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Benchmark and Core group meeting

posted Oct 11, 2017, 4:08 AM by Christian Jacobsen

From October 6 to October 8 Nyköping, sweden hosted a EPP benchmark event. 7 countries got together to measure, evaluate and develop the EPP technical standard. 

It was decided to update several of the disciplin specific standards and now the work to rewrite these will begin. 

It was also decided til rename "Nordic seakayak" into "Touring", branding it in a matter more widely recognized. This is in line with the decision from February where "Surfski" was re branded "Ocean racing".

Finally several changes to the bylaws was approved following drafts made in February. This was done ensure that a complete overview of system, philosophy and content can be achieved by referering only to the bylaws and the technical standards.

Germany sought for, and achieved approval to deliver level 3 and 4 in Touring. 
The next meeting will be March 2018, host is to be confirmed.    

Core group meeting February 2017 Frankfurt

posted Oct 1, 2017, 4:42 AM by Christian Jacobsen

Following up on a large number of tasked delegated at the last meeting and benchmark event a large a lot of progress was made.
- A moore defined framework and areas of responsibilities for participating NGB was was described and prepared to be entered into the bylaws.
- An example of an assessment standard was discussed and will be prepared to enter into the bylaws as an example
- A more developed description of each level of padler was discussed and prepared to enter into the bylaws
- Following the decision to remove the very special geographical standards & add a formulation about the awareness of different environmental standards in each nation. Changes was made to the Level 4 Seakayak standard. 
- As a consequence the national education systems will take the local conditions into consideration.
- Level 3 flatwater was also altered. 
- All member federations was allowed to deliver SUP level 1 & 2.
- Sweden allowed to deliver Seakayak Level 4
- Germany allowed to deliver Seakayak Level 4
- Elections
    - Christian Jacobsen (DEN) reelected Chairman
    - Anders Danielson (SWE) reelected Treassurer
    - Casper Licht (DEN) elected Secretary     

Activities 2016

posted Oct 1, 2017, 4:16 AM by Christian Jacobsen

In February 2016 the member countries meet in Rome Italy. 
Among other items it was decided to
- Start working on a standrad for SUP (stand up paddle)
A debate about renaming paddle ski to surf ski or ocean race. Surfski will be the name in he future.
- Germany was allowed to produces a proposal for a Touring Technical standard.
- The next time the bylaws will be updated it will be added that pilots should be run before specific levels for a NGB is being put up for approval.  
- Ireland will host the next Benchmark event.

Benchmark Dublin, Ireland October 
- Dublin hosted the biggest benchmark yet. The practical workshops lead to a large number of proposal being produced.
- The meeting in the core group focused on getting the proposal prepared for formal approval at the next meeting.
- Germany will for future reference be branding their national educational system EPP Germany
- Denmark will for future reference be branding their national educational system IPADDLE
- It was agreed to start a proces that will make the technical standards more geographical neutral - allowing for more level to be delivered across Europe.   

News from the latest coregroup meeting

posted Feb 11, 2015, 11:54 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 12:12 AM ]

More disciplines and levels in use

January 22nd 2015 the EPP core group held it's ordinary yearly meeting in Oslo. Not present this time were Ireland and Slovenia, but the remaining group could welcome Italy into the cooperation.

Italy will in the first place addapt to the EPP 1-3 standards for sea kayak.

Finland moved ahead and has now permission to run white water level 3.

Standards for SUP will be presented at the next meeting in France in October 2015.

Courses across boarders

It was agreed to quit the project with establishing a common courses calendar and in stead add links from the europaddlepass.com to every NGB’s courses calender. And of course remember to share information of interest to other NGB’s.

Next meeting

As mentioned above the next meeting and next benchmark will be held in France (somewhere in Normandie) in October 2nd to 5th 2015
A picture from a beautiful winterday in Denmark

Continued development of the EPP cooperation.

posted Oct 20, 2014, 2:10 AM by Christian Jacobsen   [ updated Oct 20, 2014, 2:12 AM by Christian Jacobsen ]

EPP October 2014

It was the second time that the EPP core group organized a benchmark event. This time it was held in Slovenia, who took care of the gears and the guinea pigs.

