Kayaking Pathfinder Honour

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Qualified Instructor Required Prerequisite: Intermediate Swimming Honor
1. Satisfy the examiner that you have knowledge of different types of kayaks (Slalom, river, touring, sea); the uses for each and the equipment necessary for safe kayaking (helmet, life jacket, sprayskirt, bow and stern loops, floatation in kayak).
2. Demonstrate an ability to enter and exit a kayak.

  1. From a beach
  2. From a pier or landing
  3. From deep water

3. Demonstrate ability to complete the following strokes:

  1. Straight forward and backward paddle
  2. Left and right turn by forward and back paddling
  3. Draw (sweep) stroke
  4. Support stroke
  5. Cross current paddling

4. Explain the steps involved in Eskimo rolling and demonstrate the proper method of doing this.
5. Explain how to repair a hole in fiberglass

  1. Permanently in a workshop (fiberglassing)
  2. Emergency repair on the riverbank (duct tape)

6. After completing a minimum of 2 training sessions complete either

  1. An overnight kayak trip
  2. Two day trips (one including some white water)