Courses

Courses offered by CanoeKayak BC – Whitewater are listed below, with prices and administrative requirements specified at the end of the list.

Community Kayak Instructor 1 - Pool
Target Audience:  Club instructors running winter pool sessions, and lifeguards who work at pools, who wish to teach kayaking.
Course Duration:  One day (7 hours)
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Must have previously experienced the basic skills involved.
Environment:  Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, controlled beachfront swim areas, with lifeguard(s) present.
Course Outline:

  • Risk management
  • Basic pool safety
  • Pool and paddling equipment
  • Boat fit
  • Getting in and out of boat plus wet exits
  • Basic strokes; forward, reverse, sweeps, bow draws, hip flick, hand of god, bow rescues 
  • Games
  • Professionalism, ethics, and promotion

Course Fee: $200


Community Kayak Instructor 1 – Flat Water (equivalent to existing NCCP Level 1)
Target Audience:  Club or summer camp instructors teaching on flatwater sites such as lakes, or flat moving water sites.
Course Duration:  One and a half days (10.5 hours)
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Must have intermediate flatwater skills.
Environment:  Teaching beginners on outdoor flatwater, or flat moving water sites
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
  • Technical skills; forward and reverse paddling, sweeps, low brace, high brace, bow draw, flatwater roll
  • Common paddling injuries
  • Basic rescue techniques
  • Games and exercises
  • Professional issues and administration  

Course Fee: $250


Combination Community Kayak Instructor 1 – Pool & Flat Water
Target Audience: Club instructors running winter pool sessions, and lifeguards who work at pools, who wish to teach kayaking plus club or summer camp instructors teaching on flatwater sites such as lakes, or flat moving water sites. 
Course Duration: Two and a half days (17.5 hours) 
Prerequisites: CanoeKayak BC member. Minimum age 16 years. Must have intermediate flatwater skills. 
Environment: Teaching beginners on outdoor flatwater, or flat moving water sites 
Course Outline: This course combines the basics of the pool course with the outdoor, flat water aspects of the Community Kayak Instructor 1 – Flat Water course (see course outlines above).
 
Course Fee: $325

 


Swiftwater Rescue and Safety
Target Audience:  This rescue course is recommended for all paddlers and others who spend time on or near rivers, creeks and streams.
Course Duration:  Three days (21 hours). Typically a Friday evening plus Saturday and Sunday.
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Basic class II paddling skills
Environment:  Class I-IV whitewater
Course Outline:

  • Risk, incidents, and liability
  • River dynamics (hydrology)
  • River hazards
  • Trip safety and planning
  • Throwbags
  • Wading and swimming
  • Tow systems and in-boat rescue techniques
  • Knots and anchors
  • Tag and snag lines
  • Mechanical advantage systems
  • Leading rescues and organization of rescues

Course Fee: $375


Kayak Leader 2 - River
Target Audience:  Club members who wish to lead river trips.
Duration:  One and a half days (10.5 hours). An additional evaluation with "real" participants is required for NCCP certification.
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Class III (intermediate) whitewater paddling skills
Environment:  Class I-III whitewater
Course Outline:  Risk management focused and covers the details of trip planning and leading a group down the river on Class I – III 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, and communication techniques including river signals
  • Demonstration of rescue and paddling skills

Course Fee: $250


Kayak Leader 3 - Whitewater
Target Audience:  Professional paddlers and safety boaters who wish to lead advanced whitewater trips/expeditions
Duration:  One and a half days (10.5 hours). An additional evaluation with "real" participants is required for NCCP certification. 
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Class IV (advanced) whitewater paddling skills
Environment:  Class I - IV whitewater
Course Outline:  This course follows the same format as the Kayak Leader 2 course, but for trip planning and leading on Class I – IV water.

  • Risk management: liability, waivers, standards of care, emergency action planning
  • Planning and preparation; remote runs, map analysis, GPS
  • Paddler screening
  • Risk assessment and decision making
  • Advanced leadership skills
  • River hazards and hydrology
  • Group management, scouting, and communication techniques including river signals
  • Demonstration of rescue and paddling skills

Course Fee: $300


Kayak Instructor 2 / Leader 2 - River (equivalent to existing NCCP Level 2)
Target Audience:  Club, school, or commercial instructors
Duration:  Three days (24 hours). An additional evaluation with "real" students is required for NCCP certification.
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Class III (intermediate) whitewater paddling skills.  Active instructors must have Standard First Aid and CPR certification.
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, back ferrying, the moving water roll and pivots.
  • Common paddling injuries
  • Basic rescue techniques
  • Games and exercises
  • Professional issues and administration  

