HREC 147 Beginning Kayaking

Beginning Kayaking introduces students to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking. In a classroom environment, students learn kayak safety, environmental etiquette, equipment essentials, fundamentals of river reading, and basic concepts for kayak trips. Through direct participation in a controlled environment (swimming pool and slow moving water) students learn basic kayaking skills, including strokes (sweep, draw, scull), bracing (low and back), wet exit, boat lean, basic trip and lab fee required.    

Credits

1 Credit

HREC 147Beginning Kayaking

Please note: This is not a course syllabus. A course syllabus is unique to a particular section of a course by instructor. This curriculum guide provides general information about a course.

I. General Information

Department

Health, Recreation & Fitness

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

1 Credit

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

12

Semester Contact Hours Lab

18

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

Beginning Kayaking introduces students to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking. In a classroom environment, students learn kayak safety, environmental etiquette, equipment essentials, fundamentals of river reading, and basic concepts for kayak trips. Through direct participation in a controlled environment (swimming pool and slow moving water) students learn basic kayaking skills, including strokes (sweep, draw, scull), bracing (low and back), wet exit, boat lean, basic trip and lab fee required.    

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

a) List 8 items of essential whitewater kayaking equipment and identify which are legally required       b) Distinguish different types of kayaks (whitewater, flatwater, recreational)       c) Describe the Idaho state laws impacting recreational whitewater activities       d) Identify proper water sports etiquette around other sportsmen and watercraft       e) Distinguish the five different whitewater classifications (Class I – V)       f) Demonstrate the proper technique for wet-exiting an overturned whitewater kayak       g) Demonstrate the technique for assisting and rescuing a swimmer in moving water       h) Identify the signs of early-stage hypothermia and list treatment options       i) Demonstrate (on dummy) proper technique for CPR       j) Demonstrate the use and re-packing of a whitewater rescue rope      

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

a) Types of kayaks (whitewater, flatwater, recreation, etc.)   b) Essential kayak safety for whitewater paddlers   c) Five basic paddle strokes for whitewater kayakers   d) Self-rescue, rolling and wet exit   e) Rescuing others, throw ropes, retrieving paddlers and gear   f) Safety rules for whitewater kayakers   g) Proper river behavior and etiquette for kayakers   h) Laws and regulations impacting kayakers   i) Kayak self-support for extended trips   j) Where to access river flow and water temperature information online  

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

1 Demonstrate in the pool five basic paddle strokes     2 Wet exit from kayak with spray skirt     3 Participate in a pool obstacle course     4 Team-rescue a swimmer and gear in water     5 Accurately throw and re-pack a kayak throw rope     6 Load, secure, and unload a kayak from a vehicle roof rack     7 Complete a final exam with a minimum score of 70 of 100 possible points.    

Required Exams

1 Successfully maneuver kayak through pool obstacle course   2 Accurately throw and re-pack a kayak throw bag   3 Load and secure a kayak safely on a car roof rack   4 Distringuish the five different whitewater classifications  

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

1 Demonstrate in the pool five basic paddle strokes     2 Wet exit from kayak with spray skirt     3 Participate in a pool obstacle course     4 Team-rescue a swimmer and gear in water     5 Accurately throw and re-pack a kayak throw rope     6 Load, secure, and unload a kayak from a vehicle roof rack     7 Complete a final exam with a minimum score of 70 of 100 possible points.     1 Successfully maneuver kayak through pool obstacle course   2 Accurately throw and re-pack a kayak throw bag   3 Load and secure a kayak safely on a car roof rack   4 Distringuish the five different whitewater classifications