Canoeing Ireland Instructor Qualifications

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Kayak Instructor Qualifications

1.00     General Aims

The Level I Kayak Instructor Qualification aims to enable candidates to

1.01     Become qualified to instruct Level 1,2 &3 kayaking skills on water of no higher than

  • Grade I difficulty including Very Sheltered water , Designated Lake Areas, and in
  • Designated Sheltered Tidal Areas.

1.02     Assess for the Level 1 Kayak Skills Award.

A Level I Kayak Instructor is specifically not qualified to lead groups and is restricted to static instructional sessions only.

2.00     Course Outline

2.01     The Level I Kayak Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a two day training course (or a programme of similar duration) and a one day assessment.

3.00     Applying to attend a Training Course

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

3.01     Hold the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award

3.02     Be registered with the ICU Training Unit as a Trainee Instructor

3.03     Be at least 16 years of age at the time of application.

3.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment.

4.00     Applying to attend an Assessment

Prior to applying to attend a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate must

4.01     Have maintained registration as a Level I Kayak Instructor Trainee.

4.02     Hold the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award.

4.03     Be at least 16 years of age.

4.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment.

4.05     Have attended an approved Kayak Level I Instructor Training Course or Programme within the 24 months preceding a selected assessment date.

4.06     Have recorded in a Level I Kayak Instructor Logbook following the completion of a Level I Instructor Training Course at least 25 hours (on the water) of instructional experience under the supervision of at least two registered ICU Instructors who hold a Level 3 Kayak  Instructor qualification or who are members of the Level 1 Kayak Instructor Mentor Panel.

4.07     Have recorded in a Level I Instructor Logbook as part of the 25 hours supervised instructional experience details of assisting in the preparation of a group for a Level 2 Kayak Skills Assessment. The group must consist of at least three participants.

4.08     Have recorded in the Level I Kayak Instructor Logbook following registration as a trainee, all canoeing activities relevant to the Level 1 Instructor Pre Assessment requirements, including details of the Level I Instructor Training Course. Details of kayaking activities prior to applying for the Level I Kayak Instructor Award should also be recorded.

4.09     Completed an approved First Aid training Course (REC 2 or equivalent).

4.10     Attended an Irish Sports Council approved Child Protection Awareness Workshop

4.11     Be recommended for assessment by a registered ICU Level 3 Instructor.

4.12     Return to the ICU Office, a completed Level I Kayak Instructor Logbook accompanied by a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment application at least three weeks prior to a selected assessment date.

5.00     Format of a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment

5.01     During a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment, candidates must satisfy an assessor that they are competent to instruct on water of Grade I difficulty. Apart from teaching and personal canoeing ability, candidates must also demonstrate that they are sufficiently mature and responsible to manage a group.

5.02     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 Kayak Skills Award and where possible improved on this.

As part of a Kayak Level I Instructor Assessment, a candidate will be expected to

5.03     Select a lesson plan lasting up to three hours and to organise an instructional session for a novice/basic level group on water of Grade I difficulty or in a Sheltered Tidal Area.

5.04     Teach any stroke, technique, or rescue applicable to flat water as outlined in the Level         3 Kayak Skills Syllabus.

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

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

5.07      Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively: Self-Rescue, X or Assisted X-Rescue, All-in Rescue, Unconscious Casualty, Curl or TX Rescue and Eskimo Rescue.

5.08     Demonstrate an ability to roll competently without any prior set-up.

5.09     demonstrate an effective method of towing a kayak

5.10     Present a suitable kayak 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.

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

5.12     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.

5.13     Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during the Level I Kayak Instructor Training Course.

5.14     Attend an interview, where the candidate will present their self-appraisal.


                        List of Equipment required for Assessment

A properly equipped kayak:

·         Rigid end loops and/or toggles

·         Kayaks over 270cm in length must have decklines fitted front and back

·         Kayaks 270cm or less in length must have cowtails fitted front and back

·         Method of securing paddles

·         Suitable buoyancy

·         Suitable foot rest

·         A kayak must be of sufficient volume to carry out all necessary safety equipment and perform any rescue as required by the Level 4 Skills Award

 

Personal canoeing equipment:

·         Paddle

·         Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing

·         Spray Deck

·         Buoyancy Aid

·         Cagoule

·         Helmet

·         Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

 

Equipment must also include:

·         Towing System

·         Bivvy Bag and/or group shelter

·         First Aid Kit

·         Knife

·         Whistle

·         Flask and Food

·         Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

·         Repair Kit*

·         Spare Clothes*

·         Mobile phone

 

*Those items marked with an asterisk need not be carried in the kayak during assessment but should be on site.

                        Level I Kayak Instructor Qualification Guidelines

  • A Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by a member of the Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification Assessor Panel
  • It is recommended that the Level 1 Kayak Instructor Qualification is assessed by an Instructor other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment.
  • Clear guidelines should be given in writing should a candidate fail the assessment as to the areas they need to improve on.
  • Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of the assessment.
  • No other award may be assessed at the same time as the Level 1 Kayak Instructor Assessment.
  • The candidate/assessor ratio should be maximum of 3:1 though 2:1 is preferable
  • A Level 1 Kayak Instructor under 18 years must be accompanied on the water by another qualified and registered adult Instructor


1.00     General aims

The Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification aims to enable candidates to

1.01     become qualified to instruct introductory, basic, and intermediate skills level kayaking skills on water of no higher than Grade I difficulty including Very Sheltered Waters and/or Sheltered Tidal Areas.

