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Alum Creek State Park Beach
3400 Lewis Center Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
The American Kayaking Association is sponsoring ACA Quickstart Your Kayak (Sample Skills Course)
A skills course can cover all or part of the course outline and are tailored to fit the needs of the participants. Skills courses do not have to be taken in a successive order. At the conclusion of a skills course, participants may receive a participation card.
Course Overview: The Quickstart Your Kayak workshop is a brief introduction to paddling a kayak. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely and potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. Course Objectives: To make available a short program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry level paddlers. Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC): ACA courses are open to all individuals who acknowledge the ability to perform the following essential eligibility criteria.
1. Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
2. Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water
3. Independently hold head upright without neck / head support
4. Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion
5. Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
6. Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion
7. Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket*
8. Get on / off or in / out of a paddlecraft independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance*
9. Independently get out and from under a capsized paddlecraft
10. Remount or reenter the paddlecraft following deep water capsize independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
11. Maintain a safe body position while attempting skills, activities and rescues listed in the appropriate Course Outline, and have the ability to recognize and identify to others when such efforts would be unsafe given your personal situation
The following is a general summary of course content for the Quickstart Your Kayak course. The content covered and sequence of instruction should be adjusted to best fit the participant’s needs, class location and time allowance.
Note: Use of sprayskirts is not part of the QuickStart Your Kayak Curriculum Course Content Introduction, Expectations, & Logistics:
Welcome, introductions, paperwork
Student & instructor course expectations and limitations
Course itinerary & site logistics
Review waiver, assumption of risk, challenge by choice, medical disclosure
About the ACA
PFD policy (always wear on water)
Appropriate personal behavior
No alcohol / substance abuse
Proper etiquette on & off the water
Respect private property
Practice Leave No Trace ethics The Paddling Environment:
Wind Waves Weather Water Personal Preparation:
Water comfort & confidence
Fitness, conditioning, and warm up
Safe paddle and boat handling
Safety and rescue considerations
Personal equipment (reviewed by Instructor)
Judgment. In addition to learning hard skills, the importance of developing personal judgment and group responsibility increases on more difficult paddling venues.
Safety & Rescue
Life jackets (PFD)
3 W’s- wind, waves, weather
Cold Water Shock / Hypothermia-Help & Huddle, appropriate clothing
Hyperthermia-hydrate often and early, appropriate clothing
Course Duration: Three hours or more at instructor’s discretion Course Location / Venue: Calm, flat water, protected from wind, waves and outside boat traffic, with no apparent current and within swimming distance of shore.
Class Ratio — 5 students: 1 Instructor; with an additional instructor or qualified assistant the ratio can be 10: 2
What to Bring:
Swimwear of some sort. (nothing loose)
Water shoes (No open toed sandles)
Change of clothes
Nose (Will be provided)
Note: Avoid Cotton
We will provide:
Accelerate America’s growing passion for paddle sports and transform the paddling community into an educated and connected, conservation-based culture of stewardship for our most precious resource; Water.
Create and maintain safe access points and provide clear passage of all America’s waterways through environmental stewardship, education and activism to create opportunities for all people to celebrate our country’s expansive network of aquatic natural resources.
Additionally, we are blessed to be able to work with and therefore serve the Adaptive Paddling Community, by offering full access to all aspect of paddle sports.