ProActive Paddler

This course is aimed at paddles who are between the BCU 2 and 3star standard and that are members who have no desire to lead but want to be more involved as a group member and want to know what to do if things go wrong. We call this ‘being a casualty rather than a victim’. It is also ideal for folk who want a refresher on rescues and current techniques and what is current best practice.

This course also covers the rescue element of the ISKGA fundamentals level 3 qualification.

Over the two days we will cover

Introduction of staff and the outline of the course and why we have created it and what it is all about (power point).

Aims and objectives:

  • To be better prepared for when things go wrong
  • What to do if things go wrong to you or to a group member
  • What is the leader thinking about
  • Incident Management where should I be? What should I do?
  • Practice rescues in real but safe situations
  • Swimming

So how are we going to do it

Theory Session

Example

Discussion

Lots and lots of practice.

Rescues and Recovery:

The outcome of instruction will be that a participant is able to confidently rescue a fellow paddler using a variety of techniques and applying the principles of conducting a personal rescue risk assessment following the STOP process, in more dynamic conditions.

  • Rescues:

Deep Water Rescue – Bow & Back Deck Carry – Unconscious Capsize Recovery – Scoop (Face Up & Down)

  • Towing Systems:

We will practice so that a participant is able to show an understanding of various towing methods with and without a tow-line including ‘V’ Push/Pull; Contact tows; Short tows; Long tows; In-line towing; Rafted tows;).

  • Surf Zone Rescues:

The outcome of instruction will be that a participant is able to show an understanding of towing techniques of a raft, and capsize rescues, in the surf environment. A participant will be able to demonstrate the ability to land and launch in surf using appropriate techniques.

  • Rock Garden:

The outcome of instruction will be that a participant is able to negotiate rock garden obstacles and show an understanding of the need for adhering to good group control within this environment, while undertaking various rescues in gullies and caves.

We offer training, journeys, activity days and adventures in Sea kayaking, Mountaineering and Navigation. Based in the North Lake District, we operate throughout the UK and offer sea kayaking expeditions abroad.