Not surprisingly Slovenia sent most assessors and observers - and also `guinea pigs' to the assessments. All countries were represented, except Germany. In addition to the member countries also Norway and Italy participated. It was a successful session where not everyone passed, but a common European understanding of the EPP 3 levels were developed.

EPP core group meeting

After the benchmark event there was a meeting between the member countries. It was a special day because Norway, after a long preparation applied for membership, and was accepted. Now the four Nordic countries are members of the EPP core group and the basis for further cooperation is established. Development continues of course throughout Europe. The plan for the admission of Italy is now in place, and if all ends meet, Italy may become the tenth member at the next meeting in Oslo in January.

Future activities

If we look further ahead, the next benchmark event will be held in October 2015, probably as a collaboration between England and France. Here we will work with surf kayaking, ocean race and open canoe. So ambitious instructors and assessors can now consider if they can see themselves represent their country in October 2015. The EPP group was so pleased with the effect of the benchmark event, that the need to participate in the future, will be included in the Statutes. In the same revision of statutes, it was decided that the EPP group’s formal office now is in Sweden, so congratulations to the Swedish federation with this new task.

Development projects In the more discipline specific part of the meeting, we continued the work to standardize the understanding of the concept of `leadership' so that it will have the same meaning across countries, and will support the fundamental separation between personal skills (EPP) and the different national leader, -assessor and -instructor systems. We also discussed Stand Up Paddle (SUP) at the meeting, several countries now have experience of implementing the activity, and it will definitely benefit the national efforts. France investigates a new opportunity, with EU support to develop a common European standard for instructors. This work coincides with the French federation’s ambition to break down the barriers for other EU citizens to work as instructors and assessors in the canoeing and kayaking field in France.

Christian Jacobsen, chair

Pictures: Gregor Zadravec 

New core group meeting and benchmark event comming up

posted Oct 7, 2014, 2:20 AM by Christian Jacobsen   [ updated Oct 7, 2014, 3:46 AM ]

This Saturday and Sunday the partners in the EPP core group will meet up in Bohinj, Slovenia for a benchmark event. Here they will share knowledge and experience on running level 3 programs in sea-kayak, flat-water and whitewater.

After the assessor has had there fun on the water the partners will then discuss both lessons learned and housekeeping in the EPP. This includes application for a membership from Norway but also the long term strategic plan.

With Norway formally seeking membership the group will reach 9 countries. Italy is also well underway in the process and would most likely become the 10th member. 

Link to the left (click picture) is from the 2013 benchmark event.

New treasurer and reelection

posted Feb 7, 2014, 2:45 AM by Christian Jacobsen

Anders Danielson
At the closing of the first meeting i 2014 Swedish representative Anders Danielson  was elected treasurer of the EPP.  

Christian Jacobsen was reelected chairman and Malene Hjorth secretary.

Also new plans for marketing the EPP system was developed as well as a plan for revamping the presentation of the awards and a new overview of education availiable across Europe. 

<- Anders Danielsen new treasurer to the EPP.

EPP core group meet in Finland

posted Feb 6, 2014, 7:24 AM by Christian Jacobsen

Today and tomorrow the EPP core group get together in Helsinki, Finland. 7 out of 8 countries is present. BCU is excused due to a unforeseen situation for their representative. Norway is once again visiting. 

On the agenda is 
  • Leadership vs group management in a personal performance system. 
  • Expansion of the EPP with new countries.
  • Strategic plan for the EPP system.
  • Housekeeping items like activities in 2014, budget 2014, election of chair, secretary and treasurer.
Also the group will work on a shared course calendar. 

Benchmark event undeway

posted Oct 13, 2013, 6:11 AM by Christian Jacobsen

The benchmark event with participation from Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, France, Ireland, Slovenia, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark is well underway.  

Open canoe
Flatwater racing

Has been the disciplines discussed.  Pictures doesn't do the event right since the whole Saturday was spent on the water doing assessments of gunny pigs.

The meeting continues now with a EPP core group meeting Monday.  

Invitation to the benchmark event in Copenhagen, October 11th to 13th, 2013

posted Jul 5, 2013, 4:57 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 5, 2013, 5:06 AM ]

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