Basic Skills Course
Learning the basics of support strokes can give you confidence on the water
Basic Skills Courses 2013 - 2014
A introduction for people who wish to learn to paddle either a kayak or a canoe on inland waterways. The course programme is designed with the aim of giving you confidence to enjoy the excitement and challenge of paddling. You will be shown and have time to practice the basic paddle strokes for moving your craft safely and efficiently. While this course is intensive, it is not physically demanding. As the course is practially oriented, most of the course time will be spent paddling and practising paddle strokes.
There will be regular breaks (so bring snacks and water)
Course content and certificate:
The Basic Skills Award is an intoductory, participation award.
The course will cover:
An introduction to equipment;
Basic paddle strokes (for kayak or canoe);
Rescue procedure; and
Where to go from here.
At the conclusion of the course you will be provided with a certificate of competency and a booklet or disc that covers an introduction to safe paddling and reviews the basic paddle strokes learnt during the session.
The course is to be carried out on a stretch of outdoor, unheated water. Please come appropriately attired for the weather on the day of the course. You will be getting wet so a change of clothes is a must bring item.
Please Note: Whilst every attempt is made by Canoe SA to provide courses that meet the description provided, weather or other environmental conditions may influence the decision of the leadership team or instructors about the safety of participants or the conduct of the course/workshop either before or during the event. Registration for a course or workshop does not ensure that the course or workshop will occur in the manner described.
Course Calendar 2013 - 14
Courses are usually held at Aquatic Reserve, West Lakes
(A course will only be held if there are sufficent registrations and the weather is suitable)
Courses usually commence at 9.30am and conclude around 3.30pm
Sunday 29th September
Saturday 26th October
Sunday 17th November
Sunday 15th December
Sunday 23rd February
Sunday 23rd March
Sunday 25th May
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: A course will not be held if the weather forecast is for wind strength that is is not safe for novice paddlers. You will be notified if the weather forecast is unsuitable. The course may be postponed to another convenient date.
Courses during Winter (June, July and August) will only be conducted where there is sufficient demand (and as above the weather is suitable on the day for the safe conduct of the course)
Group Bookings: Courses for your group can be arranged at times to suit including during weekdays (minimum group size - 4)
Bookings for a course close on the Monday prior to the course. Confirmation of the course will be provided to you during the week preceding the course.
PLEASE NOTE: A course will not be held if the weather forecast is for wind strength that is not safe for novice paddlers. Weather predictions become more reliable as the day of the course approaches.
Course Fee - $130.00 (includes use of a kayak, course notes and certificate) and must be paid at the time of enrollment.
Payment can be by:
Cheque (made payable to Canoe SA - Education) and post to Canoe SA, PO Box 281, PORT ADELAIDE, SA. 5015, or
EFT (Account Name: Canoe SA, BSB 805005, A/c 5159434. Please quote your surname and initial in the reference)
Clothing for paddling
Always dress for the weather conditions.
In summer that will mean light clothing (long sleeve tops to protect arms and shoulders) with adequate sun protection (sunglasses for your eyes and sunblock for your skin)
In winter clothing will include woolen or thermal clothing, wetsuits may also be worn, and don't forget the sun protection as winter sun can damage sensitive skin and eyes
- bathers or board-shorts
- long sleve rash vest or long sleeve shirt (polyester or other quick dry material)
- broad brimmed hat
- sun-glasses with keeper band
- footwear such as wet boots or sneakers
- bathers or board-shorts with thermal pants or track pants
- thermal top or woolen jumper
- windproof jacket (such as a spray jacket) or cag
- sunglasses with keeper band
- footwear such as wet booties or sneakers.
Prescription glasses when worn on the water should always be secured with a keeper band (they do not float)
Personal floatation device (pfd) are required to be worn by government regulation.
If in doubt about the weather, pack layers of extra warm clothing (wool is best as it can retain body warmth when wet)
All personal items should be secured if taken on the water (in the craft)
For further information contact:
Canoe South Australia
PO Box 281
PORT ADELAIDE, SA. 5015
Phone: (08) 8240 3294