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.


Introduction to Sea Skills and the SKCWA Intermediate Award

For some time the Club has recognised that quite a gap exists between  Paddle Australia’s Basic Skills and Sea Skills Awards. The Sea Kayak Club of WA initiated a Club-based Award which we called the SKCWA Intermediate Award. However, the Award was not successfully implemented, and an alternative now exists. Les Allen, one of the founding members of our club, has been instrumental in setting up a new Introduction to Sea Skills Award with Paddle Australia, which will fill the gap between the Basic Skills and Sea Skills Awards. Several club instructors are now running courses based in Rockingham, Hillarys, Mandurah and Albany.

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.

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

Towing training at Rockingham
Photo: Roger Lloyd