GRADE TWO KAYAK CERTIFICATES AND KAYAK
All new competitors must submit a copy (not the original)
of a completed Grade two Kayak Certificate. A description of the certification
requirements is given below. Kayak certificates can be obtained from a
kayak instructor anywhere in the world. New competitors have until November
30th to complete their certificate.
Competitors from previous years need only state on the entry form the
year(s) they have competed in the SPEIGHT’S Coast to Coast. They
do not have to send in another kayaking certificate.
A thorough and accurate assessment of competitors' kayaking skills is
an important step in managing their safety. By completing a Grade two
certificate, the kayak instructor is testifying that the competitor involved
has the necessary skills and experience to negotiate grade two water and
to manoevre the river section of the Speight's Coast to Coast safely in
their race boat or boat of similar stability and performance.
Grade Two Kayak requirements
General knowledge: In discussion with
the kayak instructor the competitor should show good knowledge of the
following: Personal kayaking and safety equipment, river dynamics at grade
two level, hazards associated with kayaking including broaching, strainers
and foot entrapment and the actions taken to avoid or minimise these hazards,
tying kayaks onto roof racks and trailers, and the symptoms and treatment
Moving water skills: Competitors must
demonstrate competence in the following skills in their event boat or
boat of similar stability and performance in grade two water: Capsize
in a grade two rapid and self rescue by actively swimming with all equipment
to an eddy, forward paddling, forward and reverse sweep strokes, low brace,
break in / break out of eddies, ferry glide, identifying a safe line and
manoeuvring down grade two rapids.
Participate in Rescue Skills:
The competitor must be able to competently participate in the following
rescues: Receive a throw bag, be carried on the stern of a boat and deep
While the ability to perform an eskimo roll is not a compulsory kayak
requirement, we strongly encourage competitors to attain this skill.
here for the full list of Kayak Instructors, International Kayak Hire
and Canoe Clubs.
here for a Grade two kayak certificate - there are sections to be completed
by the kayak instructor and the competitor.
COMPETITORS MUST SUBMIT A GRADE TWO KAYAK CERTIFICATE FROM
A KAYAKING INSTRUCTOR FROM ANY CLUB, ASSOCIATION OR COMMERCIAL OPERATION.
ANY INSTRUCTOR WISHING TO BE PUT ON THIS LIST SHOULD E-MAIL THEIR PARTICULARS