Course Dates: June 1, 2, & 8, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day
Directions: Program meets behind Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store.
Includes: training tools, kayak, and equipment
Prerequisite: ACA Annual Membership & SEIC dues (www.americancanoe.org
), First Aid & CPR certification, and previous kayak experience are required. Completion of ACA Essentials of Kayak course preferred (Kayak 1 & 2 if taken through Cleveland Metroparks).
Terrain/Distance: This is an intense 3-day course on both flatwater and open water Lake Erie paddling for multiple miles each day.
This American Canoe Association (ACA) workshop is designed for individuals and programmers with kayak experience, who are interested in offering certified kayak classes. This intensive 3-day workshop is designed as both an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE).
The 3-day course will primarily take place at Hinckley Lake Boathouse and focus on Level 1 skills, Level 2 skills,
and on-land & on-water student teaching topics. Participants will likely spend a ½ day on Lake Erie (based on weather conditions); likely on June 8. The schedule will vary based on weather conditions. Throughout the course, experienced trainers will evaluate each candidate's paddling skills, knowledge, and teaching abilities. Candidates will teach a minimum of two topics on-land and on-water. Candidate’s teaching and paddling skills will be critiqued constructively.
Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants can receive kayak instructor certification through the American Canoe Association. Please note, while certification is typically the goal of most candidates, mere participation in this course carries no guarantee of certification.
A packet further outlining the course as well as assigned teaching topics will be e-mailed to instructor candidates prior to the course.
The course is designed as a Level 1-2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop in which June 1 & 2 will likely be at Hinckley Lake Boathouse focusing on all of Level 1 content as well as some of Level 2 materials. June 8 will primarily be on Lake Erie (weather/conditions dependent) focusing on Level 2 content. While we encourage everyone to participate in all 3 days as it allows for a more comprehensive experience, we understand that some guests may only be available for Level 1 (June 1 & 2). If that is the case, participants can decide to ONLY sign up for June 1 & 2 with the intention of only doing Level 1. The cost would be $250. This decision must be made at time of registration. We WILL NOT refund participants who register for all 3 days and decide during the course not to attend June 8. Participants interested in only June 1 & 2 (Level 1 only) should call to register: 216-341-1704.
Dress in non-cotton layers such as synthetic materials, fleece, wool, etc. Reference the 3Ws of layering
for more information about how to dress. Classes will begin promptly, so plan to arrive early. Please bring a completed waiver
Registration ends May 25, 11:59 p.m.
Level 1-2 Essentials of Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Certification Workshop will occur May 21-23, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the cancellation policy
General Essential Eligibility Requirements that all participants must meet. A participant….
- Program fees and deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to another date/program unless Cleveland Metroparks finds it necessary to cancel a program. Participants assume risk of all changes in personal health and affairs.
- If Cleveland Metroparks cancels a program, the cancellation will be posted on the registration page for that program. For programs other than races, participants will also be notified by e-mail and/or phone.
- …must meet minimum age and pre-trip meeting requirements for each individual program.
- …must meet program fee requirements for each individual program.
- …must be able to remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed in order to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat-related illnesses, sunburn, and frostbite.
- …must refrain from use of alcohol and tobacco before or during outdoor recreation activities and any illegal drugs throughout the duration of a program.
- …must be able, either alone or with the aid of a personal care attendant, or through arrangements outlined on the Request for Administration of Medication Form or an Individual Medication Plan to manage, administer and protect any prescription medications currently prescribed to him or her. All medications, including over-the-counter medications shall be listed as required on the Medical Information portion of the registration materials.
- …must be able, either alone, with the aid of an augmentative communication device, or a personal care attendant to follow directions and communicate needs.
- …must not exceed manufacturers’ maximum recommended weight limit for equipment being used.
- …must be able to manage personal mobility either alone, with a reasonable amount of assistance, with the aid of a personal care attendant, or with adaptive equipment.
- …must be able, in the event of an unexpected capsize, to breathe independently and maintain a seal with their mouth (i.e. not require medical devices to sustain breathing), and independently demonstrate the ability to self-right him or herself from face down to face up position while wearing the appropriate PFD.
- …must be able to independently hold their head and neck upright (without restraints), in order to maintain proper body positioning, avoid an unexpected capsize, and freely exit watercraft.
- …must be able to reenter the watercraft in deep water independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance.
- …must be able to independently wear and maintain wearing all safety equipment correctly including but not limited to a United States Coast Guard approved lifejacket.
- …must be able to, for extended trips only, travel in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of the trip length, which can range from one to ten days with varying temperatures and environmental conditions including but not limited to, rain snow, hail, sun, and wind. The remoteness is such that cell signal may be unavailable, and it may require at minimum an hour, but perhaps in excess of 2 days travel to reach the nearest road and advanced medical care; participant assumes all costs associated with rescue.