Upcoming Coastal Level 2 ICW

June 27, 2019

This was my response to a query by one of the Candidates taking our upcoming Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop. I believe this material is worthy of consideration for anyone preparing to take the Coastal Kayak Instructor's path.




Here's some links, as requested, and some thoughts as well:


Get the ACA instructors manual. https://www.americancanoe.org/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=&ftr=instructors%20manual


Instructor Criteria, the material you MUST know https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/sei-courses/l2_ekt_instcrit.pdf


What you'll be able to teach as an L2 instructor https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/sei-courses/l2_ekt_skills.pdf


Mike Aronoff does have some decent videos on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mike+aronoff+kayak


Keep in mind every assessor will have different things they want to see. Brian Stevens says "know your assessor," which is short hand for: "learn from everyone but when the time comes for an Exam, produce the material the Examiner wants to see." The other stuff isn't wrong, it's just not what's required at the moment. Keep it all in your toolbox, discard nothing. Even if something doesn't work for you it may work for a student or friend later, and you'll feel like a hero when you pull that stuff out of your toolbox and hand them a success.


Here's a link to a blog post I wrote. I'm sending you this so that you may "know your assessor." https://www.capitalcitykayak.com/single-post/2018/12/02/The-Right-Way


Rob and I paddle from Marshall Hall to practice usually two evenings a week. I'd *highly* encourage you to do some work with me coming up to this. It will give you a leg up on the strokes as required to pass. We can also talk about common instructional techniques, etc. I also have a number of classes posted. You might consider showing up for some of those. 


Jeff and I are both invested in helping our Candidates succeed. But it's up to the Candidates to do the heavy lifting. 


Hope all that helps. Feel free to email me with anything additional, come to a class, or to come practice with us some evening.




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