Course Fee: $400


Kayak Instructor 3 / Leader 3 - Whitewater
Target Audience:  Club, school, or commercial instructors
Duration:  Three days (24 hours). An additional evaluation with "real" students is required for NCCP certification.
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Class IV (advanced) whitewater paddling skills.  Active instructors must have Standard First Aid and CPR certification.
Environment:  Instructing intermediate and advanced groups on Class III-IV 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, back ferrying, the moving water roll and pivots.
  • Common paddling injuries
  • Basic rescue techniques
  • Games and exercises
  • Professional issues and administration  

Course Fee: $450


Kayak Coach 1 – Introduction to Competition (equivalent to existing NCCP Level 2)
Target Audience:  Club, camp, or clinic coaches teaching on flatwater or moving water sites
Course Duration:  Two days (14 hours)
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Must have intermediate class I moving water and competition skills/knowledge. Active coaches must have Standard First Aid and CPR certification.
Environment:  Coaching beginner or novice athletes on flatwater or moving water, class I
Course Outline:

  • NCCP overview
  • Risk management and safety
  • Coaching methodology
  • Equipment
  • Training site selection
  • Group management and communication
  • Practice planning
  • Basic physical training
  • Technical skills; body mechanics, stroke mechanics, boat control
  • Introductory competition skills, discipline specific
  • Basic mental skills
  • Common injuries and prevention
  • Basic rescue techniques
  • Games and exercises
  • Professional issues and administration  

Course Fee: $300


Kayak Coach 2 – Development (equivalent to existing NCCP Level 3)
Target Audience:  Club, provincial, and national junior B and senior development team coaches
Duration:  Three days (21 hours)
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Class III intermediate whitewater paddling and competition skills/knowledge.  Active coaches must have Standard First Aid and CPR certification.
Environment:  Coaching novice and intermediate athletes on class II-III whitewater
Course Outline: 

  • NCCP and organizational overview
  • Coaching philosophy and ethics
  • Sport safety and risk management
  • Equipment
  • Physical analysis, discipline specific
  • Flexibility training
  • Strength and power training
  • Energy system training
  • Coaching methodologies
  • Practice, training camp, and competition site planning
  • Competition site analysis
  • Practice planning
  • Paddling skills; body mechanics, stroke mechanics, boat control
  • Whitewater skills; forward, reverse, edge, and advanced moves
  • Mental skills
  • Video analysis and problem solving
  • Annual planning, periodization, goal-setting, and monitoring
  • Injury prevention
  • Professional issues and administration  

Course Fee: $400


Kayak Coach 3 – High Performance (equivalent to existing NCCP Level 4)
Target Audience:  Junior and senior national team, Olympic team coaches
Duration:  Three days (21 hours)
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  Class IV advanced whitewater paddling and competition skills/knowledge.  Active coaches must have Standard First Aid and CPR certification.
Environment:  Coaching intermediate and advanced athletes on Class III-IV whitewater
Course Outline: 

  • TBD
  • Advanced competition skills, discipline specific

Course Fee: $400 - THIS COURSE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
The existing NCCP Level 4 course is available through the National Coaching Institute British Columbia (NCI-BC), in association with CanoeKayak Canada/Whitewater Canada.


Elite High Performance Coach – NCCP Level 5

  • As per the Level 4 coach above, but with completion of additional tasks for broader theoretical and practical experience and knowledge

NCCP Level 5 course is available through the National Coaching Institute British Columbia (NCI-BC), in association with CanoeKayak Canada/Whitewater Canada.


Learning Facilitator (Course Conductor) Certification Courses
Target Audience:  Senior coaches/instructors who wish to teach and certify others to become coaches/instructors
Duration:  Course specific, typically one to two days
Prerequisites:

  • CanoeKayak BC "Coach” member
  • Minimum age 19 years
  • Certified at least one level higher (if existing) than the level they will be training
  • Minimum three years experience as a coach/instructor at the level they will be training
  • Must have co-taught at least one course at the level they will be training
  • Standard First Aid and CPR certification
  • River Safety and Rescue training (or equivalent) if they will be training for river or whitewater instruction or coaching

Environment:  Course specific
Course Outline: 

  • Administration and program overview
  • Risk management
  • Educational scenarios (i.e. trip based vs. course based)
  • Current environment and specific needs (i.e. sport vs. commercial)
  • Teaching methodology
  • Course content (curricula) and required competencies
  • Evaluation of instructor/coach candidates
  • Review of resources and professional development opportunities
  • IT administration requirements
  • Exam (optional)
  • Practical demonstrations of knowledge/skills (i.e. river run)
  • Wrap-up

Course Fee: Approx. $200 per day, course specific


Re-Certification Courses
Target Audience:  Course specific.  Coaches/instructors who have previously taken the full course and who wish to remain certified.
Duration:  Course specific, typically one to two days, approx. half the original course time
Prerequisites:  CanoeKayak BC member.  Minimum age 16 years.  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 review
  • Course content (curricula) and required competencies review
  • Practical demonstrations of knowledge/skills
  • Other as required, course specific

Course Fee: Approx. $200 per day, course specific

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