Kayak Instructor & Guide Courses
We are a leading company in Kayaking. Offering training courses for those looking to become Kayaking Instructors and guides in both flat water instruction and coastal with our WSA Kayak Leader courses.
WSA Kayak Leader Courses
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This one day course is designed to teach the fundamental rescue skills and safety knowledge for aspiring SOT Kayak instructors.
Operating procedures, equipment issue, Safety talk, guiding skills, group management, intro to rescue kit, route choice and grading, risk management.
This is Step 1 on the WSA ladder on the journey to becoming an instructor.
WSA regards safety and rescue skills as essential disciplines that all SOT Kayak instructors must understand and be able to demonstrate competency in rescue techniques.
If you consider yourself a Kayak fanatic, why not try and put your skills to the test by becoming a Kayak instructor? Working in the great outdoors, whilst teaching a sport that you are passionate about, can be challenging, rewarding and very satisfying. The Kayak Safety & Rescue course is the gateway for your entry into Kayak teaching and guiding.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The WSA regards safety and rescue skills as essential disciplines that all Kayak instructors must understand. WSA instructors must be able to demonstrate competency in these rescue techniques. This one day course is designed to teach the fundamental rescue skills and safety knowledge for aspiring Kayak instructors.
The SOT Kayak Safety and Rescue course provides a full understanding and practical application of safety considerations and rescue techniques that accompany any coach. The course includes, towing, incident management, drowning, board rescues and essential safety knowledge. In addition knowledge will be gained in effective communication, equipment and recognition of other services such as lifeguards. This is a training and assessment course and the candidates will need to demonstrate a level of competency to achieve a pass.
First Aid Qualification (this can be completed after the course) although it is preferable to have prior to attendance. WSA recommends a 2 day outdoor specific first aid course. Complete a pre-course online learning module.
Paddle confidently in light winds upwind, across wind and downwind; be able to demonstrate two types of turns confidently.
Sheltered/Open Water/Moving Water. Please note that this is NOT a Whitewater rescue specific course and does not qualify instructors or guides to work on Whitewater rivers.
Minimum age 18
W.S.A Sit On Top Kayak Safety & Rescue Assessment £100 + You must have a valid W.S.A Membership – click here to join
Duration – 1 day
- STEP 1 – YOU’VE BECOME A MEMBER OF WSA or ALREADY ARE – Click here to join.
- STEP 2 – COMPLETED THIS AWARD – WSA SOT KAYAK SAFETY AND RESCUE ASSESSMENT AWARD
- AFTER THIS YOUR NEXT STEP – STEP 3 – WSA SOT KAYAK INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AWARD
- 20th May 2022 – W.S.A SOT KAYAK SAFETY AND RESCUE AWARD – 1 DAY
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This two day course will introduce the novice instructor to teaching and communication skills, lesson planning, feedback and analysis skills and group and individual client management. The WSA SOT Coastal Water Leader will have been trained and assessed in their ability to make judgements regarding the suitability of particular activities for the different experience levels of individual paddlers. This award fills the gap that no other organisation provides – an award that demonstrates the competence of leaders who wish to run short sea journeys.
We expect our candidates to be able to confidently perform the manoeuvres listed below before enrolling on the course. If you are not sure if you are at the standard required, then please do contact us to discuss or book a 121 coaching session with us to help you get to where you need to be to sign up to this course. BOOK a 121 Coaching session
ABOUT THE COURSE
This course is designed for those who wish to teach SOT Kayak basics to beginners and improvers in a sheltered water environment. The course is very hands on with lots of practical training. You will learn essential safety information, gain knowledge of equipment, group management and lesson delivery content and skills to effectively get clients paddling.
You will leave the course being able to plan sessions and deliver them working within the structure of a school or centre. You will be assessed on your technical paddling skills and lesson delivery.
The WSA SOT Adventure guide is a leadership award that will equip you to coach, lead or guide in open water, hazardous environments. You will gain knowledge in various environments suitable for the remit of the award, including safety in these environments and leadership strategies. You will learn group management techniques and how to launch and land in small surf.
