Euro Paddle Pass
The new competence classing system for Europe have been published in part. It covers six color-graded levels: white, yellow, green, blue, red and black (the first, white, is an optional discovery level, with very little "competence" involved) and will in time cover all paddling disciplines.
Available now are:
- General Information on the EPP Awards
- Level 1 and 2 (All disciplines)
- White Water Kayak (Levels 3-5)
- Canoe (Levels 3-5)
- Sea Kayak (Levels 3-5)
- Nordic Sea Kayak (Levels 3-5) - somewhat curiosly this seems to be about Scandinavian K1-trainer class
Descriptions of the instructor levels are missing - an agreements on this has not been reached yet. Missing are also descriptions of marathon, sprint, multisport etc.
Someone notice a similarity to the BCU system? Not surpricing since the BCU have been an important advisor for this project.
Here is the link to the EPP site. There you will find most about the system, the disciplines and the levels. It is a work-in-progress though. Some parts are missing, a few links does not lead to the expected etc. And the site is a formidable horror from a designers view – not many of the outdated obsolete practices from the early primitive web pages are missing - not one of this centurys advances have been employed. I am in shock!
Nevertheless it will be interesting to see what impact this will have and how it will be used.