Fitness for the Water Lifestyle

Candidates

Information for Instructor Candidates

Workshop Times, Costs, and Other Considerations
The Course will begin at 8:30 am at Sea Kayak Georgia, 1102 Hwy 80 Tybee Island, GA 31328.
Students should be present with notes and materials and ready to begin promptly at 8:30 am.
Please call us for pricing.
A number of reference materials and charts of the local area will be available for your use. Rental boats will be available for those unable to bring their own.The fee does not include membership in the ACA, and the Safety Education & Instruction Committee, the required ACA Instructor Manual or materials for construction of your visual aids.
Payment in full is required to reserve a space in workshops and evaluations and is non-refundable. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once your payment and reservation have been made we will send you a copy of the course syllabus and topic assignments.

We do travel to other destinations to run courses when invited by a host organization. Please contact us regarding pricing and details.

Participant Responsibilities 
You will need to do some academic preparation. You will be assigned topics for classroom, on-water and on-land presentations. Your greatest challenge will be to sort through all the information available, decide what is most relevant, then present it in an interesting, organized way within the given time constraints.

When possible, you should make your presentations “experiential” in nature. Use activities, visual aids or other methods to engage your audience through as many sensory channels as you can. It’s true the old proverb “What I hear I forget. What I see I remember. What I do I understand.”

1) Research the topic using whatever resources you have available.
2) Prepare an outline of your presentation. Email your outlines ahead of the course date just to confirm that you are on track.
3) Practice giving your presentations before you arrive. It is the only sure way to know if your 10 minute presentation is really a 20 minute one that will carry over into someone else’s time.
4) Use the “intro,  three main points, conclusion” method. Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them.

Candidates should put some thought into preparing yourself for the process of giving and receiving feedback. After presentations, instructor candidates will be evaluated on the content (information presented) and process (teaching technique, style, etc.) of their lesson. This is designed to facilitate the growth of the candidate as an instructor. You will be asked to provide accurate and meaningful feedback to others, and to receive the same from them.

The Open Water IDW is not a course for beginners, but you are NOT required to be a master sea kayaker to attend. You must possess a reliable roll to complete the Level 4 ICE, but a roll is not required to attend the IDW.

When considering becoming an instructor candidate recognize the process. The process includes candidates who value instruction and have taken the appropriate training and assessment courses to prepare them to gain the maximum amount from the IDW & ICE. Sea Kayak Georgia offers training at all levels and also offers customized instruction to fine tune your skills and specifically prepare you for succeeding at the  IDW & ICE.  Mere participation does not guarantee certification.

What To Bring
Sea Kayak w/ proper flotation (front and rear bulkheads are highly recommended) 
Paddle float and bilge pump
Primary paddle and a spare
Deck Compass (ICE)
First Aid Kit
Boat Repair Kit
Spray skirt
PFD
Dry suit and/or wet suit (cold water periods only)
Tow system
Signal Devices
Emergency Equipment: emergency shelter, storm cag, whistle, bivvy bag, windproof lighter, thermos with a hot drink (or the ability to make a hot drink), emergency food
Water Bottle
Appropriate footwear
Notebook and pen(s)
Waterproof shell top and rain/paddling pants
Change of casual clothes for classroom time