Sweep information

These pages provide resources for WA sweeps or potential sweeps, including:

  • Becoming a Sweep
  • Remaining a Sweep
  • Becoming a Sweep Assessor

The DBWA Coaching Director is responsible for coordinating and managing sweeps in Western Australia.

All enquiries should be directed to the DBWA Coaching Director – .


Becoming a Sweep

The AusDBF Sweep Guidelines April 2010 provides information on the requirements to become and remain a sweep in WA. *NOTE: These guidelines may have been superseded — please check the AusDBF website for current sweep requirements.

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  If the skippers ticket workbook is unavailable or out of date, please check the Department of Transport website for the latest version.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.  Contact or 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.

Application for sweep assessor is made via the Sweep Assessor Application form and once completed is to be .