This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to paddle a canoe in controlled conditions. This unit focuses on the demonstration of effective and efficient canoeing skills on flat and undemanding water.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - teamwork skills to work with others to lift, carry and secure canoes; - communication skills to interact with supervisor, other participants and rescue crew to maintain a positive and safe environment deliver clear, concise directions to the capsized person and any other assistants involved with the rescue; - listening skills to follow instructions and directions from the supervisor and rescue crew; - problem-solving skills to navigate, determine location and follow a planned course; - planning and organising skills to select and allocate canoeing equipment and site; - swimming skills to swim 50 metres whilst clothed and wearing a personal flotation device that complies with State or Territory maritime regulations; - rescue skills to perform a deep water rescue; - paddling skills to safely manoeuvre craft close to capsized person or persons, and; - first aid and emergency response skills appropriate to the location to enable personal health care.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable safe conduct of all canoeing activities to enable safe conduct of all deep water rescue activities; - types of craft and equipment, characteristics and technology used for canoeing, the advantages and disadvantages of the range of craft and equipment, and factors affecting appropriate selection; - clothing requirements for canoeing, such as wet weather gear to maintain warmth and dryness or sun protection to minimise sunburn and heat stroke; - importance of a personal flotation device in keeping a person afloat and their head above water; - stroke and directing techniques to control and manoeuvre the canoe efficiently; - navigation techniques to determine location and direction; - principles of nutrition to maintain health during activity; - basic weather and environmental information to ascertain possible conditions and their affect on the activity; - purpose and importance of safety features of craft; - common hazards and their risks associated with sea and river craft activities and how to negotiate these; - rescue procedures suitable to the deep water conditions and experience of the participant; - rescue equipment commonly used in deep water rescues, and; - emergency and rescue procedures appropriate for the craft and location to ensure risk minimisation to self and group.

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