American Canoe Association Paddlesports Safety Facilitator Certification

June 1, 2019 - 8:30am to June 2, 2019 - 5:30pm

All times local.

The Paddlesports Safety Facilitator course is geared to certify livery staff, parks and rec staff, and other entities that rent gear to the public. The course focuses on safe boating principles, land based rescue, and helping those who have capsized get back on their way.  Combined with an assessment in either Canoe, Kayak, or Stand Up Paddleboards, this course would be appropriate for those taking others out on the water in order to be safer, more preventative, and competent in maneuvering and rescues.

June 1: Basic Paddlesports Facilitator Certification course with 1 craft: The 1 day course includes the Paddlesports Safety Facilitator Certification and an assessment in 1 craft (Canoe, OR Kayak, OR Stand Up Paddleboard).  The price also includes a 1 year membership in the American Canoe Association, a Paddle Sports Safety Facilitator certification, and an assessment certification for those passing the assessment.  Cost for the 1 day course is: $80/person (current ACA Members receive a discount of $25).

June 2: Add a craft to your Paddlesport Safety Facilitator Certification: You can stay an extra day to add an additional craft (or 2) assessment to your certification.  Each additional craft added is $25 (+day 1 fee). 1 craft only from 8:30-12:30; 2 crafts 8:30 – 5:00.

​This course is appropriate for: Camps & Conference Centers offering programs on lakes or rivers; County & City Parks and Recreation Canoe Program Staff or Trip Leaders; Physical Education Programs wishing to teach paddling as a life-time sport; Current Certified Instructors needing updates; Anyone wishing to gain in their own skills as well; and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts leaders wishing to lead trips for Scouting programs.

COURSE PRICE: 1 day with 1 craft is $80. Day 2 with 1 additional craft adds $25. Day 2 with 2 additional crafts adds $50.  A $55 non-refundable deposit (due by May 24) counts toward your total fee, and all balances are due before May 29.  Cost includes all instruction, materials, and 1 year membership in the ACA. Current ACA Members receive $25 off their course price. LOCATION: Buchanan, VA (James River) area; meeting location TBD at the river will be sent with course information. EQUIPMENT: Participants may bring their own boats, paddles and lifejackets, OR may rent gear for an additional fee for the duration of the course: $15 for canoe gear and $20 for kayak gear or SUP gear.  Indicate equipment needs in your Registration Form below. INSTRUCTOR:  Beth Wiegandt is a Canoe and Kayak Instructor-Trainer with the ACA, Chair of the ACA Introduction to Paddling Committee, and ACA Instructor for SUP and River Safety and Rescue.  She's been instructing paddlers and leading area trips since 1989.  Contact Beth at YourOutdoorClassroom@gmail.com. LODGING:  Camping is separate from your course fees.   At Camp Bethel, you may tent camp for $10 per tent per night.  Indicate camping needs on your registration form, OR choose from local hotels. REGISTER BEFORE MAY 24:  A minimum of 5 participants and maximum of 12 ensure that you receive the individual attention you need to succeed in this course.  Register on line below.  A $40 non-refundable deposit counts toward your total fee, and all balances are due before May 29. QUESTIONS: Contact Beth Wiegandt at YourOutdoorClassroom@gmail.com or 540-556-2594.

Location

Camp Bethel (Fincastle, VA)
328 Bethel Road
Fincastle
VA

Registration Fees

1 day with 1 craft is $80. Day 2 with 1 additional craft adds $25. Day 2 with 2 additional crafts adds $50. A $55 non-refundable deposit (due by May 24) counts toward your total fee, and all balances are due before May 29. Cost includes all instruction, materials, and 1 year membership in the American Canoe Assoc. Current American Canoe Assoc Members receive $25 off their course price. Participants may rent gear for an additional fee for the duration of the course: $15 for canoe gear and $20 for kayak gear or SUP gear. Indicate equipment needs in your Registration Form below.

Contact Information

Beth Wiegandt
5405562594