This award is designed for Open Canoeists wishing to develop advanced paddling and rescue techniques appropriate to Grade III+ water. It is an appropriate award for Open Canoeists who paddle with others of similar ability on Level III+ rivers.
The Level 5 Canoe Skills Award is a pre-requisite for progression to Level 4 Canoe Instructor.
The Level 5 Canoe Skills Award aims to enable candidates to:
1. Develop the necessary skills and group awareness and management to paddle safely and competently on rivers up to and including rivers of Grade III+ difficulty.
2. Deal competently with rescue situations, which might occur, on rivers up to and including rivers of Grade III + difficulty.
3. Deal competently with First Aid situations in a remote river environment.
The Level 5 Canoe Skills Award requires that a candidate attend a training course prior to assessment. The course for the Level 5 Canoe Skills should be held over a minimum of one weekend (12-15hrs).
To obtain the Level 5 Canoe Skills Award a participant must successfully explain and demonstrate the following knowledge, competence, and skills at a level higher than that required for the Level 4 Canoe Skills Award.