School Programs


Paddle Queensland has a number of programs, experiences and competitions which are specifically aimed towards the participation of schools.

  • We offer a variety of different programs for schools:
    • Fun and games
    • Leadership
    • Qualification-based programs

You can also contact our discipline committees (Canoe Polo, Marathon or Sprint) directly, as most competitive disciplines host Schools Championship events throughout the year and can provide other information for schools who are just getting involved in competition.


There are many different qualifications that teachers can obtain in order to improve their paddling skills and develop their on-water group management skills.

The Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQS) is the national benchmark for canoeing and kayaking, designed and supported by Paddle Australia, the peak national canoeing body recognised by the Federal government.  The Scheme presents the highest standards of skills and safety to the general public, recreational paddlers, commercial operators and administrative officials.

The Award Scheme has been created for paddler development in both skills and knowledge to enrich the paddlers’ enjoyment of the sport and to develop safe practices amongst all paddlers.  The Scheme is designed to allow anyone to enter at any level.

The Skill Awards help define minimum paddling skills for those who wish to guide or instruct.  They are more than just competency based.  Holders of a given skill award have a moderated set of paddling skills that allow those paddlers to operate confidently and safely within their tested conditions.

The Lifeguard, Guide and Instructor Awards represent industry quality paddling awards recognised throughout Australia for use in industry, education and clubs.

Course Assessors are people that are Instructors in their own right who have additional experience and the ability to judge the standards of other paddlers

To learn more information about the different qualifications Paddle Queensland offer, please click the links below:

  • Life Guard Course
  • Flatwater Guide Training
  • Flatwater Guide Assessment
  • Flatwater Instructor Training
  • Flatwater Instructor Assessment
  • Coastal Guide Training
  • Coastal Guide Assessment
  • Enclosed Sea Guide Training
  • Enclosed Sea Guide Assessment

If you are interested in completing any of the above courses/training, please complete the Expression Of Interest Form.

This form will give the team at Paddle Queensland a better understanding of what you are looking for and most importantly, keep you up to date with new information.