Registrations are closed

Registrations are now closed. Please contact the Queensland Canoeing Office on 07 3899 1667 or email to register your interest


Queensland Canoeing


Saturday, 13 October 2018 - Sunday, 14 October 2018



Registration closes on:

Friday, 12 October 2018 at 12:00 PM - (GMT+10:00) Brisbane

Saturday 13 th and Sunday 14th October 2018

Award Definition:

The Lifeguard Award is for people seeking professional certification in enclosed flat water paddling areas perfect for school and group camp style paddling needs. Holders of the Lifeguard Award are qualified to manage a paddling activity in canoes, kayaks or sit-on-tops in enclosed situations, performing rescues as required, where the group under supervision can be seen from a single vantage point at any time and does not leave the immediate launch area.


  • Personal flatwater paddling skills as defined in the PAQS basic skills award

  • Recommended obtaining prior to course:

    • current First Aid and CPR certificates

    • some experience and logged hours working as an assistant or observer under training

Course Description:

  • The Queensland Canoeing Lifeguard Course consists of two full days approximately 8:00m to 4:00pm each day

  • Participants should expect each day to consist of approximately half a day in a semi classroom-style environment and the other half of each day on the water

  • Candidates must be prepared to put their skills into practice and will be required to do some work prior to the course to assist in moving swiftly through the syllabus

  • Participants should come prepared for paddling sessions in both the morning and afternoon of the course

  • Please note:

  • this is a lifeguard training and assessment course

  • it is not a skills course

  • candidates are expected to have the personal flatwater skills as identified in the “Basic Skills Award” prior to commencement of the course

Course Cost:

  • from $395  (with own craft & equipment) per person

  • Initial course cost is based on the course taking place within 25km drive of Queensland Canoeing Headquarters

    • if the course takes place more than 25km from QC HQ an additional fee will be charged per person

  • Craft & equipment hire available @ $50 per day

  • Course fee does not include Paddle Australia Award Registration Fee

  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates. If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants, including the option for a new date or to pay an additional fee [to meet minimum numbers].

Course Location/s:

  • Thorneside Boat Ramp, Esplanade, Thorneside

  • Other course locations are available for private groups and by negotiation

What I will learn:

  • Safety briefings and equipment

  • Flat water paddling skills

  • ACAS overview

  • Minimal impact practice

  • Knowledge of craft and basic maintenance

  • Safety guidelines, risk management, incident reporting

  • Log books

  • Rescues

  • Paddling games

Paddle Craft:

  • You need to determine which craft you will be assessed in, as the award is also craft specific.

  • If you are teaching people in canoes, you will need the “Canoe Award”

  • If you are teaching people in kayaks, you will need the “Kayak Award”

  • If you are teaching people in sit-on-tops, you will need the “Sit-on-Top Award”

  • You may also hold both a canoe and kayak award in any ACAS award, however paddling skills and rescues will need to be assessed in both craft styles

  • Please Note:

    • the “Kayak Award” covers sit-on-tops

    • the “Sit-on-Top Award” does not cover kayaks


  • It is expected that participants will supply their own equipment including boat, life jacket and paddle; however, Queensland Canoeing can provide any or all of this equipment for an additional cost

    • please indicate your requirements on the booking form

  • Personal equipment will require a safety check prior to commencement to determine its suitability for the paddling activity

  • Paddle clothing, including enclosed footwear needs to be suitable to get wet and swim in, be sun-smart and appropriate for the conditions

  • Please also bring

  • lunch, snacks, towel, change of clothing and water bottle

  • chair, clipboard, pen and paper, calculator


  • Participants are trained and assessed on this program at different stages throughout the program

  • The training components will be separate from the assessment components and participants will be advised when they are under assessment conditions

  • Assessment components include:

    • skill

    • knowledge

    • experience

    • communication

    • leadership

    • theory

  • Please note: 

    • a candidate is not registered as a Lifeguard until all components of the registration process are completed and the appropriate fee for registration is paid to Australian Canoeing

    • attendance and participation in a course is not a guarantee to successful assessment

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to