New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership pathway: Sea Kayaking

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Sea Kayaking

Who are these qualifications for?  

This suite of qualifications is for skilled leaders on sea kayaks who wish to extend their knowledge. 

Outdoor leaders are warm, positive, organised and intrepid. They apply the techniques and understanding they've gained through experience, to put together amazing outdoor excursions, and show people how to get the most out of the outdoors. 

Below is the qualification pathway for Sea Kayaking. For more information on the full outdoor leader qualifications, click the links below each level, or scroll down for more information on the Sea Kayaking strand!

These qualifications are designed to be completed in the great outdoors, through a mix of online learning and hands-on practical training. 

What's involved?

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Evidence required to complete qualification:

(All trainees must complete the Fundamentals module, in addition to the Sea Kayaking activity module. Trainees who add further activity strands at the same level do not have to repeat Fundamentals at that level.)
Leader (Level 4) will be able to plan and lead introductory sea kayaking activities on flat water.

At least 40 hours' sea kayaking using a closed deck single or double sea kayak on flat water

At least 5 additional sessions as a co-leader or assistant leader on a closed deck single or double sea kayak. A session is considered to be 1 hour minimum.

Guide (Level 5) graduates will be able to plan and guide sea kayaking activities, including multi-day trips.

Trainees must hold a Maritime VHF Radio Operators certificate and Coastguard Day Skippers license before they can be assessed for the Level 5 Instruction certificate

At least 40 days' sea kayaking experience; including at least 15 days' personal experience, 25 days' guiding experience, and 10 days on multi-day trips.

Guiding experience can be as an assistant guide or co-guide

A day is considered to be at least 4 hours on water; shorter sessions can be accumulated to make a day

The length of trips should allow for experiencing a range of conditions: tidal flows, semi-diurnal and/or diurnal tides, chop, waves, clapotis, or complete calm.

Instructor (Level 5) graduates will be able to instruct the skills for sea kayaking multi-day experiences.

Trainees must hold a Maritime VHF Radio Operators certificate and Coastguard Day Skippers license before they can be assessed for the Level 5 Instruction certificate

 At least 50 days' sea kayaking experience; including at least 20 days' personal experience, 20 days' instructing experience, and 10 days on multi-day trips. 5 days can include theory sessions, e.g. trip planning, weather, navigation, nutrition

Instruction experience can be as an assistant instructor or co-instructor

A day is considered to be at least 4 hours on water; shorter sessions can be accumulated to make a day

The length of trips should allow for experiencing a range of conditions: tidal flows, semi-diurnal and/or diurnal tides, chop, waves, clapotis, or complete calm.

Senior Leader (Level 6) graduates will be able to teach other leaders, instructors and guides how to guide and instruct sea kayaking activities.

Trainees must hold the Level 5 (Instruction) certificate, and a Coastguard Boatmasters license, before they can be assessed for the Level 6 certificate

At least 90 days' sea kayaking experience; including at least 40 days' personal experience on multi-day trips, at least 40 days' instructing or guiding experience on multi-day trips in open and exposed waters.

10 days can include theory sessions, e.g. trip planning, weather, navigation, nutrition; or practical/theory sessions training other instructors.

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

Check out our fees list and financial help options.

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch. 

Where to from here?

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Where to from here?

Keen to become a qualified sea kayaking professional? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, or to sign up to this qualification, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.

Remember, to do this qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in the outdoor recreation industry.  

If you are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

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