1.02     Become qualified to journey on

1.03     Canals 

1.04     Sections of  a river that does not include rapids or weirs

1.05     Defined shorelines  around a lake 

1.06     Harbours and Very sheltered Tidal Waters

1.07     The Instructor is specifically  not qualified to journey across a lake 

1.08     Assess for the Levels 1 & 2 Kayak Skills Award

2.00     Training Course Outline

2.01     The Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a three day training course (or a programme of similar duration) and a one day assessment.

3.00     Applying to attend a Training Course

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

3.01     Hold the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award

3.02     Be registered with the ICU Training Unit as a Trainee Instructor

3.03     Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

3.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment.

4.00     Applying to attend an Assessment

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

4.01     Have maintained registration as a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Trainee.

4.02     Hold the ICU Level 3 Kayak Skills Award.

4.03     Be at least 18 years of age.

4.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment.

4.05     Have attended an approved Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course or Programme within the 24 months period preceding a selected assessment date.

4.06     Have recorded in a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Logbook following the completion of a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course at least 25 hours (on the water) of instructional experience and trip leading experience under the supervision of at least two registered Level 3 Kayak Instructors.

4.07     Have recorded in a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Logbook as part of the 25 hours supervised instructional experience details of assisting in the preparation of a group for a Level 2 Kayak Skills Assessment. The group must consist of at least three participants.

4.08     Have recorded in a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Logbook, following registration as a Trainee, all kayaking activities relevant to the Level 2 Kayak Instructor assessment requirements including details of their Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course. Details of kayaking activities prior to applying to attend a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course should also be recorded.

4.09     Attended two Level 2 Kayak Skills assessments

4.10     Completed an approved First Aid training Course (REC 2 or equivalent).

4.11     Attended an Irish Sports Council approved Child Protection Awareness Workshop

4.12     Be recommended for assessment by a registered ICU Level 3 Instructor.

4.13     Return to the ICU Office, a completed Level I Kayak Instructor Logbook accompanied by a Level I Kayak Instructor Assessment application at least three weeks prior to a selected assessment date.

5.00     Format of Assessment

5.01     During a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment candidates must satisfy an assessor that they are competent to instruct on water of Grade I difficulty. Apart from teaching and personal canoeing ability, candidates must also demonstrate that they are sufficiently mature and responsible to manage a group.

5.02     during assessment, aspects of a candidate's personal kayaking 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 Kayak Skills Award and where possible to have improved on this.

5.03     As part of an assessment, a candidate would be expected to

5.04     Select a lesson plan lasting up to three hours and to organise an instructional session for a novice/basic level group on water of Grade I difficulty or in a Sheltered Tidal Area.

5.05     Teach any stroke, technique, or rescue applicable to flat water as outlined in the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award Syllabus.

5.06     Prepare a self-appraisal of their lesson plan/water session.

5.07     Demonstrate techniques and skills as required by the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award if requested to do so.

5.08     Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively: Self-Rescue, X or Assisted X-Rescue, All-in Rescue, Unconscious Casualty, Curl or TX Rescue and Eskimo Rescue.

5.09     Demonstrate an ability to roll competently without any prior set-up.

5.10     Demonstrate an effective method of towing a kayak.

5.11     Present a suitable kayak correctly fitted out for instruction along with other appropriate personal equipment (See Level I Kayak 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 1 Kayak Instructor. Examination of equipment will form an important part of the overall assessment.

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

5.13     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.

5.14     Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Training Course.

5.15     Attend an interview at which a self-appraisal is presented.

                        Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification Guidelines

  • It is recommended that a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification is assessed by an Instructor other than the Instructor who runs the training course leading to assessment. Notwithstanding this, a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by a registered member of the Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel.
  • Clear guidelines should be given in writing should a candidate fail an assessment as to the areas which need to be improved upon.
  • Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of an assessment.
  • No other award or qualification can be assessed during a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment.
  • The assessment candidate/assessor ratio is a maximum of 3:1

                        Equipment List required for a Level 2 Kayak Instructor Assessment

A correctly equipped kayak must include:

·         Rigid end loops and/or toggles

·         Deck lines

·         Kayaks over 270cm in length must have decklines fitted front and back.

·         Kayaks 270cm or less in length must have cowtails fitted front and back

·         Method of securing paddles

·         Suitable buoyancy

·         Suitable foot rest

·         A kayak must be of sufficient volume to carry all necessary safety equipment and perform any rescue as required by the Level 4 Kayak Skills Award.

 

Personal canoeing equipment must include:

·         Paddle

·         Wetsuit or sufficient

·         thermal clothing

·         Spray Deck

·         Buoyancy Aid

·         Cagoule

·         Helmet

·         Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

 

Equipment must also include:

·         Towing System

·         Bivvy Bag or equivalent

·         First Aid Kit

·         Knife

·         Whistle

·         Watch

·         Split Paddles

·         Repair Kit  

·         Flask and Food

·         Spare Clothes

·         Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

·         Mobile phone

 


1.00     General aims

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

1.01     Become qualified to instruct and lead kayaking groups safely on water of no higher than Grade II difficulty including very Sheltered Waters and/or Sheltered Tidal Areas.

