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BCU and ACA

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Upcoming BCU and ACA Trainings & Assessments

ACA Level 1 & Level 2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

This intensive course is for experienced SUP paddlers seeking to acquire the training and certification needed to teach students, classes, & guide tours. Over 3 days we will develop & assess technical skills, knowledge, & teaching abilities. We will spend our time adjacent to and on the waters surrounding the West side of Tampa Bay and Weedon Island.Taking this class does not guarantee certification as an instructor.

Instructor Trainer: Todd Bishop

Cost: $375.00     Dates: February 17th- 19th

Pre-requisites:
-Proficiency with basic skills outlined in ACA Instructor Criteria
-ACA Annual Membership
-First Aid & CPR certification
-18 years of age or older.

ACA Level 1 & Level 2 Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop

Are you interested in becoming an ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor? This Instructor Certification Workshop is designed to develop coastal kayak instructors and certify them at the appropriate level. Instructor criteria can be found at the ACA website

This four day course combines the Instructor Development Workshop as well and the Certification Exam into a single three day course. The IT will spend time working with the instructor candidates on personal paddling skills, group management and teaching. Additionally, the IT will also assess the candidates with the appropriate skills criteria, and issue a continuance, or pass the candidate.Participation does not guarantee certification.

Instructor Trainer:  Carl Ladd

Cost: $450.00     Dates:  February 20th- 23rd

Pre-requisites:
-Proficiency with basic skills outlined in ACA Instructor Criteria                                                    -ACA Annual Membership
-First Aid & CPR certification
-18 years of age or older.

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BCU 3 Star Training

A British Canoeing 3-Star Sea Paddler is able to function as a member of a led group at sea. Therefore they need to understand the environment, be able to maneuver efficiently and effectively, tow other paddle craft, and conduct rescues in moderate sea conditions. In addition, they must be able to practically navigate and assist with trip planning. 3-Star Training is designed for anyone interested in pursuing 3-Star Assessment or who are interested in increasing their confidence and competency paddling in moderate coastal conditions.

Coach: John Carmody

Cost:  $250.00     Dates: February 24th & 25th

BCU 3 Star Assessment

The British Canoeing 3-Star assessment will allow students to demonstrate a thorough understanding of safety, strokes, and rescue techniques. A 3-star paddler will effectively move the kayak in all directions and demonstrate confident maneuvering strokes, recovery strokes, bracing, edging, and rescues. Successful performance at the 3-Star level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner.

Please see British Canoeing Guidance notes if you have questions regarding 3-Star skill guidelines.

Cost: $125.00     Dates:  February 18th

Foundation Safety & Rescue Training

The FSRT is a broad introduction to safety and rescue and is appropriate for new paddlers, trip leaders, club paddlers or those interested in beginning the British Canoeing Coaching track. During FRST, students will practice using a variety of paddle sport rescue tools and experiment with a range of paddle craft in a hands-on, scenario-based learning environment.

Cost: $125.00     Dates:February 19th

UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport Coach

Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway, and the entry point for most paddlesport coaches. This qualification develops the foundation coaching skills that underpin coaching practice. Specifically, it introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective paddlesport coaching and is available as a bank-based or a boat-based qualification. The qualification is not discipline specific and is suitable for coaches who work with paddlers from any of the competitive and recreational paddlesport disciplines.

The course prepares coaches, for running taster sessions, coaching introductory core skills, coaching paddlers in a variety of craft and coaching in sheltered and very sheltered water conditions, normally with the support of a more qualified coach.This course includes both training and assessment over 4 days.

Pre requisites: Completed both 2 star award & FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training)

Please see British Canoeing Guidance notes if you have questions regarding coaching guidelines.

Cost:  $500.00    Dates:February 20th -23rd

Coaches: Steve Maynard, Phi Hadley

UKCC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach

Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport introduces the skills and coaching behaviors required for developing performance through progressive coaching. Level 2 coaches are trained and assessed to work independently in the planning, delivery and review of progressive and developmental sessions for their paddlers.

The qualification is suitable for coaches wishing to work with paddlers from any paddlesport discipline, and is available as either a bank-based or a boat-based award.

Pre requisites: Completed UKCC Level 1, 3 Star award and FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training)

Please see British Canoeing Guidance notes if you have questions regarding coaching guidelines.

Cost: $500.00     Dates: February 20th- 23rd

Coach:  Steve MacDonald & John Carmody