Education & Training

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Learn more and discover the joys of paddling.

PaddleNSW promotes education and training opportunities to the community, clubs, organisations and the industry to develop skill and foster safety for all.

Standard Courses are scheduled on the Events calendar for individual registrations.  Group Bookings for any listed course or a specifically designed course can be requested using the booking form or by emailing

Discover the basics and “rules of the water” by reviewing the Learn to Paddle tab.

PaddleNSW is a National Training Provider registered to deliver the Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQS) training for Instructors, Guides and Leaders working in the recreational industry, schools or Clubs. The framework outlines the standards for paddling technique, risk management, safety and leadership across the conditions experienced in flat, white and sea waters.

The Australian Canoeing Coach Awards used by PaddleNSW provide training and assessment to develop the required skills for Coaches pertaining to their paddling disciplines

Officials and volunteers will receive training when assisting in competitive events.

Various other courses will be delivered for specific groups. e.g. Swift Water Rescue and Pack Rafters has recently been added to the growing list of courses that can be delivered across New South Wales and the ACT.

We also hold a register of PaddleNSW qualified coaches, instructors, guides and assessors who are available for individual tuition

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