Practical Water Based Skills
Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mrs Trys Burke
Overall aims and purpose
Based in the stunning surroundings of Snowdonia's rivers and valleys, and the accompanying rugged coastline of North Wales, the aim of this module is to provide students with practical water based activities in which the scientific studies of human responses to the outdoors and performance in the outdoors can be examined. Students will have practical days out across the whole of North Wales where water based skills will be taught on the lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastline of this stunning area.
Water based skills ensures that all students are equipped with a solid platform from which they can develop as an academic and improve their leadership skills, both during their time as an undergraduate and beyond. This first year focuses on the acquisition of basic practical skills associated with canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding in inland and coastal environments. Practical activity are supported by short classroom sessions aimed at developing awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in canoeing and kayaking. Basic skill development will focus on the competencies required to operate safely as a group member in inland and coastal environments. Participation in this module will require a commitment of time and effort by all participants in an outdoor, often cold and potentially hazardous environment.
Throughout this practical module there is the opportunity to gain nationally recognised governing body (British Canoeing) awards for personal performance and safety and rescue training. It is not compulsory to purchase any of the British Canoeing certificates some students do not intend to work in the outdoor sector and so do not need the certificates. This is fine and many students in the past have done this. However, if you do wish to purchase a certificate there is a charge required by British Canoeing and this will need to be paid by you. See below for the current fees and the dates you will need to pay them by:
Discover and Explore Certificates, £7 (£6 for BC/CW members) - paid in May Personal Performance Certificates, £25 (£12.50) - as and when achieved, usually in year 2 Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Certificate, £10 (£5*) - April Foundation Safety & Rescue Training Certificate (FSRT), £10 (£5) - February
*British Canoeing/Canoe Wales Membership is £45 per year please call Val Ephraim the Administrator at Canoe Wales on 01678 521199 if you wish to become a member of Canoe Wales.
If you have never paddled before you can expect to reach 1 Star and complete the coastal navigation and tidal planning course by the end of year 1. If you come with prior experience all of the above can be achieved.
You have demonstrated a basic awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in canoeing and kayaking. To ensure learning outcomes are met and health and safety is maintained, practical sessions are compulsory. Please not that if you miss more two or more of the ten practical sessions without genuine mitigating circumstances you will fail the module, due to not meeting learning outcome 1 regarding participation.
You have demonstrated good awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in canoeing and kayaking. You have also demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing environmental hazards, with help at times from an instructor. Finally you have have shown a good level of skill development in the competencies required to operate safely as a group member in inland and coastal environments.
You have demonstrated a high degree of awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in canoeing and kayaking. You have also demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing environmental hazards without help from an instructor. Finally you have shown a significant level of skill development in the competencies required to operate safely as a group member in inland and coastal environments.
Participate safely, within a group, while canoeing and kayaking in inland and coastal environments.
Identify, understand and adapt to the changing environmental hazards associated with canoeing and kayaking.
Develop and understand basic competencies and skills that underpin safe participation in canoeing and kayaking.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
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- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- work effectively independently and with others
- plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
- undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
- develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
BCU Canoe & Kayak Handbook: (Ed) Franco Ferrero: ISBN: 0-9531956-5-1
Sea Kayak Navigation: Franco Ferrero: ISBN: 0-9531956-1-9
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C611: BSc Adventure Sport Science year 1 (BSC/ASS)
- C602: BSC Sport Science (ODA) year 1 (BSC/SSOA)
- 2W68: BSc Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) (with Int Exp) year 1 (BSC/SSOIE)
- C612: MSci Adventure Sport Science year 1 (MSCI/ASS)
- C609: MSci Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) year 1 (MSCI/SSOA)