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Flatwater Kayaking

ACA Level 1-2 Kayak Instructor Certification w/ Heather Berbeck & Patrick Higgins

Course Description: The American Canoe Association (ACA) has one of the best established paddlesport instruction programs anywhere in the world.  The courses are comprehensive, but allow enough flexibility for individual teaching and paddling styles.  The main benefit to taking the course is improving your understanding of paddling technique and theory, so you can paddle more efficiently and teach more effectively.  A secondary benefit is the development process which can give you structured feedback on becoming an effective instructor.  A third benefit are the significant insurance, liability, and networking benefits of ACA certification.  Instructor development workshops are very rewarding and enjoyable, because of the opportunity for idea exchange. 

 > Heather Herbeck: Heather has over 14 years of whitewater kayaking under her belt, with over 9 years of coaching.  Personally, Heather enjoys a variety of kayaking disciplines.  She competes in extreme kayaking races both in the US and internationally, races slalom, explores new rivers all over the world and ‘lives and breathes’ whitewater.  Her home sits right along the White Salmon River, which is her favorite river to paddle.  Her coaching background specializes in ‘women’s specific’ courses, but enjoys sharing her passion with everyone.  For more information about Heather: Click Here.  

 > Patrick Higgins: Patrick has 7 years experience of teaching paddle sports and certifications in various paddling disciplines including ACA Level 5 Whitewater Kayaking, ACA Level 3 Coastal Touring, ACA Level 3 Whitewater Stand Up Paddle Boarding and is a UKCC Coach Level 1 and BCU certified. Patrick currently works as a programs coordinator at Next Adventure teaching a variety of classes and a guest instructor at Otter Bar Kayak School. 


Course Locations: (Depending on flows, weather, and other logistics)

Flatwater: Clackamette Lake or the Willamette River

Class I/II = Clackamas River

Expect river temperatures of 38 to 48 degrees and air temps of 50 to 60 degrees (As always, be prepared for cold, rainy weather).

Cost: $300

Date: April 13th - 15th, 2016

Prerequisite Skills: Class II-II paddling skills are required. Bring a boat you will use for teaching.