Coaching Kayaking Quiz

Coaching Special Olympics athletes is rewarding and makes use of the experience and knowledge coaches already have. In all sports, there are special rules and adaptions that make participation fairer, safer and more competitive for athletes of all abilities. The quiz below highlights aspects of Special Olympics kayaking that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!

1) During all Special Olympics kayaking competitions, __________________ rules shall be employed, except when they are in conflict with the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for kayaking or Article I.

  • World Kayaking Committee (WKC)
  • International Canoe Federation (ICF)
  • Kayaking Federation Consortium (KFC)
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC)
2) Which of the following is NOT an official Special Olympics kayaking event?

  • Singles tourist kayak
  • Doubles tourist kayak
  • Unified Sports ®doubles tourist kayak
  • Singles professional kayak
  • Doubles professional kayak
  • Unified Sports ® doubles professional kayak
  • Unified Sports ® singles kayak relay race
3) Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are not strongly suggested, but not required, for all Special Olympics kayak practices and competitions.

  • True
  • False
4) Prior to competing in Special Olympics kayak competitions, athletes must be seizure-free for one year.

  • True
  • False
5) Before an athlete can begin kayak training on the water, a swimming ability assessment must be administered.

  • True
  • False
6) If an athlete loses balance in the kayak and needs to get support, coaches can instruct the athlete to __________________.

  • Raise the paddle above the head and wave it back and forth
  • Lean back as far as possible
  • Quickly slap the surface of the water with the back face of the paddle blade
  • Close their eyes
7) In order to participate in competition, it is critical for coaches to teach athletes how to:

  • Paddle forward
  • Paddle backward
  • Turn
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
8) In Special Olympics flatwater kayaking, it is recommended that athletes execute an Eskimo Roll to recover from a capsize.

  • True
  • False
9) Which of the following is NOT a start procedure step during Special Olympics kayak competitions?

  • Five minutes before the start, all participants within the same division enter the start area
  • Two minutes before the start, a check is completed to make sure all participants are in the start area
  • One minute before the start, all kayaks should take the start position in their designated lanes; coaches may approach the starting area in support boats to hold athletes’ kayaks steady
  • The command “ready” signifies that athletes are in the proper starting position
  • The command “set” reminds paddlers they must make a motionless position
  • The command “go” is the start signal
10)  When teaching athletes to paddle between their assigned buoys during competition, it is recommended that athletes correct their direction with ______________________.

  • One-sided paddling
  • Reverse paddling
  • Faster paddling speed
  • Leaning the body
11) In Special Olympics regattas, ______________ lanes are used during competition.

  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
12) Doubles kayaking is an ideal Unified Sport ® provided that ________________________.

  • The unified partner doesn’t paddle with full strength
  • The athlete is not a “passenger,” but rather an equal partner in the team’s attempt
  • The athlete always sits in the rear of the boat
  • All of the above
  • None of the above