Coastal Guide Award

Award Definition:

The Coastal Guide Award is for people seeking professional certification in coastal waters paddling environments using sit-on-top craft.

The Paddle Australian Qualification Scheme (PAQS) is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the need for paddling qualifications for use in education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

Holders of this award are qualified to guide groups of novices on activity and day-based programs in sit-on-top kayaks in coastal conditions:

  • Outside of estuaries, embayment’s or other sheltering reefs or islands
  • Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls or tidal races
  • Maximum of 1 nautical mile from shore
  • Wind conditions below Fresh Winds (17 knots)
  • Breaking (whitecapping) waves (sea) up to 0.5m
  • Surf to 0.5m

i.e.: – you are able to impart the skills required for participants to partake in a half/day trip with you, where if anything goes wrong you are there to deal with it.

Coastal Guide Guide – Overview

Coastal Guide Training Course

Coastal Guide Assessment


  • 2 day training course – from $420*
  • 1 day assessment – from $295*
    • *plus booking and processing fees

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland

Education and Recreation Officer

M  0408 286 332  (Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm)


Saturday 29th February 2020

8:00am to 5:00pm

Cleveland / Victoria Point

Training Course

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April 2020

8:00am to 5:00pm

Cleveland / Victoria Point