River Canoe Instructor Professional Certification ACA Certification (American Canoe Association)

M/T/W/Th/F 3/21–3/299:00am–4:00pm
Location: Main Building on Main Campus
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Instructor/Presenter: James Sullivan
Blended class; this is the non-credit version of the credit class OLP 231.

Introduces American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor competencies and curriculum for certification in canoe touring and river canoe courses. Topics include hazard assessment and safety, technical knowledge and skills development, decision-making and judgement, instructional and leadership abilities in a river environment. This course progresses from flatwater review through moving and whitewater up to class II-III. Students participate in Advanced Swift Water Rescue training. Students participate in regional field trips to area waterways. Special Requirement: This course involves moderate to high physical activity, immersion in cold water, and the ability to swim in a river current and be active and in the outdoors for a full day in a remote, forested environment. Off-campus field trips. All students must submit the OLP Health History and Physical Examination Attestation Form, completed and signed by a physician, verifying medical clearance for full participation. Students assume any travel and permit/pass costs associated with field trips.

This workshop has pre-requisites and/or requires permission of the instructor.