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Kayak Leader

This qualification is for people who lead kayaking experiences in flat or sheltered water environments. Two-day assessment.

Kayak Leader Scope and Syllabus

Kayak Leader Assessment Guide

Kayak 1 - Instructor

This qualification is for people who instruct kayaking on moving water up to and including grade two. Three-day assessment.

Please Note: Candidates must have completed the River Rescue Course pre-requisite for all Kayak Assessments from 1 January 2015 onwards.

Kayak 1 Scope and Syllabus

Kayak 1 Assessment Guide

Kayak 2 - Senior Instructor

The NZOIA Kayak Instructor Level 2 is assessed in two parts: Class 3 River Management and Kayak Skills Instruction. Both assessments are of 2 days duration. This qualification is for people who teach whitewater kayaking, develop kayaking programmes, and supervise programmes up to and including grade 3+ whitewater. 

Kayak 2 Scope and Syllabus (the requirements for both Class 3 River Management and Kayak Skills Instruction are described in this document)

Kayak 2 Assessment Guide - Class 3 River Management 

Kayak 2 Assessment Guide - Kayak Skills Instruction


Multisport Kayak - Instructor

The holder of this qualification can organise, instruct and lead Multisport kayaking on flat water and moving water up to and including class II. This includes instruction and leading on sheltered flat water environments e.g. lakes and estuaries, where wind and waves may have an adverse effect on paddlers. Multisport kayaks are typically 4.5 - 6.5 metres in length and constructed of lightweight materials e.g. kevlar, carbon or fibreglass.

Multisport Kayak Instructor Scope and Syllabus

Multisport Kayak Instructor Assessment Guide

Multisport Kayak Endorsement (for current NZOIA Kayak 1 or 2 holders)

The holder of this qualification can organise, instruct and lead Multisport kayaking on flat water and moving water up to and including class II. This includes instructing and leading on sheltered flat water environments e.g. lakes and estuaries, where wind and waves may have an adverse effect on paddlers. Multisport kayaks are typically 4.5 – 6.5 metres in length and constructed of lightweight materials e.g. kevlar, carbon or fibreglass. Note: NZOIA Kayak 1 or 2 is a prequisite for this qualification.

Multisport Kayak Endorsement Scope and Syllabus

Multisport Kayak Endorsement Assessment Guide

Kayak Resources 

The Art of Kayaking DVD

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