ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructors Course & Update:
This five day intensive course is for those looking to become a certified whitewater kayak instructor. The American Canoe Association is the governing body for kayak instruction in the USA.
This 40+ hour course is focused on the latest technical knowledge, terminology, teaching skills, personal paddling skills, and safety awareness in a swiftwater environment.
This course helps you work on personal and interpersonal development and pushes you to build skills and knowledge through peer feedback, video analysis, and lectures. We combine practical on water demonstrations and presentations with real world scenarios that will equip you to deal with teaching this multifaceted sport as a professional. This course sets the industry standard for instruction in paddle sports.
The ACA instructor certification process is broken up into two core components: the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor. The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification. This course will cover the following ACA curriculum content:
• Introduction to Kayak
• Basic River Kayak
• Essentials to River Kayaking
• Whitewater Kayak
To Be Certified You Must...
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Be or become a member of the ACA
• Become a member of the Safety, Education, and Instruction (SEI) Committee
• Successfully complete the course (requires: attendance at every session and completed homework, quizzes, and tests)
Dates: May 29th-June 2nd (Wed-Sun)
Western State Outdoor Program (Wilderness Pursuits)
Please call 970-943-7051 to register. Payment required
Course Locations: Wilderness Pursuits office/classroom, Gunnison, and Taylor Rivers, university pool and other locations as dictated by water levels. Meetings will be held at various locations.
For Certification each candidate must show competency in technical knowledge, paddling skills, teaching skills, safety awareness, and necessary interpersonal skills at the desired level of certification to achieve certification. Must be a solid class III paddler with a solid roll and demonstrate proficient instruction for a Level 4 certification.
ACA Level 1-4: Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Update:
This course is for those who are already certified as an ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor, but need to complete an update course to maintain and renew their certification. Includes 2 days on the river.
Dates: Any two days of the full course (May 29th-June 2nd)