Paddling Skills Stage 2

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Paddling Skills - Stage 2 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can swim 25 metres with my PFD on.
    • Scouts can demonstrate that they are comfortable in the water and able to swim a short distance with a PFD on. Any swimming stroke is acceptable.
  2. I can explain the difference between a PFD and a life jacket.
    • Scouts can explain that a PFD may not hold a person’s face out of the water if the person is unconscious and that a life jacket will turn a person face up.
  3. Before I launch my watercraft, I can show where I am allowed to go canoeing or kayaking.
    • Scouts can explain where they are allowed to paddle, as they have been instructed by the person in charge of the paddling activity.
  4. I can explain why I should not drink the water from the lake or river I am paddling on until it has been filtered or treated.
    • Scouts understand that lake and river water may not be safe to drink due to bacteria, chemicals, parasites and germs that may be present in the water.
  5. I can identify the equipment Transport Canada requires me to have in my canoe or kayak.
    • Scouts can identify the five essential pieces of safety equipment and have a rudimentary idea of how to use them.
      • PFD
      • Signaling Device (whistle)
      • Floating Rope
      • Paddle
      • Bailer
    • Scouts can explain the use of a flashlight for fog or nighttime paddling.
  6. I can explain the safety rules for being near water.
    • Scouts can explain basic safety rules for common hazards including: slippery rocks, sharp objects, unstable banks, moving water, etc.
  7. I can list the appropriate action I should take if I capsize in a canoe or kayak.
    • Scouts need to know that when their watercraft capsizes they should to the following:
      • stay with your watercraft
      • make noise to get attention
      • count to five and take a breath
      • hang onto your paddle if you can
      • follow the instructions of your rescuer
  8. I have explained some of the ways that paddling a canoe or kayak can have a negative impact on the environment where I am paddling.
    • Scouts should have an awareness of the fact that paddling can have a negative impact on the environment and the need to be respectful of the places where we paddle to minimize our impact.
  9. I can get help if I see somebody in difficulty on the water.
    • If Scouts see someone in difficulty on the water, they know to call for help by whistling and yelling.
    • Scouts can use a throwing assist if one is available.
  10. I am familiar with common whistle signals and when they would be used.
    • While there are variations to exactly how whistles are used, Scouts should be aware of some of the basic whistle signals.
      • one blast—stop paddling and pay attention for further instructions
      • two blasts—raft up. If the group is spread out, the lead paddlers should go back and raft up with the back paddlers
      • three blasts—EMERGENCY—go to who blew the whistle and stand by. Follow the instructions of the person directing the rescue.
  11. I have used a throw bag.
    • Scouts can demonstrate an ability to use a throw bag. Distance and accurately at this stage are not the prime objectives.
  12. I can identify the parts of my watercraft and my paddle.
    • Any type of self-propelled watercraft and paddle are suitable.
    • Parts should include:
      • Paddle: blade, tip, neck, shaft, handle, etc.
      • Watercraft: hull, bow, stern, bum rest, etc.
  13. I am familiar with the signs and symptoms of mild hypothermia.
    • Scouts can list the signs and symptoms of mild hypothermia:
      • constant shivering
      • tiredness
      • low energy
      • cold or pale skin
      • fast breathing (hyperventilation)
  14. I have taken part in an at least two paddling activities.
    • Scouts will have completed two paddling Adventures of at least one hour in duration each, and have practised their paddling skills with the support of a more experienced Scout or Scouter.