Kayak Instructor Qualifications

Kayak Instructor Qualifications

Level 1 Kayak Instructor

Level 2 Kayak Instructor

Kayak Instructor Qualifications


Level 1 Kayak Instructor

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General Aims

The Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification aims to enable candidates to:

A Level 1 Kayak Instructor is specifically not qualified to journey with groups and is restricted to static sessions only (i.e. same entry and exit point). Static site means travelling no more than approximately 300m from the get on point and no more than 50 metres off shore.

Course Outline

The Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a registered Level 1 Kayak Instructor training programme and a half day assessment.

There are two types of training programmes available:

  1. A 16 hour Level 1 Kayak Instructor training course plus a log of 30 hours practical experience.

or

  1. A 32 hour, 8 module training course.

Applying to attend a Training Course

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

  1. Have begun training for the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award
  2. Be registered as a member with Canoeing Ireland.
  3. Be at least 16 years of age at the time of application.
  4. Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment.
  5. Submitted your Garda vetting form.

Applying to attend an Assessment

Prior to applying to attend a Level 1 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate must:

Trainee Instructors who have completed training prior to January 2013

  1. Have recorded in a Level 1 Kayak Instructor Logbook following the completion of a Level I Instructor Training Course at least 25 hours on the water instructional experience under the supervision of at least two registered Canoeing Ireland Instructors who hold a Level 3 Kayak  Instructor qualification.

 

Trainee Instructors who have completed the two day training after January 2013

  1. Have recorded in a Level 1 Kayak Instructor Logbook following the completion of a Level I Instructor Training Course
  1. at least 30 hours of on the water instructional experience under the supervision of at least two currently registered Level 2 Canoeing Ireland Instructors or higher.
  2. at least 15 hours must be logged in closed cockpit kayaks, the other 15 may be logged in sit on top kayaks.
  1. Participate in one Irish Canoeing Competition or hold a Level 3 Skills Award in another discipline.

Trainee Instructors who have completed the 32 hour training course have no requirement to log additional experience.  

Format of a Level 1 Kayak Instructor Assessment

  1. During a Level 1 Kayak Instructor Assessment, candidates must satisfy an assessor that they are competent to provide safe and enjoyable introductory sessions to a beginner group.
  2. During assessment, a candidate's personal canoeing skills and First Aid may be assessed. It would be expected that a candidate would have maintained a skills level equivalent to that of the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award and where possible improved on this.

As part of a Kayak Level 1 Instructor Assessment, a candidate will be expected to

  1. Draw up a lesson plan lasting up to two hours and to organise an introductory session for a novice/basic level group on water of Grade I difficulty or in a Sheltered Tidal Area.
  2. Teach any stroke, technique, or rescue applicable to flat water as outlined in the Level          1 Kayak Skills Syllabus.
  3. Prepare a self-appraisal of the lesson plan/water session
  4. Demonstrate techniques and skills as required by the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award, if requested to do so.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively: Self-Rescue, X or Assisted X-Rescue, Unconscious Casualty and Eskimo Rescue.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to roll competently 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, a kayak with a participant who has a major injury or illness.
  8. Present a suitable kayak correctly fitted out for instruction and with other appropriate personal equipment (See 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. Examination of equipment will form an important part of the overall assessment.
  9. Demonstrate effective group control, group rapport, and instructional ability.
  10. Demonstrate an ability to deal competently with a basic First Aid scenario which may include but is not limited to: the cause/effect/treatment of Shock, Hypothermia, EAR, and CPR.
  11. Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during the Level I Kayak Instructor Training Course.
  12. Attend an individual debrief, where the candidate will present their self-appraisal and receive feedback.

Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification Guidelines

  1. A Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by a member of the Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification Assessor Panel.
  2. It is recommended that the Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification is assessed by an Instructor other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment.
  3. Clear guidelines should be given in writing should a candidate fail the assessment as to the area/areas they need to improve on.
  4. Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of the assessment.
  5. No other award may be assessed at the same time as the Level 1 Kayak Instructor Assessment.
  6. The candidate/assessor ratio should be maximum of 2:1
  7. A Level 1 Kayak Instructor under 18 years must be accompanied on the water by another qualified and registered adult Instructor.  In this case each instructor may take up to 6 students on the water.
  8. The Level 1 Kayak Instructor award is valid for 3 years. To maintain this award the instructor is required to attend further training or CPD/workshops within the three year period.

List of Equipment required for Assessment

A properly equipped kayak:

  • 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 1 Kayak Instructor qualification.

 

Personal canoeing equipment:

  • Paddle
  • Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing
  • Spray Deck
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Cagoule
  • Helmet
  • Adequate footwear

 

Equipment must also include:

  • Towing System
  • Bivvy Bag and/or group shelter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Flask and Food
  • Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry
  • Repair Kit*
  • Spare Clothes*
  • Mobile phone or VHF

*Those items marked with an asterisk need not be carried in the kayak during assessment but should be on site.

*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

 

Below is the definition of the flat water operating areas for a Level 1 Instructor:

 

Very Sheltered Inland Water

 

Rivers

 

Sections of slow moving rivers that do not include rapids or weirs.

Canals

 

Canals with bank side access and egress and which have a minimum of commercial traffic.

