David Dreves Kayaking
Non-Certified Kayak Courses
David Dreves Kayaking
Kayak Lessons, Tours and Rentals in The Greater Vancouver Area,
Surrey / White Rock / Ladner
Call or Text 604-318-4019
Kayak Lessons, Courses, Instruction - Lower Mainland - Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, Ladner, Langley, Delta, Abbotsford,
Mission, Coquitlam, Richmond
Level 1 Sea Kayaking Instructor Course
Location - White Rock and/or Crescent Beach, Surrey
To provide a national certification
in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level-1 Sea Kayaking Skills course.
• All Level-1 Instructor
candidates are expected to have a high degree of proficiency with Level-2 Skills, including boat handling, rescue skills, navigation,
and weather interpretation.
• Paddlers will be evaluated on their Level-2 Skills throughout the instructor program through observation
and, where appropriate, specific skills testing and homework.
General Leadership Skills
• Level-1 Instructor candidates must demonstrate
strong leadership skills in a variety of situations during rescue scenarios, group travel in Level-1 conditions, and the daily routine
of running a Level-1 Skills program.
• Speak clearly and effectively with students using a variety of verbal and nonverbal
communication tools in a variety of conditions, both on and off the water.
• Make appropriate low, medium, and high
consequence decisions based on gathered information, a clear understanding of the desired outcome, and their judgement.
• Reflect on
these decisions, drawing important lessons to be incorporated into future decisions.
• Manage intra-group conflict,
honouring the need for privacy and empathy, while working toward the stated goals of the group.
• Model appropriate behaviour
in their social, verbal, psychomotor, and ethical actions
• Choose appropriate locations and routes for the skill level and
expectations of a Level-1 Skills course. The route plan considered such factors as tides and currents, weather, obvious hazards, speed
of the group, and points of interest.
• File a detailed paddling plan with a responsible adult. The paddling plan will include alternative
routes and locations, bearings for significant crossings, and any group specific considerations such as health, age, and disabilities.
Pack appropriate safety equipment including communication, first aid, shelter, insulation, food, and water. Paddlers will also inspect
the kayak, and kayak accessories of each participant before leaving the beach.
Specifically, this course will focus on
basic instructor skills including:
1) Organizing and presenting information on the water, at the beach and in the classroom
b) Time lines
c) Lesson Plans
2) Analyzing and providing appropriate, timely, and constructive feedback to participants
Detect and correct
3) Communicating effectively through a variety of media including voice, physical demonstrations, and other teaching
4) Presenting the content in such a way as to motivate and encourage participants to continue paddling
a) By playing Games
balancing challenges, fun, and rewards.
Present a written lesson plan for a Paddle Canada Level-1 skill training course.
lesson plan should include:
• Clear articulation of specific learning outcomes
• Discrete, measurable, realistic, and achievable
criteria for assessment
• Clear progressions
• Opportunities for a variety of learning styles
Each segment should be organized
• A clear introduction
• A middle that identifies common errors and solutions
• Guides to identifying common errors
• A defined
Organize and present a 20-30 minute on-water session teaching one of the strokes appropriate for a Level-1 skill Participant.
and facilitate a 15-20 minute session on one of the theoretical knowledge sets appropriate to a Level-1 skill award.
be given at least 24 hours notice of their topic.
• Each session will have a clearly delineated beginning, middle, and end.
• Each session
will include a detection and correction session based on Level-1 skill assessment standards
• Strokes will be demonstrated in a manner
consistent with any explanation
• Strokes will be of demonstration quality
• Clear boundaries will be set for practice sessions
instructor will offer feedback to each student
• The instructor will foster a rewarding learning environment by using positive language
The instructor will foster a rewarding learning environment by using a range of appropriate teaching aids and techniques including
on water activities and games.
• The instructor will role model ethics and values consistent with the Paddle Canada community of sea
• Offer relevant, constructive feedback to other Participants during debriefing sessions, phrased in a non-threatening
• Organize the group according to the environment.
• Set and use appropriate communication tools.
• Set and manage
• Identify objective and subjective risks
• Weigh the significance of each element of risk
appropriate strategies for reducing, avoiding, and/or retaining these risks should include:
• Assess the scene,
articulating potential hazards
• Communicate clearly with the group any actions and directions
• Remove hazards or remove the group
from the hazards
• Implement a clear and organized response to the incident according to these priorities
• Uninjured students
• Follow up on the incident with the group
• Critically assess the incident, highlighting successes and weaknesses,
and any lessons learned for next time. NOTE: This is more important than getting the scenario right.
• Demonstrate a
practical awareness of basic teaching concepts throughout the program by justifying actions and decisions in relation to these concepts.
• Assess a variety of technical and soft skills in relation to clearly defined objectives.
• Provide timely and accurate feedback
Familiarity with Paddle Canada policies, programs, accreditation, and re-certification
• Mission statement
• Course Report
• Maintaining certification