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ACA Level 1-4: Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Certification Course (IDW & ICE)

Price: $539/person
Age Requirement: 18 or older
Prerequisites: A current ACA member in good standing

Call 303.988.2943 or
Dotsero, CO

General Requirements for all ACA Certifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Successfully complete the appropriate Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW & ICE)
  • ACA membership including the Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC)
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of Paddlesports and the ACA

Maintenance Requirements:

  • Teach at least two courses that meet ACA standards within the four-year certification period and report the results to the National Office
  • Complete an Instructor Update, at the highest level of certification, during the certification period as required by SEIC policies and procedures.
  • Maintain ACA membership and SEIC registration annually

This five day intensive course is for those looking to become a certified whitewater kayak instructor. The American Canoe Association is the governing body for kayak instruction in the USA. Candidates must first be members of the ACA. Must be a solid class III paddler with a solid roll for a Level 4 certification.

It is highly recommended that individuals flying in from out of state purchase travel insurance to safeguard against any unexpected trip interruptions or delays.

Locations, Dates, and Times:

All classes begin at 9am and end at ~5pm.

Colorado River, Dotsero, CO

Wednesday, April 26th - Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Tuesday, August 15th - Saturday, August 19th, 2017

 

Day 1
Topics:
Meet and Greet
ACA information
Learning Styles
Teaching Styles
 
 
Day 2
The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor.
Topics
- Introductions & Logistics
- Equipment
- The Wet Exit
- Fundamentals
- Strokes (Sweep, forward and stern draw)
- Maneuvering
- Lunch around noon
- Bow Rescues
- Bracing
- Rolling
- Wrap up
 
 
Day 3
The Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification.
Topics
- Introductions & Logistics
- Equipment
- Safety
- The Wet Exit
- Fundamentals
- Strokes (Sweep, forward and stern draw)
- Maneuvering
- Lunch around noon
- Bow Rescues
- Bracing
- Rolling
- Wrap up
 
 
Day 4
The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor.
- Introduction & Logistics
- Equipment
- Hydrology
- River Safety
- Maneuvering
- Eddy turn
- Ferry
- Lunch around noon
- Peel out
- Swimming
- Boat recovery
- Wrap up
 
 
Day 5
The Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification.
- Introduction & Logistics
- Equipment
- Hydrology
- River Safety
- Maneuvering
- Eddy turn
- Ferry
- Lunch around noon
- Peel out
- Swimming
- Boat recovery
- Wrap up

 

Suggested Equipment:
-Lots of water
-Plenty of food and water for long days
-Waterproof Sunscreen
-Pen, paper and clip board
-Chair
-Kayak (River runner or creek boat preferred)
-Paddle, skirt, helmet, PFD-Personal Floatation Device
-Warm layers (Drytop and pants, wetsuit, or drysuit)
-Good foot wear
-Lots of warm clothing for on the water and off the water
-Knife (one hand accessible)
-Throw bag
-Whistle beadless
-First Aid kit (must have Duct tape, Super glue, Benadryl and emergency space blanket)

Optional Equipment:
-Rescue PFD w/tether - very useful
-Drysuit

Bring everything that you would to teach a lake lesson and a river lesson.

 
 

Dotsero, CO

Open Directions (Google Maps)

From Denver: Take I-70 to the Dotsero exit (exit 133), about 130 miles. After taking the off ramp, turn right onto the frontage road going west for about 100 yards. The meeting place is in a dirt lot on the right of the road named Dotsero Landing, immediately before you get to the Colorado River. If you cross the river you've gone too far. The dirt parking lot is on the upstream side of the frontage road next to the river. This class begins at 9am.

Eagle County charges a $5 per vehicle parking fee at Dotsero Landing. Please bring cash for the fee and display parking pass on the dash of the vehicle.

Camping options near Dotsero, Co:
Deep Creek Camp Sites
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 Exit 133 at Dotsero and turn north onto County Road 301 (Colorado River Road). Follow for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn at the National Forest Access sign onto Deep Creek Road. Go through private property for the first 2 miles until enter BLM. Campsites are marked along the road, as well as walk-in sites at the Coffeepot trailhead. White River National Forest access is further up the road. Be careful of trucks on road. Located 4.5 miles from Dotsero, CO

Upper Colorado River-Lyons Gulch Camp Site
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 Exit 133 at Dotsero and turn north onto County Road 301 (Colorado River Road). Follow road for 3.8 miles until site on right side with two parking areas. Located 4 miles from Dotsero, CO

Hotels options near Dotsero, Co:
The Hotel Glenwood Springs - Great for kids
52000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 928-8188
www.thehotelglenwoodsprings.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Eagle
0075 Pond Road Eagle, CO 81631
(970) 328-8088
www.hiexpress.com

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Eagle
0085 Pond Road Eagle, CO 81631
(800) 634-3444
www.americinn.com

Renaissance Adventure Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.

Renaissance Adventure Guides operates under special use permits from the White River National Forest.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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