ACA L3/4 Sea Kayak Instructor Development Workshop
 

Instructor certification is broken down into two components: The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and the Instructor Certification Evaluation (ICE).   A period of time between the two is recommended for candidates to absorb, practice and refine lessons learned in the IDW.

The Instructor Development Workshop

The IDW is designed to be a stand-alone learning experience that will help prepare candidates for evaluation and certification as ACA L3: Basic Coastal Kayak or L4: Open Water Coastal Kayak instructors.  During the IDW, candidates will be assessed on their personal paddling skills to ensure core competencies and readiness for certification.  However, the focus of the workshop is on developing your skills as an instructor.  Thus, the primary focus of the IDW is the refinement of teaching techniques and proper modeling of paddling strokes.   To that end, participants will be asked to create teaching exercizes for both academic content and on-water content, for the purpose of generating feedback.  You will also receive instruction on all strokes and maneuvers that you might later be expected to teach with an emphasis on breaking down skills into core components (body, boat, and blade).   We will use videotape review and critique to assist you in your learning process.   This process should provide you with a benchmark from which to evaluate the level of your own skill/knowledge, and help you to identify those areas where you need work before attending the ICE.

Successful completion of an IDW (including a skills assessment) within the appropriate discipline is required in order to participate in an ICE.

 
Event Type: Instruction
 
Event Rating: Level 3 - Experience Required
 
When is this offered
 
ACA L3/L4 Sea Kayak Instructor Certification Exam
 

Instructor certification is broken down into two components: The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and the Instructor Certification Evaluation (ICE).   A period of time between the two is recommended for candidates to absorb, practice and refine lessons learned in the IDW.

The Instructor Certification Evaluation 

The ICE is designed to evaluate the instructor candidate regarding their skills as an instructor at the Basic and/or Open Water Course Level. Each candidate must be proficient in: 1) a general knowledge of paddle sport; to include the technical knowledge of coastal kayaking and equipment with elements of history and safety; 2) teaching ability; which includes the appropriate application of interpersonal skills, task/group management, modeling and feed-back skills, the use of standardized terminology, technical understanding and the ability to break down skills and concepts into their component parts; 3) on-water skills, to include demonstrated proficiency in maneuvers, strokes, braces, rescues, towing and the Eskimo roll, an acceptable level of comfort in variable conditions and an incorporation of the skills you will teach into your own paddling style.

For Basic Coastal certification, paddlers must show comfort in 1-3ft seas, wind to 15knots, and small surf.

For Open Water certification, paddlers must show comfort paddling in 3-5 foot seas, wind to 20knots, and surf to 3ft.

NOTE:  Successful completion of an ACA IDW at the level of certification you are seeking is required to participate in this program.

 
Event Type: Instruction
 
Event Rating: Level 3 - Experience Required
 
When is this offered
 
SK 301/303: Erie Islands Adventure Weekend
 

Equivalents:  ACA Open Water Coastal (Sea) Kayaking;  BCU 4-Star Training

For intermediate paddlers seeking to gain experience and confidence on bigger water. In this two-day course, participants will take advantage of the dynamic coastal environment of the Erie Islands to build skills and confidence in challenging water. The steep beaches, rocky cliffs, and exposed shorelines will create opportunities for experience-based learning. Participants will create a float plan that includes an open water crossing that will take you a mile away from land. Techniques such as group paddling, dealing with commercial and recreational boat traffic, and paddling in wind, swell and confused conditions will be discussed and practiced. If conditions are present, surf launches and landings will be included. The group will also practice deep water rescues and towing techniques to assist tired or injured paddlers, as well as managing incidents ranging from dealing with damaged equipment to emergency procedures for a hypothermic paddler. Basic on-water navigation skills and chart reading, as well as VHF use will also be covered in this course. This course is must for any paddler seeking to undertake longer kayak tours or open water paddling. Click here for a course outline. 

NOTE: Ferry fees (see www.millerferry.com), lodging, and meals are not included. Most participants choose to camp at South Bass Island State Park, however, other lodging options are available on the island. Participants who would rather not bring a car over to the island can make previous arrangements to have us bring their gear over on our vehicle.

Prerequisites: Students must complete SK 201: Wind, Waves, and Weather and/or have equivalent experience and possess solid self-rescue skills.  A reliable Eskimo Roll is not required, but students will greatly benefit if they have mastered this skill coming into the course.

 
Event Type: Instruction
 
Event Rating: Level 3 - Experience Required
 
When is this offered
 
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