Paddling is cool!
I’m proud to be an affiliate ACA Instructor Trainer Educator of Canoe Kayak and Paddle Company, an American Canoe Association Pro School offering professional paddlesports instruction. I provide education in flatwater, whitewater and coastal kayaking, river safety and rescue and tandem canoe as well as ACA instructor certifications and instructor trainer mentoring in flatwater and whitewater kayaking. Take a look through some of the information and offerings on the site. –Larry
Sapere Aude: Dare to Learn. From the day I took my first kayaking course, I’ve found at every step that understanding and utilizing paddling fundamentals and foundations are keys to moving my skills forward. Whether I’m teaching you as a first-timer, an advanced whitewater kayaker or a budding instructor, fundamentals will be an important focus of our work. I’m also very student-centric. I want to make your learning experience valuable to you. Most of the courses I teach are student-requested/student-generated. In other words…I’m teaching students who are there for a reason: To Learn. I try to make classes safe, fun learning experiences that they will recommend to friends and peers. The majority of my students come to me through word-of-mouth via my former students and clients.
I teach because I want to; not because I need to. I enjoy seeing people have personal breakthroughs. I don’t sell any equipment. I don’t represent any manufacturers. When it comes to equipment, I use and recommend products based on my observations of quality and value. I try to recommend equipment to students that deliver value and give them the best result.
In my years of paddling and teaching, I’ve worked with many instructors, ITs and ITEs and I’ve tried to learn from each of them (and pass along!) the best ideas they had to offer. I’ve also learned, paddled and taught in several ACA paddlesports disciplines including river kayak, coastal kayak, canoe and river safety and rescue. Each discipline has something to be learned for use in another. I think this diversity is one of the values I can offer students. I’ll teach you a trick/nuance/skill in your discipline from another that you can use to make your paddling stronger, more efficient and/or safer.