Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board

Intro to SUP Award

Flat Water SUP Skills award


Intro to SUP Award

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General aims

The Intro to SUP Board Award aims to enable participants to:

 

Requirements

Participant must successfully demonstrate the following techniques and skills:

  1. An understanding of the Basic Safety Rules of Paddle Sports.
  2. An understanding of the correct & appropriate use of leash.
  3. An ability to Mount and Dismount a SUP Board correctly from the bank.
  4. Forward Paddle (With hands & paddle), Reverse Paddle, and Stop.  
  5. An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke, Reverse Sweep Stroke.
  6. A water based dismount from the SUP Board.
  7. Participate in a rescue following a Flip, including righting the SUP Board and completing a water based assisted remount.

Assessment

The SUP Intro Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered Canoeing Ireland SUP Instructor

Notes for Intro to SUP Board Skills Awards

Safety Rules of Paddle Sports:

  1. Know your personal limitations and that of your equipment.
  2. You must always wear a CE approved buoyancy aid.
  3. You must have water confidence.

 

Mount and Dismount

Mount and dismount with or without the use of a paddle is acceptable, depending on what is most appropriate to the situation.

Forward Paddling

Veering is allowed for, but a participant must be able to maintain reasonable directional stability for at least 25 metres.

Reverse Paddling

Veering is allowed for, but a participant must maintain a reasonable directional stability for a short distance of 2 meters.

Stopping

A participant should demonstrate an ability to stop when moving forward and in reverse.

Forward and Reverse Sweep Stroke

There should be an efficient use of the paddle in turning.

Dismount & Remount

The water based dismount from the SUP Board should be carried out in water of sufficient depth adjacent to the shore/bank and an assisted re-mount should be demonstrated. An ability to assist in the righting of the board should be shown.

Wind & Tide

An appreciation of the effect of wind & tide, (onshore & off shore winds) should be shown by candidate.

 


Flat Water SUP Skills award

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General aims

The SUP Boarding Flat Water SUP Skills Award aims to enable participants to:

  1. Paddle safely and competently on a SUP on sheltered flat water.
  2. Perform basic flat water rescues.
  3. Obtain & Understand relevant weather and tidal information.

 

Requirements

Participant must successfully demonstrate the following techniques and skills:

  1. An understanding of the Basic Safety Rules of Paddle Sports.
  2. An understanding of the correct use of SUP board leash and hazards associated with its use and non-use.
  3. An ability to Mount and Dismount a SUP Board correctly from the bank & water.
  4. Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, and Stop.  
  5. An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke, Reverse Sweep Stroke. Board trim should be adjusted to suit turns.
  6. An ability to turn efficiently on the move i.e., Sweeps, Bow Draw, Cross Bow Draw, Step back pivot turn.
  7. Draw Strokes (simple draw & sculling draw).
  8. Bracing.
  9. Stern rudder.
  10. Balance and Board Trim.
  11. A water based dismount, righting and remount of SUP board.
  12. Rescue an unconscious paddler from the water and transport them to the bank.
  13. Obtain, understand and be able to translate a weather forecast and tidal information to the area you will be SUPing.

 

Assessment

  1. During an assessment all techniques and skills must be demonstrated to an assessor's satisfaction in order to achieve this award.
  2. No part of an assessment can be taken in a swimming pool. All assessment criteria must be demonstrated outdoors on flat water (i.e. water of grade I difficulty).
  3. It may not be feasible for a junior or disabled person to assist fully in the self-rescue - such candidates should, however, have a full understanding of the correct sequence of each of the required rescues and have some role to fulfil in the completion of these rescues.
  4. All strokes should be demonstrated in relevant situations i.e. use of a simple draw stroke to manoeuvre the SUP Board to the bank. Strokes should be demonstrated on both sides of the SUP Board.
  5. The SUP Flat Water Skills Award is a pre requisite for Canoeing Ireland’s Flat water SUP Instructor Award.
  6. No age restriction applies to this award.

Assessment Guidelines

  1. The Flat Water SUP Board Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered Canoeing Ireland Flat Water SUP Instructor.
  2. The assessment will be carried out with a maximum of 6 candidates to one assessor. However, a ratio of 4:1 is preferable.
  3. All required assessment rescues are kept until the end of an assessment where possible.
  4. Generally guidelines will be given, should a candidate fail an assessment, as to the areas that they need to improve on.

 

                Notes for Flat Water SUP Board Skills Awards

Safety Rules of Paddle Sports:

  1. Know your personal limitations and that of your equipment.
  2. You must always wear a CE approved buoyancy aid.
  3. You must have water confidence.

Mount and Dismount

Mount and dismount with or without the use of a paddle is acceptable, depending on what is most appropriate to the situation, from the bank or from water.

Forward Paddling

Some directional instability is allowed for. This should not include complete loss of forward movement or continuous veering from side to side, aiming for a point/gap as a task, changing sides while Paddling is permitted. An ability to use blade angle to maintain board control. An ability to propel the board forward using hands only should be shown.

Reverse Paddling

Some directional instability is allowed for. This should not include complete loss of reverse movement or continuous veering from side to side.  A short distance of 5 meters should suffice.

Stopping

Stopping should occur in a straight line allowing some leeway, but not veering from side to side. Ability to stop should be demonstrated while paddling forward and in reverse.

Forward Sweep Stroke

There should be full arm extension. The sweep should be initiated at the front of the SUP Board with trunk rotation evident. Board trim should be adjusted to suit.

Reverse Sweep Stroke

Trunk rotation to place paddle in the water at stern should be evident. There should be a continuous sweep towards the front of the SUP Board as the trunk unwinds. There should be full arm extension throughout and board should be appropriately trimmed.

Draw Stroke

Some slight bow or stern swing is acceptable.  An ability to maintain the paddle shaft vertical should be evident. Body rotation towards the paddling side should be evident. Simple draw stroke & Sculling draw should be demonstrated

 

Bow & Cross Bow Draw

Good Body position and use of torso should be demonstrated throughout an effective turn keeping effective power on the blade face. The turn should be smooth and controlled with good balance throughout.

 

Bracing

An ability to brace using a low brace to assist in maintaining balance and whilst recovering the paddle blade from the rear to the front of the board.

 

Stern Rudder

A stern rudder should be demonstrated in order to keep the board tracking straight after paddling forwards and to alter direction while moving forward. The shaft should be parallel to the rail of the board and body rotation to the side of the stroke should be evident. Blade tilt should be demonstrated to adjust direction of travel.

 

Board Trim

An ability to move freely forward and back on the board to assist with board movement should be demonstrated.

Step Back Pivot Turn

An effective turn whilst moving forward should be demonstrated (i.e. Step back pivot turn). Good balance should be demonstrated throughout by adjusting pressure between front and back feet and lowering centre of gravity. An ability to turn through 180 degrees should be demonstrated.

Water based Dismount and Board Flip

The water based dismount from the SUP Board should be carried out in water of sufficient depth adjacent to the shore/bank. This should be followed by a self rescue, righting the overturned SUP Board and mounting it from side of rear.  The paddle should be retained.  The instructor may help in flipping the SUP Board.

Unconscious Rescue

The candidate should be able to get an unconscious person from deep water onto the Board and then paddle them to the bank.

Weather & Tidal Information

Be able to obtain relevant weather and tidal information. Have an ability to transfer the effects of the days forecast/tide to the area being used for the SUP session.