Basic Skills Award

General / Jan 20, 2009

The Basic Skills Award is purely an introduction and participant award that can be delivered and assessed by a current AC Instructor. Assessment is to be carried out on flat sheltered water.

A formal assessment by an AC Instructor is required to attain the award. The assessment can be conducted in single or double kayaks (may be sit on top) or canoes, and is specific to the craft in which it was taken. The candidatesÕ performance throughout the assessment must be satisfactory and confident. If using a double kayak or canoe the candidates should be tested in both the bow and stern positions.

The candidate shall demonstrate competence in all of the following areas:

  • Present craft and equipment for inspection (hatches and other equipment set or stowed ready for launch, spare equipment waterproofed).
  • Swim 50 metres in canoeing clothes (shirt, shorts and sandshoes as a minimum, and with a personal flotation device (PFD), and swim under the craft to surface on the other side
  • Show, to the AssessorÕs satisfaction, a full understanding of the basic safety requirements for paddlers and their craft, and appreciation of the use of PFDs.
  • Launch the craft, embark and paddle away from the launching point
  • Demonstrate:
    • understanding of correct posture and basic injury prevention
    • paddling forwards, backwards, and emergency stops
    • turning the craft
    • the use of the paddle as a means of support on the water
    • coming alongside another craft, and also a clear approach to the launching point
  • Disembark, then re-embark, paddle to deep water, capsize and assist with a deepwater rescue or swim the craft ashore.