Officiating

Qualification Scopes

Foundation Official:

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.

National Official:

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.

Foundation Official

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/
  • Agreement to abide by the PA Code of Behaviour

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

National Official

  • 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

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

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

How to re register my award/s

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.

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.

Definitions

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.

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.

Canoe Polo

ICF Canoe Polo Rules – 2017

PA Canoe Polo Rules – 2019

Freestyle

ICF Freestyle Rules – 2017

PA Freestyle 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