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Training – Gulf Kayak Academy
Training2019-12-30T07:09:16+00:00

Training Lessons

Gulf Kayak Academy training puts safety first, with beginner classes taking place in a swimming pool. Upon demonstrating your knowledge of kayaking safety procedures, you will start kayaking on the sea.

You can take GKA courses either as group classes or as private classes (1-4 persons). The courses aim to turn you into a strong and confident kayaker so that you can safely and confidently enjoy outdoor adventures all over the world, as well participate in Kayak4Kuwait expeditions.

Level 1: Beginning Sea Kayak Safety Skills

Safety comes first! Learn basic kayak safety skills and paddling strokes. No prior experienced required; as long as you can swim, you can take this course.

Level 2: Sea Kayak Boat Handling

Get on the sea and learn to edge, balance, and brace while moving sideways, backwards, and

forwards. These skills will give you control over your kayak and allow you to navigate sea waters safely. Level one or equivalent required.

Level 3: Paddling Strokes & Rescue Techniques

Learn sea kayaking’s physical skills: strokes, rolls, and rescues. This course can add to your knowledge no matter how experience a kayaker you are. You’ll find new ways to challenge yourself and apply what you’ve learned so far as a kayaker.

Gulf Kayak Academy and Kayak4Kuwait Adventures

Upon completing Level 2 of the Gulf Kayak Academy, you will be welcome to join our half- and full-day tours along the Gulf coastline! Experience our marine life, beautiful sunrises, and sunsets out on the open water, and bond with fellow kayakers. Rowing alongside our partner organization, Kayak4Kuwait, you’ll help us achieve our mission: to raise awareness of environmental issues in the Arabian Gulf.

Level 1

General aims

The Level 1 Kayaking Skills Award aims to enable participants to:

  • Perform fundamental Paddling Skills.

Requirements:

Participants must successfully demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of the Basic Safety Rules of canoeing
  • An ability to Enter and Exit correctly.
  • Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, and Stop.
  • An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke,
    Reverse Sweep Stroke and a combination of Forward and Reverse
    Sweep Strokes.
  • Capsize Drill

Assessment

  • There is no formal assessment for the Level 1 Skills Award, however, a
    participant must be able to demonstrate the required skills in the
    presence of a registered Canoeing Ireland Instructor before being
         given the award.
  • All strokes must be demonstrated on both sides.
  • The Level 1 Skills Award is not a compulsory pre requisite for any
    subsequent Canoeing Ireland skills awards.
  • No age restriction applies to this award

Assessment Guidelines

The Level 1 Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered Canoeing Ireland Instructor.

Notes
Safety Rules of Canoeing

  • You must be able to swim.
  • You must always wear a buoyancy aid.
  • You must always ensure that there is adequate kayak buoyancy.
  • You must never canoe alone.

Entry and Exit
Entry and exit with or without the use of a paddle is acceptable.

Forward and Reverse Paddling
Veering is allowed for, but a participant must be able to maintain reasonable directional stability for
at least 25 meters.

Stopping
A participant should demonstrate an ability to stop when moving forward and in reverse.

Forward and Reverse Sweep Stroke
There should be an efficient use of the paddle in turning.

Capsize Drill
The capsize and exit should be carried out in water of sufficient depth adjacent to the shore/bank.

Level 2

General aims

The Level 2 Kayaking Skills Award aims to enable participants to:

  • Kayak safely and competently on flat water and Grade I rivers as a
    member of a group being led.
  • Assist in basic rescues.

Requirements:

Participants must successfully demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of the Basic Safety Rules of canoeing.
  • An ability to Enter and Exit a kayak correctly.
  • Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, and Stop.
  • An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke,
    Reverse
  • Sweep Stroke and a combination of Forward and Reverse Sweep
    Strokes.
  • Simple Draw Stroke.
  • Low Brace.
  • Turning on the Move.
  • Edging while the kayak is moving.
  • Capsize Drill.
  • An ability to assist in an Assisted X Rescue and/or an II Rescue.

Assessment

 

  • The Level 2 Kayak Skills Assessment must take place outdoors on flat
    water (i.e. water of Grade I difficulty). No part of an assessment can be
    taken in a swimming pool.
  • During an assessment all techniques and skills must be
    demonstrated to an assessor’s satisfaction in order to achieve this award.
  • It may not be feasible for a junior or disabled person to assist fully in
    rescues – such candidates should, however, have a full understanding
    of the correct sequence of each of the required rescues and have
    some role to fulfil in the completion of these rescues.
  • A spraydeck must be worn throughout an assessment.
  • All strokes should be demonstrated in relevant situations i.e. use of a
    simple draw stroke to manoeuvre the kayak to the bank. Strokes
    should be demonstrated on both sides of the kayak.
  • The Level 2 Kayak Skills Award is not a compulsory pre-requisite for
    any subsequent Canoeing Ireland skills awards.
  • No age restriction applies to this award.
  • Assessment Guidelines

Assessment Guidelines

 

  • The Level 2 Kayak Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered
    canoeing Ireland Instructor who is, at minimum, a Level 2 Kayak Instructor.
  • The assessment will be carried out with a maximum of six candidates to one
    assessor for Level 2 Instructors and eight candidates to one assessor for Level
    3 Instructors and above.
  • All required assessment rescues should be kept until the end of an
    assessment.
  • Generally guidelines will be given, should a candidate fail an assessment, as to
    the areas that they need to improve on.

Notes
Safety Rules of Canoeing

  • You must be able to swim.
  • You must always wear a buoyancy aid.
  • You must always ensure that there is adequate kayak buoyancy.
  • You must never canoe alone.

Entry and Exit
Can be carried out with or without the use of paddles, depending
on what is most appropriate to the situation.

Forward Paddling
Some directional instability is allowed for. This should not include
complete loss of forward movement or continuous veering from
side to side, aiming for a point/gap as a task.

Reverse Paddling
Some directional instability is allowed for. This should not include
complete loss of reverse movement or continuous veering from
side to side. A wider stroke than that used for forward paddling is permissible.

Stopping
Stopping should occur in a straight line allowing some leeway,
but not veering from side to side. Ability to stop should be demonstrated
while paddling forward and in reverse.

Forward Sweep Stroke
There should be full arm extension. The sweep should be initiated
at the front of the kayak and continued to stern with trunk rotation evident.

Reverse Sweep Stroke
Trunk rotation to place paddle in the water at stern should be evident.
There should be continuous sweep to the front of the kayak as the trunk
unwinds. There should be full arm extension throughout.

Draw Stroke
The paddle should remain in the water throughout. Some slight bow
or stern swing is acceptable. An ability to maintain the paddle shaft
vertically should be evident. Some body rotation towards the paddling
side should be evident.

Low Brace Support
The kayak must be sufficiently tilted for water to reach the spray deck.
A good push down with the elbows above paddle and associated hip action
should be evident.

Turning on the Move
The kayak should be moved at good speed through a series of turns.
The turns should be induced by applying a combination of strokes and
edge control appropriate to the kayak and the participant. The kayak should
continue moving throughout the series of turns without stopping
or significantly  slowing down.

Capsize Drill
While wearing a spray deck, and followed by a 10 meter swim towing
the kayak and paddle to the bank, then emptying the kayak correctly.
The paddle should be retained.