If DBWA get less than 8 responses the course will not be proceeding, noting priority will be provided to coaches and sweeps – with a maximum number of 16 course attendees.
In addition to the above DBWA have agreed to provide the following funding towards CPR and first aid requirements. Note there are differences in funding depending on whether or not one is a coach or sweep.
DBWA will run a CPR Course in May and another in Nov 2018. These course will be fully funded for any member (see above for class size limits).
Should you not attend the arranged courses, it will be up to the member to arrange and pay for their own CPR course in full (see discount information, below). The courses for this year will be held at the Royal Life Saving venue at Mt Claremont.
DBWA will provide $40 subsidy towards a First Aid course completed by a current Coach/Sweep ONLY. This will be paid only through club on viewing of receipt, a legible copy of which must be scanned and forwarded to
Please consult with your club in the first instance as they should have qualified sweeps who can assist and train you. The AusDBF document Steering a dragon boat will be of assistance to new sweeps. Sweeps are responsible for crew safety, and therefore need to familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations for navigating waterways. The Recreational Skippers Ticket Workbook provides the information relevant to safe navigation. If the skippers ticket workbook is unavailable or out of date, please check the Department of Transport website for the latest version.
New sweeps are required to obtain and retain the nationally accredited certification ‘Provide first aid (HLTAID003)’ before they reach sweep Level 2. This certification used to be known as ‘Senior First Aid’.
There are five levels of Sweep accreditation:
Level 0 – Novice Sweep
Level 1 – Restricted Accreditation
Level 2 – Provisional Accreditation
Level 3 – Full Sweep Accreditation
Level 4 – Advanced Sweep Accreditation
Level 5 – Sweep Master
When one is comfortable and competent enough, they can undertake the written and practical tests. Contactor a sweep assessor for the written assessment questions, and to become fully accredited. DBWA have a pool of sweep assessors who are capable of conducting a sweep assessment.
Remaining a Sweep
Sweeps and clubs are responsible for keeping their accreditation and log books current.
DBWA maintains a current register of all accredited sweeps. This list includes the racing season the sweep was accredited and when re-accreditation is due. The process for re-accreditation is as per the AusDBF Sweep Guideline.
Becoming a Sweep Assessor
Level 3 and above sweeps are encouraged to become sweep assessors so sweeps can be accredited and promoted when required.
The most significant changes are to the 2,000 m race. Sweeps are strongly encouraged to read the 2,000 m race regulations in full as there are too many changes to list here – see ‘R10. Racing Rules for 2000 metre Dragon Boat Races’ (pages 41 – 44). One key change that all sweeps must be aware is:
section R10.3 (g) – crews cannot overtake once they have passed the 50m buoys going into the turns and all crews must hold their position around the turns; failure to ‘hold your station’ will receive an automatic time penalty of twenty (20) seconds.
Other changes include:
section 13.4 – increase in the size of bum mat permitted (increase from dimensions of 12.5 cm x 33 cm to an allowable 20 cm x 40 cm);
section 7.11 (c) – clarification of State vs State points tally, specifying that if a State enters two teams in the same category and division, then only the crew with the highest placing will be awarded points;
section 7.11 (d) – revisions to point scoring for Club vs Club racing (please view the regulations for more information);
section 7.12 – qualification for the IDBF Club Crew World Championships has been simplified
DBWA is the State governing body for the sport of dragon boating in Western Australia