Safety and Training

Skills Progression Summary

‘Basic Skills Award’ (for details download Basic-skills-Assessment-rec1-3, 761KB)

‘Introduction to Sea Skills Award’  (for details Evidence-Guildeline-Intro-to-Sea-skills)

‘Sea Skills Award’  (for details Evidence-Guildeline-Sea-skills)

‘Sea Leader Award’ (for details  Evidence-Guildeline-Sea-leader)

For more information about the Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQS),  visit the relevant page of Paddle Australia website here.


 SKCWA Skills Progression

The Club uses the Paddle Australia award system as detailed above to progress a paddler through an increasing skill level. The level of demonstrated skill and theory required to achieve these awards are detailed in the above links.

As a new joining member, you will be required to demonstrate or have demonstrated to you, the requirements of the Basic Skills award before being able to paddle with the club. The club attempts to run Intro to Sea Skills and Sea Skills once a year depending on numbers. These two courses require attendance for 4 days  over 4 weekends and require the member to set aside this time and to  make the commitment.

SKCWA Safety Guidelines and Operating Procedures
Click here to download the latest Safety Guidelines and Operating Procedures (Feb 2016) (6.5MB).


Safety documents for downloading (PDFs)

Details about what is required to pass the Paddle Australia Awards  can be found on the PA website here.

Details about member insurance can be found on the Paddle Australia website here.

Department of Transport Required Safety Equipment

Click here to go to the WA Department of Transport Marine PaddleSafe information

Marine Radio and VMR Contacts

The club recommends that all club members have a VHF handheld marine radio. This makes group communication much easier on the water and  should a paddler need assistance from a capsize etc,  they can call for assistance or if alone, can call for assistance from VMR or a nearby boat.

A guide on the use of VHF radio can be downloaded here: VMRSradioComGuide  (4.7MB PDF file).

A similar chart has been produced by the WA Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, which also includes a comprehensive radio communications guide for the state. It can be downloaded here: VMRSradioComGuide  (4.7MB PDF file).

Towing training at Rockingham Photo: Roger Lloyd