The Level 3 Kayaking Skills Award aims to enable participants to:
- Kayak safely and competently on rivers up to and including Grade II rivers as a member of a group of peers.
- Be capable of negotiating obstacles likely to be encountered on Grade II rivers.
- Assist in rescues.
Participants must successfully explain and demonstrate the following techniques and skills at a level higher than that required for the Level 2 Kayaking Skills Award. Must be a member of Canoeing Ireland.
- Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, Emergency Stop.
- Forward Sweep, Reverse Sweep and a combination of Forward and Reverse Sweep.
- Draw Stroke
- Sculling Draw
- Hanging Draw
- Low Brace
- High Brace
- Sculling for Support
- Stern Rudder
- Bow Rudder
- Entry and Exit
- Forward Ferry Gliding
- Reverse Ferry Gliding
- Breaking In
- Breaking Out
- Capsize Drill
- Offensive & Defensive Swimming
- Assisted X Rescue and an X Rescue
- Eskimo Rescue
- Eskimo Roll
- Knowledge of Safety Rules
- An understanding of Eddies, Standing Waves, Upstream & Downstream V’s, Stoppers, and Easy River Routes
- An understanding of river signals and commands.
- The Level 3 Kayak Skills assessment must take place outdoors on water of Grade II difficulty as part of a river trip. No part of an assessment can be taken in a swimming pool.
- During an assessment a participant must explain and demonstrate all techniques and skills at a level higher than that required for the Level 2 Kayak Skills Award. All techniques, skills and rescues must be demonstrated to an assessor’s satisfaction in order to achieve this award.
- All strokes should be demonstrated in relevant situations i.e. sculling in a small stopper. Strokes should be demonstrated on both sides of the kayak.
- Generally, required assessment rescues will be kept until the end of an assessment.
- Participants for this award must be at least 12 years of age.
- Must be a member of Canoeing Ireland.
- It is recommended that a Level 3 Kayak Skills Award is assessed by a Instructor other than the Instructor who ran the training course leading to assessment.
- The Level 3 Kayak Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered Canoeing Ireland Instructor who is, at minimum, a Level 3 Kayak Instructor.
- The assessment can be carried out with a maximum of six candidates to one assessor.
- Generally guidelines will be given, should a candidate fail an assessment, as to the areas that they need to improve on.