Paddling Skill Levels

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Level
Description
Paddling Skills
Safety Skills
1

New Paddler

Is new to paddling and is developing competency as a Basic Paddler.

   
2

Basic Paddler

Is competent at controlling their boat by executing the paddling & safety skills listed on Flat or Open water where no river current or wind is present.

Can accomplish a Dry entry & exit of boat.

Can perform Forward & Back strokes.

Can perform Forward & Reverse Sweep strokes.

Can perform Vertical and/or Horizontal Brace strokes.

Can swim in a PFD in Flat or Open water.

Can accomplish a Wet Exit & Entry of boat.

Is able to empty their swamped boat on Open water with the help of a fellow paddler.

Can competently use a throw bag or extend a paddle to aid in the rescue of a fellow paddler.

3

Moving Water Paddler

Is competent at controlling their boat by executing the paddling & safety skills listed on Moving water where Class I hydraulics may be present.

Can “read” Moving Water and understands the effects of it on their boat.

Possesses the Paddling Skills of a Basic Paddler.

Can perform Draw and Pry strokes.

Can perform Upstream & Downstream Ferries.

Possesses the Safety Skills of a Basic Paddler.

Can swim in a PFD, on ones back, feet pointing downstream in Moving water.

4

Quick Water Paddler

Is competent at controlling their boat by executing the paddling & safety skills listed on Quick water where Class II hydraulics or where strainers may be present during springtime conditions.

Can “read” Quick water, as it applies to eddies, pillows, standing waves and reverse hydraulics, and understands the effects of them on their boat.

Possesses the Paddling Skills of a Moving Water Paddler.

Can do Eddy Turns and Peelouts.

Possesses the Safety Skills of a Moving Water Paddler.

Can swim in a PFD, on ones back, feet pointing downstream in Quick water.

Can swim up to and mount up onto a strainer for self rescue.

Can roll into a ball if being carried over a falls.

5

Wild Water Paddler

Is competent at controlling their boat by executing the paddling & safety skills listed below on Wild water where Class III (or above) hydraulics may be present.

Can “read” Wild Water, as it applies to holes, eddies, pillows, standing waves and reverse hydraulics, and understands the effects of them on their boat.

Possesses the Paddling Skills of a Quick Water Paddler.

Possesses the Safety Skills of a Quick Water Paddler.

Can execute an Eskimo Roll.

Can setup and/or go on belay to aid in the rescue of a fellow paddler.

Can setup a Stabilization Line to aid in the rescue of a fellow paddler.

 

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