Participant Experience Levels

for First Annual Pembrokeshire Kayaking festival Read on to discover how to gauge yourself and group members.

 

Level One level1 Level One Participants I know what a sea kayak is and I might even have been in one a few times. I have been kayaking before. I’ve never had any coaching. I like to go kayaking somewhere calm with no waves. I have only ever kayaked less than 5 miles. If someone falls in I might be able to help.

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Level Two level2 Level Two Participants I can paddle forward efficiently, steer my sea kayak, move sideways and prevent myself capsizing. I can manoeuvre my sea kayak in and out of tight spaces, such as caves, easily. I usually paddle in sheltered water. I can cope with Beaufort force 2-3 winds and small waves. I can paddle 5-10 miles a day. I’ve heard of and know a little about tide streams and wind forecasts. I can rescue other people and have done some self rescues.

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Level Three level3 Level Three Participants I am self-sufficient and have a good awareness of others in my group. I am confident at assessing hazards for myself. I am comfortable in moderate sea conditions with Beaufort force 4 winds and up to 1.5m waves. I can paddle 10-15 miles a day. I understand what goes into planning and navigating a trip. I can self rescue easily and I am happy to carry out an deep water rescue or to use my towline.

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Level Four level4 Level Four Participants I am used to paddling with other competent paddlers in breaking waves, surf and tide races. I can perform all of the fundamental skills in moderate to rough water. I have good seamanship skills environment (weather, sea state awareness, navigation, tidal and trip planning). I am happy paddling 15-20 miles a day. I know about emergency procedures and rough water rescues. I have a reliable roll in open water.

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