The Coaching Course Handbook sets out Paddle Australia’s overall approach to training Level 1 and Level 2 coaches for all paddling disciplines.Many of the qualifications are under development, this site will be updated as they become available.

All levels of coaching qualifications are PA accredited coaching levels

Current Status: (November 2019)

By the end of 2019 a new online level one coaching course will be launched for Flatwater Sprint, Marathon and Para Canoe. Other disciplines will follow as the content is finalised.


Coaching is a key element in developing sports men and women to not only improve individual and team performance but also to further enhance and enjoy the sport. Beginners benefit by learning in a safe and controlled environment and for the advanced, opportunities to compete on the world stage are an incentive. PA is committed to meeting the needs of paddlers of all interests and works toward achieving them. It’s coaching objectives encapsulate the approach.

PA’s coach training objectives are to:

  • Develop better qualified coaches
  • Provide coaches with the skills and confidence to train paddlers and athletes
  • Provide coaches with suitable teaching methods
  • Maintain coach training programs that reflect best practice
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments contributing to athlete performance
  • Develop world class coaches at all levels – international, national, state and club
  • Take a holistic approach to athlete development
  • Create a deep pool of coaches nationwide


PA coordinates and managers coaching courses Australia wide. It is responsible for preparing the courses, making them available to the state member associations and for the accreditation of coaches.

ASC  Australian Sports Commission

FTEM  Foundations, talent, elite and mastery

NCAS  National Coaching Accreditation Scheme

NEDP  The Paddle Australia National Elite Development Program

NTS  Paddle Australia national talent squad

RPL/RCC  Recognition of prior learning/recognition of current competencies

Currently level 1 programs for Sprint, Marathon and Para Canoe are due for completion in Dec 2019.

Level 1: The holder of this qualification is qualified to introduce individuals and groups of novices to a specified discipline.

Suited to coaches introducing paddling at clubs and schools

This program is delivered as an online program and can be found here (link will be loaded once program is live)

Accreditation requirements

The following is required for accreditation as a Paddle Australia Level one coach and should be submitted to

  • Completion of the PA online Coaching award
  • Completion of the Australian Sports Commission Community Coaching General Principles course
  • Completion of the Play By The Rules Child Protection course
  • 16 years of age or over
  • Current First Aid certificate (including CPR)
  • Current Working With Children Check obtained online from state government department
  • Agreement to abide by the PA Coach Code of Conduct

Level 2,3,4: (Under development)

Qualifications are registered for a period of 4 years. The cost for registration is $44. Details can be found Fees 2018

Skills and knowledge are lost over time unless a person actively works to maintain them. The best way to demonstrate that your skills and knowledge are current is to maintain your qualification.

Paddle Australia coaching awards expire after a term of four (4) years. To re-register, the holder must be able to demonstrate that they have maintained a level of competency equivalent to or above the qualification that they hold.

How to re register my award/s

Information about the coaching renewal process can be found on the application form below.

Coaching Renewal Application Form

Please note that Outrigger Coach qualifications are governed by the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA).

As such, you will need to contact the National Coaching Coordinator at AOCRA for more information regarding their renewal requirements and to process your application. Please see:

This page is currently under construction. More information about Paddle Australia coaching courses will be available soon.

If you require any further information or have any questions in the meantime, please contact Paddle Australia at