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ACA Level 1-4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification, With Heather Herbeck and 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.
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.
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
Level 4 Whitewater Kayak: This is an instructor development workshop and an instructor certification exam (IDW/ICE) for level 4 Whitewater. ACA courses are structured for several levels of certification for instance: Level 2 Essentials of River Paddling, Level 3 River Kayaking, and L4 Whitewater. Our courses are targeted at instructors who expect to be teaching on whitewater. However, this is no guarantee that you will earn that level of certification. Not everyone will receive “Full” whitewater instructor certification, especially if this is their first exposure to formal paddling instruction. No worries! There are means for upgrading within a year.
Instructor Updates: Current ACA instructors may join the first two (and on approval last two) days of the class to fulfill every 4 year update requirements. (on space available basis).
Course Locations (Depending on flows, weather, and other logistics)
Flatwater: Clackamette Lake or the Willamette River
Class I/II: Clackamas River
Class III: Bull Run River Slalom Course. Expect river temperatures of 38 to 48 degrees and air temps of 50 to 60 degrees (As always, be prepared for cold, rainy weather).
Prerequisite Skills: Class II-III paddling skills are required along with a solid river roll. Bring a boat you will use for teaching. (Generally a creek or river running boat is best).