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American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Course

Registration      Health Form      PreCourse Description      Course Outline

Contact Beth Wiegandt for more information at youroutdoorclassroom@gmail.com

ACA Kayak Instructor Certification Course Offering


Dates: May 31-June 2, 2014 (Sat-Mon)

Certification for Kayak Instructors/Current Instructor Updates

(For currently certified instructors, an Instructor Update may be available per demand.  Contact Beth Wiegandt for information and registration at youroutdoorclassroom@gmail.com or 540-556-2594.)


Level 1 (2 Days, May 31-June 1): Intro to Kayaking

Level 2 (1 day June 2 + Level 1 Cert): Essentials of River Kayak


This course is appropriate for:

* Camps and Conferences offering kayak programs on Lakes or Rivers

* County and City Parks and Recreation Kayak Program Staff/Trip Leaders

* Physical Education Programs wishing to teach paddling as a life-time sport

* Current Certified Instructors needing updates

* Anyone wishing to teach kayaking and gain in their own skills as well, and

* Girl and Boy Scout Leaders wishing to teach skills and lead trips for Scouting Programs.


Stay for all 3 days OR just for the level certification you wish to achieve.  All Course work will be in the Roanoke Valley Area.  Tent Camping, Bunk style accommodations, or local hotels can be arranged for participants if desired (lodging fees are NOT included in Course Price).


Classes begin daily at 9:00 am and finish around 5:00 pm.  Instructor Candidates are expected to bring a “working” lunch to each session, and plenty of fluids for the day.


Detailed Course Outline Information can be found at the ACA website by following the links below:

Level 1 (Days 1 & 2): Intro to Kayaking

Level 2 (Day 3): Essentials of River Kayaking


Course Price:  $100/person/day + $25 reg/materials fee

Location:  Roanoke Area, based from Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA 24090)

CONTACT BETH WIEGANDT WITH ANY QUESTIONS AT (540) 556-2594 or youroutdoorclassroom@gmail.com.


Prerequisite: Must be a current or new member of the American Canoe Association and pay $25 fee to the Safety Instruction and Education Council (SEIC) at time of certification.  Note: SEIC fee is included in the course fee for all candidates staying all three days.


Equipment:  Instructor Candidates may bring their own boats, paddles, helmets, skirts and PFDs, or may rent appropriate gear for the duration of the course from the instructor. Please contact the Instructor for additional fees if rental equipment is needed.



Beth Wiegandt: Beth is a Level 3 Kayak Instructor, a Level 4 Canoe Instructor-Trainer with the ACA, Chair of the ACA River Committee, member of the ACA Intro to Paddling Committee, and ACA Instructor for SUP and River Safety and Rescue.  She has been instructing paddlerss and leading trips in the area for the past 26 years.  Contact Beth youroutdoorclassroom@gmail.com or (540) 556-2594 with any questions regarding this course or other paddling opportunities.  Beth is from Daleville, VA.




Dave Kessmann: Dave has been involved in paddle sports instruction since 2002. He is a Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator, a Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Trainer, and a Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer. Dave serves the paddling community as the Program Chair for the Coastal Canoeists and as a Board Member for Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. He is also heavily involved in the Freedom to Float legislation which will clarify recreational navigation rights on the streams of Virginia. Dave is from Lynchburg, VA, but paddles big water wherever he finds it!




Registration: A minimum of 5 Instructor Candidates and maximum of 10 ensure that you receive the individual instruction that you need to be successful in this course.  Registration, deposit and confidential Health Form must be completed and returned no later than May 16, 2014 to:


Camp Bethel

ATTN: Kayak Instructor Course

328 Bethel Road

Fincastle, Virginia 24090


Deadlines: Registration, a $125 deposit (which includes registration/materials fee of $25) AND your Health Form must be received no later than May 16, 2014.  All balances are due no later than May 28, 2014.  All Checks are payable to Camp Bethel.  Credit Card payments (with 4% surcharge added) are accepted by mail or by phone at (540) 992-2940.


CONTACT BETH WIEGANDT WITH ANY QUESTIONS AT (540) 556-2594 or youroutdoorclassroom@gmail.com



IDW/ICE Course Description & what to expect


Lead instructor, Beth Wiegandt:

(540) 556-2594 or youroutdoorclassroom@gmail.com


Registration Form


Health Form


Course Outline


(For currently certified instructors, an Instructor Update may be available per demand.  Contact Beth Wiegandt for information and registration at youroutdoorclassroom@gmail.com or (540) 556-2594.)


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