Instructor Certification

Flatwater & Whitewater Kayak Instructors Program

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NCCP Leader 2 Instructor 2 (L2/I2) Background

The NCCP L2/I2 is the newest certification offered by CanoeKayak Canada - Whitewater (CKC-W) for the recreational stream of Whitewater kayaking in Canada. The NCCP L2/I2 was launched in the spring of 2010, and in collaboration with Paddle Canada it will be the premier certification required by all Whitewater Kayak instructors in Canada by 2013. 

With many different Whitewater kayaking certifications available in Canada, the CKC-W Coaching and Education Committee decided that a unified certification that aligned with the new NCCP paradigm was not only necessary, but integral in growing the sport nation-wide. Collaborating with key partners such as Paddle Canada, and supported by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Sport Canada, the five member Committee sought out and developed a framework to streamline instruction to align with CKC-W's Long-Term Paddler Development Model and continue to move the sport forward.

The new Sports model has 3-pillars:  Coaching  /  Instructor  /  Community  

Whitewater Kayaking mainly falls under the Instructor and Community (Trip Leader) pillars.  These pillars have been re-developed over the past years to produce a very exciting new Instructor / Leader program for Whitewater Kayaking in Canada. 

Master Learning Facilitators oversee the program for each Sport.  Learning Facilitator is the new term for Instructor Trainer. Instructors and Trip Leaders are certified once they have taken and passed the specific workshop and been evaluated with real students.

Thanks to the vision and tireless work of the CKC-Whitewater Education Committee:

  • Chair;  Chuck Lee, Alberta                  
  • Co-Chair:  Claudia Van Wijk, Ontario             

  • Co-Writer: Penny Paris, Quebec

  • Master Learning Facilitators:

    • Don Barrie, BC

    • Saskia Van Mourik, NWT

    • Mark Taylor, AB

    • Jeff Johnson, ON

    • Marc Gilbert, QC

  • Getting Certified

    To gain certification, an individual needs to contact their local Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for information on program registration. Currently, CKC-W recognizes the following five PSO's: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec. CKC-W is hoping to gain membership in the Atlantic provinces, and reached out in 2011 by launching the CKC certification program at the Atlantic Paddling Symposium May 19-23rd, 2011 in Newfoundland.

    Whitewater Ontario is the provincial member of CanoeKayak Canada, and thus all certification courses in Ontario will need to be approved through WO's Instruction Committee.  Once approved they will be listed here on the WO website.

    2010 was the launch year for the CKC Instructor/Leader certification program.  Over 150 instructors across Canada were either recerted or newly certified into the national program.  In Ontario 31 existing instructors were recerted and 23 new instructor/leaders were certified. 

     

    CKC Whitewater Kayak Instructor / Leader Guidelines:

    • An Instructor and Leader needs to have a skill set one level above the level they are teaching or guiding
    • the Leader component can be taken on its own, but must be attained before (pre-requiste) the Instructor Level
    • Evaluation are done with real students
    • Leader and Instructor candidates can be considered 'Trained' after taking and passing the Workshop, but are only certified after being evaluated and completing the online module 'Making Ethical Decisions'
    • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) standards and accreditation is built into the program and approved by CAC on Level 1 and 2
    • Instructors will have access to accident insurance through Whitewater Ontario
    • Evaluation must be done with real students
    • The certifications offered through this program are:

     

    Target Audience:

    Lifeguards and swimming instructors who work at pools who wish to teach kayaking,teachers or youth leaders wishing to teach kayaking for their groups and club instructors running winter pool sessions.

    Course Duration:

    8 hours

    Prerequisites:

    • WO Member
      Minimum Age: 16 years
    • Must have previously experienced the basic skills involved
    • Does not have to be an experienced or proficient paddler

    Environment:

    Indoor and outdoor swimming pools or controlled beachfront swim areas, with lifeguards present

    Course Outline:

    ●  Risk management
    ●  Basic pool safety
    ●  Pool and paddling equipment
    ●  Boat fit
    ●  Getting in and out of boats – dryland and wet exits
    ●  Basic strokes; forward and reverse; sweeps, draws, hip flicks, high and low braces, and hand of god

    ●  Practice routines
    ●  Games
    ●  Professionalism, ethics, and promotion

    Certification Fees:

     

    $90 includes Provincial and National certification Fees:

    Course fees to be determined by the host organization

     

     

    Target Audience:

    Club or summer camp instructors teaching kayaking on unsupervised flatwater sites

    Course Duration:

    8 hours for this component and the CKI 1 – Pool

    Prerequisites:

    ●  WO Member
    ●  Minimum Age: 16 years
    ●  Must have intermediate flatwater skills

    Environment:

    Teaching beginners on outdoor flatwater, such as lakes canals, ponds or non-moving water sites (flow less than 10 metres/minute)

    Course Outline:

    This course builds upon the basics of the pool course and includes:

    ●  NCCP overview
    ●  Equipment
    ●  Risk management
    ●  Teaching methodology
    ●  Site selection and group management

    ●  Environment monitoring – weather and water conditions
    ●  Technical skills; forward & reverse paddling, sweeps, low & high brace, draw, bow draw, flatwater roll
    ●  Common paddling injuries
    ●  Basic rescue techniques for lake environment
    ●  Games and exercises
    ●  Professional issues and administration

    Certification Fees:

     

    $120 includes National and Provincial Certification Fees:

    Course fees to be determined by the host organization

     

     

    Target Audience:

    Club or summer camp instructors teaching kayaking in supervised pools and on unsupervised flatwater sites

