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.

Learning Outcomes Suggestions
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.