Level 1-Introduction to Kayaking Instructor Certification Workshop

(Combined IDW & ICE)

Duration: 2 Days/16 hours minimum (Actual times may vary depending on class size, teaching conditions, safety and logistics pertinent to this ICW.)

Prerequisite: Prior to beginning the ICW, all candidates should possess solid paddling skills in a flat-water venue as described in ACA Introduction to Kayaking skills course outline. It is recommended that the instructor candidate participate in an ACA Introduction to Kayaking skills course or assessment prior to enrolling in an Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW).

Essential Eligibility Requirement: See the Essential Eligibility Requirements for certification.

Venue: Calm, flat water, protected from wind, waves and outside boat traffic, with no apparent current and within swimming distance of shore.

Boat/Equipment: This course is appropriate for all kayak craft, including traditional decked kayaks, inflatables and sit on tops. It is assumed the boats will be paddled solo.

(This sample ICW is conditional & subject to change based on weather and water conditions.)

Session 1.  Welcome and introductory material

  • Logistics, overview and schedule
  • Course objectives and goals. Individual expectations and goals
  • Review of certification requirements and process
  • Orientation to ACA
  • Brief history and mission.
  • Value of certification (advance reading)
  • Orientation to, and overview of SEI and SEIC

Session 2. Teaching/Learning Theory

  • Characteristics of an effective instructor
  • Characteristics of an effective learner
  • Effective Presentation Strategies
  • How people learn and barriers to learning
  • Evaluation and Feedback Techniques (purpose, types and how to give)

Session 3.  Risk Management

  • 5 P’s (Proper Prior Planning Prevents Problems)
  • Liability and Negligence, Standard of Care, Duty of Care
  • Supervision and Risk Assumption
  • Accidents: Reporting and documentation requirements

Session 4.  ACA Paperwork Requirements and Policies / Procedures

  • Course Registration, Reporting, Waivers, Insurance
  • Instructor Certification and Maintenance Requirements
  • CPR/First Aid Certification Maintenance Requirements
  • Instructor Responsibilities and Instructor/Student Ratios
  • Materials, Texts, Resources, ACA Website
  • Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC)—students with special needs

Session 5.  Safety

  • Rescue Priorities—Self, Group, Bystanders, Person, Boat, Equipment/Gear
  • Responsibilities—of Group, Victim, Rescuer
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Additional Training—First Aid, CPR
  • Cold shock
  • Hypothermia—HELP, Huddle, clothing
  • Hyperthermia—Hydration, clothing
  • Group Signals—Whistle, Hand, Paddle
  • Hazard Recognition and Avoidance—Wind, weather, waves
  • Water Comfort and Confidence
  • Wet Exits

Session 6.  Paddlesport Equipment

  • Personal and Group
  • PFD, clothing, footwear, weather related gear and items
  • Water protection for gear, securing gear
  • First Aid Kit
  • Kayak types, nomenclature, fit and outfitting
  • Types, Materials, Parts
  • Safety gear
  • Paddles: Types, Parts, Sizing

Session 7.  Paddling Skills/Concepts

  • Warm up, Stretching, and Conditioning
  • Boat Handling, Lifting, Various Carries, Car Topping
  • Boat Entry and Exit (Types)
  • Basic Terminology
  • Paddling Theory
  • Paddler’s box
  • Stability in Boat, Posture, Positions
  • Bio-Mechanics
  • Stroke components: Catch, Power, Recovery
  • Types of strokes: power and turning

Session 8.  Strokes:

  • Forward
  • Reverse
  • Sweeps forward/reverse
  • Draws, slicing/sculling
  • Bracing, low

Session 9. Flat Water Maneuvers

  • Optional:(Video candidates for use in Critical Eye Session?)
  • Launch and land (Parallel to shore, dock)
  • Forward to propel the kayak straight forward
  • Reverse to stop and reverse straight backward
  • Spins
  • Move kayak abeam (sideways) both directions in a straight line
  • Rudder to glide straight and turn to paddle side

Session 10. Critical Eye

Session 11. Group Management

  • Planning a trip
  • Put-in Briefing
  • Group Management (Lead /Sweep, Safety, Spacing)
  • Hand/Paddle/Whistle Signals
  • Leave no trace
  • Respect for property/landowners

Session 12. Rescues

  • Self rescue-Swim self and boat to shore 50 feet
  • Rescue priorities: People, Boats and Gear
  • Rescue sequence: Talk, Reach, Throw, Row and Go (RETHROG)
  • Controlled wet exit from the kayak
  • Swim self and boat 50 feet and empty of water
  • T-rescue
  • Rafted-T Rescue
  • Scoop Rescue
  • Side-by-side Rescue

Session 13. Scenarios

  • Impromptu Teaching Talks, Strokes, Maneuvers and Rescues
  • Instructor candidates will be evaluated as they are asked to present any topic on the ACA L1 “Introduction to Kayaking” skills courses. Typical teaching topic and leadership roles include group management while navigating from one point to another, rescues, responding to unexpected scenarios and dealing with capsizes. Candidates are expected to paddle comfortably in these situations.

Session 14.  Wrap-up

  • Group Assessment
  • ACA course/Instructor Trainer evaluations
  • Individual Assessment Conferences
  • Review of continuing education opportunities/ limitations of scope of this course
  • Administrative wrap-up

Larry Ausley, ACA L4 River Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator

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