Many paddlesport disciplines require dedicated and competent officials to fulfill various functions at all levels of competition. St. Albert Canoe & Kayak invites you to volunteer as an official at regattas. Many positions are very easily learned and there will be courses given throughout the year for those who wish to progress further. Each club should have a rulebook for you to borrow, the reading of which will enhance your knowledge of the sport and what the people in white are doing. For more information contact the Director of Officials.
Get your Pleasure Craft Operators Card now! It is mandatory to operate a Safety or Referee Boat, and must be shown before acting as an official in these Roles.
The levels of accreditation a person requires to qualify for appointment as an Official are:
Level I (Club) - only members of one club participating, appointed/recruited by the club officials' representative
Level II (Local) - competitions within the Division, appointed/recruited by DOC;
Level III (Divisional/Provincial) - competitions within the Division/Province including the AB Summer Games, appointed/recruited by the DOC
Level IV (National) - national canoe/kayak championships, Canada Games, Western Canada Summer Games - appointment by the Sprint Racing Council upon recommendation of the NOC
Level V (International) - international competitions such as the Olympic Games, World Championships - nominated by Canoe Kayak Canada
Each level has a set of skills and performance standards that must be evaluated before accreditation is granted. There are three phases to the process of gaining National Accreditation: written examination, oral examination, and practical assessment.
The minimum requirements to apply for the National Accredited Official examination are: be not less than 20 years of age or more than 65 years of age; successfully completed Level III, where applicable; have demonstrated competence at various roles as an on-land and/or on-water official.