Kayaking 11/12 exposes students to kayaking as a pastime, and as a career. Students will focus on learning basic and advanced kayaking techniques and practicing leadership skills. They will learn how to manage groups of people and communicate clearly. The course will focus on water safety, wilderness first aid, boat handling skills, outdoor skills, camping skills, problem solving skills, and leadership skills. A focus on human and natural history of the local area that students are exploring is also included. The course provides an opportunity for students to build confidence and self-esteem.
Because the two courses involve some weekend time and after school time both courses are taken in the same semester. Students must complete of all units within the Kayaking 11 course before planning for and participating in the Kayaking 12 trip.
Kayaking 11/12 develops and strengthens students’ general knowledge and critical thinking skills. It also builds self-confidence, fosters a sense of belonging, increases physical activity, and increases student motivation by teaching strategies the students need to be successful when dealing with a wide variety of obstacles. Students become connected to their learning, the educational system, the community’s needs, and their future by learning about and developing skills that can enable them to work in a growing career area.
Through the Kayaking 11/12 course students have the opportunity to earn the following certifications: Basic Wilderness First Aid, Canadian Recreational Canoe Association (CRCA) Level 1 Skills certificate, Restricted Marine Radio Operator Certificate, and Day-Guide Certificate. This sets students up for the potential of immediate employment in a growing industry. Kayak guides are in high demand in our area.