Instructor Certification, Training and Development for Coastal, Whitewater, Flatwater, Sea Kayaking – American Canoe Association (ACA)


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Coastal Kayak Instructor Update – Sunday, October 29, 2006

Notes:

As the best current is in the morning we might break up the flat water portion into two sessions.

However, if people can arrive at a “reasonable” time the night before, we can take care of our introductory land session then, leaving us with more on-water time Sunday.

I realize the schedule timing is not perfect – we’ll use it as a guideline and I’ll adjust it after I have your feedback.

Please bring the Coastal Kayak Topic Outline book, ACA instructors manual and CD.
Print any sheets regarding assessments, curricula, registration/reporting, etc from ACA website.

My expectation is that we have a fun day with interesting and challenging discussion, that we leave with new information and food for thought.

Let’s think about it from the standpoint of learning and leadership styles – we approach each person with this in mind and draw from our bag of tricks to make learning safe and fun for everyone. (hey, that rhymes)

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Proposed agenda:

Arrive Saturday night for campfire. Bring graham crackers and marshmellows.

Sunday
Slack before ebb at 9:05
Max 11:51

7:00 am Potluck breakfast (I’ll bring hard boiled eggs, some coffee, and bananas – as usual)

7:30 Intro
Round robin, state name, what your interest is, any issues you’d like to discuss

Hand out feedback cards, review positive feedback process.
Will have a round robin after each presentation.
Discuss nuances and then apply to teaching beginners.

7:45 am
Steve Exe (IT presentation) on ACA – structure, programs, overview

8:00
Andree Hurley (IT presentation)
Coastal Kayaking
Coastal kayak committee makes recommendations to SEIC.
SEIC brings passed motions to board where they are voted on.
-Assessments
Basic kayak instructors with BCU level three coach can give assessments.
Level one vs level two (Having a card for rentals)
Latest developments are posted to the website
Team Teaching

8:30
Dry land

Low brace, high brace – Andree

9:00 On water

Low brace – Andree

T-rescue theories – Steve Exe and Mike Kennedy
Practice each, switch pairs – time and efficiency

Snack – on water? Bathroom break?

Go to current and practice eddy turns, ferries and t-rescues. One scenario.

1:00 – 1:30 pm Eat lunch, find calmer water.

2:00 Forward stroke – ?
How the paddlers box is applied to forward stroke, other concepts
How to apply to beginners

2:30 Forward sweep – ?
Paddlers box and other concepts
Include forward sweep underway, maintain glide until stop
(show how can keep a low brace ready in case of capsize)

3:30 Video tape pinwheel, sculling draw, low brace (maybe two at a time)

6:00 Wrap up with round-table discussion over dinner at a local restaurant

Remember in the beginning we are teaching beginners…

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