Thinking about pursuing the ACA Instructor cert for whitewater kayaking. looking for feedback from those who have done it. pros/cons.
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What do you want to get out of it?|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Mar-31-14 8:37 PM (EST)
What are you looking to get out of it? Do you need it to teach for a shop? You looking to make your own company?
Its a great learning opportunity|
Posted by: paddlemore on Mar-31-14 8:55 PM (EST)
Sign up and view it as a learning opportunity where you get a bunch of feedback during the process and at the end. It won't hurt to do it, although it does cost money.
I have not|
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-01-14 8:24 AM (EST)
Although I considered doing so when I was more actively involved with instruction with spring paddling schools held by whitewater clubs, and would have done so if someone was picking up the fees.
Posted by: zzz on Apr-01-14 8:58 AM (EST)
i should add that it isn't to make money. it would be more to have the insurance, gain some skills in teaching progression, and have a bit more "clout" if i try to approach the powers that be to set up a youth paddling program through the community ed program of the school i teach at. i've taught kids how to roll and gotten them out on the local river in the past, and can't think of a good reason why there isn't a more formal program for kids in this area. we live next to an excellent class II-III river that runs all summer long. and very few locals use it.
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-01-14 11:41 AM (EST)
It sounds to me as if you have good reasons to pursue ACA instructor certification. The ACA is oft criticized for being too rigid in its curricula and too slow to adopt new methodology and drop out of date dogma, and I think some of this is justified. But overall I think the ACA does a reasonable job.
Posted by: NateHanson on Apr-02-14 1:12 PM (EST)
The reasons you describe are exactly the reasons for training to get an ACA instructor certification. (Some folks take the IDW because they just want to improve their skills, or get a certification to access their progression of personal skills. But those folks would be better served by asking for a Personal Skills Assessment, or Trip Leader Assessment.)
Good for your purposes|
Posted by: somalley on Apr-02-14 2:30 PM (EST)
I maintain Level 4 solo and tandem whitewater canoe certifications, but only because it's necessary to teach the occasional class at the university where I work. I did a week long, combined development workshop/certification exam. It was physically and mentally exhausting, but pretty much the only option when you live 3+ hours from useful whitewater.
Sounds like me|
Posted by: acadia on Apr-03-14 9:55 AM (EST)
I'm in a very similar position to you: a school teacher running a paddling program in an extracurricular outdoor club. I'm Canadian, so my certs are through Paddle Canada, but the reasoning is still exactly the same and everything you say above is completely valid and true (especially the insurance, which allays the fears of concerned administrators and board members). Plus, the ACA will give you a curriculum to run the kids through, which keeps your life structured and gives the kids incentive, as they see themselves moving up through various levels.
USCG On-Water Paddlesport Training|
Posted by: TxCamellia on Apr-02-14 11:03 PM (EST)
If anyone is looking into getting ACA certified you might want to visit the ACA webiste. The USCG (Coast Guard) has been given a grant to provide ACA certification training at a very discounted price. Normally the ACA Intro to Kayking class is about $250, plus you still have to pay the ACA instructor fees. Through the USCG grant you pay $25 and it cover the class and the ACA fees. They are having these classes all over the US so you might check and see if there are any classes being held in your local area.
Could you provide the link?|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-03-14 10:32 AM (EST)
I just went to the ACA web site and all I could find was mention of this program for 2013 in Florida, without solid supporting info as to how anyone would actually apply and get approved.
Posted by: TxCamellia on Apr-03-14 11:05 PM (EST)
Posted by: bbarker on Apr-05-14 2:32 PM (EST)
recently went through the USCG grant class in Florida, and it was for governmental agencies only. Not intended for private paddlers, or so we were led to believe. Maybe so in other states.