Recently, I had reason to review where I was in skills and determined that I am pretty solidly in the beginner range. This seemed about right to me as I have received ACA level 2 training and the levels go up to a 5. However I noticed here on level 4 training at the ACA site:
the following information:
"Course Location / Venue: Ideal location will have a moderate current not to exceed 4 knots, a short crossing of 1 to 2 miles, and a tide rip with a large well-defined eddy. Current should not be moving into an area of danger and there should be a variety of landing options down current. Winds should not exceed 10-15 knots"
It seems pretty weird to me that 15 knots is considered advanced level 4 conditions as I paddle in those conditions with regularity. I'm thinking these should be considered level two conditions. Certainly I'd want a level two instructor to be trained in these conditions as they commonly occur without warning.
It appears that the BCU does it like this as well. If that is the case maybe they should realign the conditions to go with the level of skill. Or maybe I should not go out whenever the wind is over 15 knots and the waves are over 4 feet? It seems reasonable to go out in these conditions but I do tend to self rescue a few times on every surf day.
What do you think? Are the condition levels out of whack with the skill levels being taught?