Date(s) - 06/12/2019 - 08/12/2019
Capel Curig Training Camp
Restrictions. This course is open to CFAV’s and Cadets from the ACF and CCF. ATC and SCC CFAV bids are welcome on a top up basis only. Candidates must be water confident and be able to swim 25mts. Senior Cadets over 17years may also apply.
Consolidation. The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. Ensure you complete the prerequisites and further development identified in your action plan prior to applying for an assessment.
Course Content. BCAB Paddlesport Leader Assessment (PSLA) is a 1-day course to assess 2 x candidates or a 2-day course to assess 4 x candidates. The primary role of the Paddlesport Leader is to lead, to supervise, or facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable trips in a ‘sheltered water’ environment based on their group’s needs and aspirations. Safety, quality and enjoyment will primarily be achieved through choice of venue, equipment and leadership strategies that match the group’s specific needs. The award does not include progressive coaching of technical skills but focuses on learning through experience. One of the main responsibilities of a Paddlesport Leader is to use their skills and judgement to select appropriate trips/journeys for the paddlers they work with. These decisions will be based on their own abilities and skills, and the profiling of their group’s needs and aspirations. The qualification is designed such that the Leader can choose the craft from which they work, and can look after others in both single discipline and mixed fleets. This may include for example; touring kayaks, open canoes, suitable sit-on-tops, general purpose kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, crew boats, or racing craft.
The overall ethos is that the Paddlesport Leader is operating in benign conditions. As a Paddlesport Leader, you will be responsible for selecting suitable trips where the conditions (physical and environmental) match the group’s needs and your own skills and abilities. It is important that:
• There are frequent and regular landings that can be easily and quickly accessed by all group members (200 metres from an easy landing is considered the maximum distance appropriate)
• Within the landings there are frequent and regular escape options possible for the group to evacuate the water
• The Leader is confident that the paddlers in the group have the ability to avoid hazards present (e.g. other water users, or being swept/blown out of the safe working area)
• The Leader is confident that the conditions (e.g. wind, weather, temperature, water level, tide, visibility, mud-flats, drying heights, sand-banks etc.) will not hinder the group’s ability to land or avoid hazards
• The Leader is confident that the group has the ability to remain in the safe working area at all times (particularly in the event of a capsize or a paddler becoming incapacitated)
Within the scope of the Paddlesport Leader Award, this is restricted to the following Sheltered Inland Water:
• Ungraded sections of slow moving rivers where the group could paddle upstream against the flow (not involving the shooting of, or playing on, weirs or running rapids)
• Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) not more than 200m offshore and in wind strengths that do not exceed Beaufort force 3 (Beaufort force 2 if wind direction is offshore)
And the following Sheltered Tidal Water:
• Small enclosed bays or enclosed harbours
• Defined beaches where the group could easily and quickly land at all times
• Slow moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)
• Winds not above Beaufort force 3 (Beaufort force 2 if wind direction is offshore)
Prior to attending a Paddlesport Leader assessment you must complete the following:
• Home Nation Delivery Centre registration – a copy of the candidate registration form must be attached to the CCAT course application form.
• Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day first aid award – evidence to be presented on the course
• Full Home Nation Delivery Centre Membership – Home Nation membership number must be included on the CCAT course application form.
• Personal paddling competence – CCAT candidates must have completed either the ICA / British Canoeing Canoe Award, IKA / British Canoeing White Water Award, British Canoeing Stand Up Paddleboard (Sheltered Water) Award or an old BCU 3 Star Award as the minimum pre-requisite
• Senior Cadets 17+yrs can apply to attend the CCAT Paddlesport Instructor course. Note that you cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until you turn 18 years of age.
Quality experience is critical to support the development of aspiring Paddlesport Leaders. The demands encountered provide significant learning opportunities and the learning gained will inform sound Leadership decisions in the future. Consider the range of experience that you have in a variety of challenging and changeable environments. Whilst working within appropriate safety management systems, we advise that you have:
• Leading experience in a range of relevant craft, environments and conditions
• Experience leading in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
• Experience where you are acting as the main leader with the associated responsibilities
• Experience working with a range of different people. For example; known and unknown
participants with different needs and aspirations
• Been observed leading and received useful feedback and support
The minimum experience is expected gathered through a range of different environments:
• 12 trips as an active, capable member of a group (of at least 4 hours’ duration)
• 12 trips acting as leader (of at least 4 hours’ duration)
Candidates are required to bring a logbook of experience to assessment
In order to achieve the qualification you need to show competence in the following elements:
A. Participant focused leadership skills
B. Personal paddling skills
C. Rescue skills
D. Underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience
You can present for assessment in any craft that is safe and suitable for the remit of the award and the assessment tasks. This may include for example; touring kayaks, open canoes, suitable sit-on-tops, general purpose kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, crew boats, or racing craft.
Paddlesport Leader E-Learning
As preparation prior to attending the Paddlesport Leader course it is recommended that you complete the Paddlesport Leader e-learning module which is available on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website:
Further course details, membership and registration information is available direct from the Home Nation Delivery Centres:
British Canoeing Canoe Wales
National Water Sports Centre National White Water Centre
Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont Frongoch, Bala
Nottingham NG12 2LU Gwynedd LL23 7NU
Tel: 0300 0119 500 Tel: 01678 521199
Scottish Canoe Association Canoe Association of Northern Ireland
Caledonia House Belfast Boat Club
1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle 12 Lockview Road
Edinburgh EH12 9DQ Belfast BT9 5FJ
Tel: 0131 317 7314 Tel: 0289 543 8094
CCAT Application Process.
A CCAT course application is available on WESTMINSTER and the CCAT website
www.armycadetadventure.co.uk The course fee is £40.00
An electronic course application needs to be placed onto WESTMINSTER by your ACF/CCF unit.
The CCAT course application form needs to be completed in full, legible signed and authorised by your unit ACF/CCF. The course application needs to be sent to HQ CCAT, Capel Curig, by post or email with the course fee (cheque made payable to CCAT or BACs). Ensure the name of the student and course is written on the back of the cheque or included in the BACs payment reference.