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Module JXH-1023:
Practical Water Based Skills

Module Facts

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.

Course content

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.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

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.

good

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.

excellent

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Participate safely, within a group, while canoeing and kayaking in inland and coastal environments.

  2. Identify, understand and adapt to the changing environmental hazards associated with canoeing and kayaking.

  3. Develop and understand basic competencies and skills that underpin safe participation in canoeing and kayaking.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Paddlesport Reflective Journal

Assignment Requirements: Your first assignment will help you keep a record of all that you learn during Semester 1. It will provide evidence of your ability to participate safely, within a group, while canoeing and kayaking in inland and coastal environments (LO1) and will demonstrate how far your development and understanding of basic competencies and skills that underpin safe participation in canoeing and kayaking have progressed (LO3). It is worth 50% of your overall grade for this module.

Task: Complete all sections of the Reflective Journal handed to you during your first practical session. Much of it is of a personal nature and is best completed as soon after your practical session as possible. The theory pages, however, will require some additional research and as much detail as possible, please cite all research appropriately using APA (see SSHES handbook).

How will your reflective writing be marked?

A full breakdown of the assessment criteria and percentage weighting for each section of your journal is provided below however, the following is taken from Moon’s* guidance on levels of reflective writing and will hopefully provide you with help in gaining the grade you want.

  • Journal entries containing only descriptive entries such as the following are adequate, expect D grades. No self-questioning. Emotions not explored. No standing back from the event. No external information considered

  • Journal entries containing descriptive entries with some reflection such as the following are good, expect C grades. Some questions raised but not answered. Emotions beginning to be questioned. Some distance from the event. Some reference to external information.

  • Journal entries containing descriptive entries with more reflection such as the following is very good, expect B grades. Evidence of self-questioning. Emotions placed in context and questioned. Evidence of standing back and questioning the event. Reference made to theory or literature
  • Journal entries containing descriptive entries with deeper levels of reflection such as the following is excellent, expect A grades. Critical analysis of self and own behaviour. Recognition of the role of emotions in shaping events. Examination & appraisal of a range of perspectives. Integration of literature properly referenced

Submission: Handwritten or typed submissions are acceptable. If you are submitting a handwritten version please ensure your handwriting is legible; take a photo or scan each page and insert them into ONE SINGLE document. Turnitin will only allow one document per assignment to be submitted. If you wish to type up your journal, the relevant pages are attached for you to download and fill in.

An assignment briefing will take place in the library at Normal Site on 24/11/20 after which one-on-one tutorials are available at any time by arrangement from this date until the deadline.

Please submit your journal via Turnitin by 9am on Monday 30/11/20. Please note the University is very strict on hand in dates and times. Assignments handed in after this time will be capped at 40% unless you have applied to SSHES Admin for an extension due to mitigating circumstances and have sent their permission to the module leader via email before the deadline.

Assignment Specific Marking Criteria

  1. Language & Composition: Has the student used clearly expressed language throughout? (2.5%)
  2. Referencing: Has the student used correct referencing as per the SHESS guidelines on Blackboard? (2.5%)
  3. Reflective journal: Using Moon’s guidance in the assignment brief how would you rate the students' reflective writing? (35%)
  4. Equipment: Has the student described the personal and safety equipment a beginner should consider buying and explained any advantages or disadvantages of kit such as wetsuit compared to dry suit, nylon spray deck compared to a neoprene one. (10%)
  5. Boat design: Has the student described the range of boat/board designs currently on the market and explained what type of paddling discipline each design is best suited to (10%)
  6. History of paddlesport: Has the student described the history of paddlesports, from its various origins across the globe to the present day. (10%)
  7. Paddlesport Fundamentals: Has the student described posture, connectivity, power transfer and feel, as per British Canoeing literature and explained they are important for their skill development and how they help the new paddler become more effective and efficient. (10%)
  8. Paddling environments: Has the students identified correctly types of paddling environment suitable for a beginner and explained what makes them so. Have they also provided local examples? (10%)
  9. Access: Has the student provided a description and detailed explanation of the factors and issues surrounding access to water within the UK? Has the student also outlined the differences across the 4 Home Nations? (10%)

  10. Moon, J (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning , Routledge Falmer, London.

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COURSEWORK Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Exercise

Assignment Requirements: Your second assignment will provide evidence of your ability to identify, understand and adapt to the changing environmental hazards associated with canoeing and kayaking (LO2), It will further demonstrate your development and understanding of basic competencies and skills that underpin safe participation in canoeing and kayaking (LO3) specifically with regards to coastal kayaking. It is worth 50% of your overall grade for this module.

Task: To plan day 2 of an overnight sea kayaking expedition you will be undertaking at the end of the module (practical sessions 9 & 10). The first day will have been planned already in class as part of your British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course. During the course, you were taught that to plan any coastal trip you must take into account the tide, weather, and topography of the coastline to be paddled. This information together is vital in helping you to risk assess the trip you are undertaking and create a safe and effective passage plan (route card). You now need to create similar plans for the second day of your expedition, all the necessary planning papers are in your planning packs.

Specifically, your plans you must include:

  1. A completed tide time matrix
  2. An in-depth analysis of the example synoptic charts and an interpretation of how they will affect the sea state and your group. These example charts depict the weather you can expect to experience during your expedition, rather than the actual weather forecasted.
  3. A detailed risk assessment for the trip, identifying hazards, and providing control measures to reduce the risks caused by these hazards.
  4. A completed passage plan.
  5. Good prior planning will prevent many issues that arise due to ignorance, sometimes, however, with all the best planning in the world things can still go wrong. Explain what action you would take to safeguard yourself, your group, and the casualty in the following scenarios:
  6. A simple capsize at sea, that is complicated by the swimmer letting go of their boat;
  7. A debilitating case of seasickness in a group member whilst at sea;
  8. One other identified in your risk assessment

Submission: A briefing seminar will take place in the library on Normal Site at 11am on 12/10/20 after which one-on-one tutorials will be available at any time from this date until the deadline, please email t.burke@bangor.ac.uk to make an appointment, these can be face-to-face or via Teams.

