ACA Level 1 & 2 ICW at Sterling State Park

American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 1 & 2 Instructor teach Essentials of Kayak Touring within protected water near shore. Instructors teach essential paddle strokes and rescues in a protected environment. Level 1 & 2 conditions are up to 1 foot waves, 10 knot winds and up to 1 knot of current.

The initial 3 days of the course are devoted to assisting candidates in development of paddling strokes, rescues (assisted & non-assisted), instruction and group management skills. At the end of the 3rd day each candidate will be provided individual feedback about their readiness to proceed to the evaluation process.

On water sessions include leadership, group management, risk management, refining paddle strokes and rescues for skill modeling. Each candidate will receive hands on experience and feedback while doing presentations. All participants are assigned topics to teach on & off water. Staff will provide instruction in paddle strokes and rescues and help participants develop their modeling skills, while also covering on water teaching, group and risk management.

The last day, of the workshop is dedicated to candidates demonstrating their proficiency in the presentation and demonstration (proper modeling) of skills necessary for certification as well as display overall paddle sport knowledge. Candidate’s performance on the last day directly determines their level of certification.

– Full ACA membership and membership in the ACA’s Safety Education Instruction Committee (SEIC)
– To be an ACA instructor you must be 18 years of age.
– First Aid and age appropriate CPR

Location: Sterling State Park

Cost: $475
$100 Deposit With
Balance Paid March 20, 2018

Full ACA membership is $40 and SEIC is $25 additional. You will receive links to pay & join as part of the course materials sent ahead of time.

Participants are responsible for their own travel, food, and lodging during the course.

Limited to 10 participants.


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