Level 1 Instructor Criteria (pdf)

Level 1 Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course (pdf)

Kayak Teaching Tips (webpage) (for strokes within the L1 body of knowledge, know the key points provided by this paper)

EZ Skills Report (video)

Kayak Nomenclature (video)

Sculling Draw Stroke (video)

Slicing Draw Stroke (video)

Forward and Reverse Sweep Strokes (video)

Rudder Stroke (video)

Forward Stroke (video)

Reverse  Stroke (video)

T-Rescue (video)

Side-by-side Rescues

Low Brace (video)

Scoop Rescue (video)

Capsize and Wet Exit (video) (Disregard the part about the sprayskirt and assume your instruction will begin at the point that the sprayskirt has already been released. You will not be qualified to teach the use of a sprayskirt and they should not be used in your classes at Level 1).

North Carolina Boating Laws affecting paddlers (webpage)

Example Float Plan

General knowledge issues you’ll be expected to describe and discuss: possible hazards (land and water), weather, clothing for paddling, environmental ethics and leave-no-trace practices (pdf), hypothermia (Watch this video!) (videos)  and hyperthermia, boat traffic and rules of the road (pdf), pre-trip safety talk, using a float plan.

Equipment you’ll be expected to describe and discuss: signaling devices (whistles, horns, flares, mirrors, smoke), bailers and bilge pumps, rescue stirrup/sling, kayak parts and types, paddle parts and types, life jacket types, proper fitting, and laws regarding their use.

Techniques you’ll be expected to describe and discuss: lifting and carrying kayaks, methods of transporting kayaks and tying or strapping them them to cars.

Universal River Signals (paddle and whistle) (webpage)

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