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|Start Date||End Date||Duration|
|Saturday 27th May, 2023||Sunday 28th May 2023||2 days|
As an Advanced Sea Kayaker, you will have extensive experience of paddling on the sea. Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of sea conditions with winds over force 4 and/or tides over 2 Knots, using sea kayaks in tidal or non-tidal environments, where you may make open crossings in excess of 2Nm, as well as travelling along the coastline.
What you will Learn
You will learn all the necessary sea-kayak skills that are required to make good decisions during an advanced se-kayak journey.
It will look at the relationship between the Wind,waves and Tidal flow and how the speed and direction of tidal flow combined with wind can have a profound effect on the water surface.
Landing and launching in a variety of challenging conditions and the use of VHF and GPS in relation to safe travel and effective communication.
The skills involved with maintaining course, the use of buoyage and location fixing on an open crossing.
Travelling in poor visibility and darkness using time / distance, map watch and compass.
Dealing with emergencies, and limited landing areas, rolling in rough conditions, self-rescue and emergency repairs.
The use of different types of towlines / anchors and their pro’s and cons.
Boat control; including techniques for maintaining and changing direction using environment , edge and paddle angle , modifying forward paddle stroke to cater for environmental conditions. Reading the water and timing to help manoeuvring.
The use of positioning and CLAP principles, communication strategies.
Environmental impact issues, other users, wildlife and how we can minimize our negative impact.
The training and assessment course will take place across two days, focusing on the following key areas:
Boat handling skills such as:
Safety and rescue such as:
If you are intending to be assessed for this award, please read carefully the British Canoeing syllabus before booking a place. You’ll be expected to provide evidence of previous paddling experience and have all personal safety equipment for the duration of the course. See the British Canoeing guidance notes for this kit list.
Is this course for me?
An ability to roll confidently and competent boat handling skills in a variety of conditions is required to get the most from what can be a demanding learning environment.A desire to develop personal skills sets in the challenging conditions required by the award.
Fri:- evening meeting 19:30 – 21:30. Talk through, weekend program. Agree on venue, review environmental considerations, issue equipment, load equipment on vehicle.
Sat:– Breakfast 08:00, meet with course instructor
09:30am: up date and modify plan if necessary, depart for venue .
Return to base approx. 17:00
Evening class & Review of day
Topics to be covered in Day 2.
Sun:- Breakfast 08:00, meet with course instructor, 09:30, review weather , plan for day and depart for location.
Return to base 16:00 unpack and de-brief course finished by 17:30.
Number of course contact hours: 19 hrs
What Equipment do I need to bring?
At this level it is expected that attendees will probably be active sea-kayakers and will chose to use the equipment that they are most familiar and comfortable with, however it gives candidates and opportunity to try bits that they might not have , e.g .GPS, VHF , other boats designs, EPRB’s, different towing systems to their own.
Clothing and personal effects that will allow the candidate to remain comfortable and safe in all conditions associated with operating in advanced conditions, and with submersion on several occasions throughout the duration of the course .
The course fee includes full use of the centre equipment, in course transport, coaching, and packed lunch on both days.
Course accommodation (when restrictions permit!) will be in shared twin ensuite rooms. If you would prefer not to share a room, single occupancy may be available for an additional charge.
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……