River Instructor Qualifications

Level 3 River Instructor

Level 4 River Instructor

Kayak Instructor Qualifications


Level 3 River Instructor

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General aims

  1. The Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification aims to enable participants to:
  2. Become qualified to instruct intermediate kayaking skills and lead kayak trips on Grade II water with groups of up to 6 students.
  3. Become qualified to instruct basic kayaking skills and lead kayaking journeys on flat water with groups of up to 8 students.
  4. Train and Assess for the Canoeing Ireland 1, 2 and 3 Kayak Skills Awards.
  5. Teach intermediate River Safety and Rescue and run RSR 1 and RSR 2 Training Courses.
  6. Mentor Level 1, 2 and 3 Kayak Instructor trainees.
  7. Have an awareness of the competitive canoeing disciplines.

Training Course Outline

Applying to attend a Training Course

Before applying to attend a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course, a candidate must

  1. Hold a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification.
  2. Hold the Level 4 Kayak Skills Award.
  3. Be registered as a member with the Canoeing Ireland Training Unit as a Trainee Level 3 Kayak Instructor.
  4. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  5. Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment.
  6. Submitted your Garda vetting form.

Applying for an Assessment

Before applying to attend a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate must

  1. Have Maintained your member registration as a Level 3 Kayak Instructor trainee.
  2. Hold a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification.
  3. Hold the Canoeing Ireland Level 4 Kayak Skills Award.
  4. Be at least 18 years of age.
  5. Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment and additional equipment as listed for a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment.
  6. Have attended an approved Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course or Programme as organised by the Canoeing Ireland within the 24 months period preceding a selected assessment date.
  7. Recorded in a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Logbook, following the completion of a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course at least 25 hours on the river of instructional experience under the supervision of at least two registered Level 3 Kayak Instructors.
  8. Recorded as part of the 25 hours supervised instructional experience on at least three different river trips details of assisting in the preparation of a group for a Level 3 Kayak Skills Assessment. This group must consist of at least three participants.
  9. Assist on two Level 3 Kayak Skills Assessments.
  10. Assist on two RSR 2 Courses (For training courses run January 2013 onwards only)
  11. Participate in three Irish Canoeing Competitions or hold a Level 3 Skills Award in another discipline.
  12. Possess a current and Canoeing Ireland approved First Aid Certificate (REC 3, WFA 3, or equivalent).
  13. Have completed an Irish Sports Council approved Child Protection Awareness Workshop.
  14. Be recommended for assessment by a registered Level 3 Instructor.
  15. Returned to the Canoeing Ireland Office a completed Level 3 Kayak Instructor Logbook, accompanied by all the pre-assessment requirements and a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment application no later than three weeks prior to a selected assessment date.
  16. Completed your Garda vetting process.

Format of the Assessment

  1. During the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment candidates must satisfy the assessors that they are mature, responsible and competent to instruct, lead and control a group on water of Grade II difficulty. In addition to teaching and personal kayaking ability, candidates must also demonstrate that they are sufficiently mature and responsible to manage a group
  2. During the period of the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment personal kayaking skills and application of first aid may be assessed. It would be expected that a candidate would at least have maintained a skills level equivalent to that of the Level 4 Kayak Skills and where possible improved on this.

As part of the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate will be expected to

  1. Organise and lead an instructional session for beginners or intermediates over the                 course of a river trip.
  2. Teach any stroke, technique or rescue applicable to water up to and including Grade II difficulty as outlined in the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award demonstrate effective group         control, group rapport, and instructional ability.
  3. Prepare a self-appraisal of the lesson plan water session for the Assessor.
  4. Demonstrate techniques and skills as required by the Level 4 Kayak Skills Award if requested to do so
  5. Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively Self Rescue, X and/or Assisted-X Rescue, All-in-Rescue, Unconscious Casualty, and Eskimo Rescue
  6. Demonstrate an ability to roll competently in moving water without any prior set-up
  7. Demonstrate an effective method of towing an empty kayak, a kayak with a participant who has a minor injury or illness and a kayak with a participant who has a major injury or illness.
  8. Present a suitable kayak correctly fitted out for instruction along with other appropriate personal equipment (See Level 3 Kayak Instructor List of Equipment). It would be expected that a candidate's equipment would be of a standard consistent with the responsibilities likely to be encountered by a Level 3 Kayak Instructor. Examination of equipment will form part of the overall assessment.
  9. Demonstrate effective group control, group rapport and instructional ability
  10. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of First Aid in the canoeing environment as well as a thorough working knowledge of the cause, effect and treatment of Shock, Hypothermia, EAR, CPR and the treatment of an unconscious casualty.
  11. Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course
  12. Attend an interview at which a self appraisal is presented

Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification Guidelines

  1. It is recommended that Instructors other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment assess a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification. Notwithstanding this, a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by members of the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel
  2. Clear guidelines should be given in writing should a candidate fail an assessment as to the areas that need to be improved on.
  3. Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of an assessment.
  4. No other award may be assessed at the same time as the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification.
  5. The candidate/assessor ratio should be a maximum of 6:2
  6. A Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment must be assessed by a minimum of two members of the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel.

Equipment required for the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment

A properly equipped kayak must include:

  • Rigid end loops and/or toggles
  • Suitable buoyancy
  • Suitable foot rest
  • A kayak must be of sufficient volume to carry out all necessary safety equipment and perform any rescue as required by the Level 3 Kayak Instructor qualification

 

Personal canoeing equipment must include:

  • Paddle
  • Wetsuit and /or sufficient thermal clothing
  • Spray Deck
  • Buoyancy Aid with integrated harness
  • Cagoule
  • Helmet
  • Adequate footwear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment must also include:

  • Towing System
  • Throw Rope
  • River Knife
  • Mobile phone
  • First Aid Kit*
  • Repair Kit
  • Split Paddle
  • Whistle
  • Torch
  • Watch
  • Flask and Food
  • Spare Clothes
  • Bivvy Bag or equivalent
  • Group Shelter
  • Slings x 2
  • Karabiners x 2
  • Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

 

*Recommended Contents of First Aid Kit:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paramedical shears
  • Vent aid or resuscitation barrier device
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Waterproof container (to keep supplies dry)
  • Roller bandages (assorted 3´sizes)
  • 3´Wound dressings (assorted sizes)
  • Triangular 3´bandages
  • Roll of first aid tape

 

  • Assorted plasters
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers
  • Foil blanket or emergency blanket
  • Sam splint
  • Penlight or snap light


Level 4 Kayak Instructor

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General aims

The Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification aims to enable candidates to:

  1. Become qualified to instruct advanced kayaking skills and lead safe kayaking trips on Grade III/ IV water with groups of up to 4 students.
  2. Train and Assess for the Canoeing Ireland Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Kayak Skills Awards.
  3. Teach advanced River Safety and Rescue and run RSR 1, RSR 2 and RSR 3 Training Courses.
  4. Promote safe kayaking standards, foster further participation and improvement in kayaking standards

Course Outline

The Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a registered four day Level 4 Kayak Instructor training course and a one day assessment.

Applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Training Course

Before applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Training Course a candidate must

  1. Be currently registered with the Canoeing Ireland Office as a Level 3 Kayak Instructor.
  2. Have completed Level 5 Kayak Skills Training.
  3. Have unrestricted access to a suitable kayak, personal equipment and additional equipment as listed for the Level 5 Kayak Skills award.
  4. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  5. Be registered as a member with the Canoeing Ireland Training Unit as a Trainee Level 4 Kayak Instructor.
  6. Complete a course application and return to Canoeing Ireland office.
  7. Submitted your Garda vetting form.

Applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment

Candidates will only be invited to attend an assessment on the satisfactory attainment of Level 5 Kayak Skills award and hold the Level 3 Kayak Instructor qualification for at least one year.

