NOTE: This page covers the basic skill requirements expected for Intro Lake Tandem instructor and Intro Lake Solo instructor. Both certifications are included as my personal feeling is even a tandem instructor must have good solo skills. This information is only for assessment and is not considered part of a course.
Paddle Canada has set high standards for their instructors. This means that obtaining instructor certification can be a difficult task and may take some time to complete through both courses and mentorship. More information on the necessary critera for instructor levels, skills, and apprentice/mentorship requirements can be found on the Paddle Canada website under Programs/Canoeing.
Although the instructor course focuses on teaching methods and detection/correction skills participants must be able to complete and demonstrate all skills and maneuvers at a level higher than the requirements of the courses they will be teaching. Consider the following items prior to attempting to get your instructor certification.
The following list includes the maneuvers and skills I would expect an instructor candidate to be able to complete prior to attempting to obtain their certification. You should be able to complete these skills at an Intro or Intermediate Lake skill level (both Tandem and Solo) on both your 'on' and 'off-side'. This list does not cover all of the skills necessary but if these can not be completed within a 30 minute assessment you may not be prepared. During the assessment appropriate body position, stroke choice, boat control, and communication must be displayed. Knowledge of strokes, what they do, and how they work may also be reviewed.
|Straight line forward and backward ~50m|
|Well controlled Stopping (forward and backward)|
|Pivot both directions (1m)|
|Side displacement both directions ~5m|
|Side slip (running) both directions ~1-2m|
|Inside circle ~10m radius|
|Outside circle ~10m radius|
|Inside turn (continue) ~90 degrees|
|Outside turn (continue) ~90 degrees|
|Inside landing ~1m from mark|
|Outside landing ~1m from mark|
|Canoe over canoe and/or Parallel - rescue a swamped canoe, |
reenter canoe from deep water
|Throw bag - thow, hit, and tow victim 10m away|
|Understanding of Edging|
momentum, initiation, tilt, hold
|Appropriate treatment of equipment|
|Safe paddling awarness|
|Equipment selection knowledge
Small Vessel regulations
appropriate size (PFD/Paddle)
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