Prime Paddlesports will be offering an ACA Level 1 - Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) over Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 28th to - Monday, May 30th 2016. This will be held on the Hudson River in the lower Hudson Valley. The ICW will be led by Instructor Trainer Candidate, Matt Kane and Instructor Trainer Educator, Josh Hall. This ICW combines the Instructor Development Workshop as well and the Certification Exam into a single three-day course. Course leaders will spend time working with the instructor candidates on personal skills, group management and teaching ability. The course will incorporate dry-land teaching in addition to on-water sessions. An emphasis will be placed on safety, efficiency, proper communication, progressive teaching skills. The IT's will assess the candidate with the appropriate skills criteria in required conditions.
Price per Person: $425.00 ( does not include food / lodging)
About the IT's
Matt Kane - Instructor Trainer Candidate
Matt has been paddling for over twenty years and had been teaching for the past eight years. He owns and operates Prime Paddlesports in the lower Hudson Valley and operates the Hudson Valley Paddlesports Symposium, now in its third year.
Matt was introduced to water sports at a young age and spent six summers sailing on Shelter Island, NY in Gardiners Bay. Growing up on Long Island, NY he began as a recreational paddler and moved from inland lakes and rivers to the Long Island Sound and coastal environs of the Atlantic Ocean. After relocating to the Hudson Valley, Matt's interest in sea kayaking really developed when he became involved with an outfitter operation in his hometown of Cold Spring, NY. He took steps towards becoming an American Canoe Association Instructor while working as a hospitality professional in Manhattan. For seven years, Matt continued as a weekend warrior and worked with several tristate area outfitters as a guide and instructor where he found his passion was sharing and teaching. In 2014 Matt became a full-time outdoor educator with a focus on paddle sports and wilderness medicine.
Matt has served as Director-at-Large with the Hudson River Watertrail Association, and competed in the Mayor's Cup. He has paddled along the eastern seaboard, with many of the sports best trainers and educators. In 2015, his paddling took him across our northern border when he was invited to teach at the Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium. In 2014, Matt launched the Hudson Valley Paddlesport Symposium; which remains the tristate area's premier paddling event for beginner and intermediate paddlers. Most recently, Matt became a member of Team Dagger.
Matt is an American Canoe Association (ACA) L4 Open Water Instructor, A SOLO Wilderness EMT / Educator. He is a federal employed Ski Patroller who works at West Point Military Academy's Victor Constant Ski Area. Matt is a member of his local fire company, where he lends his skills and ability on lost and injured hiker calls in the Hudson Highland State Park region.
Josh Hall - Instructor Trainer Educator
Joshua has been paddling and teaching for over 20 years for Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, an American Canoe Association Pro School, where her serves as the agencies Outdoor Program Manager.
A native Rhode Islander now living in Charleston SC, Joshua has a long history on the water working in all three domains. Joshua has worked as a commercial lobsterman in Block Island Sound and has been racing sailboat’s since a young age which he continues to do in SC.
Joshua is most happy when he is teaching in the outdoors and sharing his knowledge with both youth and adult. His Coaching adventures have taken him all over the continental US, Hawaii, Europe and Japan. Josh’s Credentials include: , American Canoe Association (ACA) L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator, ACA L3 SUP Instructor Trainer Educator, ACA L5 Whitewater Kayak Instructor, L-2 Canoe Instructor, and is endorsed as an ACA Traditional Skills and Adaptive Paddling Instructor. In 2012 Joshua was awarded the ACA’s Excellence in Instruction award for his teaching and curriculum development contributions. In addition, Joshua has served as a Board of Director for the American Canoe Association (ACA) and chair of the ACA’s Coastal Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Committee and is an brand ambassador for BIC Paddleboards, P&H Custom Sea Kayaks, Werner Paddles and Northwest River Supply
As the current chair of the Charleston Outdoor Fest and East Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, he has continued the tradition of establishing this event as the premier paddlesport event, not only on the east coast but the country as a whole.