1.02     Assess for the Irish Canoe Union Levels 1, 2 and 3 Kayak Skills Awards.

1.03     Has an awareness of the competitive canoeing disciplines.

2.00     Training Course Outline

The Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a four-day training course (or a programme of similar duration), and a two-day Assessment. It is recommended that candidates also complete an additional ICU two-day preparation for assessment which can be credited as 10 hours of the 25 hours logging requirement .

The course content is as follows:

Kayak Teaching on Flat Water (Day 1))

1. Teaching novice and basic level students.

2. Analysis of basic strokes, skills, and techniques.

3. Development of lesson programmes and teaching skills.

4. Use of focussed games and tasks in teaching canoeing

5. Maximising pool use for teaching canoeing

Teaching on Moving Water (Day 2)

1. Personal skill instruction & Briefing groups

2. Instructing at a static Site. Introduction to moving water

3. Teaching basic level students

4. Analysis of intermediate Strokes, Skills, and Techniques

5. Progressions in instructing during river trips

6. Selecting locations on rivers for tasks, goal setting and skill application

Teaching on Moving Water (Day 3)

1. Trip planning

2. Communication & Leadership styles and group control on moving water

3. Teaching advanced whitewater technique and freestyle manoeuvres.

4. Assessment of Level 1, 2 and 3 Kayak Skills Awards

5. Promoting awareness of the competitive disciplines within canoeing

River Safety (Day 4)

1. Reading White Water

2. River Rescues - Throw Ropes and Rescues from Kayaks

3. Hazards - Methods of Leading, Protection and Prevention, etc.

4. Group Safety - Management and Communication

5. Equipping yourself for river rescue

6. Management of a rescue / first aid incident in a river setting

3.00     Applying to attend a Training Course

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

3.01     Hold the Level 4 Kayak Skills Award

3.02     Be registered with the ICU Training Unit as a Trainee Instructor

3.03     Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

3.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment.

4.00     Applying for an Assessment

Before applying to attend a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate must

4.01     Have Maintained registration as a Level 3 Kayak Instructor

4.02     Hold the ICU  Level 4 Kayak Skills Award

4.03     Be at least 18 years of age

4.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment and additional equipment as listed for a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment

4.05     Have attended an approved Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course or Programme as organised by the Irish Canoe Union within the 24 months period preceding a selected assessment date.

4.06     Attended two Level 2 Skills and two Level 3 Kayak Skills Assessments.

4.07     Recorded in a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Logbook, following the completion of a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course at least 25 hours * (on the water) of instructional      experience under the supervision of at least two (2) registered Level 3 Kayak Instructors

4.08     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 2 or Level 3 Kayak Skills Assessment. This group must consist of at least three participants.

4.09     Possess a current and ICU approved First Aid Certificate (REC 3 or equivalent)

4.10     Have completed an Irish Sports Council approved Child Protection Awareness Workshop

4.11     Be recommended for assessment by a registered Level 3 Instructor

4.12     Returned to the Irish Canoe Union Office a completed Level 3 Kayak Instructor Logbook accompanied by all the pre -assessment requirements and a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment application no later than three weeks prior to a selected assessment date.

5.00     Format of the Assessment

5.01     During the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment candidates must satisfy the assessors that they are mature, responsible and competent to instruct, lead and control a group on water of Grade II difficulty. Apart from teaching and personal kayaking ability, candidates must also demonstrate that they are sufficiently mature and responsible to manage a group

5.02     During the period of the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course, and if necessary, at the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment a candidate's personal kayaking skills and First Aid may be assessed. It would be expected that a candidate would at least have maintained a skills level equivalent to that of the Level 4 Kayak Skills and where possible improved on this.

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

5.03     organise and lead an instructional session for beginners or intermediates over the   course of a river trip.

5.04     Teach any stroke, technique or rescue applicable to water up to and including Grade II        difficulty as outlined in the Level 4 Kayak Skills Award demonstrate effective group          control, group rapport, and instructional ability.

5.05     prepare a self-appraisal of the lesson plan water session for the Assessor.

5.06     demonstrate techniques and skills as required by the Level 4 Kayak Skills Award if requested to do so

5.07     Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively Self Rescue, X and /or Assisted -X Rescue, All-in-Rescue, Unconscious Casualty, Curl and /or TX Rescue and Eskimo Rescue

5.08     Demonstrate an ability to roll competently without any prior set-up

5.09     Demonstrate an effective method of towing a kayak

5.10     Present a suitable kayak correctly fitted out for instruction along with other appropriate personal equipment (See Level 3 Kayak 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 3 Kayak Instructor. Examination of equipment will form part of the overall assessment.

5.11     Demonstrate effective group control, group rapport and instructional ability

5.12     Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of First Aid in the canoeing environment as well as a thorough working knowledge of the cause, effect and treatment of Shock, Hypothermia, EAR, CPR and the treatment of an unconscious casualty.

5.13     Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course

5.14     Present a short lecture on a canoeing topic with the use of teaching aids

5.15     Attend an interview at which a self appraisal is presented

5.16     Have recorded in a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Logbook, following registration as a Trainee and participation on a Training Course all activities relevant to The Level 3 Kayak Instructor pre-assessment requirements. This should include details of participation on a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course.

