Thursday, April 10, 2014

Instructor Certification

First, I wanted to mention that I finally got around to editing and uploading a video from last Fall. It's from a calm day on the Mendocino Coast, from Navarro to Elk, and it's at the bottom of this write up.

I've been rather busy lately with thing other than paddling for the fun of it. But that doesn't mean I haven't been paddling or that my work hasn't been fun. I've taught several ACA Instructor Development/Certification courses across the state. It was interesting to see the differences and the similarities.

I did a Level 2 Certification Workshop in Redding. We got lucky with the weather but the water on Whiskeytown was quite chilly. Luckily we had a heated pool reserved for the rescues and it paid off with lots of time in the water and smiling faces all around. It was also great to meet a new group of folks. Headwaters Adventure Company put together a great crew and they're just getting better.

Then I did a couple of courses on the coast for California Canoe & Kayak. One was down in Half Moon Bay and the other up on Tomales. Slightly different venues that each worked out in its own way. The variety in the coast over a relatively small area is awesome.

But I'm really looking forward to the upcoming course in May through Liquid Fusion Kayaking. The Mendocino Coast really can't be rivaled and it's all within half an hour of my home. These courses normally entail working about fifteen hour days, so being able to head home and sleep in my own bed will be an incredible luxury. There's a few spots left so if you're interested in a Level 4 Certification Workshop you should definitely check it out.