Certification Levels

 

Beginner

The beginner may paddle only inside the harbor, and only under supervision. The supervision must come from either:


  1. The steers person of an accompanying OC-6; or

  2. An accompanying OC 1 or OC 2 paddler who is certified at the intermediate level or higher


The beginner paddler must always stay in vocal range of the supervising paddler.  


Intermediate

Outings at this level should stay within the Monterey Bay and go no further than the one-mile buoy and SC7.  The intermediate paddler must paddle under the supervision of either:


  1. The steers person of an accompanying OC-6; or

  2. An accompanying OC 1 or OC 2 paddler who is certified at the advanced level or higher 


The intermediate paddler must always stay in vocal range of the supervising paddler.  Certification at this level is attained by examination by one of the small canoe coaches.

Advanced

The advanced paddler is experienced and knowledgeable enough to judge where they can safely paddle. The advanced paddler is allowed to paddle to any location that is judged to be safe with other persons certified on small canoes at the advanced level or higher. Certification at this level is attained by examination by one of the small canoe coaches.

Expert

Expert paddlers have mastered the skills that allowed them to paddle solo to all locations which they judge to be safe. Certification at this level is attained by examination by head coach for small canoes.