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Old 06-01-2014   #1
 
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New boater needs roll lessons and basic pointers

I am a brand new boater but absolutely psyched on it. Very much interested in meeting someone who can help me learn some basics. I can help you out for your time. Don't have much money but willing to buy you some beer and/or give you cash. Just looking for roll lessons and basic pointers. Please, someone reach out.

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Trevor

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Old 06-01-2014   #2
 
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Sorry Trevor but it is illegal for unlicensed instructors to take money to teach you, plus there are liability issues. My suggestion would be to take a lesson or two through an organization like Kayak School Instruction, SUP, Rafting Brown's Canyon, Arkansas River Colorado, and/or hook up with a paddling club like Colorado Whitewater...or try and find an open pool session somewhere and just meet some folks. Paddlers are generally a friendly group willing to help each other out. Welcome to the sport.
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I want to see the Colorado State Statue that says, "anyone accepting money to teach kayaking without an instructor's license will be punished criminally."

If that bullshit legislation actually exists, the U.S. has finally become a totalitarian state.
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There is no law

I just searched the LexisNexis and there is no statute or rule that says unlicensed instruction for pay is a crime. In fact, there are only two laws on the books concerning kayaks and canoes:

C.R.S. 33-13-103

C.R.S. 33-13-111
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Thanks for looking that up.
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No problemo, but remember - You get what you pay or don't pay for
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I'm not saying he should or shouldn't go with a certified instructor. I simply don't like the fact that he was given the impression, nor others, that he is legally obligated to hire a certified instructor.
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I think instruction may be one thing, but GUIDING someone on whitewater is where the legalities (or illegalities) come in.

Don't forget about Colorado Whitewater and RMOC, both partners with MB

Whatever you do, getting proper technique down from the start can make a huge difference in your progression, and there's a big difference between knowing how to do something and knowing how to actually teach someone else how to do it. Hiring an instructor gets puts you in the hands of someone that's decided to devote a chunk of their life to learning how to assess and communicate what you need to know.

It's worth the $$ to avoid a few years of crappy technique and stalling out at Class II+.

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It is never good to assume there are these mythical laws. Commonsense dictates you should hire an ACA certified instructor - but we all know where commonsense goes after a few beers
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Thanks for clarification guys. Seemed a little harsh to me as well. I am just asking for a casual hour out on a lake, not for someone to guide me down a river.

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