Introduction To White Water Safety

The Introduction to White Water Safety course is designed to support paddlers to become effective group members on grade 2 water. This one day course is suitable for anyone starting out on their white water paddling journey, wanting to explore the role of an effective group member and learn simple strategies and safe skills that can provide the tools to solve common paddling issues. Topics covered include Clothing and equipment, the White Water environment, preparing for the river trip, Swimming techniques and many more. Paddlers will rescue from their preferred craft, which can include kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards.

The Program

The Introduction to White Water Safety is a 6-hour programme that consists of 9 modules. This can be delivered in a day or as a series of modules and is available to all ages.

Motivations and decisions:

    • Ours and others’ motivations
    • Collaborative support
    • Selection of river to match motivations

Clothing and equipment:

    • Craft overview, safety considerations, and features
    • Clothing and equipment worn
    • Additional safety equipment

The White Water environment:

    • Understanding water features
    • Recognising water features
    • Hazards on the river

Preparing for the river trip:

    • Appropriate clothing and craft for the river trip
    • Safety protocols
    • River brief

Swimming techniques:

    • Defensive swimming
    • Aggressive swimming
    • Changing direction

Choosing how to help a swimmer:

    • Supporting the swimmer
    • Wading
    • Reaching
    • Receiving a throwline

What to do when we swim:

    • Stay safe
    • Roll up, push/move away
    • Nudge
    • Attaching a line

Kit retrieval:

    • Paddle retrieval
    • Assisting others

Reflections and Skills Checklist:

    • Reflections from the course
    • Reflections on own learning and areas for development
    • Skills checklist

Prerequisites

Participants need to either hold the relevant British Canoeing Awarding Body Personal Performance Award or equivalent ability in/on their preferred craft due to the paddling environment and the boat/board control required to complete the course.

Recommended Equipment to bring

The following is a list of recommended equipment, if you do not have specific equipment please do not go out and buy, this course is a great chance to learn about equipment and try it out before purchasing your own:

  • Mobile phone in a waterproof case (fully charged)
  • Whistle
  • Knife
  • Saw for canoeists
  • Sling or tape, with or without a karabiner
  • Small first aid kit
  • Group shelter
  • Spare clothing
  • Food and drink


British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader

This British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training Course based in Devon is a comprehensive program taking you through the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training syllabus, and helping you on your journey of gaining the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to become a competent and safe sea kayaker leader.

The course is suitable for those who have previous kayaking experience and are comfortable paddling in moderate tidal sea conditions. You’ll be taught by experienced and highly qualified coaches who are passionate about sea kayaking and have a wealth of knowledge about the UK coastlines.

During the course, you’ll cover a range of topics, including:

  • Personal paddling techniques: You’ll learn efficient paddling techniques that will help you cover more distance with less effort. You’ll also learn how to turn your kayak quickly and efficiently in different conditions. You’ll develop your boat handling skills and learn how to navigate through more challenging conditions, such as wind, waves, and currents.
  • Navigation and planning: You’ll learn how to plan and navigate routes using charts, maps, and GPS, and how to interpret weather forecasts, tides, and currents to make safe and informed decisions.
  • Safety and rescue techniques: You’ll learn how to manage risks and how to perform rescues in different scenarios, including self-rescue, assisted rescues, and group rescues.
  • Leadership and group management: You’ll learn how to lead a group of paddlers in moderate conditions, including group dynamics, communication, and decision-making.

The course is delivered over 2 practical days. You’ll have the chance to practice your skills in a variety of conditions, including calm water, wind, waves, and currents. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of Devon and experience some of the most beautiful and secluded locations in the UK.

At the end of the course, our coaches will provide you with feedback to help you on your journey towards your British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment, where you’ll be assessed on your skills and knowledge. Once you pass, you’ll receive your certification, which will enable you to lead groups of paddlers in moderate conditions.

Our Sea Kayak Leader Training Course in Devon is an incredible opportunity to develop your kayaking skills, explore the beautiful coastline, and meet like-minded people. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment is designed to evaluate your ability to lead groups of paddlers on coastal journeys, using effective navigation and safety techniques. Our experienced assessors will evaluate your leadership skillspaddling proficiencyrescue techniques, and overall knowledge of sea kayaking.

