This course is aimed towards trainee or established leaders/guides who wish to deepen their knowledge and experience of group control and incident management or anyone else who may be interested in being an asset to the group when incidents occur and things have started to go wrong. The course consists of 4 days of Incident Management and 1 day of Sea Survival.
Any group or individual is only as strong as their weakest link. Do you know yours?
Are you fully prepared for that first incident? Have you pressure tested your group skills and procedures in a variety of different environments or situations?
This 5 day course is designed to teach you skills and procedures that will help you to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of how to lead a group through a crisis situation at sea.
Day 1 & 2: Developing a logical thought process that works under pressure, rescues-getting the basics right, rescue strategies, controlling your group, leadership under pressure, emotional influences, adrenal effects.
Day 3: Safety & rescue: The surf zone
Day 4: Safety & Rescue: Rock Gardens
Day 5: Sea Survival for sea kayakers
- Mind set – Pro-active/passive – Casualty or Victim
|Effective identification in the difference between a paddler whom is pro-active with regards to his safety or a paddler who is passive/in-active with regards to his own safety and to be able to assess quickly these actions during an incident in dynamic conditions.|
- Adrenalin – To fully understand the effects of ‘Adrenal fix’ and how to control these negative/positive influences on the group
|Pre fight, in fight and post fight effects of adrenalin should be understood. Trainer should be able to highlight the areas where these influences occur and to highlight the signs, symptoms and actions required to recognise and deal with adrenal overload.|
- SAFER – Stop, Assess, Formulate, Execute, Review. To be able to show a working knowledge of the SAFER process.
|Candidates should show a logical thought process during an incident not rushing in and instead assessing the situation formulating a plan then executing that plan and reviewing the outcomes.|
- Lost person protocols – Methods of dealing with a lost person from your group.
|Have an understanding of effective protocols for dealing with a lost person whilst on an expedition or during a day/night paddle. Standard Operating Procedures for the lost person protocol. Meeting points, communication, search patterns, engagement of outside agencies|
- First Aid – Have a wider knowledge of how to apply first aid to an incident until responsibility of an incident is handed over to an outside agency
- Outside agencies – Methods of raising outside assistance during an incident
|Candidates should understanding that although prevention is better than cure, they must be able to recover control of his/her group, harnessing correct delegation and concurrent activity as well as having a working knowledge of being able to engage outside agencies for evacuation purposes.|
- Scenarios – Candidates should be able to deal with a wide variety of scenarios. During this four day course, day 1 & 2 will deal with developing the logical thought process, the understanding of emotional influences on the group during a crisis and getting the basics right. Day three and four are environmental modules, which are interchangeable, these are the ‘Rock Garden Safety & Rescue’ and the ‘Surf Zone Safety & Rescue’.
|Candidates should be able to deal with a variety of incidents on the sea and understand the importance of training. Incidents to include, lost equipment, damaged Kayaks,(lost hatches, holed kayaks), damaged Paddlers (dislocated shoulder, unconscious person, hyperthermia, spinal injury, heart attack). Panicked and trapped paddlers, hostile followership, lost and separated paddlers, multiple incidents.|
Location and times
We meet between 09:00 – 09:30 at Sea Kayaking Cornwall, Dove House, Tregoniggie TR11 4SN. We will sit down in our briefing room at 9:30 to discuss individual needs and desires and get to meet everyone on the course. The finish time may vary depending on the chosen launch location and the plan for the day but we normally aim to finish around 16:00.
Sea Kayaking Cornwall is located on the edge of Falmouth. Follow signs to Falmouth which will take you passed ASDA. Continue on until the next roundabout with cannons on. Take the second exit towards Budock Water. Continue straight across the next roundabout. After about 200m turn left into Tregoniggie ind estate. We are down the hill on the left.
What to bring
Camera to capture the action off the water.
A flask of hot drink.
Your personal paddling equipment
We are looking forward to seeing you out on the water.
What it includes
The course fee includes equipment if required. The equipment we can supply are wetsuits, thermal tops, water proof kayaking jackets, buoyancy aids, helmets, spray decks and of course kayaks and paddles. We use quality equipment maintained to a high standard to ensure you are comfortable and safe out on the water. The fee also includes transport during the course if required. We also have hot showers and a drying room for you to use. Our base has navigation equipment and a multimedia classroom to utilise for briefings and classes. During your course our kitchen has an endless supply of fresh coffee and tea to get you started each morning. We also have secure kayak storage if required during your time with us.