Paddling Skills Stage 6

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Paddling Skills - Stage 6 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can load my canoe with personal and group gear for a multi-day trip.
    • In loading a canoe, Scouts consider weight distribution, wind direction and ease of access for items that might be needed while on the water (e.g. throw bag, rain gear).
  2. I have demonstrated several methods for ensuring that water is safe to drink.
    • Scouts can demonstrate a variety of ways to purify water, such as filtration, chemical purification and boiling.
  3. I know how to do rescue breathing with a victim who is in the water while I am in my canoe or kayak.
    • Scouts can demonstrate the ability to perform rescue breathing from the watercraft, maintaining their own safety first throughout.
  4. I have attained at least Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Skills Introduction Tandem certification (or provincial equivalent where applicable).
    • Contact Paddle Canada or other paddling certifying body to determine this requirement.
    • Examples of provincial bodies include: ORCKA (the Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Assoc.), Paddle Alberta, Alberta Recreational Canoe Association, Recreational Canoeing Association. of BC, Canoe Kayak BC, Paddle Manitoba, Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association, Canoe Kayak New Brunswick, Canoe New Brunswick, Paddle Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland Canoe Association, NWT Canoeing Association, Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia, Canoe Nova Scotia, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Canoe Association, Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club, Manitoba Paddling Association, Canoe Kayak PEI, PEI Recreational Canoeing Association, Canoe Kayak Ontario, Association Quebecoise de canoe-kayak de vitesse, Federation Quebecoise du Canot Camping, etc.
  5. I can create a gear list for the personal and group gear required on a four-day trip.
    • Scouts can create a gear list for the personal and group gear required on a four-day trip, considering the size and nature of the group, the season and the destination.
  6. I can explain the features of a good campsite on a waterway.
    • Scouts can explain the importance of tent locations (including slope of land/drainage), safe entry and exit to water, absence of dead branches overhead/standing trees, suitable and appropriate location for cat hole for human waste, etc.
  7. I know how to find out the backcountry camping regulations in the area where I will be travelling.
    • Scouts can explain that regulations can be found by consulting websites, park offices and local land managers.
  8. I can explain how to deal with waste while traveling in the backcountry, including greywater, solid waste, food scraps and human waste.
    • Scouts can explain what waste needs to be packed out and what waste can be disposed of in the backcountry, and how the former can be responsibly disposed-of.
  9. I can read and understand a topographical map and can use it and a compass to tell where I am and where I am going while on a canoe trip.
    • At any time during a paddle trip, Scouts can establish on a map where they have traveled from, where they are and where they are going to.
  10. I can recognize conditions that may precede bad weather.
    • Scouts know that a few elements to consider are: sky and cloud conditions, change in wind direction or speed and humidity.
  11. I know the limits of weather that are safe to paddle in.
    • Scouts know that they need to consider wind, waves, tides, current and precipitation before and during a paddling outing.
  12. I have completed and logged at least eight days of backcountry canoe tripping.
    • From Stage 6 onwards, tripping will normally take place in backcountry areas that are: not accessible by car, have limited communication options (no cell coverage) and require two hours or more to reach assistance if it is needed.
  13. I have taught at least one paddling skill, one paddling safety element and one paddling knowledge item to paddlers working on Stages 1–4.
    • This can be accomplished over time and does not have to happen at one outing.
  14. I have explained the seven principles of Leave No Trace to a Stage 4 paddler.
    • Scouts should know the principles without having to refer to written notes.
  15. I have kept a journal of my canoe excursions that includes both details of the trip and my personal reflections.
    • Readings from the journal should be shared with the Patrol.
  16. With my paddling team, I can plan a healthy menu for our canoe adventure and can help prepare the meals we have planned.
    • Scouts can plan a healthy menu for a canoe adventure, considering the proper amount of calories, food allergies and preferences.
  17. I can explain how I can access emergency assistance while in the backcountry.
    • Communication devices include: SPOT (GPS emergency communicator), satellite phone, radios, InReach, PLB and cell phone where the service is reliable.
  18. I have completed at least one paddling trip that is four days, 50 km, and has a minimum of three different campsites and includes portages.
    • This trip can be with or not with a Scout group.