Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thanks from the ACA National Office!

On behalf of the ACA National Office, we would like to thank the entire Surf Kayak Committee, especially Ben Lawry, for all of their time and efforts to develop the new Surf Kayak program. The SEI Department is excited to work with the Surf Kayak community to continue to grow and develop this exicting kayak discipline on both coasts!

Please feel free to contact Jeremy Oyen or Chris Stec at the ACA National Office if you have additional questions.

Mark your calendars for October 30-November 1, 2009 as the ACA will be hosting another Surf Kayak weekend in Virginia Beach, VA. This event will be for those looking to become certified ACA Surf Kayak Instructors as well as current Instructors in need of an Update. More information will be available in early 2009.


Monday, November 10, 2008

ACA Surf Program Up and Running

The ACA is pleased to announce that the Surf Kayak program is now live and running.
The final leg of the process was completed at VA Beach last weekend with an active Instructor Certification Workshop at L2&L3.
With 12 prospective student Instructors and IT's in attendance under the guidence of Ben Lawry, the event even had some quite decent surf. Chris Stec from the SEIC came out to witness first hand the operation.
There are 4 levels under the heading of 'Surf Kayak'. The curriculum starts at Level 1 which is just the basic paddling class. L2 is specific for Sit on Tops and L3 is for any short paddle boat.
At L4 the class is specific for surf designed craft and works heavily on skills progression and advanced rescue techniques.
There are now also two certified Instructor Trainers to facilitate the advancement of surf instructors.
Chuck Conley of VA Beach is now an IT L2 and
Nigel Law of Savannah Canoe & Kayak is IT L3.
Ben Lawry is now an ITE.