This course is aimed at individuals who wish to lead up to 6 paddlers on SOT kayaks on short sea journeys from a fixed and defined location. The WSA SOT Coastal Water Leader will have been trained and assessed in their ability to make judgements regarding the suitability of particular activities for the different experience levels of individual paddlers. This award fills the gap that no other organisation provides – an award that demonstrates the competence of leaders who wish to run short sea journeys.
In addition, journey planning, incident management and safety will play a key focus during the course. You will be educated in various bylaws and legislation that govern paddle sports. if you do not meet the required standard you will be given an action plan to consolidate skills and reapply for a formal assessment session at a later stage which will incur an additional cost of £150.
You will be required to have good paddling skills in light winds, upwind, across wind and downwind and be able to demonstrate turning strokes effectively and confidently including a Bow and Stern rudder strokes. Please note this is NOT a course to develop your technical paddling skills. You are expected to be a confident paddler with good knowledge of the paddle stroke and be confident on your board.
Sheltered Water (small lakes, sheltered bays, no flow rivers, canals), Open Water (Coastal, Lochs/Lakes, Estuaries, slow moving rivers) Please note this is NOT a Whitewater river endorsed qualification.
This course is aimed at individuals who wish to lead up to 6 paddlers on SOT kayaks on short sea journeys from a fixed and defined location.
You will be assessed on your lesson delivery, personal paddling and communication skills. You will also be required to complete a pre -course online module.
The WSA SOT Coastal Water Leader will have been trained and assessed in their ability to make judgements regarding the suitability of particular activities for the different experience levels of individual paddlers. This award fills the gap that no other organisation provides – an award that demonstrates the competence of leaders who wish to run short sea journeys.
To enrol on the course you must have good paddling skills moving forward, turning and be confident paddling in sheltered, enclosed waters in choppy conditions.
Candidates must have also completed the SOT Kayak safety and rescue course prior to attending. You must also hold a current first aid certificate – this can be completed after the course and WSA recommends a 2 day outdoor specific first aid course. Complete the pre – course online module.
Minimum age 18
Sit On Top Kayak Coastal Leader £220 + You must have a valid W.S.A Membership – click here to join
- 21st – 22nd May 2022 – W.S.A SOT KAYAK COASTAL LEADER – 2 DAYCALL TO BOOK AND FOR DATES 01637 498200
WHY JOIN US
All of our instructors have been Kayaking and guiding for many years and offer a wealth of knowledge and skills to be able to ensure that our course content is delivered in the safest and most professional manner.
We can offer equipment rental and accommodation information to those who don’t have it. We ensure everyone goes away having had a great time whilst learning some great skills.
With Cornwall as our teaching environment we have plenty of perfect Kayaking terrain to cover all aspects of the many elements of Paddling. Our base can be found at the waters edge in Newquay Harbour with superb water access, high spec teaching facilities, classrooms, kit rental, storage, cleaning area as well as refreshments and parking.
Our SOT Kayak Instructor Courses are very flexible, so what ever the conditions for your course, there are some fantastic locations to be able to access across the whole of Cornwall.
WSA SOT KAYAK INSTRUCTOR AWARD PATHWAY
The Water Skills Academy has created a solid Sit On Top WSA Kayak Leader courses specific pathway in order fulfil a gap in the market.
Essential to all courses is the 1 Day SOT Kayak Safety and Rescue Course which provides important safety knowledge, rescue techniques and essential equipment information. For those who wish to teach in Coastal environments, the 2 day WSA SOT Kayak Coastal Leader award provides information on lesson planning and delivery, skill drills, technique and equipment. These are the base qualifications needed to move through the pathway. (There are exceptions to this rule by providing prior learning experience i.e. qualification from another kayaking awarding body.)
The courses will be delivered from our base with all available amenities available from equipment to changing rooms, food and drink. There will be a base of theory to go through in the classroom and practical to be done in various locations.
The courses will cover many aspects from operating procedures, skill development, risk assessments, child protection policies and working with emergency services such as the RNLI. We will cover as much as we can with in the time frame and scope of each course. These are training courses only, assessments take place after a consolidation period and can be booked separately.
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ALL WSA KAYAK LEADER COURSES DATES
WSA kayak leader courses
20th May 2022 – W.S.A SOT Kayak safety and rescue award – 1 day – Call to book 01637 498200
21st – 22nd May 2022 – W.S.A SOT Kayak coastal leader – 2 day – Call to book 01637 498200