This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to instruct canoeing on flat and undemanding water. This unit focuses on planning, instructing and evaluating an instructional canoeing session to enable participants to achieve the skills and knowledge required to participate independently, or with minimal supervision, in a canoeing activity 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: - communication skills to consult with participants to plan a canoeing session that meets their needs, convey information about the safety aspects of the session, and interact with participants to create a safe and positive canoeing environment; - problem-solving skills to plan canoeing sessions according to participant's needs and characteristics, observe and correct canoeing technique faults. and anticipate and respond to non-routine situations; - planning and organising skills to source, allocate and coordinate resources, equipment and a suitable body of water, monitor and evaluate progress, and organise participants into manageable groups for canoeing; - language and literacy skills to produce canoeing and instructional plans for the canoeing session, and complete post session participant and self evaluations; - effective and efficient personal canoeing skills on flat and undemanding water to demonstrate and explain canoeing techniques to participants; - swimming skills to remove self from danger after a capsize and to manoeuvre canoe while in paddling gear; - river reading skills, such as direction and speed of flow, currents, eddies and other hydrological features that may impact on paddling and safety, and; - first aid and emergency response skills appropriate to the location to enable initial response and or rescue in emergencies whilst instructing canoeing on flat and undemanding water.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable safe conduct of canoeing sessions information about location to assist in the planning process and enable management of potential canoeing hazards and any special restrictions applying to the location; - equipment types, characteristics and technology used for canoeing on flat and undemanding water, the advantages and disadvantages of the range of equipment and factors affecting appropriate selection of equipment; - clothing and footwear requirements for canoeing to ensure comfort and safety; - care and maintenance of canoeing equipment to ensure prolonged life span and safety requirements; - instruction techniques and theories applicable to a range of ages and learning abilities; - canoeing techniques and common communication systems used between craft on rivers to reduce risk during canoeing; - technical canoeing knowledge, such as paddling, capsizing and rolling techniques used on flat and undemanding water; - hydrology and river features such as currents, banks, change in gradient and volume, and how these might impact on the canoeing session; - swimming techniques to swim out of trouble and manoeuvre canoe while in water; - communication systems and signals used in canoeing; - navigation techniques to determine location and direction; - weather and environmental information to ascertain possible conditions and their effect on the session; - hazards commonly experienced on flat and undemanding water, and; - emergency procedures, rescues, potential hazards and obstacles relevant to the location to ensure safety of self and others.

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