Thursday, March 13, 2008

ACA Rewrites, Overhauls Surf Program

ACA Surf Kayak Instructors wanted.

Good to mediocre rates of pay and all the surf you can eat.
Must be flexible and willing to teach by example and have a strong empathy for beginners.
Opportunities for promotion to the West Coast, East Indian Surf Breaks and possible International Surf Teams.
Requirements : Strong foundation in basic paddling skills.
A desire to shred. Complete and pass an ACA ICW.

For the last 12 months the ACA, via Ben Lawry, have been busy rewriting the paddle surfing curriculum.
" I saw a chap at the beach on his S.o.T taking a terrific beating, endangering himself and all the other beach users" said Lawry when asked 'why ?'.
"The ACA has always had a surf program, but it did not address the recreational users on SoTs and Skis so it seemed like a good time to overhaul the whole program".
In the last year, Ben has conducted many Instructor Certification Workshops (ICW). The last one was two weeks ago in Santa Cruz. After each workshop, the course outline has been re-written until it now encompasses the full spectrum of paddler/surfer abilities in a variety of surf craft, in a progressive and safe format. The final step of this process will be conducted at Virginia Beach this coming November. Existing Surf Instructors will be updated and upgraded and new instructors brought into the program. All are welcome. Reserve your place now.

Instructor Certification workshops:
ICW - Savannah -May 10/11 -Basic Surf Kayak
ICW - Port Angeles - Sept 13/14/15 -SoT/ Basic Surf Kayak
ICW - Rhode Island - Sept 27/28/29 -SoT / Basic Surf Kayak
ITDW & Surf Committee meeting -Virginia Beach -Nov 1/2/3

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