Sea Skills

Attaining club grade 3 is attained by gaining a Paddle Australia ("PA", previously known as Australian Canoeing or "AC") Sea skills Award.

The Award is aimed at getting paddlers able to plan and conduct personal sea kayaking trips.  Members who have obtained Sea Skills are considered to have the skill, knowledge and experience to undertake open sea trips and the ability to contribute to group safety while out on open seas.  It is also a significant step towards achieving club leadership qualifications.

The time needed to develop skills depends on the individual’s time, availability, base skill set and dedication. Typically, it can take members around two years to develop the skills and knowledge to attain sea skills.  The great thing is that you learn while out paddling. 

The assessment process includes the demonstration of on water paddling skills in open sea conditions and small surf, including a kayak roll, and also preparing a trip plan and knowledge tests. 

There is a minimum log book requirement to complete.  You should start to use PA Paddle log to record your paddling history which is available as a desktop or Smart Phone app.  Paddle Australia re-registration information provides links to these options.

 What is involved is outlined in the NSWSKC Sea Skills Assessment Guide.

The club developed a Sea Skills Study Guide (currently being reviewed during October 2017) to assist members with the knowledge components of the assessment.  The Training Coordinator organises access to Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme (PAQS) training material.

In some cases, assessors conduct a review session before final assessment to give feedback on the current level of practical, on-water skills and answer any questions candidates may have.

For additional information, the go to the Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme, then select the “Sea Kayaking” menu and expand on Sea Skills. 

Contact the club Training Coordinator to register your interest in obtaining sea skills.