Pool safety and competencies

Competency to exit a kayak when upside down

All newbies to the pool should be able to stay in an upturned kayak and pat the bottom of the kayak for 3 beats before being rolled back up by instructor

Newbie is able to place 2 hands at 4 positions on the boat and then pat the bottom of the kayak for 3 beats before being rolled back up by instructor.

Newbie can capsize and is able to pull spray deck and exit in a slow controlled fashion to the back of the boat while being able to maintain a grip on the boat or paddle.

Competency to hold an edge

Newbie is able to use the paddle to recover from lost of balance using a low brace.

All newbies to the pool should be able to establish and hold an edge.

Newbie is able to hold an edge and move the kayak forward in a slow steady motion.  Both right and left edges are required

 

Basic stokes

Power Stroke

180o degree turn

Sweep stroke

360o degree turn

Try to maintain a constant and even stroke on both sides of the kayak

Rescue

Pat the bottom 3 times and slide hands along the edge

Hands are placed on the nose of the recovery kayak and head rested on hands to recover breath before rolling (hip flick)  back up.  Use left and right recovery positions.

When 2 newbies are in the pool use a buddy system to practice rescue and paddle strokes.