Paddle WA Qualification Course

To achieve a qualification Paddle WA delivers a two (2) day workshop for training and assessment for experienced (3 years or more) participants. On successful completion of the assessment Paddle Australia will award your qualification and three (3) year registration. The fees vary depending on the type of award. Details can be found here.

2 Day Workshop and Skills Training
Paddle WA members: $220.00 GST inclusive
Non-Paddle WA members: $260.00 GST inclusive

We endeavor to develop and up-skill everyone to the required level of competence to achieve the qualification within the two (2) days. If more training and time is required outside the two (2) days the assessor will develop a plan in consultation with the paddler to get them to the required level. Follow-up sessions will include a small fee agreed to by the assessor and trainee.

Instructor Qualifications
Paddle WA delivers Training and Assessment in Canoe and Kayak Instructor Awards in both Flatwater and Whitewater.

Instructor qualifications are for paddlers with a high standard of practical paddling skills who are able to demonstrate strokes broken down into components. They are competent paddlers who can facilitate skill transfer and can identify areas of improvement in the area of the award.

Costs are the same as the Flatwater Guide training and registration.

Whitewater courses are dependent on water flows as all skills must be performed in Grade 2 water.

Please note: individuals with recognized prior learning may be eligible to complete a qualification course in one day. Once evidence of RPL has been provided, our Education Officer will decide on a case-by-case basis if the individual already possesses the skills necessary to complete the course in one day. Please contact for more information.

For further information or inquiries:
Leonie Cockman
Education Officer – Paddle WA


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