MODULE 3: KAYAK KNOWLEDGE, PLANNING AND THEORY (ISSA AND SSA)
Aim A candidate can confidently plan a sea kayak trip considering all factors and complete a project.
|Use safety and communication equipment||VHF radio, mobile phone, PLB, whistle, hand and paddle signals, hydration, spare paddle, towline, safety knife, first aid kit, helmet, Hand pump, paddle float., keeping the group together|
|Conduct a risk assessment||Risk minimisation using assessment table. Consider common paddling hazards; group size, ability, preparedness; having a paddling plan; need for ongoing training and gaining experience; and situation awareness for themselves and others.|
|Navigate correctly||Piloting in relation to landmarks, compass & sun position. Keeping track of time, & distance (speed) & when to turn back. Give way rules. Reading charts. Interpret route planning in relation to tides & wind, rule of Twelfths, 50/90 rule. Route planning with aiming off, position fixing, transits. Navigation Data sheet; bearings, distance, time, route notes.|
|Interpret weather, seas and tides||Wind: Beaufort scale. Waves, swell, fetch, Sea state, rebound, tidal currents. Weather: Local conditions, BOM, Met eye, Seabreeze, Willy Weather. Understanding high and low systems.|
|Prepare a project and float plan||Plan a three-hour paddle using the information above with assistance from instructor. Flexible and adjustable goals, appropriate for group, location & time limitations. Contingency planning, tides, land/launch, small surf, equipment list, contingencies and weather.|