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ACA Level 1-5: Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Certification Course (IDW & ICE)

Price: $539/person
Age Requirement: 18 or accompanied by an adult
Prerequisites:  Solid Class II-III boater, previous Swiftwater Rescue Class

Venue: Colorado River near Dotsero, CO

Call 303.988.2943 or
Dotsero, CO

This class is open to individuals and professionals alike. Here you will learn and have the chance to become certified as a swiftwater rescue instructor. Kayakers should have 2-3 years of experience and have solid class III to IV boating skills and have attended a Swiftwater Rescue Course. Boats are not required for the class; however they can be useful during scenarios.

To arrange a private, group class, please call the main line at 303-988-2943.

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 19th - Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 

 

ACA Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)

Course Prerequisites: Class III paddling ability 
Course Duration: 40 hours
Course Location / Venue: Colorado River near Dotsero, CO
Class Ratio - 1 Instructor to every 5 students (1:5) / 3:15 with an additional qualified instructor 

ACA Requirement:
• Instructors shall be at least 18 years of age
• Maintain current ACA Membership and SEIC dues
• Maintain an appropriate level of First Aid and age appropriate CPR trainings


Day 1 – Teaching Theory

Introductions (30 minutes)
ACA overview (30 Minutes) Lecture
Characteristics of an Effective Instructor (15 Minutes) Q and A
Effective feedback (15 Minutes) Discussion
Assign Impromptu Topics
Present Impromptu Teaching Lesson on Equipment (1 Hour)
Teaching Techniques– How do we do our job as a teacher? (15 Minutes)
Instructional Strategies (15 Minutes)
How to Teach a Skill (30 Minutes) Example
Lunch (30 Minutes)
Half Day SWR Lesson
Rescue Philosophy (40 minutes)
Scene Management (25 minutes)
Medical Issues (5 minutes)
Throw Ropes (50 minutes)
Debrief and Group Feed Back Session (1hour)
Homework

Day 2 - Learning Theory

Learning Environment (30 minutes)
Learning Styles (Kolb’s Test) (1 hour)
How do people commonly learn? (5 minutes)
Revise lesson plan to include learning styles (30 minutes)
Present Revised Equipment Lesson Plan including learning styles (1hour)
Lunch
Half Day Swiftwater Rescue Lesson
Knots (60 minutes)
 Anchors (30 minutes)
Wading (30 minutes)
Throw bagging in river (20 minutes)
Debrief and Group Feed Back Session (1hour)
Homework

Day 3 - Formal Presentation and Water Drills

Mechanical Advantage (1 hour)
Work together on Team teaching lesson (30 hour)
Present Team Teaching Lesson (2 hours)
Lunch
Swimming (60 minutes)
Live bait (30 minutes)
V-lower (30 minutes)
Debrief and Group Feed Back Session (1hour)
Homework

Day 4 - Team Teaching and Scenarios (Custom fit day based on students needs)

Creating a Scenario lesson plan (1 Hour)
Lunch will be put into the middle of the following section
IT run Scenarios, practicum’s or challenge based on students needs
Group Feed Back Session
Home Work

Day 5 (ICE) Scenario Exams

Written Exam
Exam Review
Scenarios Testing (30 minutes each)
Group Feed Back Session
Individual Certification Meetings

 

What to bring:
-Lots of water
-Waterproof Sunscreen
-Lunch and Snacks
-Pen, paper and clip board
-Chair
-Kayak, Raft IK or Canoe all with supplementary floatation
-Not everyone needs to bring a boat, they are primarily used for demonstrations
-Paddle equipment
-The water is very cold and you will be in it for long periods of time
-Warm layers (Drytop and pants that work together, wetsuit, or drysuit recommended)
-Skull cap, gloves and good foot wear
-Warm dry clothing for when you are off the water

-River Rescue Gear to bring:
-Rescue PFD w/tether
-Knife (one hand accessible)
-Whistle beadless
-Throw Bag (1 or more) At least 60’
-Carabineers (6 or more) At least 1 locking and wire gates recommended for non locking
-Prussic Loop (3 or more) 1/3 diameter cordelette 15” or 3 premade prussics in different lengths
-1" Tubular Webbing (1-8’length and 1-20’lenght)
-Pulley (at least 2)
-First Aid kit (must have Duct tape, Super glue, Benadryl and emergency space blanket)

Optional Items:
-Please bring anything you normally use or have invented
-Rescue books and knot books that you like
-Harness
-Dry suit – Highly Recommended
-Breakdown Paddle (not everyone needs a spare paddle)
-Quick Air
-Static Line
-Light

 
 

Dotsero, CO

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.

Accommodations:

Accommodations for classes held on the Colorado River

All hotels and camp grounds are based solely on proximity to the class.  We have no affiliation nor do we endorse any of the following hotels or campgrounds. We do not offer any accommodations.  Below are a few of the many options available.

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 4.5miles 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

Hotel 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

 

Dotsero, CO

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.

Waterton Canyon

This class will be based at the confluence of the North and South forks of the South Platte.  This location is the home of the old South Platte Hotel, now a boarded up old abandoned building.
Directions from Denver: Take US-285 S toward Fairplay from Denver. Turn right at Kennedy Gulch Rd 0.1 mi. Take the 1st left toward Co Rd 97/S Foxton Rd 0.2 mi. Turn left at Co Rd 97/S Foxton Rd 8.1 mi. Slight left at Co Rd 96/W Platte River Rd 217 ft. Sharp left to stay on Co Rd 96/W Platte River Rd. Destination will be on the left. This class begins at 9am.

Accommodations for classes at Waterton Canyon

Camping options near Waterton Canyon at the forks of the South Platte:
There a few rustic campgrounds on the South fork of the South Platte.
Buffalo Campground
Buffalo Creek CO 80425
303 236 7386

Lone Rock Campground
Sedalia, CO 80135
(303) 275-5610
www.campincolorado.com
 
Hotels options near Waterton Canyon at the forks of the South Platte:
Arrowhead Manor Inn & Event Center
9284 HWY 285
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 738-8454
www.arrowheadmanor.com

Holiday Inn Lakewood
Lakewood, CO 80227-5127
(303) 980-9200
www.hilakewood.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites Denver Southwest Lakewood
7190 West Hampden Ave
Lakewood, CO 80227
(303) 969-9700
www.lq.com

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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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