ACA L1-L2 ETC ICW
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
American Canoe Association
L1-L2 Essentials Touring Canoe
Instructor Certification Workshop
Heart Lake Program Center
Lake Placid, NY
June 15-17, 2020
This three-day certification program designed for competent paddlers who want, or need for their work, to teach others how to safely and efficiently paddle a tandem or solo canoe or just want to improve their paddling skills through an intensive, hands on course.
Teaching others to paddle is one of the most rewarding experiences a paddler can have. American Canoe Association Certifications are considered the “gold standard for paddle sport safety and instruction” by many outdoor organizations and regulatory groups throughout the world.
Prior paddling experience
and comfort in the canoe is required.
The ACA offers a variety of Instructor Certification tracks in Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboard to help paddling enthusiasts, from weekend volunteers to paddle sport professionals, gain the knowledge and skills to help the public to paddle safely and have fun!
This workshop is led by ACA certified Instructor Trainers and is ideal for those in the paddlesport industry, trip leaders and other canoe or kayak enthusiasts. ACA certification is recognized by other accrediting bodies who require proof of paddling and water safety skills such as the American Camping Association and the NYS Licensed Guide program.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid) Adirondack Mountain Club
Cost: $600/$725 for package (includes communal yurt lodging for 2 nights and meals from dinner on night #1 through lunch on day #3 – ADK members receive 10% discount).
Dues: ACA membership ($25/year) and affiliation with the ACA Safety Education Instruction Council ($35/year) is required. Join ACA prior to attending the ICW Bring a check or cash for the SEIC dues.
Lodging: ADK’s Education Yurt Village (specialty priced) or ADK LOJ
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
There is plenty of on-water practice and dry-land training on safety techniques, stroke and maneuver refinement, and development of teaching skills. In the big picture you should expect to improve your personal paddling and get the foundation for being an effective paddling instructor.
The Instructor Development Workshop will cover ACA Orientation, Teaching and Learning Theory, Equipment, Paddling Concepts, Strokes & Maneuvers, and Safety and Rescue. During the Instructor Certification Exam, each candidate’s performance will be observed and graded by the Instructor Trainers.
Who will be leading this Workshop?
The Workshop will be led by Laura and Jeff Liebel who are both ACA L2 Certified Instructor Trainers in Touring Canoe and Kayak. They are also ACA L3 Certified Instructor Trainers in Freestyle Canoeing.
The course will take place at the Adirondak Loj on Heart Lake, just outside Lake Placid, NY. The classes are taught on Heart Lake which is flat water with extraordinary views of the High Peaks. Being a relatively small body of water, it is protected from moderate wind and waves and has no motor boat traffic. There is easy access to shore, restroom facilities and shelter. Remember to bring your lunch, water, snacks, dry clothes and foul weather gear!