American Canoe Association L1-L2 Essentials Touring Canoe Instructor Certification Workshop

Heart Lake Program Center, Lake Placid NY: June 26-28, 2017.

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.

The highest level certification that can be earned in this workshop is the Level 2 Essentials of Canoe Touring, which covers both solo and tandem. Every level of certification has specific criteria to meet, so it is possible to earn a Level 1 Intro to Canoe certification in tandem, or solo and tandem.

Prior paddling experience and comfort in the canoe is required.

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.

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.


Registration Info: ADK Cert Registration


EVENT OVERVIEW


Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid) Adirondack Mountain Club

Cost: $480/$580 for package (stay in a lean-to, and includes meals).  ADK members receive a 10% discount.  ACA membership ($40/year) and affiliation with the ACA Safety Education Instruction Council ($25/year) required.

Lodging: Adirondack Loj at Heart Lake https://www.adk.org/stay/


Who is this Certification Program For?

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 in course. This is an essential step for:

  • Paddle sport professionals
    • Retailer paddle shop staff
    • Outfitters and livery staff
    • Guides
    • Camp counselors or waterfront safety supervisors
    • Canoe builders
  • Canoeing Enthusiasts who share their time and knowledge with
    • Local paddling clubs
    • Water trail organizations – as stewards and ambassadors
    • Outdoor youth programs and organizations (BSA, YMCA)
    • Family and Friends – wanting to experience solid, best practices in canoe safety, rescue, maneuvers and general knowledge.

This 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.

What Certifications can be Earned?

Through this program the highest level certification that can be earned is the Level 2 Essentials of Canoe Touring, which covers both solo and tandem. Every level of certification has specific criteria to meet so it is possible to earn a Level 1 Intro to Canoe certification in tandem, or solo and tandem. American Canoe Instructor Certifications are good for 4 years and are renewable. Participation alone does not guarantee earning the certifications.

What are the Prerequisites?

Prior paddling experience and comfort in the canoe is absolutely necessary.  This is an instructor-level program and is suited to experienced paddlers.  Good physical condition and proper clothing are a must.  Come prepared to spend the day exercising outside in unpredictable weather.  You are expected to bring your own paddling equipment (canoes, paddles, life jackets, etc.) and provide all of your own personal gear (please refer to the clothing & equipment list).  Some equipment will be available at the Loj so please let us know well in advance if you require any equipment.

Instructor Criteria and an Assessment Checklist of skills and topics can be found on the ACA website…

L1 Skill Assessments and Instructor Criteria

L1 Intro Canoe Skills Assessment

L1 Intro Canoe Instructor Criteria

L2 Skill Assessments and Instructor Criteria

L2 ECT Skills Assessment

L2 Essentials Touring Canoe Instructor Criteria


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.  You will be evaluated and tested on teaching ability, interpersonal skills, attention to safety, modeling skills and general paddle sport knowledge.

What is the Schedule?

Please plan on meeting in the Adirondak Loj Dining Room at 9:00am on Monday June 26th for introductions and an overview of the course.  For the next three days, we’ll be “in-class” all day with evening sessions the first two nights.

As always, we will need to be flexible depending on the weather so the specifics of the schedule below may change. We will paddle in the rain and wind, but must move inside to safety if we experience thunder and/or lightening.

Day One: Monday June 26

  • 9:00am – 10:00am
    • Registration & Welcome
  • 10:00am – 5:30pm
    • On-Water Strokes, Maneuvers, Rescues
  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    • ACA Orientation; Teaching & Learning Theory
    • Teaching Assignments & Prep

Day Two: Tuesday June 27

  • 9:00am – 5:30pm
    • On-Water Skills Development, Buoy Course
    • Strokes, Maneuvers Checkoff (Solo/Tandem Canoe)
  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    • Candidate Lecture Presentations

Day Three: Wednesday June 28

  • 9:00am – 2:00pm
    • On-Water Teaching
    • Additional Coaching as Needed
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Written Exam, Summary & Evaluations

BOOKS to be provided:

  1. ACA Instructor’s Manual
  2. Introduction to Paddling: Canoeing Basics for Lakes and Rivers
  3. Student Packet

Course Outlines: Check out the ACA website: http://www.americancanoe.org

Be familiar with the topics covered on these outlines: (these are the ACA courses you may be certified to teach)


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.

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.  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!


The Venue

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!

Course Fees and Accommodation Packages

Since there are both day and evening sessions, participants are encouraged to stay on the Heart Lake property.  Meals and lodging are available at the Adirondak Loj and Wilderness Campground.  Reservations for the campground or Loj may be made by calling (518) 523-3441 or book online.  ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs, lodging & meals.

After completing your registration, please spend some time looking through and reading the attached forms, clothing and equipment list, and other links.

You must complete the Acknowledgement of Risk, Release of Liability, Medical History and Photo Release forms.  Proof of insurance is required to participate in the program.  Forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the course.

Course fees:

Cost: $480/$580 for package (stay in a lean-to, and includes meals)

Dues and Membership: You need to be an ACA member to take the course and as a certified instructor, an affiliate with the ACA Safety Education Instruction Council.  ACA membership is $40/year and SEIC affiliation is $25/year.  A check made out to ACA or present proof of ACA membership and SEIC affiliation must be presented to the Instructor Trainer upon arrival on the first morning of the course.  Certified instructors are also required to be certified in CPR and First Aid (not included in this workshop).

Registration Info: ADK Cert Registration

If you have any questions about the program, lodging, registration or concerning your participation, please don’t hesitate to call Seth Jones – ADK Outdoor Leadership Coordinator at (518) 523-3480 or email Seth at programs@adk.org.  Jeff and Laura can be contacted via Contact Us.



CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT LIST FOR ACA INSTRUCTOR COURSE

A Note on Clothing Materials:

  • Cotton: NO COTTON!  While comfortable in the frontcountry, cotton absorbs and retains water, drawing heat away from the wearer. For this reason, cotton clothing is deadly in the backcountry and is not risked on ADK trips.
  • Wool: A favorite material of woodsmen for centuries, wool retains its insulating qualities when wet. Also, wool is singularly durable.
  • Fleece: Also called Pile, Fleece is a synthetic material that draws moisture from skin without actually absorbing water, which makes for great insulation.  Otherwise similar to wool, fleece is lighter, but bulkier.
  • Polypropylene: Polypropylene is another synthetic material that serves as a great insulator. It is especially effective as a moisture-wicking base layer next to skin.

Paddling Shoes: Paddling shoes are any shoes or sneakers that provide comfort and can get wet.  To minimize injuries to the feet, closed-toe shoes are a must.

Clothing layers: Bring a variety of layers to assure your comfort in variable weather conditions including splash tops/pants and/or rain jacket and pants.

Immersion wear & towel: Clothing you can get wet and/or swim in. Wet suits or dry suits are preferable/recommended as we will be spending extended time in the water for the rescue training.

Sun protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, clothing

Dry bag/day pack

Water bottle(s), food & snacks

Toiletries: insect repellent, medications, etc.

Equipment: Canoe, Paddle, PFD, Kneeling Pad