Official training is not mandatory for this assessment however we would expect each candidate to have taken suitable actions on their journey to assessment to meet the requirements of the assessment. We would recommend the experience of a minimum of 20 journeys of at least 3 hours each, in a variety of moderate sea environments not exceeding force 4 winds. You should also hold a valid first aid certificate, have valid safeguarding training, completed the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, and hold an on-the-water British Canoeing Membership.

The assessment takes place over one day and includes a range of practical, on-water assessments. You will be evaluated on your ability to lead groups on journeys in moderate sea conditions, your proficiency in navigating effectively, and your knowledge of safety and rescue techniques.

Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will receive the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award. This award is internationally recognized and highly respected, and will enable you to lead groups of paddlers on sea kayaking expeditions in a safe and effective manner. At Rock The Boat Activities, we pride ourselves on providing an engaging and challenging learning experience for all our students. Our experienced and knowledgeable coaches will provide you with feedback that will help you achieve your goals as a sea kayaker.

LEADERSHIP REGISTRATION:

Registration is a process for leaders who are planning to attend a Leadership Assessment course. The purpose of Registration is to confirm you hold all prerequisites, it’s quick and confirmation is sent straight to your inbox*. This should then be shared with the assessor to confirm eligibility for assessment. It also gives you peace of mind that you have everything you need in place and you can focus on enjoying your assessment. Please do not try to Register unless you hold all prerequisites:

  • Safeguarding Training (dated within the last 3 years).
  • First Aid (dated within the last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Full National Association Membership

*as long as you meet the prerequisites, you will be automatically sent confirmation of your Registration.

WHAT DOES REGISTRATION COST?

Registration costs vary a little depending on the qualification and where you live, for more information you can read the Registration Guide here.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

  • You will need to be an On the Water British Canoeing Member – join now British Canoeing Membership (On the Water)
  • You need to be at least 16 years of age to register
  • Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Safeguarding Training (dated within the last 3 years).
  • First Aid (dated within the last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Once you’re a member, you access your membership portal and register through the dedicated platform
  • For more information, you can use our Registration Guidance here.

So, if you’re seeking to advance your skills as a sea kayaker and become a qualified Sea Kayak Leader, this British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment is the perfect opportunity for you. Get in touch with us today to find out more and to book your place on the assessment. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

Progressive White Water Award

Your Progressive White Water Award endorses your judgement, decision making and expertise and requires a good understanding of paddling on grade 3-4 rivers. You should be confident planning and undertaking journeys on a variety of white water rivers. Your confidence should be based upon both proficiency in skills and a broad appreciation of surroundings and environmental context. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for independently building the experience and expertise associated with Advanced White Water Award holders.

Other information

Although not prerequisites, these awards provide appropriate acknowledgement of personal skills for paddlers wanting to attend Coaching & Leadership qualifications. Achieving these awards ahead of the relevant qualification will enable you to focus on the course content, rather than being concerned with your personal skills.

White Water Award: Paddlesport Leader, Paddlesport Instructor or Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water)
Progressive White Water Award: White Water Kayak Leader or White Water Kayak Coach
Advanced White Water Award: Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) or Performance White Water Kayak Coach



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Advanced White Water Award

This award is designed to advance your white water skills and your ability to make appropriate decisions for safe days out white water paddling on rivers of grade 4-5. As an Advanced White Water Paddler you will have extensive experience of white water rivers. Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of rivers with different flows, volumes and gradients.

Other information

Although not prerequisites, these awards provide appropriate acknowledgement of personal skills for paddlers wanting to attend Coaching & Leadership qualifications. Achieving these awards ahead of the relevant qualification will enable you to focus on the course content, rather than being concerned with your personal skills.

White Water Award: Paddlesport Leader, Paddlesport Instructor or Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water)
Progressive White Water Award: White Water Kayak Leader or White Water Kayak Coach
Advanced White Water Award: Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) or Performance White Water Kayak Coach



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White Water Award

Your White Water Award endorses your skill, judgement and decision making to ensure a successful day on rivers up to grade 2. You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on moving water with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Progressive White Water Award holders.

Other information

Although not prerequisites, these awards provide appropriate acknowledgement of personal skills for paddlers wanting to attend Coaching & Leadership qualifications. Achieving these awards ahead of the relevant qualification will enable you to focus on the course content, rather than being concerned with your personal skills.

