Sea Kayak Instructor Certification Maintenance Clinic

Course Description

Geared towards instructors that might be a little out of practice; we will do a skill review check, review strokes from a teaching perspective, do some practice teaching, talking about the importance of properly registering courses.

According to participant requests, we will review and practice  paddling/rescues skills for technical understanding and demonstration quality.

Review and practice some paddling stroke/rescues from a teaching perspective.

Look at current best practices and Paddle Canada course administration.

Course Pre-requisites: Active Paddle Canada membership

Maintaining your Paddle Canada instructor certification allows you to offer Paddle Canada sanctioned skills courses. Here’s what you need to do:
A. Annually: Maintain your annual membership in Paddle Canada
B. On the 4th year from certification or re-certification: Complete 1 of the following:

1. Successfully complete a Paddle Canada professional development clinic in your stream and at your level, or
2. Successfully complete a higher Paddle Canada instructor course in your stream, or
3. Successfully complete a customised set of requirements set and evaluated by an appropriate instructor trainer. Requirements must test paddling and teaching skills as well as current best practices.

For example, if you completed your level 1 sea kayak instructor course in 2017 and you maintain your annual membership in Paddle Canada, you have until Dec 31, 2021 (4 years) to complete the above requirements.

What if I’ve dropped the ball?

1. Failure to maintain your Paddle Canada annual membership: In the first year your membership status is changed to lapsed and to change to active you’ll need to pay the annual fee. After the first year, to change your membership to active you’ll need to pay the pay annual fee plus lapsed penalty fee determined by Paddle Canada.
2. Failure to maintain your Professional Development Requirement: after 4 years without participating in the professional development requirement your certification status is changed to inactive. To regain active certification you must be registered and contribute as an assistant on at least one full skills course taught by a qualified Instructor Trainer.
After 6 years without participating in professional development your certification status is changed to retired. To regain active certification you must start the certification process from the beginning.

Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions.


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