Lesson Purpose :

  1. To learn the basic strokes of canoeing - forward paddle, emergency stop, steering stroke.

  2. Learn the safety issues required for successful canoeing.

  3. Work cooperatively with the members of their canoe group.

  4. Care of equipment and teamwork are highlighted.

Time Needed :

90 mins for our basic skills sessions but usually leads into some sort of canoe journey which will use up a morning or afternoon session.


Year Levels :

Year 5 upwards


Instructor's Skills

All Instructors will meet the requirements of the Education Queensland Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment Guidelines (CARAs)


General Comments :

Usually completed on the first afternoon of camp. An essential activity for those groups who plan to do any of our activities elsewhere on the lake. 


Australian Curriculum :

During the course of this activity it may be possible to target a number of the "Content Descriptions" across year levels five upwards. 


Year 5/6

Health and Physical Education

Personal, social and community health

Being healthy, safe and active

  • Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing. 

Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

  • Practise skills to establish and manage relationships.  

  • Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships.

Contributing to healthy and active communities

  • Explore how participation in outdoor activities supports personal and community health and wellbeing and creates connections to the natural and built environment.

  • Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community.

Movement and physical activity

Moving our body  

  • Practise specialised movement skills and apply them in a variety of movement sequences and situations.

  • Propose and apply movement concepts and strategies with and without equipment. 

Understanding movement 

  • Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing.

  • Manipulate and modify the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people to perform movement sequences. 

Understanding through movement 

  • Participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities.

  • Apply critical and creative thinking processes in order to generate and assess solutions to movement challenges.

  • Demonstrate ethical behaviour and fair play that aligns with the rules when participating in a range of physical activities.



Year 7/8


Health and Physical Education
Personal, social and community health

Being healthy, safe and active

  • Practise and apply strategies to seek help for themselves or others.
  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing.

Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

  • Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others' health and wellbeing. 
  • Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity.

Contributing to healthy and active communities

  • Plan and implement strategies for connecting to natural and built environments to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities.
Movement and physical activity

Moving our body

  • Use feedback to improve body control and coordination when performing specialised movement skills in a variety of situations. 
  • Practise, apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies with and without equipment. 

Understanding movement

  • Participate in physical activities that develop health-related and skill-related fitness components, and create and monitor personal fitness plans.
  • Demonstrate and explain how the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people can enhance movement sequences.

Learning through movement

  • Practise and apply personal and social skills when undertaking a range of roles in physical activities. 
  • Evaluate and justify reasons for decisions and choices of action when solving movement challenges.



Year 9/10

Health and Physical Education
Personal, social and community health

Being healthy, safe and active

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others. 
  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others' health, safety and wellbeing may be at short or long term risk. 

Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing

  • Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships. 
  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses.
  • Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations.

Contributing to healthy and active communities

  • Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others' connection to community and natural and built environments.
Movement and physical activity

Moving our body  


Perform and refine specialised movement skills in challenging movement situations through providing and applying feedback. 
  • Develop, implement and evaluate movement concepts and strategies for successful outcomes with and without equipment.

Understanding movement

  • Analyse the impact of effort, space, time, objects and people when composing and performing movement sequences.

Learning through movement

  • Devise, implement and refine strategies demonstrating leadership and collaboration skills when working in groups or teams. 
  • Transfer understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges.



Year 11/12

Physical Education


  • Demonstrate through physical responses an understanding of safety, rules, learned and rehearsed skills, tactics and strategies.
  • Identify, describe, recall and comprehend facts, definitions, terminology and principles as they relate to various contexts through the study, observation of, and engagement in, physical activity.


  • Apply and integrate information in the performance of physical responses.

  • Analyse and apply performance strategies as individuals, and in groups and teams.

  • Select, interpret, analyse and manipulate information related to the focus areas and performance in physical activities.


  • Modify physical responses based on informed reflective decision making in varying physical performance environments.

  • Initiate change and demonstrate solutions in team and group physical performance.

  • Evaluate, predict and justify probable and possible outcomes of actions, plans and decisions.

  • Make decisions about strategies to communicate ideas.

Attitudes and Values

  • Experience the enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction that is possible through engagement and informed performance in physical activity.

  • Recognise the aspects of involvement in physical activity that provide personal enjoyment and satisfaction.

  • Acknowledge the range of values and attitudes surounding performance in physical activities.

  • Develop personal esteem through involvement in physical activity.

  • Value collaborative and shared learning in physical activity.

Last reviewed 11 February 2020
Last updated 11 February 2020