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David Dreves Kayaking
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David Dreves Kayaking
Kayak Lessons, Tours and Rentals in The Greater Vancouver Area,
Surrey / White Rock / Ladner
Email info@kayakcourses.ca
Call or Text   604-318-4019
Kayak Lessons, Courses, Instruction - Lower Mainland - Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, Ladner, Langley, Delta, Abbotsford, Mission, Coquitlam, Richmond
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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.
Technical Skills
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.
Decision Making
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.
Conflict Resolution
Manage intra-group conflict, honouring the need for privacy and empathy, while working toward the stated goals of the group.
Role Modeling
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
a) Course progressions
b) Time lines
c) Lesson Plans
2) Analyzing and providing appropriate, timely, and constructive feedback to participants
a) Detect and correct
3) Communicating effectively through a variety of media including voice, physical demonstrations, and other teaching aids.
4) Presenting the content in such a way as to motivate and encourage participants to continue paddling
a) By playing Games
b) By balancing challenges, fun, and rewards.
Present a written lesson plan for a Paddle Canada Level-1 skill training course.
The lesson plan should include:
Clear articulation of specific learning outcomes
Discrete, measurable, realistic, and achievable
Clear criteria for assessment
Clear progressions
Opportunities for a variety of learning styles
Each segment should be organized with:
A clear introduction
A middle that identifies common errors and solutions
Guides to identifying common errors
A defined end
Organize and present a 20-30 minute on-water session teaching one of the strokes appropriate for a Level-1 skill Participant.
Organize and facilitate a 15-20 minute session on one of the theoretical knowledge sets appropriate to a Level-1 skill award.
Paddlers must 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
The 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 kayak instructors.
Offer relevant, constructive feedback to other Participants during debriefing sessions, phrased in a non-threatening manner.
Group management
Organize the group according to the environment.
Set and use appropriate communication tools.
Set and manage appropriate boundaries.
Risk Assessment
Identify objective and subjective risks
Weigh the significance of each element of risk
Develop appropriate strategies for reducing, avoiding, and/or retaining these risks should include:
Incident Management
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
Injured 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.
Teaching Theory
Demonstrate a practical awareness of basic teaching concepts throughout the program by justifying actions and decisions in relation to these concepts.
Assessment Skills
Assess a variety of technical and soft skills in relation to clearly defined objectives.
Provide timely and accurate feedback to Participants.
Familiarity with Paddle Canada policies, programs, accreditation, and re-certification
Mission statement
Registering a course
Course Report
Maintaining certification