Sea Kayak Guide ‘Methods of Instruction’

Fundamentals Level 1

Description:

The ISKGA Sea Kayaking Fundamentals – Level One is an entry-level course intended for participants who might be classed as beginner sea kayakers. This course is aimed at building-up a novice paddler’s understanding of, and proficiency in, the basics of core Technical; Rescue; Expedition; and Navigational Skills. It is intended that all participants will take time to practice and perfect skills introduced before moving on to the next level.

Course Outcomes:

The planned outcome is to develop an efficient paddler who is environmentally aware; who is able to be safe; and is efficient in basic rescues when required.

Course Dates

Course Length 2 Days
Course Dates 26th -27th Oct
Cost £195
Places Available 6

Fundamentals Level 2

Description:

The ISKGA Sea Kayaking Fundamentals – Level Two is aimed at sea kayakers wishing to build upon and improve their foundation knowledge in core Technical; Rescue; First Aid; Expedition; and Navigational Skills. It is intended that all participants will take time to practice and perfect skills introduced before moving on to the next level.

Course Outcomes:

The planned outcome is to further a participant’s understanding of technical strokes to assist in being able to control a sea kayak in more dynamic conditions. At this level, participants are developing into more proficient members of a sea kayaking group. Level Two sea kayakers are able to assist in a variety of rescues; apply a greater variety of strokes; and demonstrate an understanding of how the effects of wind, wave, and tide can be negotiated through effective paddle use and kayak control.

Fundamentals Level 3

Description:

The ISKGA Sea Kayaking Fundamentals – Level Three is the level whereby the individual paddler will be able to utilise their Technical; Rescue; First Aid; Expedition; and Navigation Skills within a dynamic environment. It is intended that all participants will take time to practice and perfect skills introduced before moving on to assessment at this level. The Level three award is the prerequisite award to attend the ISKGA Coastal guide training.

A competent ISKGA Level 3 sea kayaker should be deemed to be an asset to a group on a single-day voyage or a multi-day expedition.

Course Outcomes:

The planned outcome is that a participant will know how to load their sea kayak for a multi-day expedition and be supportive of the group leader in the duties of expedition leadership. This is in areas of rescue and camp craft.

An accomplished Level Three sea kayaker will know how to conduct repairs; how to rescue a casualty; how to assemble a variety of tows; and have a sound understanding of navigation and planning, both on land and at sea. A successful participant will be able to control a sea kayak effectively in winds of up to Beaufort Force 4; a running sea of up to three feet; launching and landing effectively in dynamic surf; rolling a sea kayak upright after an inadvertent capsize; and, if it has been necessary to exit the craft, practically demonstrate an understanding of the steps required to re-enter.

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