf (of any size) entry or exit
- if the area is in the entrance structure to an estuary or embayment
- an area affected by swell
- documented tidal rips (see chart)
- documented tidal current greater than 1 knot (see chart)
- any area where the tide (rise or fall) removes a landing area or makes it unsuitable
- distances greater than 400 metres from shore
- fetch greater than 1 nautical mile.
The transition from flatwater to sea will often occur in the area of the following features:
- major river bend
- barrier sand bar structure
- constriction in river.