5 Star Award (River/Sea)

 

Aim: This is an environment specific advanced journeying award to be designated and endorsed for “Sea and Open Water” / “River” Award. It confirms the candidate’s competence at an advanced level to journey on the most demanding water, requiring the highest levels of judgement and technical skills, including the ability to lead a group at this level.

Level:

Five Star Award

Course Duration:

Three Full Days

Environment:

1. Sea and Open Water of at  least 1 m in height (Sea)

2. On white water river with  sections of not less than  Grade IV      ( River)

Type of Craft:

1. Sea kayak with closed cockpit kayak (Sea)

2. River- general purpose, closed cockpit  white-water kayak (River)

Requirement:

  1. Four Star Award (Sea and Open Water/ River)
  2. Hold a valid first aid certification
  3. 5 Sea Journey of 30 km each
  4. 24 hours of 4 Star skill consolidation
  5.  Endorsed by Level 4 Coach as competent to proceed to 5 Star Training Course
  6. Recognized current First-Aid Certification (River)

Trainer / Assessor:

Level 5 Coach

Theory

Sea

  • General knowledge of canoe sports
  • Knowledge of sea kayaks and related equipments
  • Understanding of all matters pertaining to planning a sea journey
  • Undertake a theoretical navigation exercise to include the use of tidal tables, tidal stream atlas, and charts, pilot/cruising guides
  • Knowledge of buoyage
  • Knowledge of meteorlogical issues and weather information

River

  • General knowledge of canoe sports
  • Knowledge of sea kayaks and related equipments
  • Understanding of all matters pertaining to planning a sea journey
  • Knowledge of buoyage
  • Knowledge of meteorlogical issues and weather information.

Skills

Sea

  • Organise problematic launches and landings
  • Brief, organise and maintain group control in a 4 Star environment
  • Organise and execute various techniques in rescue in waves of 0.5 m

River

  • Organise and lead an expedition for a group for River Award of at least four, experienced, whitewater kayakers on a river expedition, which includes sections of uo to Grade IV rapids
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish a clear plan, including such logistic support as is necessary
  • Demonstrate sound judgment in choice of both personal kit and additional group equipment, making due allowance for the ability of the group
  • Demonstrate sound leadership and group control throughout the journey, including facilitation of briefing/discussion and choice of rapid-running strategies, and the ability to make sound judgement in risk assessment and overall safety awareness
  • Demonstrate the ability to setup a variety of systems and techniques for rescue cover on more difficult rapids, including the retrieval of kayaks and equipment
  • Demonstrate a solid base of personal skills, including all those required at Level Four but performed with confidence on more demanding water

Journey Experience

River

  • Produce a log-book showing evidence of at least 20 “quality” river journeys at the required standard on a minimum of 10 different rivers and with any one section of river repeated no more than twice.

 Written Examination

River

The candidates will answer questions to demonstrate:

  • Wide unerpinning knowledge of general kayaking matters.
  • Sound specific knowledge of matters pertaining to whitewater kayaking
  • Good understanding of all matters pertaining to planning a difficult river journey