Introduction

The Officiating Course Handbook sets out Paddle Australia’s (PA) overall approach to obtaining foundation and national officiating qualifications for all paddling disciplines. It provides general administration requirements and outlines course training syllabuses.

This handbook applies to the following disciplines:

  • Sprint
  • Marathon
  • Slalom
  • Canoe Polo
  • Ocean racing
  • Freestyle
  • Wildwater

Objectives

PA’s officiating training objectives are to:

  • Develop volunteers into qualified officials
  • Provide officials with the skills and confidence to officate an event
  • Provide officials with suitable learning opportunites
  • Maintain officiating training programs that reflect best practice
  • Develop world class officials at all levels – international, national, state and club

Management

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

PA’s state member associations are responsible for providing opportunities for Foundation officials to complete logbook experience at local events. PA is responsible for providing opportunities for National officials to complete logbook experience at National events.

Volunteer – A PA volunteer is an individual which dedicates their own time for PA without any financial gain.

Official – An official for PA holds all the same characteristics as a volunteer. The difference though between an official and volunteer is, an official holds a PA or ICF officiating qualification.

The PA Officiating Qualifications consist of 2 levels for all disciplines.

Currently all levels are being developed ready for release in 2019.

Get Involved

PA encourages everyone to get involved in officiating for all disciplines throughout all levels of the organisation. To complete your officiating course you can start by completing the exam or start your logbook experience first. The order does not matter as long as all are complete before submission.

To get involved we encourage you to contact one of your State representatives in your discipline of choice. They will be able to provide you with information on up coming events and help guide you through skill development.

Canoe Polo

State Contact
NSW TBA
QLD TBA
SA TBA
TAS TBA
VIC TBA
WA TBA

Freestyle

State Contact
NSW TBA

Marathon

State Contact
NSW Bob Turner
QLD Jerry Dunn
SA Martin Finn
TAS TBA
VIC Tom Hirrschoff
WA TBA

Ocean Racing

State Contact
NSW TBA
QLD TBA
SA TBA
TAS TBA
VIC TBA
WA TBA

Slalom

State Contact
NSW TBA
TAS Peter Eckhardt
VIC Sue Natoli
WA TBA

Sprint

State Contact
NSW Laura White – laura.canoesprint@gmail.com

Lorraine Harper-Horak – wildgooselhh@optusnet.com.au

QLD Jerry Dunn – jerrydunn.marathon@gmail.com
SA Mark Bulmer – mrkblmr@gmail.com
TAS sprint@paddle.org.au
VIC sprint@paddle.org.au
WA Greg Kaeding – greg.kaeding@iinet.net.au

Judith Thompson – judith.thompson@iinet.net.au or 0407574630

Wildwater

State Contact
NSW TBA
TAS TBA
VIC TBA
WA TBA

The holder of this qualification is qualified to officiate regattas in non-leadership roles in the specified discipline.

Suited for officials at club and State events.

This course is delivered in two parts, theory and practical components. Practical sections can be completed at State and National events only. Please contact your State representative to find out information on the next event.

Accreditation requirements

The following is required for accreditation as a PA Foundation Official:

Pre registration

  • 16 years of age or over
  • Current Working With Children Check obtained online from state government department
  • Australian Sports Commission Community Officating General Principles course https://learning.ausport.gov.au/
  • Completed PA official accreditation application form
  • Agreement to abide by the PA Code of Behaviour

Theory Exam and Logbook Requirements

All logbooks must be processed via Paddlelog.

Paddle log is available on Apple and Android devices as well as desktop.

Desktop: https://paddlelog.canoe.org.au/

Apps: coming soon

Canoe Polo

Coming soon

Freestyle

Coming soon

Marathon

Coming soon

Ocean Racing

Coming soon

Slalom

Coming soon

Sprint

  • Foundation Official – Theory Exam
  • Completion of a minimum of practical officiating experience (under experience where appropriate) as outlined in the table below:
    Role Minimum Hours
    Aligner 8
    Boat Controller 8
    Capture 8
    Finish Line Judge 8
    Numbers 4
    Secretariat 4

Wildwater

Coming soon

The holder of this qualification is qualified to officiate events in leadership roles in their specified discipline.

Suited to officials officiating National events.

This course is delivered in two parts; theory and practical assessments. The practical assessment can be completes at State and National events only. Please contact your State representative to find out information on the next event.

Accreditation requirements

The following is required for accreditation as a PA National official:

Pre program

  • Foundation official qualification held for 12 months

Pre registration

  • 18 years or age or over
  • Current Working With Children Check obtained online from state government department
  • Agreement to abide by the PA Code of Behaviour
  • Completed PA official accreditation application form

Theory Exam and Logbook Requirements

All logbooks must be processed via Paddlelog.

Paddle log is available on Apple and Android devices as well as desktop.

Desktop: https://paddlelog.canoe.org.au/

Apps: coming soon

Marathon

Coming soon

Canoe Polo

Coming soon

Freestyle

Coming soon

Ocean Racing

Coming soon

Slalom

Coming soon

Sprint

  • National Official – Theory Exam
  • Completion of a minimum of practical officiating experience (under guidance) as outlined in the table below:
    Role Minimum Hours
    Analysis 8
    Chief Boat Controller 8
    Chief Finish Line Judge 8
    Competition Manager 8
    Deputy/Chief Official 8
    Starter 8
    Umpire/Boat Driver 8

Wildwater

Coming soon

Canoe Polo

ICF Canoe Polo Rules – 2017

PA Canoe Polo Rules – 2019

Freestyle

ICF Freestyle Rules – 2017

PA Freestyle Rules – 2019

Marathon

ICF Canoe Marathon Rules – 2017

PA Canoe Marathon Rules – 2019

Ocean Racing

ICF Ocean Racing Rules – 2017

PA Ocean Racing Rules – 2019

Slalom

ICF Canoe Slalom Rules – 2017

PA Canoe Slalom Rules – 2019

Sprint

ICF Sprint Rules – 2017

ICF Paracanoe Rules – 2017

PA Sprint Rules – 2019

Wildwater

ICF Wildwater Rules – 2017

PA Wildwater Rules – 2019

Assessment includes the following areas;

  • 90% pass mark on the exam
  • Logbook

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 officiating 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

Re registration can be completed by signing into the education system with your username and password.

All officials must complete at least 20 hours a year of officiating for all four (4) years of their qualifications to renew their award. Foundation Officials must complete their hours at either a State or National event and a National Official must complete their hours at a National event.