Paddling Skills Stage 7

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Paddling Skills - Stage 7 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can efficiently and safely carry my canoe and my gear across a portage of a least 700 metres.
    • Can be accomplished as a tandem carry with another member of the team.
  2. I have attained a minimum of Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Skills Intermediate Tandem level certification.
    • Evidence of this certification is to be presented to confirm completion of this Stage.
  3. I have attained a minimum of Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Tandem certification.
    • Evidence of this certification is to be presented to confirm completion of this Stage.
  4. I always wear an approved paddling helmet when I paddle in rapids.
    • Scouts can demonstrate this practice.
  5. I can explain the relative benefits of various types of canoe materials and designs.
    • Scouts can explain these benefits to a Patrol.
  6. I know how to outfit a canoe for safety and comfort.
    • Scouts can describe how to outfit a canoe for safety and comfort, listing features including: kneeling pads, painters, yoke, tie downs, air bags and spray skirts.
  7. I know how to use basic tripping technology and understand the pros and cons of the devices I use.
    • This technology includes: satellite phone, GPS and SPOT communicator.
  8. I can show how and why the way I load my canoe will be different for different water conditions.
    • Scouts can demonstrate this skill, considering trim for wind direction and current.
  9. I understand the food requirements for canoe trippers and have prepared a nutritious and delicious menu for a multiday canoe trip.
    • Scouts can assist with creating a menu and cooking a meal.
  10. I can use several different methods for cooking.
    • Scouts can demonstrate several different methods for cooking, including: fire, gas stove, Dutch oven, solar and reflector oven.
  11. I have taught at least one paddling skill, one safety element and one knowledge item to paddlers working on Stages 4 or 5.
    • Not required to be taught all at one outing.
  12. I have participated in 12 days of canoe tripping at Stage 7 and recorded the information in my trip log.
    • Log book should be available as evidence of completed requirement.
  13. I have completed at least one canoe trip of at least six days duration, 100 km distance and a minimum of four campsites. The trip includes portages and/or Class 1 or 2 moving water.
    • Log book should be available as evidence of completed requirement.
  14. With my team, I have developed a hazard assessment and risk control plan detailing how we will deal with injuries, illness, loss of equipment and other potential emergencies on our trip.
    • Plan should be in written form and presented to the Patrol.
  15. With my team, I have developed a float plan for my canoe trip.
    • Plan should be in written form and presented to the Patrol.
  16. I know what items should be in a first aid kit for backcountry travel as per Transport Canada regulations.
    • Scouts should be able to go through the first aid kit and explain the items and the use of each.
  17. I have attained a minimum of Standard Level first aid training from an accredited agency. Standard level wilderness first aid is strongly recommended, but urban course is acceptable.
    • Any national or provincial first aid certification body is appropriate.
  18. I have helped to lead a Stage 5 overnight canoe expedition.
    • Scouts will work under the direction of an adult who is qualified to lead the expedition.
  19. With my team, I can plan all the details for an overnight canoe trip (minimum two days) and have evaluated the trip afterwards to ensure that our planning was complete and appropriate.
    • Planning details should include:
      • knowing the area to be paddled in
      • preparing a menu and arranging for the food and supplies
      • preparing a float plan and emergency plan
      • ensuring all required permissions have been attained
      • organizing gear and equipment
    • Post trip evaluation should examine what went right, what went wrong, and how to improve for the next trip.