Please SCAN ALL PAGES of this assignment AS ONE DOCUMENT and then submit this single document through Turnitin by: 9am on Monday 15th March 2021. Please note that Turnitin will not allow you to submit more than a single document for any one assignment.

Please remember the University is very strict on hand in dates and times. Assignments handed in after this time will be capped at 40% unless you have applied to SSHES Admin for an extension due to mitigating circumstances and have sent their permission to the module leader via email before the deadline.

Assignment Specific Marking Criteria

  1. Detailed Tidal Timing Matrix showing: Tide direction and rate each hour, expected sea state each hour, identification of possible issues due to the state of the tide each hour.

  2. Detailed journey planner containing details relating to the route: i.e., Latitude and longitude references, bearings, distances, etc.

  3. Detailed analysis of historical Synoptic charts, meaning explained and interpretation correct

  4. A detailed risk assessment. Please add a copy of the map or chart extract with the identified environmental hazards marked on it for reference.

  5. A detailed ‘what if plan’ for 3 scenarios, the two given and one further one identified in your risk assessment.

  6. Presentation of work: clear, concise, good language and grammar

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Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study
  • 20-30 minutes of reflection in your Journals at home following each practical session
  • 10 hours of private study required for assignment 1
  • 10 hours of private work put into the production of assignment 2
24
Seminar
  • A 3-hour seminar introducing assignment 1
  • A 3-hour seminar introducing assignment 2
6
Practical classes and workshops

Practical sessions in Year 1 take place on Wednesdays and alternate with the Land-based practical sessions. These sessions are aimed at providing you with real-life experience in which the human responses to the outdoors and performance in the outdoors can be examined. They are valuable sessions that enable you to see, first hand, how the theory learned in class is applied by professional coaches in the field.

The first 5 sessions in semester 1 introduce you to the fundamentals of canoeing and kayaking on lakes and rivers. There is a dedicated pool session to teach you rolling as well, normally saved for December when it's very cold and very wet or even snowing! The first semester's sessions cover LO1 and 3 namely:

  1. Participate safely, within a group, while canoeing and kayaking in inland and coastal environments.

  2. Develop and understand basic competencies and skills that underpin safe participation in canoeing and kayaking.

Semester 2 provides a change of scene, taking advantage of the wonderful Anglesey Coastline. During semester 2 you will be introduced to sea kayaking and taught to plan coastal trips and navigate on the sea, taking into account the extreme tidal flow in this area. These are complex tidal waters and it is often said that if you can navigate here, you can navigate anywhere in the world. This semester's work covers the following learning outcomes:

  1. Participate safely, within a group, while canoeing and kayaking in inland and coastal environments.
  2. Identify, understand, and adapt to the changing environmental hazards associated with canoeing and kayaking.
  3. Develop and understand basic competencies and skills that underpin safe participation in canoeing and kayaking.

An ability to plan tidal trips is essential for those hoping to complete a sea kayaking expedition in the second year and as such we will put all students through the British Canoeing 'Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning' course. This day-long course is run in February again when the weather is at its worst and people are happy to be inside. There is some theory in the morning, followed by an afternoon of practical planning activity. This day is essential in helping you to complete Assignment 2 and preparing you for an overnight expedition which will take place at the end of the semester.

It is important to note here that the delivery of the practical sessions for Water-based Leading and Coaching in year 2 are very different. These are divided into three blocks to take maximum advantage of the weather conditions and water temperatures. Consolidated effort like this also ensures maximum learning and retention of your newly acquired skills. It also frees up alternate Fridays for personal development in the outdoors and time to complete work for your second assignment in year 2. Make a note in your diaries now regarding the following dates:

  1. Block 1: 3 full days of practical activity in September the week before Fresher's Week, this will include activities such as :
  2. Coasteering on the West Coast of Anglesey
  3. Wild swimming in the Menai Straits and
  4. Rolling and rescue practice either in the surf or at Four Mile Bridge on Anglesey

  5. Block 2: 3 full days of white water kayaking during marking week in January

  6. Block 3: 4 days of Training and Assessment in Paddlesport Leadership and Paddlesport Instruction during the first week of the exams in May.

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Transferable skills

  • 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

Resources

Resource implications for students

It is highly recommended that students buy a pair of neoprene gloves and neoprene socks to go inside an old pair of trainers for use on the water. Although all National Governing Body (NGB) course fees are paid for by the University, if students wish to have the certificates, they will need to pay for these themselves. The cost of these in Year 1 is as follows: - Personal Paddling Certificate (e.g., Discover or Explore Certificates) £7 each - Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Course Certificate - £10 - Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Certificate - £20 (includes a provider fee) If students are British Canoeing members these costs are slightly lower. None of the certificates are compulsory to buy unless you intend to qualify as a Paddlesport Instructor and/or Leader in Year 2.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/jxh-1023.html

Reading list

BCU Canoe & Kayak Handbook: (Ed) Franco Ferrero: ISBN: 0-9531956-5-1

Sea Kayak Navigation: Franco Ferrero: ISBN: 0-9531956-1-9

Ferrero, F., (2006) White Water Safety and Rescue 2nd Edition ISBN:0-9547061-5-3

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Pre-requisite of:

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: