ACA Level 2 Essentials of River kayaking instructor course.

ACA Level 2 Essentials of River kayaking instructor course in Cincinnati, OH!

So, a kayak instructor class advertised on my snowboarding site…there goes the brand :-)

Hey, as many of you know I’m a Level 4 American Canoe Association certified Kayak Instructor Trainer…that means that I can train and certify kayak instructors.  I’m holding a 3-day, Level 2 class here in Cincinnati on October 19/20th and October 27th.

Kayak class by runneralan2004 Creative Commons

The exact location(s) for the class will be determined based on water and weather, but will most likely be held on a Cincinnati lake and on the Little or Great Miami.

The Level 2 Essentials of River Kayaking instructor course will cover beginner teaching progressions, strokes, river maneuvers, class organization and risk management. ACA certification is recognized as the baseline for paddling instructors, and provides instructors with a number of benefits, including insurance and several pro-deals.

Instructor candidates should be class I or better kayakers, who are interested in learning how to paddle and teach more effectively. Candidates will be evaluated based on their class I boating skills, their ability to teach effectively, and their ability to model paddling skills on flatwater and up to class I whitewater. To receive certification, participants will need to attend both weekends, and will need to successfully complete a number of teaching and performance requirements. Participation in the class does not guarantee certification. Participants who do not receive certification will be given a written list of areas to work on, and will have up to four years to complete the list. Part of the class will focus on polishing and developing the candidate’s skills, and many paddlers find that both their teaching and their paddling skills improve after taking the course.

Course costs are broken down into three areas:

A) ACA costs – ACA costs include ACA membership and SEIC registration and the cost of an ACA Instructors Manual. Each participant will be responsible for these costs. Please consult the ACA website for current information.

B) Course tuition – Tuition cost is $240.00 per candidate.
A minimum of 4 candidates (signed up and tuition paid in full by the sign-up deadline) is needed for the course to be held. The maximum will be held to 5 candidates. Full refunds are available up to the sign-up deadline date – no refunds will be available after that date.

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Snowboarding How To Fall photo by serrechevalier

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