Practical Paddlesport Skills
Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
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 paddlesport 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 on Anglesey and in the Snowdonia National Park where canoe, kayaking, and paddleboarding skills will be taught on the lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastline of this stunning area.
The Practical Paddlesport Skills module ensures that you are equipped with a solid platform from which you can develop as an academic and practitioner both during your time as an undergraduate and beyond. Basic skill development will focus on the competencies required to operate safely as a group member in inland and coastal environments. The practical activity is supported by short podcasts and/or classroom sessions aimed at developing awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in paddlesports. Although many of the practical days are stunning and it’s great to get out of the classroom, please note that participation in this module does require a commitment of time and effort in an often cold, and potentially hazardous environment. Finally, all teaching staff are British Canoeing Assessors and UKCC/BC Performance Coaches, which enables the University to provide you with the opportunity to gain nationally recognised governing body awards, helping you to be ‘employment ready’ on graduating.
You have demonstrated a basic awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in canoeing and kayaking. Please note, to ensure the learning outcomes are met and health and safety is maintained, practical sessions are compulsory. If you miss two or more of the ten practical sessions without mitigating circumstances, you will fail the module.
You have demonstrated a 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 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.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Two 3-hour seminars reviewing the assignment tasks and student’s progress for each assignment. These will take place two weeks before each assignment deadline
Private study devoted to pre-sessional work either reading or watching key videos regarding technique to be applied in the practical sessions (approximately 1 hour per session – 10 hours in total). Research for and completion of journals (assignment 1 approximately 2 hours per entry – 10 hours in total). Research for and completion of assignment 2 approximately 10 hours.
|Practical classes and workshops||
Practical sessions in Year 1 take place on Wednesdays with Snowdonia Watersports (SWS) and alternate with the land-based practical sessions. During these sessions, you will learn and/or improve upon your canoe, kayak and paddleboarding skills, with a view to prepare you for coaching and leadership assessments in year 2. Whatever your experience staff at SWS will build on them and take each person to their next level. Practical sessions last approximately 6 hours.
Additional online tutorials for feedback regarding assignment preparation are available by arrangement between the issue date and deadline.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- 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
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- 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
- apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
- self-appraise and reflect on practice
- plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- project manage and execute 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.
- accurately interpret case study data
Resource implications for students
Equipment: It is strongly recommended that all students buy as a minimum a pair of neoprene gloves and neoprene socks or boots. Socks are cheaper than boots and can be used inside an old pair of trainers for paddlesport activities. All National Governing Body (NGB) course fees are paid for by the University, certificates however will need to be purchased by the student. Follow this link to see the current fees for British Canoeing certificates. During year 1 you can expect to gain one or two Personal Paddling Certificates, e.g., the Start and Explore awards. In addition, you will complete Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) Certificate and potentially the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (CNTP) courses. None of the certificates are compulsory to buy unless you intend to qualify as a Paddlesport Instructor and/or Leader in Year 2 in which case you must purchase the FSRT and Explore certificates.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/jxh-1060.html
Semester 1 Core Reading
Ferrero, F., & British Canoe Union. (2002). Canoe and kayak handbook (3rd ed.). Bangor: Pesda.
Kolb, D.A. (2021) Experiential Learning Theory. Retrieved from https://learningfromexperience.com/themes/experiential-learning-theory-videos/
Moon, J. (2013). A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning Theory and Practice. (1.st ed.). Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.
Kolb, D. (1984). Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
Semester 2 Core Reading
Collins, Loel, Giblin, Matthew, Stoszkowski, John Robert, & Inkster, Allison. (2020). A study of situational awareness in a small group of sea kayaking guides. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 1-17.
Ferrero, F. (2007). Sea kayak navigation (2nd ed., A practical manual). Caernarfon: Pesda Press.
Morris, T. (2006) Sea Kayaking in Ferrero, F., & British Canoe Union. (2006). The British Canoe Union coaching handbook. Caernarfon: Pesda.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C611: BSc Adventure Sport Science year 1 (BSC/ASS)
- C61P: BSc Adventure Sport Science with Placement Year year 1 (BSC/ASSP)