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ACA LEVEL 3 Sea Kayak Award

VENUE: Sheltered water, not a swimming pool



q General purpose kayak or sea kayak equipped with suitable floatation, deck lines & grab loops

q PDF, spray skirt with release strap, paddle, food, drink, spare clothing, whistle

q Clothing suitable for immersion and appropriate to the conditions

q First Aid kit


q LAUNCHING AND LANDING: efficient technique on a variety of low and high put-ins

q EFFICIENT FORWARD PADDLING: 500 meter paddle with clear body rotation, directional control, and

ability to change pace

q EFFICIENT REVERSE PADDLING: over a figure of 8 course with good boat control, using a variety of


q TURNING ON THE MOVE: quickly turn with minimum speed loss, start with a bow sweep

o Low brace turn with onside tilt

o High brace turn with onside tilt

o Bow rudder with on and offside tilt

q ROTATE 360 ON THE SPOT: spin kayak using boat tilt and forward and reverse sweeps

q EDGING ~ BOAT TILT: edging for assist in turning- turn a circle with full sweep strokes and gunnel deep

offside edge to assist turn. Forward and Reverse

q RUDDERING: trailing stern rudder to keep the boat straight at reasonable speed, adjusting direction both

left and right with paddle on either side

q DRAW SIDEWAYS: move the boat sideways 5 meters using good directional stability with

o Draw to the hip

o Sculling draw

o Draw on the move- forward and reverse

o Sideslip / hanging draw- forward and reverse

q PREVENT CAPSIZE: efficient low and high brace recovery on both sides with the boat moving and off

balance to the waist followed by forward paddling

q SCULLING FOR SUPPORT: low and high positions with good blade articulation


q WET EXIT: comfortable capsize and wet exit with sprayskirt attached

q SELF RESCUE: using a technique such as re-entry and roll, paddle-float reentry, paddle-float reentry and

roll, cowboy rescue/ scramble.

q DEEP WATER RECOVERY: assisted drain and re-enter both as victim and rescuer.

q TOWING AND TOWLINE USE: understand tow systems and their dangers, be able to tow a victim

without help, and demonstrate emergency release of the tow

q CONTACT RESCUES: demonstrate ability to tow or push another kayaker a short distance without use of

a tow line

q SWIMMER RESCUE: stern toggle tow, bow push, and back-deck

q ESKIMO RESCUE: confident capsize and rescue both as victim and rescuer using bow, stern and paddle

presentation techniques


q KAYAK ESKIMO ROLL: come up within three attempts using a standard kayak roll. Half roll is acceptable

q CURRENT, WIND, ROUGH CONDITIONS: evidence of maneuvers, rescue and recovery techniques in

more challenging conditions as well as an understanding of basic hydrology

q NAVIGATION: basic chart and compass use and basic navigation skills

q SEAMANSHIP: basic knowledge of rules of the road, weather conditions and effects

q LEADERSHIP: basic understanding of group leadership in mild conditions


q THREE-DAY TRIPS: Show evidence of at least three day trips of at least 10 nautical miles.


q EQUIPMENT: have a working knowledge of all paddling equipment

q SAFETY: understand the dangers of exposed kayaking and how to avoid trouble

q HYPOTHERMIA ~ HYPERTHERMIA: good understanding of body heat control

q 1st AID/ CPR: basic first aid knowledge and current CPR card

q ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: understand ecology, seamanship and water sense

q TRIP PLANNING: comfortable in preparing logistics for a long, exposed day trip

q GROUP AWARENESS: familiar with whistle and paddle signals, group dynamics and safety

q CAR- TOPPING AND CARRYING: good transport technique with a variety of options and knots




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