Pedal Watercraft


  • Paddle boats
  • Paddle skis
  • Pedal boats
  • Aquabike
  • Hand powered watercraft  


A small recreational boat powered by pedals that float and carry a group on grade 1 within reach of shore rescue.  They are even powered by feet or hands using a cycling motion.

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.

Who Can Participate

  • Open to all.
  • 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

  • Sunsmart protocols should be adhered to.
  • Long hair should be up.
  • Jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets, long earrings, rings and watches, must be removed.
  • 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 rafting activities 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 and emergency equipment 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.

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
  • ADM.56B Risk Assessment Plan for Outdoor Activities Events Camps
  • Activity Provider 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

Last Modified: 10/09/22 at 12:27 AM