ACA Instructor Course- Lots Of Learning, Lots Of Fun.

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Steve does a demo of his wet exit progression minus the wet.

We had a super fun crew of eager instructors-in-training join us for a five day combo ACA (American Canoe Association) development and certification course surrounding the Memorial Day weekend.  Classroom sessions were based out of our house here in the Coloma/Lotus valley and on-the-water development was never more than a ten minute drive away. We experienced weather that was all over the board, from rain to sun, hot and cold and flows that were bouncing between 2500 and 4000 cfs.

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Mary leads a discussion on the teaching tips for the roll.

The gang didn’t let the cold get them down as we practiced bow rescues, “hands of god” and dealing with a yard sale on the water- all of which meant they were getting wet while practicing. In addition we worked on chalk talks, on-the-water progressions, tips and tricks for trouble shooting, video review, group management, logistics, course planning and stroke development. These classes are a super fun sharing of ideas for everyone involved  and we too come away with new tools and tricks for our classes as well.

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A new group of instructors is ready to roll.

Students from as far away as Washington and Colorado made the journey. Thanks to Brandy, Rene, Max, Kevin, Steve, Collin, Sam, Lena and Eric. We look forward to seeing you all out there on the water bringing in the next wave of boaters.

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