Lakes

 

Shorelines of small lakes which do not have difficult landing areas and which are not large enough for problems to occur if there is a sudden change in conditions.

Sheltered Tidal Areas

 

Enclosed harbours with a minimum of commercial traffic, enclosed on three sides. Where there is minimal possibility of being blown off shore.

Small enclosed flat water bays where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore.

The upper reaches of some suitable, slow moving, flat estuaries.

 


Level 2 Kayak Instructor

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General aims

The Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification aims to enable candidates to

  1. Become qualified to instruct basic kayaking skills and lead kayaking journeys on flat water with groups of up to 6 students.
  2. Train and Assess for the Levels 1 & 2 Kayak Skills Award
  3. Teach basic Flat Water Safety and Rescue and run RSR 1 Training Courses
  4. Mentor Level 1 and 2 Kayak Instructor trainees.
  5. The Level 2 Instructor is specifically not qualified to journey across a lake or more than 50 metres off shore

Training Course Outline

  1. The Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a registered two day Level 2 Kayak Instructor training course (or a programme of similar duration) and a half day assessment.
  2. Candidates who have successfully completed a 32 hour, 8 module, Level 1 Kayak Instructor Training Course and Assessment can apply for Level 2 Instructor Assessment upon completion of the logbook requirements.

Applying to attend a Training Course

Before applying to attend a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course, a candidate must:

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

Applying to attend an Assessment

Before applying to attend a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate must

Trainee Instructors who have completed training prior to January 2013

  1. Have recorded in a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Logbook following the completion of a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course at least 25 hours (on the water) of instructional experience and trip leading experience under the supervision of at least two currently registered Level 3 Kayak Instructors.

 

Trainee Instructors who have completed training after January 2013 & instructors who completed the 32 hour, 8 module, Level 1 Kayak Instructor Training Course and Assessment

  1. Have recorded in a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Logbook following the completion of a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course at least
  1. 30 hours (on the water) of instructional experience and trip leading experience under the supervision of at least two registered Canoeing Ireland Instructors.
  2. 10 of these hours must be under the supervision of a Level 3 Kayak Instructor, the remaining hours can be logged under the supervision of a Level 2 Kayak Instructor
  3. 15 hours in a closed cockpit kayak, the remaining hours can be logged in sit on tops

Format of Assessment

  1. During a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment candidates must satisfy an assessor that they are competent to bring a group on a journey and instruct on water of Grade I difficulty. As well as teaching and personal canoeing ability, candidates must also demonstrate that they are sufficiently mature and responsible to manage a group.
  2. During assessment, aspects of a candidate's personal kayaking skills and First Aid may be assessed. It would be expected that a candidate would have maintained a skill level equivalent to that of the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award and where possible to have improved on this.

As part of an assessment, a candidate would be expected to

  1. Draw up a lesson plan lasting up to three hours and to organise an instructional session for a novice/basic level group on flat water.
  2. Plan and take the group on a significant journey of at least 2km [BC2]
  3. Teach any stroke, technique, or rescue applicable to flat water as outlined in the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award Syllabus.
  4. Prepare a self-appraisal of their lesson plan/water session.
  5. Demonstrate techniques and skills as required by the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award if requested to do so.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively: Self-Rescue, X or Assisted X-Rescue, Unconscious Casualty and Eskimo Rescue. [BC3]
  7. Demonstrate an ability to roll competently without any prior set-up.
  8. Demonstrate an effective method of towing an empty kayak, a kayak with a participant who has a minor injury or illness, a kayak with a participant who has a major injury or illness.
  9. Present a suitable kayak correctly fitted out for instruction along with other appropriate personal equipment (See Level 2 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 2 Kayak Instructor. Examination of equipment will form an important part of the overall assessment.
  10. Demonstrate effective group control, group rapport, and instructional ability.
  11. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of basic First Aid as well as a thorough working knowledge of the cause/effect/treatment of Shock, Hypothermia, EAR, and CPR.
  12. Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course.
  13. Attend an debrief at which a self-appraisal is presented.

Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification Guidelines

Equipment List required for a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment

A correctly equipped kayak must include:

  • Rigid end loops and/or toggles
  • Deck lines
  • 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 2 Kayak Instructor qualification.

 

Personal canoeing equipment must include:

  • Paddle
  • Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing
  • Spray Deck
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Cagoule
  • Helmet
  • Adequate footwear
  • Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

 

Equipment must also include:

  • Towing System
  • Bivvy Bag or equivalent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Watch
  • Split Paddles
  • Repair Kit  
  • Flask and Food
  • Spare Clothes
  • Mobile phone or VHF

 

 

*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

Below is the definition of the flat water operating areas for a Level 2 Kayak Instructor:

 

Very Sheltered Inland Water

 

Rivers

 

Sections of slow moving rivers that do not include rapids or weirs.

Canals

 

Canals with bank side access and egress and which have a minimum of commercial traffic.

Lakes

 

Shorelines of small lakes which do not have difficult landing areas and which are not large enough for problems to occur if there is a sudden change in conditions.

Sheltered Tidal Areas

 

  • Enclosed harbours with a minimum of commercial traffic, enclosed on three sides. Where there is minimal possibility of being blown off shore.
  • Small enclosed bays where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore.
  • The upper reaches of some suitable, slow moving, flat estuaries.