June 9th-11th, 2017 - Portland, ME

American Canoe Association Level 1 & 2 Standup Paddleboarding Instructor Certification Workshop


DATES:  June 9th - 11th, 2017 (3 days)

COST:  $350 per person

LOCATION:  Portland, ME

HOST:  Portland Paddle

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This ACA Level 1/2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) will help you develop the refined skill and understanding to teach others to standup paddle safely & effectively.  This intensive three-day course is a fast paced workshop designed to familiarize you with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association including teaching theory, learning theory, leadership, paddling concepts, trip planning & much more.  This course is suited for those that teach SUP now, plan to teach in the future or just want the training.  Candidates taking this course should arrive with fundamental standup paddling skills & experience.  It is unrealistic to become certified as an instructor after 3 days of training without prior skill & experience.  During the 3-days we'll focus on technical skills - strokes, maneuvers, paddling theory, what to teach & how to teach it, teaching theory, group management, leadership and much more.

PRE-REQUISITES:  first Aid & CPR certification, 18 years of age or older, ACA membership

COURSE FORMAT:  The course will begin at 8am each morning & includes a combination of classroom and water time.  Attendance alone does not guarantee certification.  During the ICW, candidates will be assessed on their personal paddling skills, teaching skills, communication, demonstration skills, leadership & technical knowledge.  If certified, candidates are required to join the ACA Safety Education & Instruction Council for $25/year (in addition to normal ACA membership dues).  

EQUIPMENT:  Equipment can be provided upon request.  Minimum required equipment is as follows:  SUP, paddle, pfd, leash, proper clothing, medium sized drybag.  Participants must be dressed for immersion each day.

RESOURCES:  Candidates are required to purchase the ACA Instructors Manual available here: https://aca.site-ym.com/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=712623

REGISTRATION/POLICIES:  Fees do not include ACA membership, required textbook, travel, lodging or meals.  To register, contact Matt Palmariello at mattpalmariello@gmail.com.   

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