ACA Certification  Courses


Updates for current instructors

All ACA instructors are required to complete an Update course every four years in order to maintain their certification. It does not have to be in the fourth year after you got certified. It can be at any time during the four-year period.  When you do the update does not change your certification "anniversary" date. If your certification expires in June of 2020 - and you do the Update in April of 2019 - your new anniversary date is still June 2024.

For an update, you will be expected to display the same skill set that you had when you were certified. That includes teaching. Our updates and ICWs typically involve a group of paddlers that are there to serve as your students. The update hosever is not another assessment. Instead it is an opportunity to refine and expand your skill set as an instructor and coach.


​​2020 Instructor Training Schedule

Session #1:   L2 Instructor Update

Date: June 5, 2020 (Fri)

Location: Chincoteague, VA

Instructor Trainer: Rick Wiebush

Cost: Included as part of the "Gathering at Cincoteague" event.  If not a participant in the Gathering, the cost is $125.
 

 

Session #2:   L3 Instructor Update
Dates: June 6 - 7,  2020 (Sat - Sun)
Location: Chincoteague, VA

Instructor Trainer: Rick Wiebush
Cost: Included as part of the "Gathering at Cincoteague" event.  If not a participant in the Gathering, the cost is $250.

Session #3: L3 Trip Leader Training or Assessment

Dates: Sept. 23 - 24, 2020 (right before the Kiptopeke Symposium)

Location: Cape Charles, VA

Instructors: Rick Wiebush, Jen Kleck

Cost: $260

The purpose of this training is to prepare people who want to lead others in a moderate water environment (ACA L3).  There will be a dual focus during these two days: training or assessment. One group will consist of paddlers who want to take the required L3 trip leader training course (training track).  The other group will consist of those who want to be assessed for certification as an ACA L3 Trip Leader (assessment track). In order to be assessed, you need to have taken the L3 Trip Leader training course (or have equivalent skills). 

 

There is a major emphasis in this course on leadership skills including planning, communication, risk assessment, and incident management. Skills such as navigation, rescues and towing in rougher water, and launching and landing a group in moderate surf also receive considerable attention. The L3 Trip Leader award is a leadership award, not a coaching award. More details about the ACA L3 Trip leader award can be found here:

 

https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/sei-courses/L3_CK_TL_Skills.pdf

 

Housing

 

We always rent a house in Cape Charles for these special pre-Kiptopeke classes. Housing costs are typically $50 - $55/night for a shared room.

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Cross Currents Sea Kayaking

123 Osborne Ave

Baltimore, MD 21228

Phone: 410.788.1241

Email: CrossCurrentsSeaKayaking@gmail.com

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