Grading for Adelaide Canoe Club (ACC) – Where do YOU fit in?

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DISCLAIMER: 

The information in this document has been based on the Australian Canoeing (AC) Safety Guidelines 16 March 2009, which defines the minimum standards for the conduct of safe, non competive canoeing and kayaking activities. No responsibility for the loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of any material in these guidelines can be accepted.
The ACC Grading System includes rescue skills. All paddlers on a club trip are encouraged and expected to contribute to the safety and successful completion of the trip. Club trips are planned and led by leaders who are AC qualified and whose formal qualification determines the required minimum grade of paddlers’ skills and appropriate conditions. The trip leader has the right / responsibilitiy to refuse any paddler who does not meet the required standard or does not have the required equipment for the trip.
 
1 "Novice": on West Lakes or Encounter Lakes only, under supervision – below 11 knots
2 "Flatwater": Australian Canoeing Flatwater Skills level
            – progression is (a) day trips, (b) car camping trips, (c) canoe/kayak camping
3 "Intermediate": Aust. Canoeing Coastal Skills
            – progression is (a) day and weekend trips, (b) extended trips
4 "Sea Skills": Aust. Canoeing Sea Skills level
5 “Advanced Sea Skills” : AC Advanced Sea Skills
 
Equipment essential at all levels – see Australian Canoeing Safety Guidelines pages 11-14 plus pages 21-22. (follow links from www.canoe.org.au to Education to Risk Management & Safety to Safety Guidelines ). Please take special note re PFDs and footwear.
 
1 Novice
New members and those on a ‘Come & try’ activity will be closely supervised and taught basic skills in safe controlled conditions such as on West Lakes. Often equipment will be provided, but each paddler should be aware of correct clothing (see Equipment) and expect to be getting wet as part of normal capsize and rescue drills. Once all of the skills in 2 Flatwater have been achieved and demonstrated, then paddlers will have a range of club day trips to attend.
 
2 Flatwater (modified from "Australian Canoeing Flatwater Skills")
Demonstrate the ability to control a craft in moderate conditions on flat, sheltered water.
Launch and land efficiently
Paddle the craft efficiently in moderate winds:
– forwards, backwards, sideways and turning
– using correct forward, reverse, draw and sweep strokes
Show efficient use of low supports. Capsize and swim craft ashore
Competently participate in simple rescues as rescuee and rescuer. Competently accept a tow.
Speed & distance – West Lakes – from CanoeSA boat ramp, along eastern side of lake, to the foot bridge (and beach at Cocoran drive) – in 30 minutes without stopping (only brief pauses for a drink). Is approx 2km – speed 4 km/hr. Can have a break on beach then paddle back non-stop in 30 minutes.
Need kayak with spray deck (and bouyancy) or Sit-on-Top (or open canoe – for river trips only)
Examples of ACC trips include – River Murray day paddles, then overnight.
Garden Island and metro beaches – below 11 knots breeze
Quotas will be necessary on some trips and will follow Aust. Canoeing ratios
  
3 Intermediate  (modified from "Aust. Canoeing Coastal Skills Sit-On-Top") 
 Adelaide Canoe Club will use this for grading skills in sea kayaks as well as Sit-On-Top kayaks, in coastal conditions defined as:
• Estuaries, embayments and areas enclosed or partially enclosed by fringing reef or islands
• Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or
open crossings may be included
• Distances of up to one nautical mile offshore
• Conditions below Fresh (17 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of
Meteorology.
Skill component  (add to Beginner) kayaking skills in coastal conditions:
Paddle efficiently in conditions below Fresh (winds to 17 knots):
– secure equipment to craft in preparation for paddling
– launch and land in surf to 0.5 metre
– paddle forwards, backwards, sideways and turning using correct forward, reverse, draw and
sweep strokes
– show efficient use of supports in surf to 0.5 metre
– capsize in surf to 0.5 metre and move self & kayak safely to shore
Secure craft for transport.
Speed & distance – West Lakes – from CanoeSA boat ramp, around Delphin Island and back to ramp – total time, including breaks, less than 2 hours. (Trips could be 20km per day)
Need sea kayak for all sea trips. Sit-on-Tops only in estuaries, mangrove areas & metro beaches. Open canoes only on river trips.
Examples of ACC trips include (extended River Murray trips and ) Around Torrens island, day paddles along the coast of Yorke Pen., KI, then overnight Coorong & Coffin Bay. Kayak surfing.
Quotas will be necessary on some trips and will follow Aust. Canoeing ratios
Leaders The club needs qualified Flatwater Guides. Follow links from www.canoe.org.au to Education to Award Scheme to Award Definitions to Flatwater (Inland) Guide Award, then back to Award Scheme and to Assessment Summaries to Flatwater Guide Award – print this, start filling it in and discuss it with a club assesor (Phil Doddridge, Peter Carter, Dave Mallett, Wayne Hooper, Libby Robertson, Dave Mausolf and ………..). Then suggest trips for the program and lead them
 
4 Sea Skills   (modified from Aust. Canoeing Sea Skills level)
Holders of the Sea Skills Award have demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct personal kayaking activities in sea kayaks at sea defined as outside of estuaries, embayments or other sheltering reefs or in moderate conditions:
• Conditions below Fresh (17 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the Bureau of
Meteorology
• Assessed in minimum winds of 11 knots (moderate conditions)
• Areas of exposed coastline that is simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or
open crossings may be included
• Distances of up to 4 nautical miles from the nearest shore
• Breaking (overtopping) waves (sea) up to 1 m
• Surf to 1 m.
Skill component – (add to Flatwater and Intermediate).
Demonstrate sea kayak skills at sea in moderate to fresh conditions:
Preparation of craft and equipment
Launch and land in surf to 1 metre
Paddle the craft efficiently in moderate (to 16 knots) conditions at sea:
– forwards, backwards, sideways and turning
– use correct forward, reverse, draw and sweep strokes
– use safe, effective support strokes, using both blade faces, in surf to 1m
Competently participate in rescues as rescuee and rescuer; including towing
Capsize and roll in surf to 1 metre
Speed & distance – West Lakes – from CanoeSA boat ramp, around Delphin Island and back to ramp without stopping (only brief pauses for a drink) in less than 75 minutes – average speed 5.5 km/hr.
Need sea kayak with hands-free pump and tow line (that is interchangeable with other ACC paddlers).
Examples of ACC trips include coastal day paddles; then overnight Kangaroo Island, Wardang Is.
Leaders The club needs qualified Sea Leaders. Follow links from www.canoe.org.au to Education to Award Scheme to Award Definitions to Sea to Sea Leader Award (Club Award), then back to Award Scheme and to Assessment Summaries to Sea to Sea Leader (Club) Award – print this, start filling it in and discuss it with a club Sea assesor (Phil Doddridge, Peter Carter, , Dave Mausolf and ………..). Then suggest trips for the program and lead them.
 
5 Advanced Sea Skills
This section will be modified from AC Advanced Sea Skills
Possible trips include the Joseph Banks Group.
 
 
 
Dave Mausolf
President
21/09/10 (modified 27/01/12)