Paddle Australia - Sea Instructor (2)Paddle Australia White Water InstructorPaddle Australia AssessorRescue III, Swift Water Rescue Technician ISenior (Apply 1st Aid) First AidWorking with Children CertifiedWalking Group Leader Award (BMC/MLTE)Summer Moorland Camping Leader (AMI/MLTE)Diploma in Management.
Paddling a kayak, being so close, so engaged with the forces of nature, really gets the adrenalin surging, testing one’s skills in an ever changing and challenging environment. Feeling the exhilaration of crashing through the waves, then the thrill of gliding effortlessly along in front of them, racing them to shore.There really can’t be any better way of enjoying the river systems and coastlines that are right on our doorstep.If you are considering getting out on the water in a kayak for the first time, then taking a course with a nationally accredited, experienced instructor will replace doubts with confidence and allay any natural fears that you may have. On these courses, the client will be taught the best practice principles of injury prevention and the strongest, safest paddling techniques in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. Once we have the basics covered, there are a multitude of progressive skills and techniques to learn that will enable the adventurous amongst us to go a little further, push a little harder and explore the outer limits of our comfort zones.
Equipment Safety AuditsHow often does the used gear get put away and then re-used without being cleaned or repaired?With an on-site visit to your school or centre, we will conduct a full evaluation of all your paddling equipment; compiling a comprehensive equipment schedule, serialising each item to enable regular audits and checks to be made- whilst also ensuring that regular service and maintenance is being carried out- to maximise the life-span of your assets and maintain the highest level of safety for your students and clients. Properly maintained equipment will last far longer, keeping replacement costs to a minimum.
Safety Management Plans Who is responsible for completing each task? What level of training and supervision is required?One of the key components to creating and maintaining a safe workplace, is to have a sound Safety Management Plan (SMP) in place. We will liaise with your relevant line managers and supervisors to assess the paddlesport operations and activities of the organisation, and then develop workable safety protocols with which to implement and base your future operational procedures on, in line with industry best practice. Operating within your SMP will minimise the risk of costly health and safety incidents and claims.
Thanks so much for the training over the weekend. It was such a great experience and learning opportunity for all of us. I feel more confident that our programs and instructors have a very robust baseline on which tobuild their experience and activities.We will definitely use you for training opportunities again in the future.I really hope that we can keep working with you in other ways as well as training and will definitely be recommending your training services to others."Scottie and Mary Wood,Co-owners of Dekked Out Adventures & Adventureworks WA,Dunsborough, WA.
I am employed as a school teacher and have been involved with Paul over several years both on expeditions and in general Outdoor Education classes. He has joined us for expeditions to places such as Ningaloo Reef, Shark Bay World Heritage area, Blackwood River and Nanga Mill, to name a few.On these expeditions Paul has been included as the on water expert to provide guidance and instruction to staff and students. He is extremely professional in all his dealings and provides us with a trustworthy person who we know can be relied on to make appropriate and safe decisions at all times.I particularly appreciate Paul’s interaction with students on expedition, he is polite and friendly but also provides strict instruction where required. Further, Paul has been a great source of professional development forstaffemployedatourschool.IhavenohesitationinrecommendingPaulforanykayakingorcanoeingactivitiesforwhichheisqualified.MathewWarrenHeadofPhysicalEducationMandurah Catholic College
I have used Paul for the past four years with my Outdoor Education school group.In most cases Paul is dealing with students who have never paddled before. In a short time he is able to teach students the fundamentals of paddling and equip them to go on extended expeditions.Paul has led expeditions for us along the Murray and Blackwood rivers. His expertise in paddling and knowledge of the waters has meant our expeditions have always been fun, safe and challenging!His endearing personality and level headed temperament makes him a very good person to work along side with, and a great instructor/teacher for youth.James.Outdoor Education Department,Mandurah Baptist College.
I have had both flat water and sea skills training with Paul. When I started lessons with Paul I had never been in a kayak before and was terrified of being out on the ocean. Paul was patient, skilful and made sure that I felt supported at all times. He was right by my side the first time I came out in the ocean, meeting me with his characteristic English quip ‘you o’right chicken?’, before helping me climb back into the boat.Paul’s practical method of teaching, with a sense of humour helped me to learn skills I never thought I would have and given me a love of paddling. I have since been on overnight sea paddles, scenic river paddles, white water paddles, and challenging sea paddles in strong winds and large swell. I recommend Paul as a paddling instructor without hesitation.Katrina. Shoalwater.
I have learnt a great deal from Paul. He got me from struggling to stay upright to paddling the Avon Descent, a six day expedition, white water rapids and many ocean paddles in very rough seas.All achieved with a strong emphasis on safety and the correct way of doing things, though his sense of humour is merciless if you do something wrong.If you want to learn how to paddle or just improve your skills, give Paul a try, you won’t be dissapointed.Vern.Mandurah WA.