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 at a full Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Course

                        Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification Guidelines

  • It is recommended that Instructors other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment assess a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification. Notwithstanding this, a Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by members of the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel
  • Clear guidelines should be given in writing should a candidate fail an assessment as to the areas that need to be improved on.
  • Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of an assessment.
  • No other award may be assessed at the same time as the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Qualification.
  • The candidate/assessor ratio should be a maximum of 8:2 but 6:2 is preferable

 

  • A Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment must be assessed by a minimum of two members of the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel and should include, where possible, a qualified First Aid Trainer approved.

                        Equipment required for the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment

A properly equipped kayak must include:

·         Rigid end loops and/or toggles

·         Kayaks over 270cm in length must have decklines fitted front and back

·         Kayaks 270cm or less in length must have cowtails fitted front and back

·         Method of securing paddles

·         Suitable buoyancy

·         Suitable foot rest

·         A kayak must be of sufficient volume to carry out all necessary safety equipment and perform any rescue as required by the Level 4 Skills Award

 

Personal canoeing equipment must include:

·         Paddle

·         Wetsuit and /or sufficient thermal clothing

·         Spray Deck

·         Buoyancy Aid with integrated harness

·         Cagoule

·         Helmet

·         Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment must also include:

·         Towing System

·         Throw Rope

·         Bivvy Bag or equivalent

·         First Aid Kit*

·         Repair Kit

·         Split Paddle

·         River Knife

·         Whistle

·         Torch

·         Watch

·         Flask and Food

·         Spare Clothes

·         Group Shelter

·         Slings x 2

·         Karabiners x 2

·         Mobile phone

·         Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

 

 

*Recommended Contents of First Aid Kit:

·         Rubber gloves

·         Paramedical shears

·         Roll of first aid tape

·         Roller bandages (assorted 3´sizes)

·         Notebook and pencil

·         Vent aid or resuscitation barrier device

·         Tweezers

·         Triangular 3´bandages

·         Foil blanket or emergency blanket

·         Sam splint

·         Assorted plasters

·         Safety pins

·         3´Wound dressings (assorted sizes)

·         Penlight or snap light Waterproof container (to keep supplies dry)


1.00     General aims

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

1.01     Become qualified to instruct and lead groups safely on water of Grade III+ difficulty in a kayak.

1.02     Assess for the Irish Canoe Union Levels 2, 3 and 4 Kayak Skills Awards.

1.03     Foster further participation and improvement in kayaking standards

1.04     Promote safe kayaking standards.

2.00     Course Outline

The Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a one day assessment. A further optional one day training workshop is highly recommended though not compulsory.

The course/workshop content should include the following:

Advanced Kayak teaching on white water

1. Kayak Design appropriate for students and activity

2. Advanced River grading

3. Assessment of the Level 4 Kayak Skills award.

4. Feedback techniques

5. Different methods of instruction and use of Audio Visual aids

6. Leadership & Decision Making – running Grade III+ rapids

7. Management of a rescue / first aid incident in the river setting

8. Teaching advanced Whitewater techniques and freestyle manoeuvres such as boofs, flares

3.00     Applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Workshop

Before applying for this course/workshop a candidate must

3.01     Be currently registered with the Irish Canoe Union Office as a Level 3 Kayak Instructor

3.02     Hold the ICU Level 5 Kayak Skills Award

3.03     Have unrestricted access to a suitable kayak, personal equipment and additional equipment as listed for the Level 5 Kayak Skills award

3.04     Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

3.05     Complete a course application and return to Canoe Union office

4.00     Applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment

Candidates will only be invited to attend an assessment on the satisfactory attainment of Level 5 Kayak Skills award and hold the Level 3 Kayak Instructor qualification for at least one year

Before applying to attend a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment, a candidate must

4.01     Be a Level 3 Kayak Instructor for a minimum of one year

4.02     Be currently registered with ICU Training & Development Unit 

4.03     Hold the Level 5 Kayak Skills award

4.04     Attended two Level 4 Kayak Skills Assessments

4.05     Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

4.06     Have unrestricted access to a suitable kayak, personal equipment and additional equipment as listed for the Level 5 Kayak Skills award

4.07     Possess a current ICU approved First Aid Certificate (REC 3 or equivalent)

4.08     Return a completed Level 4 Kayak Instructor assessment application to the Irish Canoe Union no later than three weeks prior to the assessment date.

5.00     Format of a Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment

The Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment will take place over one day and must include a river trip on Grade III+ difficulty over a distance of 2-5 miles (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 Kayak Instructor Assessor Panel

Assessees

Minimum of two and up to a maximum of four Assessees

Other River Trip Participants

Minimum of two and up to a maximum of four participants who must hold at minimum the Level 3 Kayak Skills Award

During the assessment a candidate must

  • Satisfy the assessors that they are mature, responsible and competent to instruct, lead and control a group on a river trip of Grade III+ difficulty at a minimum.
  • Show an ability to instruct a group of students on a river trip of Grade III+ difficulty.
  • Have knowledge, both oral and practical, of advanced white water techniques, skills and rescues.
  • Have knowledge, both oral and practical, of First Aid and CPR as applied in a high grade river environment.
  • Have maintained a skills level equivalent to that of the Level 5 Kayak Skills.
  • Attend an interview with assessors

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

5.01     Present a suitable kayak 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.

5.02     Organise and lead a group of intermediate level paddlers on a river trip of Grade III+             difficulty over a distance of 2-5 miles (4-8 kilometres)

5.03     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 modern river running technique as outlined on Level 5 Kayak Skills syllabus such as boofs, flares etc.

5.04     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.

5.05     Be able to demonstrate white water and deep water rescue techniques on a Grade III+ water

5.06     As part of an interview give a debrief of the river trip for the Assessors and answer questions, either written and oral, on relevant aspects of kayaking such as modern kayak design, advanced river grading, feedback techniques, suitable kayaks for students and activity and assessing skills.

Equipment required for the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Assessment

A correctly equipped kayak must include:

Rigid end loops and/or toggles

Kayaks over 270cm in length must have decklines fitted front and back.

Kayaks 270cm or less in length must have cowtails fitted front and back

Method of securing paddles

Suitable buoyancy

Suitable foot rest

A kayak must be of sufficient volume to carry all necessary safety equipment and perform any rescue as required by the Level 4 Kayak Skills Award.

 

 

Personal canoeing equipment must include:

Wetsuit or sufficient thermal clothing

Canoe Booties or adequate footwear

Cagoule

Helmet

Buoyancy Aid with integrated harness

Spray Deck

Paddle

Flask and Emergency Food

Bivvy Bag or equivalent

Spare Clothes

Group Shelter

First Aid Kit

Repair Kit

Throw Bag

Map

Split Paddle

Whistle

Torch

Mobile phone

Watch

River Knife

Slings x 2 

Prussic Loops x2

Karabiners x 2

Towing System with quick release

Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

 

Recommended Contents of First Aid Kit:

Rubber gloves

Paramedical shears

Roll of first aid tape

Roller bandages (assorted 3´sizes)

Notebook and pencil

Vent aid or resuscitation barrier device

Tweezers

Triangular 3´bandages

Foil blanket or emergency blanket

Sam splint

Assorted plasters

Safety pins

3´Wound dressings (assorted sizes)

Penlight or snap light Waterproof container (to keep supplies dry)

 

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.

                        Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification Assessment Guidelines

  • The only other award that may be assessed at the same time as the Level 4 Kayak Instructor Qualification is for Level 3 Kayak Plus Instructor qualification
  • Clear guidelines will be given in writing should a candidate fail an assessment as to the areas that they need to improve on.
  • Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of an assessment.


Sea Kayak Instructor Qualifications

1.00     General aims

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

1.01     Become qualified to instruct and lead groups safely on coastal trips in Moderate seas.

1.02     Train and assess participants for the Irish Canoe Union Level 1, 2 and 3 Sea skills.

1.03     Understand and instruct basic sea kayaking navigation.

2.00     Course Outline

The Sea Instructor qualification requires that a candidate attend 4 days of training and a two-day assessment. Those participants who are previously qualified as Level 1 or 2 Instructors are not obliged to attend the first 2 days of the course. The course content is as follows:

Teaching in Sheltered Waters or within harbours (Day 1))

1. Teaching novice and basic level students.

2. Analysis of basic strokes, skills, and techniques.

3. Development of lesson programmes and teaching skills.

4. Use of focussed games and tasks in teaching canoeing

5. Maximising pool use for teaching canoeing

Instructing during basic sea trips (Day 2)

1. Personal skill instruction & Briefing groups

2. Basic Sea Trip Leadership and Communication

3. Teaching basic level students

4. Analysis of intermediate Strokes, Skills, and Techniques

5. Progressions in instructing during sea trips

6. Selection and Planning of Basic Sea trips

Trip Planning (Day 3)

1. Trip planning

2. Communication & Leadership styles and group control on Sea Trips

3. Caves, Coastal exploration, Rock Hopping

4. Assessment of Level 1, 2, and 3 Sea Skills.

5. Promoting awareness of Environmental issues in Sea Kayaking

6. Weather and Tide. Revision of Level 4 Sea Skills Content.

7. Sea Kayaking Camping Procedures

Safety at Sea (Day 4)

1. Safety procedures on the Sea

2. Towing on the sea

3. Hazards

4. Group Safety - Management and Communication

5. Equipping yourself for leading on the Sea

6. Management of a rescue / first aid incident on the sea

3.00     Applying to attend a Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor Course

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

3.01     Hold the Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills Award

3.02     Be registered with the ICU Training Unit as a Trainee Instructor

3.03     Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

3.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped kayak, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor Assessment.

4.00     Applying for an Assessment

Before applying to attend an Assessment, a candidate must

4.01     Attend a full training course approved by the Irish Canoe Union.

4.02     Attend two Level 2 Kayak Skills assessment and two  Level 3 Sea Skills Assessment.

4.03     Assist in preparing a group, during the course of the Level 3 Sea Instructor Series, of novice canoeists for a Level 2 Kayak Skills Assessment and prepare a group of canoeists of a basic skills level for a Level 3 Kayak Skills Assessment. In each case the group must consist of at least three participants.

4.04     During the course of the Instructor Series, complete at least 25 hours (minimum of eight different sessions) of basic and/or intermediate instruction on the sea under the supervision of at least two different Level 3 Sea Instructors.

4.05     During the course of the Sea Instructor Series, instruct on at least three different sea trips totalling a minimum of 10 hours in charge of different groups of canoeists under the supervision of an ICU Level 3 Sea Instructor.

