Meloja 2 kajakki (EPP2 kayak) competency test

Meloja 2 kajakki EPP2 kayak

Meloja 2 kajakki (EPP2 kayak) competency test

This competency test fulfills the content recommendations and instructions from the Finnish Canoeing and Rowing Federation. In this competency test the candidate’s basic skills are tested. The candidate should be able to move the kayak in desired direction, and also adjust the paddling technique to the paddling. The candidate should be able to act calmly also after capsizing. The competency test should be performed during a tour, for at least 2 hours and 4 km.

All tested skills are assessed as pass / fail. All the tested skills have to be passed. If the candidate has successfully performed the competency test according to the recommendations and instructions of the Finnish Canoeing and Rowing Federation, he/ she receives a Meloja 2 card (plastic card) as proof of having  passed the Meloja 2 kajakki (EPP2 kayak) competency test.

EPP (Euro Paddle Pass) is a standard for 5-step competency test being established in Europe.

Degree of difficulty: Intermediate

Requirements: Able to swim 200 meters and 15 years old. If you are under 18 years of age, you need an adult responsible for you to participate in the same paddling activity as you.

Number of participants: 2-6 pers

Course length: 2-3 hours

Price: 50 eur (Loppi);      70 eur (Helsinki, Espoo)

Additional fee: 15 eur, Meloja 2 card and registration with the Finnish Canoeing and Rowing Federation (this additional fee can be paid after having past the test)

Place and time:

Lauttasaari, Helsinki:   16.5 at 17.00-20.00;    26.5 at 17.00-20.00;   9.6 at 17.00-20.00;   21.7 at 17.00-20.00

Haukilahti, Espoo:                 21.5 at 14.00-17.00;          27.7 at 14.00-17.00

Suvisaaristo, Espoo:            (?)

Lehtisaari, Helsinki:              (?)

Kivenlahti, Espoo:                  (?)

Punelia/ Sakara, Loppi:       24.5 at 10.00-13.00;          29.5 at 10.00-13.00;          14.7 at 09.00-12.00

Loppijärvi, Loppi:                 (?)




We go through the following

Mastered skills (should be performed correctly)

Lifting, carrying and launching

Forward paddling

Stopping and reverse paddling

Draw stroke and moving sideways

Low brace support and preventing capsize

Stern rudder/ paddle as rudder

Low brace turn



Safety skills (should be performed well)

Capsize, swim on shore, empty, assisted re-entry

Capsize and climb back in

Bow rescue / Eskimo rescue

Deep water peer rescue

Personal protective equipment

Navigation skills

Skills to be trained (sufficient beginnings should be shown)

 High recovery stroke

Sculling draw

Sculling support