Basic Lakewater Paddler Levels

 

 

Basic Tandem Paddler (1)

Basic Solo Paddler (2)

Prerequisite

None

Basic Tandem Paddler (RCA)

Theory

Parts of the Canoe
Paddle-types, parts & selection
PFDs-types & fit
Safety procedures & equipment
Canoe clothing (re: Hypothermia)
Transporting canoes on a vehicle
Waterproofing and storing gear
Lake & Ocean Paddling

Solo positions, stance & trim
Leaning the canoe
Environmental ethics
Access concerns

Skills

Tandem
Launch
Embark/Disembark (shore or dock)
Paddling positions & trim
Multiple carries (2 & 4 person)
Change ends in deep water

Solo
Launch 
Embark/Disembark (shore and dock)
Paddling positions & trim
Solo carries

Strokes

Tandem (Bow & Stern)
Forward
Reverse
Draw (underwater recovery)
Pry
Sweeps (forward & reverse)
"J" Stroke (bow optional)

Solo
Forward
Forward & reverse "J" Stroke
Reverse
Sweeps (forward & reverse)
Draw (underwater recovery)
Pry
Forward & reverse "C" Stroke

Rescue

Canoe over canoe rescue
Rafting up to rescue swimmers

Solo canoe over canoe
Re-enter swamped and empty canoe
Paddle swamped canoe solo

Rec. Reading

Basic Canoeing
1977 edition of Canoeing
(by American Red Cross)

Path of the Paddle by Bill Mason

Manoeuvres

Tandem
Paddle 30 metres in a straight line
Basic turns & sideslip

 

Solo
Paddle 30 metres in a straight line
Basic turns & sideslip

 


Advanced Lakewater Paddler Levels

 

 

Advanced Tandem Paddler (3)

Advanced Solo Paddler (4)

Prerequisite

Basic Solo Paddler (2)

Basic Solo Paddler (2)

Theory

Canoe Repairs
Knots and ropes;
Equipment variations and standards
Water hazards, wind and waves

Solo paddling in wind & waves
Solo paddling positions & trim
History of canoeing
Extra flotation

Skills

Tandem
Slide slip & Running side slip
Tight inside & outside circles
-with & without momentum

Solo
Slide slip & Running side slip
Tight inside & outside circles
-with & without momentum

Strokes

Tandem
Braces
Marathon Stroke
Diagonal Draws (forward & reverse)
Reverse "J"
Stationary Draw & Pry
Review and Practice Basic Strokes
Variation & blending of strokes
Sculling Draw & Pry

Solo
Compound Back Stroke
Indian, Pitch & Canadian Strokes
Box Stroke
O Stroke
Cross bow draw
Weight Turns
One Handed pry (bow jam)
Braces
Review & practice Basic Solo Strokes
Variation & blending of strokes

Rescue

Tandem self rescue

Solo self rescue

Rec. Reading

Path of the Paddle by Bill Mason

Song of the Paddle by Bill Mason

Evaluation

Complete the tandem circuit

 

Complete the solo circuit

 

Lakewater Instructor

Prerequisite       Advanced Tandem and Solo Paddler, INDIVIDUAL member of the RCABC and current RCABC Instructor/Candidate registration. A First Aid Certificate is strongly recommended.

 

Duration               The estimated time to complete the Lakewater Instructors Course is 40 hours.  It is possible that more or less time may be required depending on the class or specific individuals.  Considering the content of the present RCA of BC course (canoe history, heritage of canoeing, and the solo paddling components) it becomes rather doubtful that the Lakewater Instructor course can be taught and completed in a shorter time.  Any shortening of the course must be at the expense of time and/or quality.

 

Theory                                   In depth review of all theory from the four paddler levels
                River grading and water hazards
                Construction, design and materials of canoes, paddles and PFDs
                Canoeing clothing, group leadership, safety
                Teaching methods and techniques

 

Strokes                Instructors must be capable of teaching, demonstrating and correcting all strokes in the four paddler levels.

Practical                             Review and practice all strokes in the four Paddler Levels: solo, bow and stern.
                Practice teach on any theory or practical topic in the Paddler Levels.
                Be capable of swimming 50 m. clothed, with a PFD.

 

Rec. Reading       All recommended texts, plus Canadian Coast Guard Regulations applicable to canoeing.

 

Evaluation          Achieve a minimum of 70% in each of the following test areas:
                written theory test
                teaching - 3 items
                tandem paddling circuit
                solo paddling circuit

 

Conductors         Lakewater Instructor Courses are to be taught by a Master Instructor or a Movingwater Instructor approved by the executive of the R.C.A.

 

EXAMINATION       Instructor Examinations are to be conducted by a Master Instructor or a Moving Water Instructor that has attended an examination clinic and is approved by the executive.  Lakewater Instructor Courses taught by a Movingwater Instructor must be examined by an examiner that was not involved in teaching the course.  Master Instructors can examine their own courses.

 

Other Skills        At this time Lakewater Instructors are not required to have skills in Movingwater, Tripping, Poling or Ocean Canoeing.
It is important that all canoeing instructors should have some knowledge and experience beyond the level that they are teaching.  For this reason, it is a recommendation from the RCA of BC to  Lakewater Instructors, that upon completion of the course, they should take the Tandem and Solo Movingwater Paddler's courses, or equivalent.  This should give instructors the required experience, and would eventually prepare them for the Movingwater, Poling, Tripping, and Ocean Canoeing Instructor courses.