FLAT WATER KAYAKING

Lv1 SKILLS

We will cover the following on a continual training and assessment basis:

  • An understanding of the Basic Safety Rules of canoeing
  • An ability to Enter and Exit correctly
  • Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, and Stop
  • An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke, Reverse Sweep Stroke and a combination of Forward and Reverse
  • Sweep Strokes
  • Capsize Drill

Lv 2 SKILLS TRAINING

We aim to enable the following:

Kayak safely and competently on flat water and Grade I rivers as a member of a group being led and assist in basic rescues.

 

Performance requirements:

  • An understanding of the Basic Safety Rules of canoeing
  • An ability to Enter and Exit a kayak correctly
  • Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, and Stop
  • An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke, Reverse Sweep Stroke and a combination of Forward and Reverse Sweep Strokes
  • Simple Draw Stroke
  • Low Brace
  • Turning on the Move
  • Edging while the kayak is moving
  • Capsize Drill
  • An ability to assist in an Assisted X Rescue and/or an H Rescue

Lv 2 SKILLS ASSESSMENT

Assessment:

 The Level 2 Kayak Skills Assessment must take place outdoors on flat water (i.e. water of Grade I difficulty). No part of an assessment can be taken in a swimming pool.

During an assessment all techniques and skills must be demonstrated to an assessor's satisfaction in order to achieve this award.

It may not be feasible for a junior or disabled person to assist fully in rescues - such candidates should, however, have a full understanding of the correct sequence of each of the required rescues and have some role to fulfil in the completion of these rescues.

A spraydeck must be worn throughout an assessment.

All strokes should be demonstrated in relevant situations i.e. use of a simple draw stroke to manoeuvre the kayak to the bank. Strokes should be demonstrated on both sides of the kayak.

The Level 2 Kayak Skills Award is not a compulsory pre requisite for any subsequent Canoeing Ireland skills awards.

No age restriction applies to this award.

 

KAYAK SKILLS WORKSHOP

Do you want to focus on a specific skill?

Develop your eskimo roll, practice rescues or hone your skills on strokes.

We can run a workshops for you to help you achieve your goals.