IFSKIA‘s technical and practical qualifications needed to qualify for a certification as IFSKGIA Guide/Instructor

IFSKGIA‘s technical and practical qualifications needed to qualify for a certification as IFSKGIA Guide/Instructor
Guides must be able to confidently demonstrate all of the following skills under these conditions:

Paddle with confidence I various conditions as those expected on a long sea kayaking trip on an open coastline that includes ocean currents, surf waves and wind.

The minimum conditions required to pass a IFSKGIA technical skills evaluation are the following:

• Wind up to 20-25 knots
• In windblown waves of 1-1.5 meters,
• In sea swells of up to 4 meters,
• Ocean currents up to 6 knots
• Surf waves of 1.5-2 meters.

Guidelines for proficiency in all paddling strokes

• Effective paddle strokes
• Good torso rotation
• Correct hand position on the paddle shaft
• All strokes must be executed on both sides
• Flawless combination of strokes

Forward stroke

o Must be able to paddle forwards in moderate seas at a speed of 3 knots for a minimum of 2 hours.

Stopping

o Must be able to stop using only 3 strokes from a speed of 3 knots

Reverse stroke

o must be able to paddle backwards in moderate seas for a distance of 200m and then make a turn of 180 degrees

Sculling draw

o move a sea kayak sideways at least 25m

Pulling Draw

o Move a sea kayak sideways at least 25m

Static/Running Draw

o Move a sea kayak sideways while it in a forward motion to avoid an object of danger

Forward Sweep

o On an edge, turn a sea kayak 180 degrees using 3 strokes

Reverse Sweep

o On an edge turn a sea kayak 180 degrees using 3 strokes

Guidelines for proficiency in all paddling strokes (cont’d)

• Effective paddle strokes
• Good torso rotation
• Correct hand position on the paddle shaft
• All strokes must be executed on both sides
• Flawless combination of strokes

Stern Draw

o be able to use this stroke to keep your direction while crossing a eddy line
o Use this stroke to turn in to the direction of the current while you cross an eddy line

Stern rudder

o Use this stroke to hold your direction on a surf wave

Edging

o Turn a sea kayak 90 degrees by edging your sea kayak (on both sides)

Low brace

o From a unexpected over edging bring yourself to a stable position with a low brace
(spray skirt must be below the water line)

High brace

o From an unexpected over edging bring yourself to a stable position with a high brace
(your leading elbow must be below the waterline)

Paddle strokes in a tandem sea kayak

o Good coordination
o Good rhythm
o Execute the same strokes as in a single sea kayak as well as flawless combinations of strokes.

Towing

Must be executed in a head wind of at least a breeze strength with clear and concise communication and confidence and good group control
Contact tow
o Tow a disabled paddler minimum of 500 m and then turn 180 degrees
Short tow
o Tow a disabled paddler minimum 1000m
Long tow
o Tow a disabled paddler minimum 1 nautical mile
Tow a swimmer
o Tow a swimmer ( a disabled kayaker that has lost their kayak at least 500m
Tow a raft
o Tow a raft of a least 5 tandem sea kayaks a for a distance of at least 1000m
Tandem towing (distance of a least 1 nautical mile)
o husky tow
o inline tow

Paddling in currents

Paddle a loaded sea kayak in and out of ocean currents with strength of a least 3 nautical miles showing good edge control, speed, angles and timing.
o Ferry diagonally across with the current; hold your angle with minimal loss of terrain
o Ferry diagonally across against the current; hold your angle with minimal loss of terrain
o Change direction half way across the current, using stern rubber strokes
o Turn a sea kayak 180 degrees in the middle of a current using sweep strokes

Surfing (1.5 -2 meter waves)

o Swim out through surf waves
o Swim back in through surf waves
o Launch through surf waves
o Land in surf waves
o Broach in surf and recover
o Do an Eskimo roll in surf waves

Rescues

Rescue skills for certified guides
o Rescues must be preformed I both single and tandem sea kayaks
o Rescues must be executed in a timely manner
o Clear and concise communication
o Rescues must be performed in moderate seas.
Self rescues
Consistent and confinement Eskimo rolls on both sides:
o Eskimo roll (minimum 4 different rolls; storm roll, screw roll, C to C, & required half paddle roll)
o Reentry and roll
Assisted rescues
Assisted rescues must be performed in a timely and confident manner with good judgment and group control
o Demonstrate the correct response to a swamped watertight hatch with loss of hatch cover
o Demonstrate on the water kayak switching
o Must be able to do a wet exit in waves or surf of 1.5-2 meters while holding on to all of your paddling equipment and swim to land from a distance of 50 meters or longer
Required assisted rescues
o Arctic rescue
o 3 ‘P’s parallel rescue