Spring Skills & Safety Course - Ulverstone


Our Ulverstone Spring Skills & Safety Course will focus on open water skills & safety in the comfort of the Leighlands Avenue pool, and is delivered in partnership with Paddle Tasmania.

The course will cover safety & rescue techniques suitable for ocean skis, surfskis & multisport kayaks in local beach & open water conditions. During this course we will simulate a range of self-rescue and assisted-rescue scenarios.

The course will teach you the skills needed to become a competent and safe paddler when enjoying your local estuaries and beaches. This hands-on course emphasises safety awareness, skill development and practice as solutions to real-life problems likely to be experienced while paddling. Alongside the use of safety devices and a wide range of general safety, weather forecasting and equipment tips, our Spring Skills & Safety Course will arm you with knowledge and confidence to look after yourself and your friends while out paddling.

When & Where:

Friday 13th September, Leighlands Avenue/Ulverstone Primary School pool (see map below)

5.00pm to 7.00pm (please arrive 30 minutes early so you can get changed and sign in prior to starting the course) 

Suitable for:

Ocean ski, surfski & multisport kayak paddlers of all levels

What to bring:

Swimming and/or paddling apparel suitable for repeated immersion in the pool over 2 hours.

A change of clothes for after the course.


$25 for current canoe club members (e.g. Derwent, Tamar, Launceston, Tasmanian or Tasmanian Sea Canoe Clubs - please provide your Paddle Australia number in the "notes" section during registration or let us know your PA number on the night)

$45 for non members


For both members & non members, course costs will include the provision of skis, paddles, PFD's and leg leashes (value $15). There is no need to bring your own equipment unless you really want to :-)

For non members, course costs will also include a 3 month "triallist" Paddle Tasmania membership (value $30), through which you will be able to access local races, paddlesport education programs, and other events. There will be triallist membership forms available at the course for paddlers to fill in. 

Registered participants will be emailed course notes in advance to bring you up to speed with the theory & basic concepts behind the course. The notes have been compiled from experience & research over the past 6 or 7 years and are a good resource to keep and refer to from time to time.

We'll have a selection of safety gear & apparel on display at the course. All gear on display will be discounted for participants :-)


To register for this course please make an online order via this page. We'll email you before the course with your course notes and any final information.


  • Open water skills & safety course
  • Held at Leighlands Avenue/Ulverstone Primary School pool 
  • Subsidised by Paddle Tasmania
  • Covers self-rescue and assisted-rescue scenarios
  • Includes course notes & follow-up info on request
  • Suitable for paddlers of all levels
  • All gear included
  • Prices are per person
  • Registrations essential
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