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If whitewater kayaking is a passion of yours and you want to share that passion through teaching others then this is the course for you. Joey Parent, director of the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program, will be leading this 5-day in depth Instructor Certification right here in Richmond, Virginia.
Who: Kayakers should be at minimum solid Class III paddlers who are interested in learning how to become instructors. Participants will have to give special attention to details in their skills & content delivery.
What: This is an American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Certification Course. As an instructor trainer, Joey Parent, will lead you through the process and skills necessary to become certified to teach whitewater kayaking through the ACA.
Where: The course will be held in Richmond, Virginia on the Upper & Lower sections of the James River. A portion of the course will also be held at an indoor swimming facility & in a classroom setting. We will provide details on times & locations for each segment as the course date approaches.
When: The course is divided into two different phases, the “Skills Development Workshop” and “The Instructor Certification Exam”. Between the two phases students should work on both their technical and teaching skills in preparation for the ICE. The SDW will be held on May 5-7 of 2017. The ICE will be held on June 4-5 2017. Based on each students’ performance in the ICE, they will be awarded a certification of Level 1-4 for kayaking instruction. A outline of the criteria and skills for each level can be found HERE.
Cost: The entire course is $450. A $200 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the course with the entire balance due by April 15th
The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a worldwide organization, dedicated to promoting safety and education in paddlesports. It is the gold standard for kayak instruction in the country. ACA instructors enjoy member benefits through the ACA such as pro-deals, discounts, recourses, and access to affordable insurance for your classes. With this certification, you will have everything you need to start teaching classes for yourself. This is your opportunity to promote paddlesports, spread the love of kayaking, and have a job doing what you love!
Taking a kayak instructor course is a way to take your personal boating to a whole new level – as you may know, perhaps the most effective way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. If you are already helping other kayakers, wondering “what is the next step in my own progression”, this is it. For more information about instructor certifications, or to register with the ACA, visit the ACA website at www.americancanoe.org.