Canoeing Instructor Qualifications

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Canoe Instructor Qualifications

Level 1 Canoe Instructor

Level 2 Canoe Instructor

Level 3 Canoe Instructor

Level 4 Canoe Instructor

Canoe Instructor Qualifications


Level 1 Canoe Instructor

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General Aims

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

 

A Level 1 Canoe 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 Canoe Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a registered 32 hour Level 1 Canoe Instructor training programme and a half day assessment.

 

Applying to attend a Training Course

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

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

Applying to attend an Assessment

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

 

Format of a Level 1 Canoe Instructor Assessment

  1. During a Level 1 Canoe 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 Canoe Skills Award and where possible improved on this.

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

3.            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.

4.            Teach any stroke, technique, or rescue applicable to flat water as outlined in the Level          1 Canoe Skills Syllabus.

5.            Prepare a self-appraisal of the lesson plan/water session

6.            Demonstrate techniques and skills as required by the Level 3 Canoe Skills Award, if requested to do so.

7.            Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively: Self-Rescue, X or Assisted X-Rescue and deal with an Unconscious Casualty.

8.            Demonstrate an effective method of towing an empty canoe, a canoe with a participant who has a minor injury or illness, a canoe with a participant who has a major injury or illness.

9.            Present a suitable canoe 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.

10.          Demonstrate effective group control, group rapport, and instructional ability.

11.          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.

12.          Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during the Level I Canoe Instructor Training Course.

13.          Attend an individual debrief, where the candidate will present their self-appraisal and receive feedback.

 

Level 1 Canoe Instructor Qualification Guidelines

  1. A Level 1 Canoe Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by a member of the Level 1 Canoe Instructor Qualification Assessor Panel.
  2. It is recommended that the Level 1 Canoe 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 Canoe Instructor Assessment.
  6. The candidate/assessor ratio should be maximum of 2:1
  7. A Level 1 Canoe 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 Canoe 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.

 

Equipment required for the Level 1 Canoe Instructor Assessment

A properly equipped open canoe must include:

·         Sufficient length of painter

·         Method of securing paddles

·         Suitable buoyancy

Personal equipment must include:

·         Paddles

·         Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing

·         Buoyancy Aid

·         Cagoule

·         Helmet

·         Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

Equipment must also include:

·         Towing System

·         Throw Rope

·         Bivvy Bag or equivalent

·         First Aid Kit

·         Repair Kit (For repair to both fibreglass and plastic canoes)

·         Spare Paddle

·         Spare Dry Clothes

·         Flask and Emergency Food

·         Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

·         Whistle

·         Mobile Phone

·         River Knife

·         Watch

 

*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 Canoe 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.

 


Level 2 Canoe Instructor

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General aims

The Level 2 Open Canoe Instructor qualification aims to enable participants to:

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

Course Outline

The Level 2 Canoe Instructor requires that a candidate attend a registered two day Level 2 Canoe Instructor training course (or a programme of similar duration) and a half day assessment.

Applying to attend a Training Course

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

  1. Hold the Level 3 Canoe Skills Award.
  2. Be registered as a member with the Canoeing Ireland Training Unit as a Trainee Instructor.
  3. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  4. Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped canoe  personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment.

Applying to attend an Assessment

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

  1. Have maintained registration as a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Trainee.
  2. Hold the Level 3 Canoe Skills Certificate.
  3. Be at least 18 years of age
  4. Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped canoe, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 2 Canoe Instructor assessment.
  5. Have attended an approved Level 2 Canoe Instructor Training Course or Programme within the 24 months proceeding a selected assessment date.
  6. Completed your Garda vetting process.

Trainee Instructors who have completed training prior to January 2013

  1. Have recorded in a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Logbook at least 25 hours (on the water) of varied instructional experience. This instructional experience should be under the supervision of a registered Level 3 Canoe Instructor.

 

Trainee Instructors who have completed training after January 2013

  1. Have recorded in a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Logbook 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 Canoe Instructor, the remaining hours can be logged under the supervision of a Level 2 Canoe Instructor.

  1. Have recorded in a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Logbook as part of the above logged hours details of assisting in the preparation of a group for a Level 2 Canoe Skills Assessment. The group must consist of at least three participants.
  2. Assist on two Level 2 Canoe Skills assessments
  3. Assist on two RSR 1 training courses (For training courses run January 2013 onwards only)
  4. Participate in two Irish Canoeing Competitions or hold a Level 3 Skills Award in another discipline.
  5. Completed an approved First Aid training Course (REC 2 or equivalent).
  6. Attended an Irish Sports Council approved Child Protection Awareness Workshop
  7. Be recommended for assessment by a registered Canoeing Ireland Level 3 Instructor.
  8. Submit a completed Level 2 Canoe Instructor Logbook accompanied by a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment application to a registered Canoeing Ireland Instructor Assessor at least 2 weeks prior to a selected assessment date.

