L3 Skills Training

The Level 3 Kayaking Skills Award aims to enable participants to:

  • Kayak safely and competently on rivers up to and including Grade II rivers as a member of a group of peers
  • Be capable of negotiating obstacles likely to be encountered on Grade II rivers
  • Assist in rescues

Performance Requirements:

Participants must successfully explain and demonstrate the following techniques and skills at a level higher than that required for the Level 2 Kayaking Skills Award



  • Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, Emergency Stop,
  • Forward Sweep, Reverse Sweep and a combination of Forward and Reverse Sweep
  • Draw Stroke, Sculling Draw, Hanging Draw
  • Bracing (Low Brace, High Brace, Sculling for Support)
  • Stern Rudder
  • Bow Rudder


  • Entry and Exit
  • Edging
  • Forward Ferry Gliding
  • Reverse Ferry Gliding
  • Breaking In
  • Breaking Out
  • Rescues
  • Capsize Drill
  • Offensive & Defensive Swimming
  • Assisted X Rescue and an X Rescue
  • Eskimo Rescue
  • Eskimo Roll



  • Knowledge of Safety Rules
  • An understanding of Eddies, Standing Waves, Upstream and Downstream V’s, Stoppers, and Easy River Routes
  • An understanding of river signals and commands