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Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)
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4/19/2019 to 4/21/2019
When: Friday, April 19, 2019
Where: Lake Anna
Bumpass, Virginia 
United States
Contact: Rick Wiebush

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This is an Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) for those wishing to get certified as an ACA L2 sea kayaking Instructor. It can also be used by current L2 instructors to meet the ACA requirement that you participate in an Update once every four years.

This course will be held at Lake Anna because one section of the lake has warm water all year. We will be staying in a rental house that has access to the warm portion of the lake. Housing costs will be about $55/night for a shared room.

The course cost is $325

The ICW consists of two basic parts. The first two days involves tuning up the candidate’s personal skills, expanding their general knowledge of kayaking, and learning about effective methods for teaching the sport to others. The candidates have multiple opportunities to practice their teaching skills. The third day is the formal assessment of personal skills, general knowledge of the sport (e.g. tides and currents, navigation), and teaching ability. Taking the course does not guarantee certification.
A candidate’s likelihood of passing is greatly enhanced if he/she comes into the course with good command of the personal skills required a the L2 level. That’s because an ICW is about learning how to teach effectively, not learning the skills yourself! 

This ICW can serve as an update for current L2 instructors. The ACA requires that you attend an update once every four years. It does not have to be in the fourth year after you got certified. It can be at any time during the four-year period. 

You can participate for two of the three days (Sat and Sun) to qualify for the update. The update cost is $225. As part of the update, you will be expected to demonstrate the same (or better) skills that led to your initial certification. You can also expect to dramatically expand your skill set during this course. 

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