Wild Water Kayak Club, based in Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod has a strong junior section that has been built up with the active involvement of many parents.
The Junior Section offers young paddlers the opportunity to try out many different kayaking disciplines.
Junior paddlers can join the club at any stage, subject to capacity. Our normal requirement is that they have a minimum Level 2 qualification before they can take part in formal club activities. We regularly organise weekend/day trips for junior members to help juniors get to know one another and to help develop their overall paddling skills.
In May each year, the focus of junior activities moves to the river with a 5-6 week programme designed to bring juniors up to Level 2 paddling standard. The General Purpose (GP) paddlers in the club run the Level 2 programme and key objectives are to:
- Help the juniors transfer all the knowledge, techniques and paddling strokes they have learnt onto the river.
- Ensure the juniors get comfortable with paddling in moving water
- Go through all the safety detail that juniors need to know, and
- Make sure that each junior successfully achieves their Level 2 qualification
Once they have their Level 2 qualification juniors are then given the opportunity to try out the different kayaking disciplines to see which they enjoy most. The club has active participants in all disciplines and juniors can look to participate in all activities or, if preferred, can specialize in a particular discipline.
- Club-based activities will usually run on Saturday mornings comprising a combination of canoe polo, slalom paddling, introduction to racing and other activities
- River trips (usually Sundays) are run in conjunction with the GP section
The instructors, coaches and senior paddlers who help out on the water are not in a position to supervise junior activity off the water’. The junior section of the club depends heavily on parents helping to supervise the junior activities that are underway.
Typical supervision activities include:
- Parents supervising, at the side of the pool, during pool activities
- Parent supervising, at the clubhouse, during club-based kayaking activities
- Parents helping to organise and transport equipment for juniors for river trips, tournaments and similar activities
- Parents being available during river trips to take juniors
off the water’ where the junior runs into difficulties or does not want to continue the trip for any reason
Supervision does not require any kayaking skill or understanding. It is simply a matter of being available when needed as the instructors must stay on the water to look after the remaining juniors.
If you are able to help – then we’d appreciate if you would tell us – at the pool, by phone or by text or e-mail. We compile a rota for the pool and club-based activities and parents are expected to help with supervision. Supervision duties will be allocated to families by the Junior Officer so please advise the Junior Officer if your personal circumstances mean that you are unable to assist with supervision.
It is parents’ responsibility to make the Junior Officer aware if they are not in a position to make their allocated date/time. The Junior Officer will, as far as possible, help re-arrange supervision duties when asked.
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