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