Before applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Skills Award Assessment, a candidate must:
Be at least 12 years of age
Be a member of Canoeing Ireland
The Level 3 Kayak Skills assessment must take place outdoors on water of Grade II difficulty as part of a river trip.
No part of an assessment can be taken in a swimming pool
During an assessment a participant must explain and demonstrate all techniques and skills at a level higher than that required for the Level 2 Kayak Skills Award. All techniques, skills and
rescues must be demonstrated to an assessor's satisfaction in order to achieve this award
All strokes should be demonstrated in relevant situations i.e. sculling in a small stopper. Strokes should be demonstrated on both sides of the kayak.
Generally, required assessment rescues will be kept until the end of an assessment
It is recommended that a Level 3 Kayak Skills Award is assessed by a Instructor other than the Instructor who ran the training course leading to assessment
The Level 3 Kayak Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered Canoeing Ireland Instructor who is, at minimum, a Level 3 Kayak Instructor
The assessment can be carried out with a maximum of six candidates to one assessor
Generally guidelines will be given, should a candidate fail an assessment, as to the areas that they need to improve on