Kayak Diving Specialty OutlineAn outline for teaching Kayak Diving to Certified Divers.
Kayak Diving Course, AcademicsCOURSE STANDARDS AND OVERVIEWThis course is designed to be an introduction to kayak diving and to help the studentdevelop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for kayak diving.PrerequisitesTo qualify for the kayak diving course an individual must: 1) Be certified as an Open Water Diver, or have an equivalent rating. 2) Be 15 years of age or older.Instructor SupervisionKayak Diver courses may be conducted by an in Teaching status Open WaterInstructor (or Instructor with a higher rating) who has been certified as an KayakDiving Instructor. The maximum student to instructor ratio for open water trainingdives is four students per instructor (4:l).Considerations for Open-Water TrainingThe Kayak Diving course is to include two open-water training dives, which may beconducted in one day. Both open-water training dives must be conducted from anopen cockpit kayak. An open cockpit kayak is defined as a decked boat where thepaddler sits on the deck, not inside as with traditional kayaks. It is recommended butnot required that the kayak have hatches to gain access to below.After the training dives, students are required to log their dives in their personal logbooks. All dives will be completed within the maximum depth and time limitsspecified by the certification of the least certified student diver in the class session.COURSE OVERVIEWThis course covers the knowledge and techniques of kayak diving. The minimumnumber of recommended hours is l2, with time being equally divided betweenacademic and actual water training sessions. To conduct a Kayak Diving course, thefollowing is to be included: 1) the planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of kayak diving. 2) proper kayak diving etiquette - storage of personal equipment, personal conduct and care of the kayak.
3) basic common kayak terminology. 4) specific kayak diving entries and exits. 5) local kayak diving laws and/or ordnances 6) overview of emergency/safety equipment needed on board private diving vesselsWhen available and convenient, students interested in seamanship and kayakhandling should be directed to specialised courses offered in this subject area (likethose offered by private schools, colleges/universities etc. ). However basicseamanship and handling skills may be included in the course at the discretion of theinstructor.CERTIFICATION PROCEDURESThe certifying instructor obtains a Kayak Diving certification by submitting acompleted signed PIC to Headquarters or the appropriate area office. The Instructorwho conducts the final open water training session is to be the certifying instructor.The instructor certifying the student must ensure that all the certificationrequirements have been met.KEY STANDARDSPrerequisite Certification: Open Water Diver or equivalent ratingMinimum age: 15Recommended Course Hours: 12Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives (2 days recommended)Student To Instructor Ratio: 4:1All dives will be completed within the maximum depth and time limits specified bythe certification of the least certified student diver in the class session.