Before applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate must:

  1. Be a Level 3 Kayak Instructor for a minimum of one year.
  2. Be currently registered as a member with Canoeing Ireland Training & Development Unit.
  3. Hold the Level 5 Kayak Skills award.
  4. Attend two Level 4 Kayak Skills Training Courses.
  5. Attended two Level 4 Kayak Skills Assessments.
  6. Attend two RSR 3 courses
  7. Participate in five Irish Canoeing Competitions or hold two Level 3 Skills Awards in other disciplines, or hold a Level 4 Skills Award in another discipline.
  8. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  9. Have unrestricted access to a suitable kayak, personal equipment and additional equipment as listed for the Level 5 Kayak Skills award
  10. Possess a current Canoeing Ireland approved First Aid Certificate (REC 3 or equivalent)
  11. Return a completed Level 4 Kayak Instructor assessment application to Canoeing Ireland no later than three weeks prior to the assessment date.
  12. Completed your Garda vetting application.

Format of a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment

The Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment will take place over one day and must include a river trip on Grade III+ difficulty over a distance of 2-5 miles (4-8 kilometres)

The Assessment Group on the river trip of the assessment should consist of the following:

Assessors

Minimum of two registered Assessors on the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel

Assessees

Minimum of two and up to a maximum of four Assessees

Other River Trip Participants

Minimum of three and up to a maximum of eight participants who must hold at minimum the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award and be working towards Level Kayak 4 Skills standard

During the assessment a candidate must

As part of the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate will be expected to

  1. Present a suitable kayak correctly fitted out for instruction and other appropriate personal equipment (See Instructor List of Equipment). It would be expected that a candidate's equipment would be of a standard consistent with the responsibilities likely to be encountered by a Level 4 Instructor. Examination of equipment will form part of the overall assessment.
  2. Organise and lead a group of intermediate level paddlers on a river trip of Grade III+ difficulty over a distance of 2-5 miles (4-8 kilometres)
  3. During the course of the river trip teach any stroke, technique or rescue applicable to Grade III+ water while demonstrating effective group control, group rapport, and instructional ability. In addition teach any modern river running technique as outlined on Level 5 Kayak Skills syllabus such as boofs, flares etc.
  4. Satisfy the assessors that he/she is mature, responsible and competent to instruct, lead and control a group on a river trip of Grade III+ difficulty.
  5. Be able to demonstrate white water and deep water rescue techniques on a Grade III+ water
  6. As part of an interview give a debrief of the river trip for the Assessors and answer questions, either written and oral, on relevant aspects of kayaking such as modern kayak design, advanced river grading, feedback techniques, suitable kayaks for students and activity and assessing skills.

Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification Guidelines

  1. It is recommended that Instructors other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment assess a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification. Notwithstanding this, a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by members of the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel
  2. Clear guidelines should be given in writing should a candidate fail an assessment as to the areas that need to be improved on.
  3. Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of an assessment.
  4. No other award may be assessed at the same time as the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification.
  5. The candidate/assessor ratio should be a maximum of 4:2
  6. A Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment must be assessed by a minimum of two members of the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel.

Equipment required for the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment

A correctly equipped kayak must include:

Rigid end loops and/or toggles

Suitable buoyancy

Suitable foot rest

A kayak must be of sufficient volume to carry all necessary safety equipment and perform any rescue as required by the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification.

 

 

Personal canoeing equipment must include:

Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing

Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

Cagoule

Helmet

Buoyancy Aid with integrated harness

Spray Deck

Paddle

Flask and Emergency Food

Bivvy Bag or equivalent

Spare Clothes

Group Shelter

First Aid Kit

Repair Kit

Throw Bag

Map

Split Paddle

Whistle

Torch

Mobile phone

Watch

River Knife

Slings x 2

Prussic Loops x2

Karabiners x 2

Towing System with quick release

Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

 

 

Recommended Contents of First Aid Kit:

Rubber gloves

Paramedical shears

Roll of first aid tape

Roller bandages (assorted 3´sizes)

Notebook and pencil

Vent aid or resuscitation barrier device

Tweezers

Triangular 3´bandages

Foil blanket or emergency blanket

Sam splint

Assorted plasters

Safety pins

3´Wound dressings (assorted sizes)

Penlight or snap light Waterproof container (to keep supplies dry)