Safety & Competency Assessment

All paddle competitors are required to provide evidence of competency to participate in the Avon Descent

Competency can be established through at least ONE of the following criteria:

Some of the skills that may be assessed include:



Details coming soon

Details coming soon


Pre-race Scrutineering is for all powercraft, Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and helmets. Craft and equipment will be checked for compliance with the Specifications.

Pre Race Scrutineering is compulsory for all entries. Interstate/overseas and entrants living more than 200 kilometres from the Perth GPO, arrangements must be made with the PDRC Scrutineer. The Scrutineer is a ‘judge of fact’ and a protest may not be made against their decision.

Your craft and race gear must be fully laid out and ready before entering the scrutineering line.

As the Time Trial is being conducted on part of the Avon Descent course, and contains river obstacles, your craft must pass ALL aspects of scrutineering.

The scrutineering checklist is available to download Avon Descent Scrutineering Checklist. Please ensure your equipment conforms to these Specifications.

If your craft does not pass scrutineering you will not be permitted to do the Time Trial.

You will be seeded according to your finish placing in last year’s Avon Descent. Fastest will go first regardless of class from the finish times of the previous year.

Alternatively, Entrants may start their Time Trial any time after their allotted start time has passed.

The remaining craft will start their Time Trial as they are ready.

Grids will be single craft at ONE or TWO minute intervals depending on the water levels.

Entrants who need to take a second craft on a Time Trial for people who are not present on the day need to speak with Starter Officials to organise an early start position for themselves in order to be back at the start line in time for the extra run.

The Department of Transport has lifted the speed limit (5 knots) on the day of the Time Trial ONLY. Entrants are not permitted to practice the Time Trial course at any other time. Please obey this condition to ensure our good relations with DOT.

Craft that fail Pre-Race Scrutineering must re-scrutineered prior to the Avon Descent

Results of the Time Trial will not be available on the day.

They will be posted on the PDRC, WCDRC and Avon Descent website the following day.

This allows officials to ensure results are correct.