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Level 1-3: Coastal Kayaking - Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW-ICE)
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11/10/2011 to 11/13/2011
When: 11/10/2011
Where: Outdoor Adventure Center
United States
Contact: William Blair Corson

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The ACA Level 1-3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification Workshop consists of 2 essential and required parts; 

  • Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) 
  • Instructor Certification Exam (ICE)
Our 4 day program is an intensive hands-on cooperative learning workshop experience that is designed to refine your instructional techniques and familiarize you with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association (ACA). 

Days 3 and 4 (the "exam") are assessment days which require all participants to prepare and present lessons to fellow students to demonstrate, among other essential skills, teaching and paddling abilities. The Instructor Certification program is designed for paddlers who wish to lead classes or trips, or provide paddlestrokes instruction. It is very valuable training (and often required) for Recreation department staff, scout leaders, camps and program leaders, and guides or lead paddlers who plan or teach for clubs and schools. 

Instructor Candidates should be confident paddlers with basic knowledge of kayaking terminology, equipment, rescue techniques, chart reading, and safety considerations (a roll is recommended, though not required). Throughout the Workshop and Exam, instructor candidates (that's YOU!) will be assessed in the following areas: Personal Paddling Skills Strong basic/intermediate skills, boat control and general professional paddling mode at all times. 

Teaching Skills Knowledge of teaching methods and learning styles, and how to use them to give an effective presentation. We are also looking for organized lesson plans, group organization, speaking and presentation ability and attention to details in the classroom, on land and on the water. Modeling Skills/Technique Ability to visually present and break skills down into teachable/learnable parts. 

Attention to Safety Use of risk management skills, assessing student skill levels and group control. Group Management Ability to set up and maintain a suitable teaching location as well as managing a group in the classroom, on land and on the water in both a teaching and guiding situation. Technical Knowledge Thorough knowledge of all aspects of paddlesports. 

Everything from teaching safe car-topping procedures, boat design, and common paddling injuries and avoidance to tides, surfing and regional hazards. Coaching Being able to identify student errors and give corrective feedback. To participate in this course, all participants must be current ACA Members. 

If certification is awarded at the end of the course, instructor candidates must also become members of the ACA Safety Education and Instruction Committee (annual fees apply). Students should plan to fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac; use aiport code "SEA") and camp or find lodging in the Redmond area for Days 1-2. Contact the IT for more information.

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