Small Craft Safety Renewal Challenge
Date: Saturday 17 August 2013
Time: 1:30 pm–5:00 pm
Location: Camp Lakamaga
If you are currently small craft safety certified and interested in renewing your certification, you may take the class in challenge format and be exempt from the classroom portion of the class. Participants must be experienced canoeists and must still pass a prerequisite canoe skills test, which will be given approximately one week prior to the class. Participants who are unable to pass the prerequisite test will be unable to attend the renewal challenge. This certification covers flat water canoeing, and is valid for a three-year period. (Healthy Living & Creativity, Outdoor Awareness & Environment)
Bring: Red Cross Small Craft Safety book and current certification card. Also bring your favorite paddle and an adult-sized life jacket if you have one; there are a limited number available at camp. Comfortable layered clothing and/or swimsuit, change of dry clothes/shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, pen/notebook, bottled water.
Prerequisite: You must have current Small Craft Safety Certification. You must also pass a prerequisite skills test. In order to successfully complete the pretest, you will need to demonstrate the following:
- Float or tread water for 1 minute without a life jacket.
- Swim any stroke for 25 yards without a life jacket.
- Swim any stroke for 25 yards while wearing a life jacket.
- Safely launch and control a canoe using the proper strokes while paddling forward and backward, turning, stopping and holding position. Paddling will be done solo, either alone in the canoe or with a non-paddling partner to help balance the canoe. When paddling forward and backward, steering strokes, such as J-strokes or sweep strokes, must be used to maintain a straight line course without switching sides or ruddering.
Register by August 4