From: Chicago, IL
Price:$ 350

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Duration: 3 Days

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3 Days
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Chicago, IL
$ 350

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Included: Instruction and instruction manual.
Not Included: Accommodations, transportation, food, rental of sea kayak, rental of required sea kayak equipment. ACA membership fees.

The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and Certification Exam (ICE) is a six-day training and assessment to certify candidates who have the ambitions to instruct and guide sea kayak programs worldwide. Candidates can be assessed for various levels of certification. Candidates interested should contact our office to see if they qualify for this extensive training and certification program

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What are the requirements to do the IDW/ICE?
All candidates must be current ACA members and at least 18 years old. They must fill out a liability waiver and a confidential medical form. For detailed information on skills required and the process involved, see the ACA page for instructor candidates: ACA Instructor Candidates Page

When I successfully complete the ICE, is there anything else I need to do to be an instructor?
Yes. You will need to become a member of the SEIC (Safety Education and Information Committee) of the ACA, which costs $20 per year. You will also need to get first aid and CPR training. For more information, see page 18 of the SEIC manual:SEIC Manual

What do I need to bring?
Everything you need for paddling: a sea kayak, paddle, PFD, helmet, appropriate clothing for paddling on Lake Michigan in early June (plan on spending time in the water), tow rig, short tow setup, paddle float, and what the BCU would call 4-star kit (the safety gear you need to lead a group of 4 people in level 4 conditions).

What is the schedule like?
When you sign up, you will receive a syllabus with a rough schedule of each day. A portion of each day will be spent on land with teaching sessions (by the participants and the IT), learning to critique each other, and debriefs of the day’s activities. The rest of the day will be spent on the water. Most days will start at 8 a.m. sharp, and end around 4 p.m. We will probably have two longer days: one during the IDW when we review videotapes of each participant’s paddling strokes, and another on the final day of the ICE when we wrap up with an individual debrief of your performance.

How do I prepare?
Get out and paddle! Go over your strokes and rescues, and think about how clean they will look for your potential students. Read! Dig out those trusty reference books to bone up on that background knowledge. In your packet, you will a receive resource guide as well as some homework that is intended to help you go over some of the “seamanship” skills that are also important.

Does it matter if I haven’t taught before?
No. Many people who go through the certification process have never taught before. What links us is the desire to share our passion for paddling with others. Part of the intent of the IDW is to give you some tools for different approaches to teaching.

What if we don’t get “conditions” for the level 4 certification?
For candidates who are eligible for a level four certification the IT may offer the opportunity to complete the rough water component at a later date.

Can I rent a boat?
Yes. Let us know in advance and we can arrange it for you. 

What will the air and water be like?
The air temperature in June ranges from the upper 60s to the mid 90s, but mid 70s are typical. The water in lake Michigan will still be cool (probably low 60s). You will need to bring paddling clothes appropriate for you to paddle comfortably as well as be in the water for rescue practice. (Don’t forget sunscreen!)

What if the weather is bad?
We will take the weather into account in scheduling our daily activities. That said, unless we feel that the weather is dangerous for being outside (e.g. a thunderstorm) we will be on the water.