Paddling: Able to pick out and paddle route competently in Class I rapid – can go straight, turn left and right.
Safety/Rescue: Knows river signals and demonstrates group awareness. Can recognize and avoid obvious river hazards: rocks, strainers, dams.
Self-Rescue: Can wet exit, swim safely holding paddle, and swim to shore. When swimming knows how to safely accept boat-assisted towing.
Can perform all Class I skills competently in Class II rapids, skillfully in Class I rapids.
Paddling: Can do eddy turns, peel outs, ferries competently in Class II rapid. Recognizes and understands the dynamics of eddies, waves and holes.
Safety/Rescue: Knows what to do if boat broaches. Knows how to accept rope-assisted rescue.
Self-Rescue: When swimming, knows when to let go of the rescue boat and/or her own boat and equipment.
Can perform all Class II skills competently in Class III rapid and skillfully in Class II rapid.
Paddling: Able to select a route while scouting a rapid. Paddler can use eddies and occasionally waves and holes to help get the boat where the paddler wants to go.
Safety/Rescue: Able to use throw bag for rescue, including proper placement and set-up. Able to rescue others with the paddler’s boat and help recover equipment in Class II rapid.
Self-Rescue: Able to perform a “combat roll” in Class III rapids.
Can perform all Class III skills – including self-rescue and throw bag rescue – competently in Class IV rapid, skillfully in Class III rapid.
Can perform a boat-based rescue of a swimmer and help recover equipment in Class III rapid.
Able to competently use eddies, waves, and holes to get the boat where paddler wants to go in Class IV rapids.
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