White Water Award: Paddlesport Leader, Paddlesport Instructor or Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water)
Progressive White Water Award: White Water Kayak Leader or White Water Kayak Coach
Advanced White Water Award: Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) or Performance White Water Kayak Coach

Advanced White Water Kayak Leader

If you’re looking to lead white water kayakers on advanced river journeys, this two day training focuses on the high level of personal skills, judgement and leadership needed in advanced situations. The course covers personal paddling skills, rescue skills, safety, leadership and group skills and the theory.

Prerequisite

White Water Kayak Leader

To become an Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, you will need to successfully complete a two day, mainly practical assessment on sections of white water, which includes suitable river journeys. Advanced White Water Kayak Leaders need to have the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water.

Prerequisite

  • Advanced White Water Kayak Leader training (within 3 years)
  • Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue training
  • Home Nation Leadership Registration (LR) Form
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Valid 2 day First Aid training
  • Aged 18 or over

White Water Kayak Leader

If you’re looking to lead Kayakers on moderate white water, this two days training focuses on personal skills and leadership. This emphasises the application of strokes to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations and covers personal paddling skills, rescue skills, safety, leadership,  group skills and theory.

Prerequisites

To be able to get the most out of your training, we would recommend that you can paddle to the standard of the Progressive White Water Award or 3 Star White Water Kayak.

To become a White Water Kayak Leader, you will need to successfully complete a two day, mainly practical assessment which takes place on sections of moderate white water, this must include suitable river journeys. This will include assessment of your personal paddling skills, rescue skills, safety, leadership, group skills and theory.

Prerequisites

  • White Water Kayak Leader training (within 3 years)
  • White Water Safety & Rescue training (or Rescue 3 Whitewater Recue Technician)
  • Home Nation Leadership Registration (LR) Form
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Valid 2 day First Aid training
  • Aged 16 or over

Paddlesport Leader

If you’re looking to become a Paddlesport Leader, the optional Paddlesport Leader training is available to support you in your development of the required skills. On this practical course, you will explore leadership skills and the associated personal skills and safety and rescue skills. You will be supported in identifying an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment. Courses typically range from two to five day programmes, with longer courses giving you more time to practice and develop your skills.

There are no prerequisites to the Paddlesport Leader training so just book on and progress your skills!

Recommended Equipment to Bring

Personal paddling equipment is encouraged

If you need any equipment then please get in touch prior to the course. Email Info@RockTheBoatActivities.co.uk

To become a Paddlesport Leader, you will need to complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. The will include displaying participant focused leadership skills, personal paddling skills and rescue skills, as well as underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience.

Prerequisite

  • Valid 1 day First Aid training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

When on the water accidents can happen and it’s best to be prepared and have the skills to help if required. The FSRT is designed for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers working around the water. It can be completed as a bank-based or boat-based course.

This course will teach simple and safe skills as a foundation to further safety training in British Canoeing.

On completion of this course you will have skills to ensure your safety and the safety of others, as well as rescue skills to help yourself, or others in difficulty.

To participate on this course you must:

  • Be able to swim in normal paddling clothes
  • Hold the 2 star award or have equivalent ability, except for bank-based participants
  • There is no longer an age restriction on this course
  • As an AALA licensed provider we can deliver this course to under 18’s

Prerequisites

  • 2 Star (if a boat-based participant)
  • Be able to swim in normal paddling clothes

Recommended Equipment to bring

The following is a list of recommended equipment:

  • Towline OR tow system
  • Throwline
  • Webbing (sewn or unsewn sling) and large karabiner
  • Whistle
  • Knife



Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue

The Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training course is specifically designed around the needs of white water paddlers.

It develops on the principles and techniques taught in the White Water Safety and Rescue training course, and considers their application in the advanced environment.

Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training courses are typically delivered over two days and involve a minimum of 10 hours teaching time.

The majority of the content is delivered as part of a journey on grade 3-4 white water, using only the equipment typically available on such a journey.

Prerequisites

Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required the candidate should:

  • Be confident in their ability to kayak on grade 3-4 white water
  • Be confident swimmers in normal canoe clothing suitable for a moving water environment
  • Have attended a British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue Training course (ideally in the previous three years)
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age

A first aid certificate is not a prerequisite. However holding a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.

Recommended Equipment to bring

The following is a list of recommended equipment:

  • Towline OR tow system
  • Throwline
  • Webbing (sewn or un-sewn sling) and large carabiner
  • Whistle
  • Knife

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