All paddle competitors are required to provide evidence of competency to participate in the Avon Descent
Safety and Competency AssessmentCompetitors must demonstrate they have appropriate skills to handle the challenges of the river to be allowed to compete.
Safety competency testing is aimed at ensuring that competitors have these necessary skills and is not aimed at determining whether or not the competitor is competent to complete the race.
Competency can be established through the following criteria:
Recent Avon Descent experience – completion of both days of the Avon Descent within the previous five years.
An Australian Canoeing Award System course completion.
Completion of the Avon Descent Safety Skills Assessment – for participants who cannot provide other evidence of safety competency. The Avon Descent Safety Skills assessment can be attained through NADA recommended paddle trainers, and is valid for three years.
The Avon Descent is unable to provide safety assessment services to competitors.
Local competency assessors are available to provide assessment for a fee.