This page covers skills that candidates should have mastered before starting an Intro Lake Tandem or Solo Instructor course. Intro Tandem Instructors also have a requirement for some solo skills, which will be included as part of a Tandem Instructor course. This information is provided for self assessment and is not considered part of a course.
This page generally covers the pre-requisite skills for entry into the Intro Instructor Course. The skills/manoeuvres below are associated with Intermediate level and not what candidates will be actually teaching. Refer to the Paddle Canada manuals for the specific Introduction level material to teach. During an instructor course candidates will need to consistently be able to demonstrate the Intro level manoeuvres at least at the Intermediate level.
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 criteria for instructor levels, skills, and apprentice/mentorship requirements can be found on the Paddle Canada website under Programs/Canoeing.
Instructor courses focus on teaching methods and detection/correction skills, participants must be able to complete and demonstrate skills and manoeuvres at a level higher than the requirements of the courses they will be teaching. Consider the following items prior to taking instructor certification.
The following check lists include the Intermediate manoeuvres and skills expected of an instructor candidate. You should be able to complete these skills on both your 'on' and 'off-side'. This list does not cover all of the Intermediate level skills, but if this set cannot be completed you may not be prepared.
This page is focused on specific manoeuvres and some safety requirements. It does not mention specific strokes or theory material (knots, portaging, boat/paddle material/design, navigation, weather, etc....), instructor candidates are also responsible for adequate knowledge of these topic areas.
Although as an Introductory level instructor you only have to demonstrate the Intro level skills, having additional skills and manoeuvre capabilities provides for safety and risk mediation. If someone needs help, or a rescue is required, many of the listed manoeuvres & skills would be critical - even if they are not part of the intro curriculum.
If you are unfamiliar with any particular manoeuvre or skill contacting the instructor trainer before the course is often helpful.
|Straight line forward and backward ~25m|
|Controlled Stopping (forward and backward ~1m mark)|
|Pivot both directions (1m)|
|Side displacement both directions ~5m|
|Side slip (running) both directions ~1-2m|
|Inside circle ~5m radius (part of figure 8)|
|Outside circle ~5m radius (part of figure 8)|
|Inside turn & continue, approach ~90°|
|Outside turn & continue, approach ~90°|
|Inside landing ~1m from mark|
|Outside landing ~1m from mark|
|Canoe rescue with canoe-over-canoe and/or parallel technique (lt 4 min) |
reenter canoe and assist others from deep water
|Throw bag - throw, hit, and tow victim (10m)|
|Tow swimmers (15m)|
|Understanding of Edging|
momentum, initiation, tilt, hold
|Appropriate treatment of equipment|
|Safe paddling awareness|
|Equipment selection knowledge
Small Vessel regulations
appropriate size (PFD/Paddle)
|Tandem Manoeuvre Demonstrations & Description||TBD - fall 2018|
|Solo Manoeuvre Demonstrations & Description|
|Rescue Demonstration & Description|
Canoe over Canoe from Canoeroots
Parallel Rescue from Canoeroots
|TBD - fall 2019|
|Paddle Canada Lake Manual (6th ed, 2013)|
|Paddle Canada Strokes Manual (2012)|
|MPC Canoe School Lake Resource (2018)|
|MPC Canoe School Instructor Resource (2018)|
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