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Skills Self Assessment

TBSK's Skill Assessment Chart (click Here)

Self assessment of your kayaking skills is important to determine the types of trips you are qualified to take and the amount of training you need. Consult the TBSK Training Coordinator for advice and help.

The intention is to provide guidelines to enable a person to do a self-assessment of their kayaking skills. After your self-assessment you will be in a better position to determine which kayak trips you should take and the type and level of training you need to improve. It can be assumed that the Trip Ratings and the Skills Ratings are directly related - the more skill which you have, the more difficult trip you should be able to handle. These four rating levels are very similar to the British Canoe Union (BCU) five star rating system. Check out their website at BCU Website

Forward Paddle - While the forward paddle is the basic way of moving the kayak, this assumes that the kayaker will also make progress in other strokes necessary for controlling the kayak.

Turning - This encompasses the strokes necessary in turning and stopping the kayak.

Moving Sideways - Strokes required to move the kayak sideways are essential in helping with rescues.

Preventing Capsize - As one's kayak skills advance, your ability to stay upright should also improve.

Wave Height (Feet) - This is the height of waves, not swells. (Waves break while kayaks can ride between most swells.)

Recovery/ Rescue - The kayaker will advance from simply exiting the kayak to knowing many different rescue techniques.

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