Level 3 Canoe Skills
The Level 3 Canoe Skills Award aims to enable participants to:
- Canoe safely and competently on rivers up to and including of Grade II difficulty as a member of peers
- Be capable of negotiating obstacles encountered on water of Grade II difficulty
- Assist in basic rescues.
To obtain the Level 3 Canoe Skills Award, a participant must successfully explain and demonstrate the following techniques and skills at a level higher than that required for the Level 2 Canoe Skills Award.
The participant should be capable of carrying out all the strokes in both double and solo canoe (where the stroke is relevant).
- Forward Paddle, a Forward J Stroke, Reverse Paddle, a Reverse J Stroke to be used in the solo and Emergency Stop
- Forward Sweep, Reverse Sweep and a combination of Forward and Reverse Sweep.
- Draw Stroke and Pry
- Sculling Draw
- Hanging Draw
- Brace for Support
- Bow Rudder & Bow Draw
- Cross Bow Rudder & Draw
- Stern Rudder
- Inside Pivot and Outside Pivot turn
- Enter and Exit
- Forward Ferry gliding
- Reverse Ferry gliding
- Breaking in
- Breaking out
- Knots: an ability to tie a round turn and two half hitches, and clove hitch Highway mans hitch
- Capsize Drill
- X & CurlRescue
- Offensive and Defensive Swimming
- Knowledge of Safety Rules
- An understanding of Eddies, Standing Waves, V Waves, Stoppers, and Easy River Routes
- Knowledge of wind effect on the canoe and trimming of the canoe for wind and rapids, i.e. weight at back for running with the wind, forward for heading into wind. Sitting towards centre in rapids/drops etc should be known.The importance of trim in Doubles and Solo Canoeing
- An understanding of various signals and commands.
- The Painters at either end of the canoe should be easily accessible during the trip, but should not be able to wrap around the participant's legs whilst they are in the canoe.
- The Level 3 Canoe Skills Assessment must take place outdoors on water of Grade II difficulty as part of a river trip. No part of an assessment can be taken in a swimming pool
- During assessment candidates must demonstrate all techniques/skills at a skills level higher than that required for the Level 2 Canoe Skills Award. All techniques and skills must be performed to an assessor's satisfaction in order to achieve this award.
- All strokes should be demonstrated in relevant situations and demonstrated on both sides of the canoe.
- Generally all required assessment rescues will be kept until the end of an assessment.
- Participants for this award must be at least 12 years of age.
- Member of Canoeing Ireland.
- It is recommended that the Level 3 Canoe Skills Award is assessed by an Instructor other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment.
- The Level 3 Canoe Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered Canoeing Ireland Level 3 Open Canoe Instructor.
- The assessment to be carried out with a maximum of six participants to one assessor
- Guidelines should be given as to the areas that need to be improved upon should a candidate fail in a debrief session after the assessment.
Level 3 Canoe Skills Award Guidelines
Forward Paddle, a Forward J Stroke
To be demonstrated in a solo or double canoe with only a small amount of veering, near vertical paddle shaft
Reverse Paddle, a Reverse J Stroke
To be used in the solo or double
The paddle can cross the canoe in order to stop the canoe veering when solo
Draw Stroke and Pry
To be used in moving water to avoid obstacles
To be demonstrated in break out and break in manoeuvres
Cross Bow Rudder
To be demonstrates in break out and break in manoeuvres Bracing
Will be assessed as part of your canoe handling in Grade II rapids
To be shown as part of a Breaking In and Breaking Out manoeuvre.
Used to compensate at the stern of a double or for maintaining direction. Gunnel can be used for lever
Forward Ferry gliding (facing upriver)
Candidates must ferry glide in a straight line between two selected points on the river
Reverse Ferry gliding (facing downriver)
Candidates must ferryglide between 2 selected points, a combination of offside reverse strokes and reverse J stroke can be used
Breaking In and Out
May be carried out using any of the above strokes, confident strokes with edging and leaning should be evident
An ability to tie a round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch and Highway mans hitch.
An attempt should be made in Grade II water to bring the canoe to the bank and if unsuccessful should form the basis for assessment rescue.
X Rescue & Curl Rescue
To be carried out in a canoe with the other canoe to be fully flooded and upside down, the rescuees can assist. All participants should act as rescuer and rescuee
Offensive and Defensive Swimming
Participants must fully understand the technique and its uses