Outdoor Education (Flat Water Kayaking)
Pools, Lake Water Kayaking, Base Camp Kayaking
Elementary - Curricular 2019
- Grades 7 and 8 only.
- White Water Canoeing, White Water Kayaking, White Water Rafting and Canoeing Moving Water are not appropriate activities at the Elementary level.
- Consult Risk Management.
- This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, consult Outside Activity Providers.
- Also consult Outdoor Education (General Procedures).
- Consult Outdoor Education (Swimming) if swimming is involved.
- Kayak with adequate floatation in nose and stern to prevent kayak from sinking when full of water.
- Paddle (1 per paddler) and kayak checked for cracks, splinters and leaks.
- One buoyant heaving line of not less than 15m (49’) (for example, throw rope rescue bag) per kayak.
- One bailer (bailer must be at least 750mL [9oz] with an opening of 65cm2 [10in2] and constructed of plastic and/or metal) per kayak.
- One waterproof flashlight per kayak.
- Correctly fitting and Transport Canada approved personal flotation device (P.F.D.)/life-jackets, with whistle attached, must be worn and properly fastened at all times when near or on the water.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Determine that all necessary clothing and footwear are included prior to departing on the excursion. Dry change of clothing kept in a watertight bag/container must be accessible.
- Check with local authorities for current information regarding route safety.
- Water conditions must be appropriate for the type of kayak being used and the skill level of the group.
- Teacher and instructor must:
- be aware of and respond to changing weather and water conditions, prior to and during the trip; and
- cancel, postpone or alter the excursion if conditions put students’ safety at an elevated level of risk. (for example, wind, temperature, lightning storms, fog).
- Visibility of 500m (1640’) is required.
- If storm weather suddenly approaches, leave the water immediately.
- Daylight kayaking only except under emergency situations.
- Navigation lights (for example, waterproof flashlight) are required if operating at night or in restricted visibility.
- Prior to flat water kayaking, a prerequisite test must occur in a pool, shallow water, or sheltered bay for which students must demonstrate to the instructor competence in kayaking skills, as follow:
- Launching a kayak
- Proper entry/exit from kayak;
- Emptying the kayak (beach and dock);
- Wet exit; and
- Maneuver using the following basic strokes:
- front sweep
- back sweep
- draw stroke
- On-site supervision is required.
Supervision Ratios for Instructional Time
- 1-8 Students: personnel and qualifications required are 1 supervisor, 1 first aid certification, and 1 lifeguard certification. These qualifications can be fulfilled by one or more supervisors.
- A trip guide or instructor must possess ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking Instructor Certification, Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Instructor, or equivalent.
- At least one teacher, trip guide, instructor, or supervisor must have a minimum of a current (not more than three years prior to the day on which the holder is on duty) first aid certificate (standard or higher) issued by one of the following agencies: St. John Ambulance; Canadian Red Cross; Lifesaving Society; Canadian Ski Patrol; or an organization whose certificate is deemed equivalent by the medical officer of health in the local health unit.
- If instruction is taking place in a pool, no safety craft is required.
- A safety craft is a designated craft that is rescue-capable, taking into consideration necessary factors (for example, distance from shore, weather, water and wind conditions), and contains at least one instructor, trip guide or individual who meets the first aid certification.
- A safety craft must be in the water and accessible while students are kayaking. The safety craft need not be motorized. If the safety craft is a motorized craft then the operator of the motorized safety craft must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. The operator of the safety craft, whether craft is motorized or not, must have experience in navigating the craft.
Swim Test for Watercraft
Aquatic Instructor Qualifications for the Swim Test for Watercraft
Lifeguard Qualifications for the Swim Test for Watercraft
Supervision Ratios for the Swim Test for Watercraft
Pool Swim Test
Waterfront Swim Test
Flat water kayaking:
- Kayaking on lake water or river where no rapids exist and eddies are very slight.
Sun, 08/25/19 11:14 pm