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

A million ways to teach

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Note: This article was subsequently published in the American Canoe Association’s ezine Paddle in September, 2015.  Successful completion of an American Canoe Association instructor certification workshop can be an exciting moment in any paddler’s life. You’ve met the “Gold Standard” of an internationally recognized body to go out into the world and begin passing your knowledge, skill and enthusiasm on to … Read More

News: ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor Trainer

paddlers in a course

I’m very proud to announce that today I was informed by the American Canoe Association that my application for certification as a Coastal Kayaking (L3) Instructor Trainer was approved by the ACA SEIC Standards Committee and Coastal Kayaking Committee chair. I want to thank all of the coastal kayaking students I’ve had for the last several years including the instructor … Read More

Congratulations To Chris Wing; ACA Instructor Trainer

photo of Chris Wing

I want to extend my congratulations to Chris Wing for his certification today as the American Canoe Association‘s newest Level 4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Trainer. Chis is a founding partner and manager of H2O Dreams, LLC an innovative and progressive paddlesports education business in North Carolina and a member of ACA’s River Kayak Committee whom I’ve had the tremendous honor … Read More

Congratulations to C.C. Williams; ACA Instructor Trainer

I want to loudly express my joy in learning that the American Canoe Association has just approved its newest Level 2 Essentials of River Kayaking Instructor Trainer, Charles “C.C.” Williams, adding this qualification to his Whitewater Kayaking and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor certifications and considerable existing teaching abilities.  I’ve been mentoring C.C. for the past year on his path toward this … Read More