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Instructor Trainer Update

Since the first National Paddlesports Conference in 2008; Instructors, Instructor Trainers and Instructor Trainer Educators have gathered for continuing education through educational sessions provided by the SEI Department. The overall goal of this educational sharing is for Instructors, ITs and ITEs to earn the required certification updates in their given discipline.

This sharing of techniques, policy and educational theory affords Instructors, ITs and ITEs the opportunity to gain cutting edge knowledge and ensures consistency in educational practices.

We are very happy to announce that this years Instructor and Instructor Trainer Update will be facilitated by 3 renowned Instructor Trainer Educators; Benjamin Lawry, Josh Hall and Peter Casson.


As part of the 2016 National Paddlesports Conference in Sausalito, Instructors and Instructor Trainers will have the opportunity to fulfill the Update requirement as referenced in the SEIC Policy Manual. (See reference below)

Instructor Trainer Update

The Instructor Trainer Update process will consist of thee specific parts and run throughout the length of the conference.

For a detailed schedule please (Click Here)

Friday November 11: 9:30-4:30 at the Bay Model:  

Part 1 will be a combination of classroom and on-water training. The update is open to all Updating ITs in all disciplines. The session will focus on educational theory and practices, educational requirements and teaching technique.

Saturday November 12: 9:00-4:00 at the SeaTrek Dock:

Part 2 will be held in conjunction with the Instructor Updates. Instructor Trainers will facilitate discipline specific on-water training to the Updating Instructors. Due to the venue, updates in all disciplines will not be possible. Thus Instructor Trainers have the option of sitting in on a discipline updates other than their own or attending other conference events.

Sunday November 13: 9:00-3:00 at the Bay Model

Part 3 will be held in the classroom and focus specifically on SEI policy, paperwork requirements, class registration and reporting. This session will also include presentations by ACA staff.


Sign Up for an Update:

To sign up for the Instructor Trainer Update please (Click Here)


SEIC Policy Manual (2-10-2016)

Chapter 3 - ACA Instructor Trainers

Section D - Maintenance of Instructor Trainer Certification

Number 3 - Participate in an Instructor Trainer Update. Alternatively, ITs may co-teach an IDW and ICE with another IT or ITE, or assist an ITE teaching an ITDW. ITs may not receive update credit for co-teaching with the same IT or ITE in two consecutive certification periods.

Multi-discipline Instructor Trainer Updates may be used to meet the maintenance requirements for multi-discipline Instructor Trainers in the disciplines represented. However, Instructor Trainers must meet all appropriate performance criteria, as established by the SEIC and SEI Department, for each of their certifications



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