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Coastal Kayak Instructor Certifications

Wednesday, June 29, 2016  
Posted by: Chris Stec
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Reminder to all Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainers and Instructor Trainer Educators:


A reminder that effective January 1, 2016, there were prerequisite changes to the instructor criteria at L3, L4 and L5.  Some of you requested waivers, for courses that were already planned and those were granted.  Some of you have conducted IDWs without the appropriate prerequisites being in place, this practice cannot continue.  If there are circumstances that you believe merit a waiver for an individual, the participant should submit the waiver request form to the SEI Department for consideration in advance of the IDW.

I have also noticed that some of you are holding a skills assessment the day before an IDW.  If you know your candidates well, which many of you do, this may not be an issue.  However, if you don't know your participants, this seems to me to be a bad practice that places you in a tough situation.  If they don't successfully pass the appropriate level skills assessment they are not qualified to take the IDW.  A skills assessment can be administered by an instructor at the appropriate level.  We should encourage instructors to offer skills assessments, and we should be offering more of them ourselves.

  • Full Letter (PDF)

Have a great Summer—cheers!

John Browning
Coastal Kayak Committee Chair
Safety Education & Instruction Council

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