Paddle Boarding


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Paddle boarding is propelling the board by a swimming motion using arms while lying on, or using a long handle paddle while kneeling or standing on a paddleboard.  This activity can take place on grade 1 or 2 water.

Grade 1: Easy  

Slow to medium flowing water with very small, regular waves or riffles. This would include very small dams, small rapids that all participants can handle and sheltered edges of large dams.

The water will have relatively few obstacles, with an easy path to find and follow. It is suitable for novices.

Grade 2: Medium 

Rapids are straightforward with medium sized, regular waves. The path through rapids can be clearly seen from the water and is often indicated by well-defined chutes or vs of water. There are some obstacles that require manoeuvring around, but paddlers with a good command of basic strokes can easily miss them.

Who Can participate

  • Open to all members 10+
  • Some Activity Providers may have additional age or height restrictions.
  • Age and experience must be considered in light of conditions at the time of the activity.

 Safety Rules

  • The minimum dress requirements are: are long shorts or bike pants, a protective shirt (preferably with a collar and long sleeves), lace up shoes (or closed water shoes that are a firm fit) that can be worn in the water, and a brimmed hat that can be tied on.)  Jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets, long earrings, rings and watches, must be removed.  Long hair to be tied back
  • Participants need to be able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for three minutes wearing shirt, shorts, sneakers, and a life jacket OR hold the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia Swim and  Survive level 3 or higher (or equivalent).  In special circumstances, eg special needs members, it may be possible for individual non-swimmers to participate in carefully controlled situations at the discretion of the Activity Leader/Instructor.
  • One adult present must have knowledge of and ability to perform first aid procedures and have current qualifications in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. At the discretion of the LiC and depending on the nature of the activity, this person may be on the shore or on the water.
  • Participants when on the water must wear a lifejacket at all times
  • Should there be inclement weather the LiC will decide if the activity should proceed or be postponed.

 Supervision Requirements 

Refer to Girl Guides Australia Ratios at a Glance

 Leader in Charge

  • The LiC must ensure that all participants are informed of appropriate clothing and/or personal equipment prior to the activity.
  • The LiC must organise and collect the ADM.27 from youth members and ADM.28 from adults.  The LiC must inform the Activity Instructor of any health conditions or behaviour issues with participants.
  • The LiC must have an appropriate first aid kit suitable for the activity present at the activity venue.
  • The LiC must ensure participants have water and food appropriate to the activity.
  • The LiC is responsible for all participants when they are not participating in the activity.

 Activity Instructor 

Many outdoor activity centres will use in-house instructor qualifications. If you are unsure if they are accepted or alternative qualifications are held, contact your State Outdoor Activities Manager to ensure the instructor’s qualification is suitable.

  • A qualified leader holding Girl Guides Australia Conduct Canoe / Kayak Activities Module or Instruct and Assess Canoe /Kayak Module for the craft and conditions under which the activity is to be conducted.


  • An instructor holding an Australian Qualifications Framework qualification with a Statement of Attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation. Permission to use instructors with these qualifications for Guiding activities must be obtained from the relevant State Girl Guide Organisation.

Questions to be asked when looking for an Activity Provider

  • The Activity Leader/Instructor is to brief all participants on safety and the care of equipment prior to the activity.
  • It is suggested that the Activity Leader / Instructor provide ground training prior to the commencement of the activity if relevant.
  • Obtain permission from relevant authorities for access and use of land and waterbodies. Examples are: National Parks, State forests and private landowners.
  • The ratified Activity Leader/ Instructor must have knowledge of the locality, facilities, and terrain and weather conditions of the area that the activity will be taking place.
  • Should there be inclement weather the LiC and ratified instructor will need to negotiate whether the activity should proceed or be postponed.
  • Activity Leaders/ Instructors must have a first aid kit and appropriate rescue equipment readily accessible to all participants.

Notification Forms Required


For Approval – Prior to the Activity

  • OUT.01 Camp/Adventure-based/Event Notification Application 2017
  • ADM 56B Risk Assessment Plan for Outdoor Activities Events Camps
  • The Activity Provider’s  Risk Management Plan

At the Activity

  • Participants are required to have completed: ADM.27 For youth Members or ADM.28 for Adults
  • Girl Guide Incident Report

After the Activity

  • OUT.03 Camp/Adventure-based/Event Report 2017

Last Modified: 10/09/22 at 12:24 AM