CHMAS – 3 Star Touring (Kayak) Assessment

Edging and support strokes at the rowing club

Edging and support strokes at the rowing club

Earlier in the month, I was asked by some returning clients to run a 3 Star Touring Assessment. Despite the cold weather and high water levels I found myself on the River Severn Paddling between Cressage and Ironbridge, which turned out to be quite a pleasant paddle indeed.

To settle the nerves we spent a little time just messing about in boats at the get in so I could see where the candidates were at which allowed me to finalise the assessment plan. AS we paddled along, I set a few exercises for the candidates and after a bit of input their was a considerably improvement in both the candidates.

Just after lunch, we looked at the use of ropes for moving the boat, to make a raft and how to improvise a sail and this proved to be quite thought provoking!! A few more exercises to check that the improvements were being made permanent and it was time to look at towing in all its forms. The support stroke exercise proved to be quite wet with both candidates pushing themselves to the extreme which resulted in a wet exit but it was good to see both candidate performing a deep water rescue so efficiently.

Both candidates had a great day on the water and both commented on how relaxed the assessment was , which is the way I like to run my assessments. Unfortunately, one of the candidates wasn’t quite at the standard required so I wasn’t able to issue the award. He was a little disappointed but he has gone away with a thorough action plan to work through and will be back for reassessment later in the year.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this course for you and your group then please take a look at the main site to find out more by clicking here.

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