Level 5 Instructor (All Disciplines)
Level 5 Instructor (All Disciplines)
Level 5 Instructor
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The Level 5 Instructor Qualification, River, Sea and Open canoe is the highest instructional qualification awarded by Canoeing Ireland. It aims to enable candidates to:
- To carry on their remit as a Level 4 Instructor.
- Assess for the Canoeing Ireland Levels 1-5 Skills Awards.
- To be involved in the sport of Kayaking at all levels, both personally and professionally.
- To play an active role in aspect of the development of the sport, be it through a club, on an individual instructional basis or through involvement with Canoeing Ireland.
Training Course Outline
The Level 5 Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a 7 day training course and a two day assessment
The Training Course must be approved by Canoeing Ireland. It should run over 7 consecutive days - 4 days generic and 2 days discipline specific. The final day will be given over to feedback and action plans. The Training Course will include and cover the following:
- Review of basic skills.
- Importance of Practice in skill development.
- Use of a swimming pool for a session on rolling techniques and teaching.
- Learning and developing physical skills and Instructing processes.
- Working with long term and short term students.
- Looking at other specific competitive disciplines, such as slalom and marathon to develop awareness of Instructing techniques and tools.
- Use of other disciplines to develop paddle and body awareness and Instructing e.g. open canoe / freestyle.
- Use of audio visual tools, such as video cameras, for Instructing.
- Observation of Instructors from non related activities.
- Observation of Level 5 Instructors in their chosen discipline at work.
- The chance to be observed, by Level 5 Instructors in your chosen discipline, Instructing a group using new skills and techniques learnt.
- A comprehensive review and evaluation of the course.
- Thorough individual debrief / feedback and agreed action plans.
- Agree on a suitable project to be carried out before the assessment.
To be awarded the Level 5 Instructor Award candidates must meet the following criteria
- Be a valid member of Canoeing Ireland.
- Hold the Level 4 Kayak Instructor qualification in their discipline.
- Attend a Canoeing Ireland approved 7 day Level 5 Instructor training course within two years of selected assessment date.
- Meet all pre- assessment criteria as laid down in agreed Individual Action Plan on Training Course. Notwithstanding this, there must be a minimum time frame of 6 months between training and assessment, with a maximum time frame of 2 years. After this 2 year period has elapsed, then the Training Course must be re-taken at the discretion of the TDC, on an individual candidate application
- Work with two long term students who will be brought to the Assessment.
- Successfully complete a Level 5 Instructor Assessment.
- Hold a current and valid First Aid Certificate, as approved by the TDU of Canoeing Ireland.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Submitted your Garda vetting form.
The Assessment Procedure will be as follows:
- Meet all criteria as outlined in 2.01 – 2.07 above.
- Apply for Assessment through the Canoeing Ireland Office.
- Before applying for assessment, logbooks and action plans must have met a standard checklist upon submission to the Office.
- Action Plans and Logbooks must then be brought along to an assessment.
- Completed their Garda vetting application.
Format of an Assessment
The Assessment will take the following format
- It will be two days in duration
- On Day 1 the candidate will be observed working with his/her 2 long term students
- On Day 2 the candidate will be observed working with another candidates students
- Present a project in an interview with the assessors
- Be observed on each day by a different assessor
- Participate in seven Irish Canoeing Competitions or hold a Level 4 Skills Award in another discipline.
- Regardless of the result comprehensive written feedback will be given to the candidate
- If the candidate fails any part / all of the assessment then the whole assessment must be re-taken.
- Upon successful completion of an assessment then Level 5 Instructors must still work within the remit of the Level 4 Instructor as regards ratios and grade of water
- Assessors must be on the Canoeing Ireland Approved Level 5 Instructor Assessor Panel, or be approved by Canoeing Ireland . Due to the lack of Canoeing Ireland Level 5 Instructor Panel members it is expected that experienced and suitably qualified Instructors / Instructors from CANI / WCA / SCA / BCU Level 5 Instructor / Instructor Assessment Panels will be used, until such time as there are a suitable number of Canoeing Ireland Panel members
- The ratio at assessment is to be 2 assessors : 2 assessees
- There will be no interaction between candidates and assessors until such time as the assessment is complete and results are arrived at.