Assessment for Whitewater Guide &/or Instructor

The Assessment for Whitewater Guide &/or Instructor will also include rescue level 2 competencies and the knowledge and skill required to be a flat water guide & /or instructor.


Paddlers with skills to paddle grade 3 white water and who may wish to safely run and lead trips on grade 3 waters, and/or instruct beginner whitewater novices on Grade 2 waters.

  • If an applicant has recently completed a PaddleNSW Training Course assessment can be undertaken as part of one of the next scheduled PaddleNSW Training Courses. The Assessment usually takes place on day two and takes approximately 3 hours, although you are welcome to attend both course days at no extra charge. Assessment Cost  – $95 per person as part of a subsequent PaddleNSW group course
  • Assessment for recognition of current competencies without attending a training course will cost  $445 per person with a $45 discount for members and will require an evidence based review. If a gap is identified an applicant will be assisted with a training program to reach competence.

Australian Canoeing Registration – $150 occurs only after a participant has successfully completed assessment. AC provides the Award and the registration to operate as a Guide for 3 years. Professional indemnity insurance is included in the registration. Paid directly to AC on successful completion of the Award.

Extra Awards – $18 each. For those seeking Awards in more than one craft, e.g. Kayak and Canoe. For those seeking an Overnight Endorsement.

If proceeding to the VET award, an overnight trip will be required.

Date and Location

Please refer to our Calendar of Events.

Assessment Summary  

In an advertised training Course, an assessment applicant will be required to demonstrate competence for conducting a range of scenarios to:

  • conduct a combination of strokes for negotiating rapids, reading water and rolling for best results for grade 2- 3 water
  • develop risk management processes for safe river running and rescue techniques to Rescue Level 2
  • develop leadership techniques for guiding groups within a range of weather, river conditions and overnight camps
  • develop basic instructional techniques to deliver to AC Award Scheme standards

In addition, to verify knowledge and experience:

  • completed an assignment/s or equivalent evidence of the underpinning knowledge to guide trips and/or to conduct a Paddling Course if undergoing Instructors Assessment.
  • present a verified logbook of paddling experience over the previous two years and at least five activities of three or more hour’s duration as an observer under training and or an observer conducting Instruction
  • holding a current CPR & First Aid Certificate.

Please review additional Australian Canoeing Award requirements as specified the following website.

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Participants are required to bring:

  • your own boat and equipment prepared to work as a WW Guide &/or Instructor.
  • personal camping equipment and food for the duration of the course

Course Registration

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