BCC L4 WW Kayaking ACA Instructor Development & Certification Course with Kent Ford

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015 (all day)
  • Saturday, April 25th, 2015 (all day)
  • Sunday, April 26th, 2015 (all day)
  • Monday, April 27th, 2015 (all day)
  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 (all day)

Location: Columbus, Ga.

This event is in the past.

L4 WW Instructor Candidates – all five days, Cost: $450 each (does not include meals, lodging and transportation) In addition: must also be ACA member in good standing and have instructor membership ($65) – cost may go down depending on number of candidates.

·      Deposit to reserve your spot: $200 payable to BCC by March 13. Remainder due by first day of course.

L3 & L4 WW Instructor Updates – 2 days $250 (does not include meals, lodging and transportation) This space is limited and depends on the number of Instructor Candidates

·      $75 deposit due to BCC by March 13. (Remainder due by first day of instructor update.


April 24 (Friday)

8:30 a.m. –  11:30       Meet at Hyde Engineering (3120 8th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233) Introductions, ACA presentation. (grazing lunch)

11:30 a.m. Head to Oak Mtn. flat water work.

Noon  Flat water stroke work

4 p.m. Return to Hyde Engineering to watch videos

6 p.m.  Wrap

April 25 – (Saturday)         

8:30 a.m. Meet at Hyde Engineering (video review, candidate presentations)

11:00 a.m. Head to Pool - (residence 3100 Brookhill Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242)

3 p.m. Either head back to office to review videos or do at residence (TBD)

6 p.m Wrap

April 26 (Sunday) 

9:00 a.m. Meet at King’s Bend (plan to camp Sunday and Monday night)

We will likely work at race course rapid, have some candidate presentations and video review                     

6 p.m.      Wrap

April 27 (Monday)

8:30 am. Full day on river – candidate presentations, drill and more video work

5 p.m.  Wrap

April 28 (Tuesday)      

8:30 a.m. Full day on river – final candidate presentations (should be done by 4 p.m.)

Class III Rapid Required (finish before 5 p.m.) 


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.  

Instructor Trainer Kent Ford:  Kent's unique background includes thirty years of international racing and coaching, combined with similar experience teaching recreational boating to all levels of paddlers. His twenty videos and books on paddlesports have influenced the education of half a million paddlers. As an instructor trainer, Kent provides paddlers and prospective instructors a framework for better understanding paddling technique, theory, and safety.  These observations are adapted from the same training regimens and analysis utilized by World Champion freestyle and slalom competitors.  It is all shared in an invigorating class atmosphere, designed to so everyone in the group is able to contribute and flourish. More info on Kent:  http://www.performancevideo.com/kent_ford

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.

Course Locations: Chattahoochee. Meetings will be held at Outdoor World.  Expect river temperatures of 45 to 55 degrees and air temps of 50 to 70 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).  

Pre-course Assignment:   Important:  Join ACA online www.acanet.org  ($40 for ACA individual membership plus $25 for Instructor Membership of Safety Education Instruction Committee).  Bring receipt and/or ACA number to class. Review the instruction section of the ACA website, including course registration and reporting, course outlines, and insurance information.

Pre-course preview:  For a preview lesson of stroke mechanics, safety, and techniques you might want to review : The Kayak Roll, Whitewater Self Defense, and The River Runner’s Edge DVD’s, plus The Kayaker’s Playbook.  These are available online for instantview or download at a 40% discount...  use coupon code “ACAclass” at www.performancevideo.com

Overall Health:  Participants should be in good physical health and should be in condition to paddle for long hours.   Class days are long yet invigorating.

Overall Schedule:  The first full day will focus on strokework, followed by video analysis. The following days we will be on the classroom initially, then on the river midday, and back to the classroom for video review every afternoon. The second evening we are at the pool for roll instruction practice. Generally our class will run 8:30 am to 7 pm, and then you will be free for the remainder of the evening. The last day we typically finish before 5 pm.  These are rewarding but long days, so arriving rested is recommended.

Additional Costs:  Typically students provide their own local transportation during class. Participants are expected to provide their own boats and gear, unless they make special arrangements in advance. 

Meals: You will be responsible for all of your own meals.  Please pack a lunch for each day plus any snacks you need to get you through the day and after the river. We often eat lunch on the river, so if you can pack your food in a small dry bag please do so.  Also, don’t forget a water bottle.

Lodging:. The BCC is arranging for camping on the Alabama side of the river. Minimizing travel time will improve the class considerably. The last two days of the course require us to be on class III WW. 

Course Questions:  Contact Kent Ford kentford@gobrainstorm.net 970-259-1361 cell.

Logistics Questions: BCC Contact Helen Todd, helen.todd@helen2o.com. 205-907-3374 cell.


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