Format of Assessment

  1. During a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment, candidates must satisfy an assessor that they are competent bring a group on a journey and to instruct on water of Grade I difficulty. Aswell as teaching and personal canoeing ability, candidates must also demonstrate that they are mature and responsible to manage a 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 Canoe Skills Award and where possible improved on this.

As part of a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment, a candidate will 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 [BC5]
  3. Teach any stroke, technique, or rescue applicable to flat water as outlined in the Level 2 Canoe Skills Award. Also teach any Knots on Level 2 Canoe Skills Award.
  4. Prepare a self-appraisal of the water session.
  5. Demonstrate all techniques and skills as required by the Level 3 Canoe Skills Award, if requested to do so.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively: self rescue, X Rescue, Assisted X-Rescue. All rescues may be required to be demonstrated both as a rescuer and rescuee.[BC6]
  7. Demonstrate an effective method of towing an empty canoe, a canoe with a participant who has a minor injury or illness, a canoe with a participant who has a major injury or illness.
  8. Present a suitable canoe correctly fitted out for instruction and with other appropriate personal equipment (See Level 2 Canoe 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 Canoe Instructor. Examination of equipment will form an important part of the overall assessment.
  9. Demonstrate effective group control, group rapport, and instructional ability.
  10. 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.
  11. Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Training Course.
  12. Attend an interview, where the candidate will present their self-appraisal.

Level 2 Canoe Instructor Guidelines

  1. A Level 2 Canoe Instructor can only be assessed by a member of the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment Panel.
  2. It is recommended that the Level 2 Canoe Instructor is assessed by an Instructor other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment.
  3. Clear guidelines will be given in writing should a candidate fail the assessment as to the 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 2 Canoe Instructor.
  6. The candidate/assessor ratio should be maximum of 2:1
  7. Assessment to be carried out in solo canoes.


Equipment required for the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment

A properly equipped open canoe must include:

  • Sufficient length of painter
  • Method of securing paddles
  • Suitable buoyancy

 

Personal equipment must include:

  • Paddles
  • Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Cagoule
  • Helmet
  • Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

 

Equipment must also include:

  • Towing System
  • Throw Rope
  • Bivvy Bag or equivalent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Repair Kit (For repair to both fibreglass and plastic canoes)
  • Spare Paddle
  • Spare Dry Clothes
  • Flask and Emergency Food
  • Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry
  • Whistle
  • Mobile Phone
  • River Knife
  • Watch

*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 Canoe 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.

 


Level 3 Canoe Instructor

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General aims

The Level 3 Canoe Instructor Qualification aims to enable participants to:

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

Course Outline

The Level 3 Canoe Instructor Qualification requires that a trainee attend a registered four-day Level 3 Canoe training course and a two-day assessment. Applying to attend a Training Course

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

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

Format of the Assessment

  1. During a Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessment, trainees must satisfy an assessor that they are mature, responsible, and competent to instruct, lead, and control a group on a river trip of Grade II difficulty.
  2. During the period of a Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course and if necessary at an assessment, a trainee’s personal canoeing skills and First Aid may be assessed. It would be expected that a trainee would at least have maintained a skills level equivalent to that of the Level 4 Canoe Skills Award and where possible improved on this.

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

  1. Organise and lead an instructional session for a group of canoeists with basic and/or intermediate level skills during 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 Canoe Skills Award demonstrate effective group         control, group rapport, and instructional ability.
  3. Demonstrate effective group control, group rapport, and instructional ability.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively Self Rescue, X and/or Assisted -X Rescue, All-in-Rescue and Unconscious Casualty[BC7]
  5. Demonstrate an effective method of towing an empty Canoe, a canoe with a participant who has a minor injury or illness, a canoe with a participant who has a major injury or illness.
  6. Prepare a debrief of the instructional session for an assessor.
  7. Demonstrate all techniques and skills as required by the Level 4 Canoe Skills Award.
  8. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of First Aid in the canoeing environment as well as a thorough working knowledge of the cause/effect/treatment of Shock, Hypothermia,   EAR, CPR and the treatment of an unconscious casualty.
  9. Possess a suitable canoe correctly fitted out for instruction and other appropriate personal equipment (see Instructor list of equipment). It would be expected that a trainee’s equipment would be of a standard consistent with the responsibilities likely to be encountered by an Instructor. Examination of equipment will form part of the overall assessment.
  10. Answer questions either written and oral on aspects of canoeing covered during the training course.
  11. Have recorded in a logbook  all canoeing activities including details of the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course. A logbook should reflect a wide range of canoe experience during the period of the Training Course. Details of canoeing activities (both kayak and/or canoe) prior to applying for the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course should also be recorded.
  12. Candidates will only be invited to attend an assessment on the satisfactory completion of all the requirements including the submission of a logbook and attendance on a complete Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course.

Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessment Guidelines

Equipment required for the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessment

A properly equipped open canoe must include:

  • Sufficient length of painter
  • Method of securing paddles
  • Suitable buoyancy

 

Personal equipment must include:

  • Paddles
  • Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Cagoule
  • Helmet
  • Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

Equipment must also include:

  • Towing System
  • Throw Rope
  • Bivvy Bag or equivalent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Repair Kit
  • Spare Paddle
  • Spare Dry Clothes
  • Flask and Emergency Food
  • Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • Watch
  • River Knife

*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 Canoe Instructor

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General aims

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

  1. Become qualified to instruct advanced Canoeing skills and lead safe Canoeing 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 Canoe Skills Awards.
  3. Run RSR 1, RSR 2 and RSR 3 Training Courses.
  4. Promote safe Canoeing standards, foster further participation and improvement in canoeing standards

Applying to attend a Level 4 Canoe Instructor Assessment

To be Eligible to apply to attend a Level 4 Canoe Instructor Assessment, a candidate must

  1. Be currently registered Level 3 Canoe Instructor and member with Canoeing Ireland Training & Development Unit
  2. Hold the Level 5 Canoe Skills award
  3. Attend & Log two Level 4 Canoe Skills Training Courses
  4. Attend & Log two Level 4 Canoe Skills Assessments
  5. Attend & Log two RSR 3 courses
  6. Participate in Five Canoeing Ireland  Competitions or hold two level 3 skills awards in other disciplines or hold a Level 4 Skills award in another discipline
  7. Have unrestricted access to a suitable Canoe, personal equipment and additional equipment as listed for the Level 5 Canoe Skills award
  8. Possess a current Canoeing Ireland approved First Aid Certificate (REC 3 or equivalent)
  9. Return a completed Level 4 Canoe Instructor assessment application to Canoeing Ireland no later than three weeks prior to the assessment date.
  10. Completed your Garda vetting process.

Format of a Level 4 Canoe Instructor Assessment

The Level 4 Canoe Instructor Assessment will take place over one day and must include a river trip on Grade III/IV difficulty over a distance of 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 Canoe Instructor Assessor Panel

Assessees

Minimum of two and up to a maximum of four Assesses

Other River Trip Participants

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

During the assessment a candidate must

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

  1. Present a suitable Canoe 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 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 skills such as Poling, Lining and Tracking etc that would aid Navigation of advanced white water.
  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 Grade III/IV water

Level 4 Canoe Instructor Qualification Guidelines

Equipment required for the Level 4 Canoe Instructor Assessment

A correctly equipped Canoe must include:

A properly equipped open canoe must include:

  • Painters/Swim Lines
  • Suitable buoyancy
  • Suitable method of stowing equipment in canoe
  • A Canoe must be of sufficient design to carry all necessary safety equipment and perform any rescue as required by the Level 4 Canoe Instructor Qualification

 

Personal equipment must include:

  • Paddles
  • Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing
  • Buoyancy Aid with integrated harness
  • Cagoule
  • Helmet
  • Canoe Booties or adequate footwear
  • Pole

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment must also include:

  • Towing System with quick release
  • Throw Rope
  • Bivvy Bag or equivalent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Repair Kit (For repair to both fibreglass and plastic canoes)
  • Spare Paddle
  • Spare Dry Clothes
  • Flask and Emergency Food
  • Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry
  • Whistle
  • Mobile Phone
  • River Knife
  • Watch
  • Torch
  • Slings x 2
  • Prussic Loops x2
  • Karabiners x2

*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

Candidates must present suitable personal equipment plus any additional equipment deemed to be appropriate to support other members of the group.

Equipment should reflect such things as the season, the abilities of the group, and the grade of the river being undertaken.

Borrowed equipment will be assessed as if it were a candidate's own.

A candidate should be aware that on advanced grade rivers, having too much or inappropriate equipment can nearly be as hazardous as having too little.