You must have a stamped Leadership Registration Form (LR) from the CANI office. These can be downloaded from the CANI website and must be submitted to CANI for approval at least 3 weeks before the course commences to ensure you have it back in time. Your LR form is valid for 1 year.
If you come to the course without a LR form you will be unable to take part in the assessment and will forfeit your course fee.
Recognised first aid award, minimum of eight hours including CPR
Evidence of having attended Sea Kayak Leader Award (or 4 Star Leader Award) training
Marine band VHF transceiver operators licence (UK residents only)
Evidence of having attended a one-day coastal navigation training day or equivalent
Provide documented evidence of a minimum of 10 sea trips each, a minumum of 4 hours in duration.
↓ Course summary
This Sea kayak Leader Assessment course will be based on our North coast, utilising the Causeway coast, its caves, rock formations, rock hopping and an array of surf beaches.
Achieving your Sea Kayak Leader assessment is recognition of having the skill level and understanding to lead other competent paddlers on sections of moderate waters.
The Sea Kayak Leader assessment is an ideal award for those club paddlers who are leading club trips. The award is also a prerequisite to attending your Level 2 Coach Moderate Endorsement.
The assessment will run over two days and most of the ‘on the water’ activity will take place in a moderate environment. The course will focus on the following key areas:
Efficient and affective application of the following sea kayaking skills to the moderate environment such as:
Ability to adapt their forward paddling style to suit the changing environment and demands whilst afloat
Relaxed, controlled boat handling in wind and waves
Bracing and balancing
Ability to paddling up- across- and downwind in force 5
Safety and rescue such as:
Dealing with a capsize – i.e. deep water rescues, including self-rescue
Having a range of ways of dealing with a swimmer
Towing techniques including strategies for sea sickness, exhaustion etc
Safety equipment, application of VHF, GPS
Protocol for leasing without side agencies i.e. coast guard
Boat repair, dealing with a damaged boat afloat and at the campsite
Ability to communicate key points of core sea kayaking skills in an effort to support a struggling group member and get them home
Trip planning such as:
Use of maps and charts including symbol recognition orientation
Navigation including taking a bearing, getting a fix and following a compass course
Weather – Interpretation of the weather forecast and the ability to apply to the coastal environment
Tide – Understanding of tide including speed direction, high/low, springs neaps, and its interaction with the coastal environment
Group management such as:
Leadership skills and styles
Incident management and risk assessments
Duty of care and responsibilities
Selection of suitable kit and equipment
↓ Who is the course for?
This programme is aimed at those wishing to lead a group of 4 (not including themselves) journeys in a moderate sea environment – up to and including force 4 open water.
The Sea Kayak Leader Award is a prerequisite for those Level 2 Coaches wishing to attain their moderate endorsement.
↓ Outline Programme
Arrive 7.30pm Outline of programme
Trip planning exercise for following day, including maps, charts, sourcing weather and tidal information.
Group discussion on boat and paddle design, equipment selection. Equipment issue from Tollymore stores if required
The day will be spent journeying along the coast . The focus will be on individual boat handling skill and their affective application to the moderate environment. Candidates will be given the opportunity to apply trip planning theory, asked to lead and to manage the group along a section of coast.
Also candidates top tips for handling a sea kayak on a changeable day on the sea
Review of day, question paper / group led discussion on a range of issues relating to leading groups in a coastal environment.
Our second day will also be spent afloat focusing on navigation, rescue skills and incident management including capsizes in arrange of environments, dealing with a leaking boat and self rescue skills.
Return to Centre at 4.00pm for review, before departing.
(The programme is flexible and some sessions may be moved around to get the best out of the prevailing weather conditions and individual student needs).
↓ What equipment do I need to bring?
You must have the appropriate resources to plan and navigate within the area where the course is being held. This includes having:
Appropriate maps and charts
Tide times for standard and local ports
Pilots / guides and tidal stream atlas
Compass, note book and pencil
You need to bring all other appropriate equipment to lead a group efficiently and effectively on the sea in the prevailing conditions.
↓ What does my course fee include?
The course fee includes in course transport, coaching, food and accommodation.
As you are probably aware the current advice from the Northern Ireland Executive, Health Promotion Agency NI and Health & Safety Executive NI, as well as our expert group within Sport NI is that we cannot deliver any face to face courses for our customers including use of the Hot Rock Climbing Wall.
We know that you and many others like minded folk are very keen to get back on track with your plans to attend and complete a range of personal skills training and qualifications in a range of disciplines.
Believe us when we say we are equally keen to get outside with you and help you reach your goals and complete that journey.
How do we know? Because every day we get emails and phone calls asking when will courses resume and with every NI Executive mention of easing of restrictions the emails and phone calls are more frequent……