4.06     Obtain an ICU approved First Aid Certificate (REC 3 or equivalent)

4.07     Return a completed Level 3 Sea Instructor Logbook, with all the above pre assessment requirements fully detailed, to the Irish Canoe Union office no later than three weeks prior to the assessment date)

4.08     have completed the Instructor training programme within two consecutive years preceding an assessment.

5.00     Format of the Level 3 Sea Instructor Assessment

5.01     During the Level 3 Kayak Instructor Assessment candidates must satisfy the assessor that they are responsible and competent to instruct, lead and control a group on a coastal sea trip in Moderate seas. (See definition)

5.02     During the period of the Level 3 Sea Instructor Series, and if necessary at the Assessment a candidate's personal sea kayaking skills and First Aid may be assessed. It would be expected that a candidate would at least have maintained a skills level equivalent to that of the Level 4 Sea Skills (formally the Sea Skills Award) and where possible improved on this.

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

5.03     organise and lead an instructional session for beginners or intermediates over the   course of a coastal sea trip.

5.04     demonstrate effective group control, group rapport, and instructional ability.

5.05     demonstrate, when requested, such rescues as are required by the Training, Instructing and Accreditation Scheme.

5.06     prepare a debrief of the instructional session for the Assessor.

5.07     demonstrate all techniques and skills as required by Level 4 Sea Skills Award.

5.08     demonstrate a thorough knowledge of First Aid in the sea kayaking 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.

5.09     Possess a sea kayak correctly fitted out for instruction and other appropriate personal equipment (See Sea 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 Sea Instructor. Examination of equipment will form part of the overall assessment.

5.10     Before setting off on the assessment trip the candidate will be required to produce a route summary for the day based on information gleaned from the chart, tide tables, pilot and weather forecast.

5.11     Present a short presentation on a Sea Kayaking with the use of teaching aids. This presentation can be undertaken while on the sea, on the shore or indoor and should include content suitable for beginner to intermediate participants in sea kayaking

5.12     answer questions written or oral, on aspects of sea kayaking covered during the training course or in the support literature

5.13     Have recorded (in the prescribed logbook) during the Sea Instructor Series, all sea kayaking trips. The logbook should reflect a wide range of sea kayaking experience during the training series. Details of canoeing activities prior to applying for the Sea Instructor Training Course should also be recorded.

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 at the Sea Instructor Series.

                        List of Equipment required for the Level 3 Sea Instructor Assessment

A properly equipped kayak:

·         Rigid end loops and/or toggles

·         Decklines front and back

·         Method of securing paddles

·         Watertight bulkheads and additional airbags

·         where appropriate

·         Suitable foot rest

 

 

Personal canoeing equipment:

·         Paddle

·         Sufficient thermal clothing or Wetsuit

·         Spray Deck (and spare Spray Deck)

·         Lifejacket or Buoyancy Aid

·         Cagoule

·         Adequate footwear or Canoe Booties

 

 

Equipment must also include:

·         Spare Clothes

·         Towing System specific to the needs of sea kayaking

·         Bivvy Bag

·         First Aid Kit

·         Repair Kit (For repairs to both fibreglass and plastic kayaks)

·         Split Paddle

·         Waterproof Bag or other method of keeping equipment dry

·         Knife

 

·         Whistle

·         Torch

·         Flask and Food

·         Sea Charts (or copies)

·         1:50,000 Map of area

·         Watch

·         Compass

·         Emergency food/drink

·         Pump or Sponge

·         Flares (one red parachute flare and one red pinpoint flare)

 

 


Canoe Instructor Qualifications

1.00     General aims

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

1.01     Become qualified to instruct and lead groups safely on water of Grade I difficulty.

1.02     Assess for the Irish Canoe Union Levels 1 & 2 Open Canoe skills award

1.03     Have an awareness of the competitive canoeing disciplines

1.04     Instruct in the following sea areas:

(a) Within Harbours (b) Designated sheltered non-tidal areas.

2.00     Course Outline

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

3.00     Applying to attend a Training Course

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

3.01     Hold the Level 3 Canoe Skills Award

3.02     Be registered with the ICU Training Unit as a Trainee Instructor

3.03     Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

3.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped canoe  personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment.

4.00     Applying to attend an Assessment

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

4.01     have maintained registration as a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Trainee.

4.02     Hold the Level 3 Canoe Skills Certificate.

4.03     Have attended an approved Level 2 Canoe Instructor Training Course or Level 2 Canoe Instructor Training Programme within the 24 months proceeding a selected assessment date. If a candidate has a Level 1 Kayak Instructor Certificate or has completed a Level 1 Kayak Instructor Training Course, that candidate can opt for a one-day skill transference course as an alternative to the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Training Course/Programme.

4.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped canoe, personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 2 Canoe Instructor assessment.

4.05     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

4.06     Have assisted in the preparation of a group, during the period between a course and assessment of novice canoeists for a Level 2 Canoe Skills Assessment. The group must consist of at least three participants.

4.07     Possess a current approved First Aid Certificate by (REC 2 or equivalent)

4.08     Be at least 18 years of age.

4.09     Be recommended for assessment by a registered Irish Canoe Union Instructor.

4.10     Return to the Irish Canoe Union Office, a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment Application and a completed Level 2 Canoe Instructor Logbook, with all pre assessment requirements fully detailed no later than three weeks before a selected assessment date.

