ACA Course Decision Trees

I have so many reasons to be proud of both my pedigree as an ACA Instructor Trainer Educator, having been trained and mentored by ACA former President and SEIC Chair Robin Pope and CKAPCO owner Mike Aronoff, and my legacy, having myself mentored current Instructor Trainers like C.C. Williams and Chris Wing. In this instance, I’m going to push the … Read More

Paying forward my favorite place: Wilson Creek

Kayaker on Wilson Creek

Just over a year ago, one of the people in the video below joined me on North Carolina’s Tuckaseigee River for his first whitewater kayaking beginner course. He was certainly among the more outgoing among the class; willing to jump in and take chances on maneuvers that had given him troubles mere minutes before. There were lots of flips and … Read More

Light in the tunnel: Is this a watershed moment for teaching access?

Last week I saw a post by an old friend and colleague, Paul Sanford, who is the National Director of Recreation Policy for The Wilderness Society in Washington, DC. Paul and I were acquainted several years ago when I served on the Board of Directors of the American Canoe Association. His post caught my eye because of its importance to … Read More

We’re Watching You

I’m sorry. But. It’s a side-effect of my trade that I and other paddling instructors are watching what you do on the water in your paddle craft. We’re looking at you and thinking: “I could help that person”. I see a pretty common set of issues that affect kayakers ranging in skills and experience all the way from the occasional … Read More