Paddling Skills Stage 1

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Paddling Skills - Stage 1 Competencies & Requirements


Stage 1 may be offered in a swimming pool

  1. I can jump into chest-deep water with my Personal Flotation Device (PFD) on.
    • Scouts can demonstrate they are comfortable getting into and out of the water with a PFD on.
  2. I can blow bubbles in the water for 10 seconds.
    • Scouts can demonstrate that they are comfortable putting their faces in the water for 10 seconds.
  3. I can explain what a PFD is for.
    • Scouts can show that they know and understand the purpose of a PFD; a PFD must be worn at all times when paddling and a PFD is to be put on before entering any watercraft.
  4. I can put on my PFD and know how it should fit.
    • Scouts can demonstrate how to properly put on a PFD, ensuring all buckles and zippers are properly fastened and that their PFD is snug enough not to slide over their heads.
  5. I can show where the bow and stern are in a canoe or kayak.
    • Scouts can tell the difference between the front and the back of a watercraft and know the proper names for the front and the back.
  6. I can demonstrate the correct way to hold my paddle.
    • Scouts can show the proper use of a paddle with the top hand properly on the grip and the bottom hand on the shaft.
    • Scouts’ hands should be as far apart as their shoulders.
  7. I have demonstrated how to behave safely in my canoe or kayak.
    • Scouts can demonstrate (while in a watercraft) that they must keep their weight low in the watercraft and balance themselves by holding both gunwales.
    • Scouts can demonstrate that if they are not paddling they should sit on the floor and that there is no jumping, sudden movements or horseplay while in the watercraft.
  8. I can explain why I should care for my PFD.
    • Scouts know that a poorly cared for PFD is at risk of mould, tears and deterioration. They should also know that a damaged PFD will not work reliably.
  9. I can explain the risks of cold water.
    • A Scout can explain that cold water means your body will not function as well as it should.
  10. I know how to contact the emergency services.
    • Scouts know how to call 9-1-1 or their local emergency number and to request assistance from the nearest adult.
  11. I can get in and out of my watercraft safely.
    • Scouts can demonstrate that they can get in and out of their watercraft safely.
  12. I have taken part in a short paddling adventure of at least one hour.
    • Scouts will have experienced a short paddling adventure.
    • Scouts only need only be in the watercraft.
    • If Scouts want to paddle, they may, but Scouters or more-experienced Scouts are in charge of the watercraft.