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Kayaking Courses by Certified Instructors

Instructor Training Dates and Prep-Course

Virginia Key Outdoor Center is pleased to announce that it will be offering a series of ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshops.

 

ACA Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor Training Workshops and Certifications are coming up.

 

April 20, 21, 22 - L1 (April 20-21)  L2 (April 20-22)

 

Cost is $125 per day with your own kayak. 

Rental sea kayaks are available from VKOC. L1 $75 for 2 day, L2 $90 for 3-days

 

Stayed tuned for other upcoming courses including:

  • Navigation
  • GPS Navigation and VHF Radio Use
  • Greenland Rolling and Traditional Skills
  • Low Stress Paddling
  • Stroke Clinics

 

Instructor Candidate Preparation Workshop, April 7th

ACA L2 Coastal Kayak Skills and Instructor Certification Preparation, Virginia Key Outdoor Center (Miami, Florida)
April 7, 2019

This class is aimed at experienced kayakers who wish to prepare for their upcoming ACA Instructor Certification Workshop and/or for those experienced paddlers who are looking to put into place a roadmap for improving their skills. This will be an all day on the water session
focused on two areas:


1) Strokes refinement (moving the boat forwards, backwards, sideways, pivoting in place, etc.)
2) Rescues (preventing the need for a rescue – bracing, assisted rescues (e.g., T rescue), and self rescues (e.g., paddlefloat).


At the conclusion of this class, the Instructor Trainer will provide each student a (confidential) assessment as to how close they are to the ACA L2 Instructor standard and help them to develop a roadmap to get to that level.

 

  • This class will be offered in Miami (at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center) on Sunday April 7.
  • The cost for this training is $125/day, per person.
  • Equipment can be rented from the Virginia Key Outdoor Center, if you do not have it.

In order to ensure a solid training experience, we will require a minimum of 4 participants and class size will be limited to a maximum of 8.
This training session will be run by Steven Henkind. Steve is an ACA Instructor Trainer, and also certified as an L4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, L3 River Kayak Instructor, L1 Canoe Instructor and L1 SUP Instructor It should be emphasized that participating in this class does not guarantee that you will later achieve certification as an ACA Instructor. However, based on prior experience, there is a high likelihood that preparation, prior to an ICW significantly will increase the chances of a successful outcome.

 

Please contact Steve on his phone (914-420-1615), or via email (steven.henkind@gmail.com), or
Esther (786.224.4777, Ext. 3; esther@vkoc.net) with any questions.

 

Need a different date or level? Contact Us for Availability

Instructor Training and Certification, L1/L2

L1: April 20-21 (2-days)  L2: April 20-22 (3-days)

April 20 – 22, 2019

Instructor Certification Workshop --  L1 Dates: April 20-21,  L2 Dates: April 20-22

 

The first Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) will be offered, in Miami, from April 20 – 22, 2019. The first two days will be for L1 certification (Introduction to Kayaking), all three days are required in order to achieve L2 certification (Essentials of Kayak Touring)

There are numerous benefits to becoming certified as an ACA Instructor including, for example:

•  Significant improvement in your own kayaking skills
•  Learning how to teach others to kayak
•  “Instructor only” discounts from major manufacturers
•  Access to “instructor only” training events
•  Insurance for courses that you may teach
•  The satisfaction of being recognized as a proficient kayaker

. Topics that will be covered include kayak strokes and maneuvers, kayak rescues (self and assisted), and kayak group leadership and management. The cost for this training is $125/day, per person.

Equipment (Sea Kayaks) can be rented from the Outdoor Center, if you do not have it. In order to ensure a solid training experience, we will require a minimum of 4 participants and class size will be limited to a maximum of 8.

This ICW will be run by Steven Henkind. Steve is an ACA Instructor Trainer, and also certified as an L4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, L3 River Kayak Instructor, L1 Canoe Instructor and L1 SUP Instructor. He is also a navigator (QMOW), and navigation instructor, on board the Coast Guard’s training ship EAGLE … so you can expect a significant emphasis on safety as well as a bit of navigation.  It should be emphasized that participating in the workshop does not guarantee that you will be certified – there are specific criteria, and tasks, that need to be accomplished. However, if you already have strong paddling skills, and are willing/interested to do some preparation, you stand a very good chance of becoming certified. Of note, you need to be proficient at paddle strokes (including moving the boat sideways, and backwards), and you need to have a strong T rescue – but you do not need to be able to roll in order to achieve the L2 level.

For those who are interested, an optional preparatory training session will be offered on April 7 (see separate course description).

**TO REGISTER FOR THE INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP OR PREPARATORY COURSE**
Please contact Steve on his phone (914-420-1615), or via email (steven.henkind@gmail.com)

 

Rental kayaks, if needed, are available online.  Please reserve in advance.

 

The workshop and examination must be booked directly with Steven Henkind, your Instructor Trainer

Please contact Steve on his phone (914-420-1615), or via email (steven.henkind@gmail.com).

 

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