4.11     Have recorded in the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Logbook during the period between the course and assessment, all canoeing activities including details of the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Course.  The Logbook should reflect a wide range of interests and experience. Details of canoeing activities prior to applying for the Level 2 Canoe Instructor should also be recorded.

5.00     Format of Assessment

5.01     5.01        During a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment, candidates must satisfy an assessor that they are competent to instruct on water of Grade I difficulty. Apart from teaching and personal canoeing ability, candidates must also demonstrate that they are mature and responsible to manage a group.

5.02     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

5.03     Organise an instructional session for a novice/basic level group on water of Grade I difficulty or in a Sheltered Tidal Area harbour.

5.04     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.

5.05     Prepare a self-appraisal of the water session.

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

5.07     Demonstrate an ability to carry out the following rescues efficiently and effectively: X Rescue, Assisted X-Rescue, and an All-in Rescue. All rescues may be required to be demonstrated both as a rescuer and rescuee.

5.08     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.

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

5.10     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.

5.11     Answer questions on aspects of canoeing covered during the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Training Course.

5.12     Attend an interview, where the candidate will present their self-appraisal.

                        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

                        Level 2 Canoe Instructor Guidelines

  • A Level 2 Canoe Instructor can only be assessed by a member of the Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment Panel.
  • • 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.
  • • Clear guidelines will be given in writing should a candidate fail the assessment as to the areas they need to improve on.
  • • Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of the assessment.
  • • No other award may be assessed at the same time as the Level 2 Canoe Instructor.
  • • The candidate/assessor ratio should be maximum of 3:1 although a ratio of 2:1 is preferable.
  • Assessment to be carried out in solo canoes.


6.00     General aims of the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Qualification

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

6.01     become qualified to instruct and lead groups safely in canoes on water of Grade II difficulty

6.02     assess for the Level 1, 2 and 3 Canoe Skills Awards.

6.03     have an awareness of the competitive canoeing disciplines.

6.04     instruct in the following sea areas (a) within harbours (b) designated sheltered non- tidal areas.

7.00     Course Outline

The Level 3 Canoe Instructor Qualification requires that a trainee attend a four-day training course and a two-day assessment. The course content is as follows.

Teaching on Flat Water (Day 1)

Teaching novice and basic level students.

Analysis of basic skills level strokes, skills, and techniques.

Development of lesson programmes and teaching skills.

Use of focussed games and tasks in teaching canoeing.

Teaching on Moving Water (Day 2)

Personal skill instruction. Briefing groups.

Instructing at a static site. Introductions to moving water.

Instructing basic skills level students.

Analysis of intermediate skills level (Level 3 Canoe Skills) strokes, skills, and techniques.

Assessment of Level 1, 2 and 3 Canoe Skills Awards.

Selecting locations on rivers for tasks, goal setting, and skill application.

Teaching on Moving Water (Day 3)

Trip planning.

Communication, leadership styles, and group control, on moving water.

Teaching advanced white water techniques.

Progressions in instructing during river trips.

Promoting awareness of the competitive disciplines within canoeing.

River Safety (Day 4)

Reading white water.

River rescues - throw ropes, and rescues from canoes.

Hazards - methods of leading, protection, and prevention, etc.

Group safety ¡V management and communication.

Equipping for river rescue.

Management of rescue/First Aid incidents in a river setting.

8.00     Applying to attend a Training Course

 

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

8.01     Hold the Level 4 Canoe Skills Award

8.02     Be registered with the ICU Training Unit as a Trainee Instructor

8.03     Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

8.04     Have unrestricted access to a fully equipped canoe  personal equipment, and additional equipment as listed for a Level 2 Canoe Instructor Assessment.

9.00     Applying to attend a Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessment

Before applying to attend a Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessment, a trainee must

9.01     Attend a complete an approved Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course

9.02     Attend two Level 2 and one Level 3 Canoe Skills Award assessments.

9.03     Assist in preparing a group of canoeists for a Level 2 or Level 3 Canoe Skills Award Assessment during the course of the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course. In either case the group must consist of at least three participants.

9.04     During the course of the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course, complete at least 15 hours (minimum of five different sessions) of basic or intermediate level skills (on the water) instruction under the supervision of at least two different registered Level 3 Canoe Instructors.

9.05     During the course of the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Training Course, instruct on at least three different river trips totalling a minimum of 10 hours under the supervision of a Level 3 Canoe Instructor.

9.06     Possess a current ICU approved First Aid Certificate (REC 3 or equivalent )

9.07     Return a completed Level 3 Canoe Instructor Logbook with all the above pre assessment requirements fully detailed, to the Canoe Union office , not later than three weeks before a selected assessment date.

9.08     Have completed a Level 3 Canoe Instructor training course within two years preceding an assessment.

9.09     Format of the Assessment

9.10     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.

9.11     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

9.12     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.

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

9.14     Demonstrate, when requested such rescues as are required by the Training, Instructing & Accreditation Scheme.

9.15     Prepare a debrief of the instructional session for an assessor.

9.16     Demonstrate all techniques and skills as required by the Level 4 Canoe Skills Award.

9.17     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.

9.18     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.

