Surf Kayak Leader

Description

20 CPD Points

The New Surf Kayak Leader Available from the 4th January 2021!

Become a Surf Kayak Leader!

  • Do you want to lead a group of surf paddlers in moderate surf?
  • Are you a surf kayaker or do you have experience paddling in a surf environment?
  • Do you want to support your club?

If so, the Surf Kayak Leader could be for you!

Why become a Surf Kayak Leader?

First of all, the Surf Kayak Leader is open to anyone with experience of paddling in moderate surf conditions. The award will enable you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable surf kayaking trips for groups of paddlers. 

Secondly, you will be supported to develop your personal and leadership skills during training, with like-minded surf paddlers. Alternatively, if you have sufficient experience you could go straight to assessment.

This award is also used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their surf kayak journeys in moderate surf environments. 

What can a Surf Kayak Leader do?

Your award will support you to lead surf kayakers in moderate surf environments. You will lead surf kayakers with a range of experience on trips based on their needs and aspirations. You will be able to judge the conditions and standard of the group and make appropriate decisions on your journey. 

As a Leader, you can work independently or be deployed by a club, centre or organisation to lead trips and journeys. The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

You will be able to provide British Canoeing Awards and Training, such as:

Note: other experience, training or qualifications may be required. Find out more in our develop skills section.

How should I prepare for the training course? 

To get the best from your optional training course, you will need to feel comfortable is a surf kayak and be able to paddle in moderate surf environments. We would recommend holding the Progressive Surf Kayak Award before booking onto your training. 

How should I prepare for the assessment?

There are lots of ways you can prepare for your assessment. It is important that you take an active role in deciding the appropriate training and experience that you need. You could book onto the British Canoeing Surf Kayak Leader Training course to support you in developing the required skills. Alternatively, you can choose bespoke learning opportunities to support your development stage. Find out more on the content tab.

Registration

The Surf Kayak Leader has a formal registration requirement.

Leadership Registration

Registration is a process for leaders who are planning to attend a Leadership Assessment course. The purpose of Registration is to confirm you hold all prerequisites, it's quick and confirmation is sent straight to your inbox*. This should then be shared with the assessor to confirm eligibility for assessment. It also gives you peace of mind that you have everything you need in place and you can focus on enjoying your assessment. Please do not try to Register unless you hold all prerequisites:

  • Safeguarding Training (dated within last 3 years).
  • First Aid (dated within last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Full National Association Membership
  • *Note - as long as you meet the prerequisites, you will be automatically sent confirmation of your Registration.

    What does Registration cost?

    Registration costs vary a little dependant on the qualification and where you live, for more information you can read the Registration Guide here.

    How do I Register?

    • You will need to be an On the Water British Canoeing Member - join now British Canoeing Membership (On the Water)
    • You need to be at least 16 years of age to register
    • Once you're a member, you access your membership portal and register through the dedicated platform
    • For more information you can use our Registration Guidance here.
    **Note – if you are aware that your record is out of date (for example your First Aid has expired) we recommend you update your record first.

    Content

    It's your development pathway! You choose if you want to attend formal training courses or develop your personal skills, leadership and safety and rescue, with a mentor or through your Club/Organisation. When you're ready for assessment you are in control. It's your group, your trip and our assessor joins you for the day.

    Surf Kayak Leader Training

    Typically run over two days, British Canoeing Surf Kayak Leader training courses will support the development of your personal skill level and leadership ability to lead a group of paddlers in a moderate surf environment. The emphasis is on the application of skills in a surf environment, requiring you to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in moderate surf.

    The training covers four key areas:

    • Personal paddling skills
    • Rescue skills
    • Safety, leadership and group skills
    • Theory

    Formal training is not mandatory, however if you chose to access the training you will have a great couple of days, develop your community of practice, as well as make friends and paddle with likeminded paddlers.

    Surf Kayak Leader Assessment

    We believe in assessments for learning and you will definitely learn a lot from your assessment. To find out more click on the assessment tab.

    Course Assessment

    We do everything we can to take the stress out of assessments, we are focused on the journey and not the destination. The experience will be safe, engaging and enjoyable, with you at the heart of the process, involving you in as much of the decision making as possible.

    Typical Assessment

    Your assessor will guide you through the stages of arranging your assessment, discussing with you the best times and dates for the assessment, helping you ensure you have a group to lead and the appropriate assessment conditions on the day.

    By the end of the assessment you will have to demonstrate knowledge and skills in four areas:

    • Personal paddling skills
    • Rescue skills
    • Safety, leadership and group skills
    • Theory

    Surf Kayak Leaders will need the ability to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions. The assessment takes place over a typical paddling day, depending on the logistics relating to access to suitable environments, you and your assessor may agree a longer assessment.

    Help and support ahead of your assessment

    Every Leader will prepare differently for their assessment. However, you can check your readiness for assessment using:
    • The Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance – this explains, in detail, the standard required for assessment.

      You can look at the Assessment Guidance here.

    • Leadership eLearning – This optional, interactive eLearning package will take you through some of the key principles behind the British Canoeing Model of Leadership. This is a good refresher of the Leadership principles, at any point on your journey towards becoming a Surf Kayak Leader.
    • You might find it useful to carry out a Self Assessment using British Canoeing's Leader and Raft Guide Self Analysis Tool. (Available from 4th January 2021)
    • You could also log your previous experience in a logbook like this Coaching and Leadership Logbook. You can use the headings suggested and make your own!

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    Course Description

    The New Surf Kayak Leader Available from the 4th January 2021!

    Become a Surf Kayak Leader!

    • Do you want to lead a group of surf paddlers in moderate surf?
    • Are you a surf kayaker or do you have experience paddling in a surf environment?
    • Do you want to support your club?

    If so, the Surf Kayak Leader could be for you!

    Why become a Surf Kayak Leader?

    First of all, the Surf Kayak Leader is open to anyone with experience of paddling in moderate surf conditions. The award will enable you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable surf kayaking trips for groups of paddlers. 

    Secondly, you will be supported to develop your personal and leadership skills during training, with like-minded surf paddlers. Alternatively, if you have sufficient experience you could go straight to assessment.

    This award is also used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their surf kayak journeys in moderate surf environments. 

    What can a Surf Kayak Leader do?

    Your award will support you to lead surf kayakers in moderate surf environments. You will lead surf kayakers with a range of experience on trips based on their needs and aspirations. You will be able to judge the conditions and standard of the group and make appropriate decisions on your journey. 

    As a Leader, you can work independently or be deployed by a club, centre or organisation to lead trips and journeys. The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

    You will be able to provide British Canoeing Awards and Training, such as:

    Note: other experience, training or qualifications may be required. Find out more in our develop skills section.

    How should I prepare for the training course? 

    To get the best from your optional training course, you will need to feel comfortable is a surf kayak and be able to paddle in moderate surf environments. We would recommend holding the Progressive Surf Kayak Award before booking onto your training. 

    How should I prepare for the assessment?

    There are lots of ways you can prepare for your assessment. It is important that you take an active role in deciding the appropriate training and experience that you need. You could book onto the British Canoeing Surf Kayak Leader Training course to support you in developing the required skills. Alternatively, you can choose bespoke learning opportunities to support your development stage. Find out more on the content tab.

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