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Holders of this award have demonstrated the ability to consistently perform whitewater skills to manouver their kayak or canoe with precision in Grade 2 whitewater, and a level of knowledge that enables them to independently and safely undertake paddling activities on Grade 2 water.

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Equipment
  • Paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • River reading
  • Using river flow
  • Rolling
  • Trip planning

Holders of this award are qualified to guide Grade 2 whitewater trips.

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Equipment
  • Paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • River reading
  • Using river flow
  • Rolling
  • Trip planning
  • Risk management
  • Group management

Holders of this award are qualified to instruct and facilitate the development of whitewater paddling skills and knowledge on Grade 2 water and guide groups on Grade 3.

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Equipment
  • Paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • River reading
  • Using river flow
  • Rolling
  • Trip planning
  • Risk management
  • Group management
  • Skill and knowledge transfer
  • Teaching models

Holders of this award have demonstrated the ability to consistently paddle with precision in Grade 3–4 whitewater and possess a level of knowledge that enables them to independently and safely undertake paddling activities on Grade 3 – 4 whitewater.

Holders of this award are qualified to lead Grade 3 and above whitewater trips and instruct and facilitate the development of advanced whitewater paddling skills and knowledge to the level where the participants could obtain an Advanced Whitewater Skill Award.

Holders of this award have demonstrated the ability to perform the following in moving water up to Grade 2 standard:

Self-rescue

Be an effective participant in their own rescue

Rescue a single swimmer.

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Rescue swimming
  • Craft retrieval
  • Rescues
  • Throw bags
  • Risk management

Holders of this award have demonstrated the ability to manage a rescue situations from kayaks or canoes and gear retrieval in whitewater up to Grade 3 standard.

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Rescue swimming
  • Craft retrieval
  • Rescues
  • Throw bags
  • Risk management
  • Pully systems
  • Comminication

Holders of this award have demonstrated the ability to coordinate a rescue that may involve complex situations, multiple swimmers and gear retrieval in whitewater up to Grade 3 standard and above.

Elements include but not limited to:

  • Rescue swimming
  • Craft retrieval
  • Rescues
  • Throw bags
  • Risk management
  • Pully systems
  • Comminication