9.19     Present a short lecture on a canoeing topic with the use of teaching aids.

9.20     Answer questions either written and oral on aspects of canoeing covered during the training course.

9.21     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.

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.

                        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

 

Where the candidate is not secured into the canoe, helmets are not compulsory and are worn at the discretion of the candidate. Where the candidate is secured into the canoe e.g. Playboats, helmets are compulsory.

                        Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessment Guidelines

  • A Level 3 Canoe Instructor Qualification can only be assessed by members of the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessor Panel
  • It is recommended that Instructors other than the Instructor who has run the training course leading to the assessment assess a Level 3 Canoe Instructor Qualification.
  • Clear guidelines should be given in writing should a candidate fail an assessment as to the areas that need to be improved on.
  • Candidates cannot depend on any assistance (material or practical) during the course of an assessment.
  • No other award may be assessed at the same time as the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Qualification.
  • The candidate/assessor ratio should be a maximum of 8:2 but 6:2 is preferable
  • A Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessment must be assessed by a minimum of two members of the Level 3 Canoe Instructor Assessor Panel .


Level 5 Instructor (All Disciplines)

1.00     General Aims

The Level 5 Instructor Qualification, River, Sea and Open canoe is the highest instructional qualification awarded by the Irish Cane Union. It aims to enable candidates to

1.01     To carry on their remit as a Level 4 Instructor

1.02     Assess for the Irish Canoe Union Levels 1-5 Skills Awards

1.03     To be involved in  the sport of Kayaking at all levels, both personally and professionally

1.04     To play an active role in  aspect of the development of the sport, be it through a club, on an individual instructional basis or through involvement with the Irish Canoe Union

2.00     Training Course Outline

The Level 5 Instructor Qualification requires that a candidate attend a 7 day training course and a two day assessment

The Training Course must be approved by the Irish Canoe Union.  It  should run over 7 consecutive days - 4 days generic and 2 days discipline specific. The final day will be given over to feedback and action plans.  The Training Course will include and cover the following:

  • Review of basic skills
  • Importance of Practice in skill development
  • Use of a swimming  pool for a session on rolling techniques and teaching
  • Learning and developing physical skills and Instructing processes
  • Working with long term and short term students
  • Looking at other specific competitive disciplines, such as slalom and marathon to develop awareness of Instructing techniques and tools
  • Use of other disciplines to develop paddle and body awareness and Instructing  e.g. open canoe / freestyle
  • Use of audio visual tools, such as video cameras, for Instructing
  • Observation of Instructors from non related activities
  • Observation of Level 5 Instructors in their chosen discipline at work
  • The chance to be observed, by Level 5 Instructors in your chosen discipline, Instructing a group using new skills and techniques learnt
  • A comprehensive review and evaluation of the course
  • Thorough individual de-brief / feedback and agreed action plans
  • Agree on a suitable project to be carried out before the assessment
3.00     Requirements

To be awarded the Level 5 Instructor Award candidates must meet the following criteria

3.01     Hold the Level 4 Kayak Instructor qualification in their discipline

3.02     Attend an Irish Canoe Union  approved 7 day Level 5 Instructor     Training   Course within two years of selected assessment date

3.03     Meet all pre- assessment criteria as laid down in agreed Individual Action Plan on Training Course. Notwithstanding this, there must be a minimum time frame of 6 months between training and assessment, with a maximum time frame of 2 years. After this 2 year period has elapsed, then the Training Course must be re-taken at the discretion of the TDC, on an individual candidate application

3.04     Work with two long term students who will be brought to the Assessment.    

3.05     Successfully complete a Level 5 Instructor Assessment

3.06     Hold a current and valid First Aid Certificate, as approved by the TDU     of the        Irish Canoe Union.

3.07     Be at least 18  years of age

4.00     Assessment

The Assessment Procedure will be as follows:

4.01     Meet all criteria as outlined in 2.01 – 2.07 above

4.02     Apply for Assessment through the ICU Office

4.03     Before applying for assessment logbooks and action plans must have met a standard checklist, upon submission to the Office

4.04     Action Plans and Logbooks must then be brought along to an assessment

Format of an Assessment

The Assessment will take the following format

4.05     It will be two  days in duration

·         On Day 1 the candidate will be observed  working with his/her  2 long term students

·         On Day 2 the candidate will be observed  working with another candidates students

4.06     present a project  in an interview with the assessors

4.07     Be observed on each day by a different assessor

5.00     Guidelines

5.01     Regardless of the result comprehensive written feedback will be given to the candidate

5.02     If the candidate fails any part / all of the assessment then the whole assessment must be re-taken.

5.03     Upon successful completion of an assessment then Level 5 Instructors must still work within the remit of the Level 4 Instructor as regards ratios and grade of water

5.04     Assessors must be on the Irish Canoe Union Approved Level 5 Instructor Assessor Panel, or be approved by the IC.U.  Due to the lack of ICU Level 5 Instructor Panel members it is expected that  experienced and suitably qualified Instructors / Instructors from  CANI / WCA / SCA / BCU Level 5 Instructor / Instructor Assessment Panels will be used, until such time as there are a suitable number of ICU Panel members

5.05     The ratio at assessment is to be  2 assessors : 2 assessees

5.06     There will be no interaction between candidates and assessors and assessors and assessors until such time as the assessment is complete and results are arrived at.

 

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