    Course Duration:

    Two days

    Prerequisites:

    ●  Minimum Age: 16 years
    ●  Must have intermediate flatwater skills

    Environment:

    Teaching beginners in the pool and on outdoor flatwater, such as lakes canals, ponds or non-moving water sites (flow less than 10 metres/minute)

    Course Outline:

    This course combines the basics of the pool course and the technical review of the Lake course. It includes:

    ●  NCCP overview
    ●  Basic pool safety
    ●  Pool and paddling equipment
    ●  Boat fit
    ●  Getting in and out of boats – dryland and wet exits
    ●  Basic strokes; forward and reverse; sweeps, draws, hip flicks, high and low braces, flatwater roll, and hand of god

    ●  Practise routines
    ●  Games
    ●  Professionalism, ethics, and promotion
    ●  Teaching methodology
    ●  Risk management

    ●  Site selection and group management

    ●  Environment monitoring – weather and water conditions
    ●  Common paddling injuries
    ●  Basic rescue techniques
    ●  Professional issues and administration

    Certification Fees:

     

    $120 includes National and Provincial Certification Fees:

    Course fees to be determined by the host organization

     

     

    Target Audience:

    Club members who wish to lead easy river trips

    Course Duration:

    • One and a half day workshop
    • One day evaluation

    Prerequisites:

    ●  WO Member;

    ●  Minimum age 18 years
    ●  Class III (intermediate) whitewater paddling skills

    Environment:

    Class I-II whitewater

    Course Outline:

    Risk management focused and covers the details of trip planning and leading a group down the river on Class I – II water
    ●  Risk management: liability, waivers, standards of care, emergency action planning
    ●  Planning and preparation
    ●  Paddler screening
    ●  Risk assessment and decision making
    ●  Leadership skills
    ●  River hazards and hydrology
    ●  Group management, scouting & communication techniques including river signals
    ●  Demonstration of rescue and paddling skills

    Certification Fees:

     

    $90 includes National and Provincial Fees

    Course fees to be determined by the host organization

     

     

    Target Audience:

    Club, school, or commercial instructors wishing to teach kayaking on easy rivers

    Course Duration:

    • Two and a half day workshop
    • One day evaluation

    Prerequisites:

    ●  WO Member;

    ●  Minimum age 18 years
    ●  Class III (intermediate) whitewater paddling skills

    ●  Certified as a NCCP Kayak River Leader 2

    Environment:

    Instructing beginner and novice groups on Class I-II whitewater

    Course Outline:

    ●  NCCP overview
    ●  Equipment
    ●  Risk management
    ●  Teaching methodology
    ●  Site selection
    ●  Group management and communication
    ●  Session planning
    ●  Technical skills; basic eddy turns (in and out), boat ferrying, s-turns, surfing, backlferrying, and the moving water roll .
    ●  Common paddling injuries
    ●  Basic rescue techniques
    ●  Games and exercises
    ●  Professional issues and administration

    Certification Fees:

     

    $120 includes National and Provincial Fees

    Course fees to be determined by the host organization

     

     

    Target Audience:

    Club, school, or commercial instructors wishing to teach kayaking on easy rivers

    Course Duration:

    • Four day workshop
    • One day evaluation

    Prerequisites:

    ●  WO Member;

    ●  Minimum age 18 years
    ●  Class III (intermediate) whitewater paddling skills

    ●  Certified as a NCCP Community Kayak Instructor 1 – Open Water

    Environment:

    Leading and instructing beginner and novice groups on Class I-II rivers

    Course Outline:

    ●  NCCP overview
    ●  Equipment
    ●  Risk management focused and covers the details of trip planning and leading a group down the river on Class I – II water
    ●  Risk management: liability, waivers, standards of care, emergency action planning
    ●  Planning and preparation
    ●  Paddler screening
    ●  Risk assessment and decision making
    ●  Leadership skills
    ●  River hazards and hydrology
    ●  Group management, scouting & communication techniques including river signals

    ●  Demonstration of rescue and paddling skills

    ●  Teaching methodology
    ●  Site selection
    ●  Instructional group management and communication
    ●  Session planning
    ●  Technical skills; basic eddy turns (in and out), boat ferrying, s-turns, surfing, backlferrying, and the moving water roll .
    ●  Common paddling injuries
    ●  Basic rescue techniques
    ●  Games and exercises
    ●  Professional issues and administration

    Certification Fees:

     

    $120 includes National and Provincial Fees

    Course fees to be determined by the host organization

     

    Recert available 2012

    Recert available 2012

     

    Target Audience:

    Course specific; coaches/instructors who have previously taken the full course and who wish to remain certified after three years

    Course Duration:

    Course specific, typically one to two days, approx. half the original course time

    Prerequisites:

    ●  Provincial or territorial paddle sports association member
    ●  Minimum age 16 years or 18 dependent upon level of course
    ●  Must have documentation of having previously taken the full course
    ●  Documentation of having taken an equivalent course in another jurisdiction may be acceptable, but should be confirmed with instructor trainer prior to the course
    ●  Standard First Aid and CPR certification may be required, course specific

    Environment:

    Course specific

    Course Outline:

    ●  Administration and program overview
    ●  Risk management
    ●  Teaching methodology
    ●  Course content (curricula) and required competencies review
    ●  Practical demonstrations of knowledge/skills
    ●  Other as required, course specific

    Certification Fees:

    $120 includes National and Provincial Fees

    Course fees to be determined by the host organization
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