Training and Assessment Weekends [10]

by Mark Shrimpton ACF. Snr Instructor

Australian Canoe Federation Sea Proficiency (Kayak) Award Scheme

What is it about?

The award scheme is centred around a progressive logical sequence of techniques. This enables more skills to be built upon skills already learnt and so build up a very high level of competence.

It is also an opportunity for the many experienced paddlers already in the club to continue to teach and pass on their very valuable knowledge to the less experienced.

The Sea Proficiency Award is a nationally recognised standard of allround kayaking ability involving a knowledge and understanding of seamanship, technical skills, and self sufficiency as a sate member of a touring party on the sea under the guidance of a competent leader. (See syllabus)

Training Weekends

These weekends whilst remaining informal and fun, will generally have a more focused approach to learning and experience and skills. Weekends may include camping or cheap waterside bunkhouse accommodation, day trips, night paddle, an overnight expedition camp, evening slide show, BBQ and loads of laughs…

We all I am sure would like to know more about our sport whether it is discussing the latest bit of gear, the innovative adaptions of equipment in others boats, rescues, tows, eskimo rolling, or planning overnight expeditions etc.

It matters not whether you want to gain an award! This is not an attempt to pursue certification and stifle your enjoyment of paddling! It is your choice what and how much you wish to do.

What matters is that as sea kayakists we develop a sound understanding of using and adapting our technical skills, having a good knowledge of equipment, and develop the attitudes necessary to be safe with others afloat.

Looking forward to chatting with you and enjoying your company on the water sometime.