LAKE?PLACID?- The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is offering an American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Certification course, June 11 to 14.
This four-day course, Level-2: Essentials of Canoeing and Kayak Touring, is designed to help outdoor educators, leaders, outfitters and enthusiasts refine paddling mechanics, hone rescue skills and develop teaching techniques needed to instruct and safely lead others.
Certifications are for flatwater, using both tandem and solo canoe, and solo recreational/touring kayak. Canoes, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided by ADK. Participants are encouraged to bring their own boats if possible. Participants are also encouraged to stay on or near the Heart Lake Program Center as nighttime seminars are required.
Course instructors include Laura Liebel, ACA instructor and owner of Wekanu.com, a company focused on paddle skills and certifications, based in Buffalo, and Ryan Doyle, ADK's outdoor leadership coordinator, ACA instructor and Leave No Trace Master Educator.
The price of the course is $375 for ADK members and $415 for nonmembers and includes instruction and use of gear. ACA membership is a small additional fee required at the time of the course. To register, call ADK at 518- 523-3441. For more information, visit www.adk.org or call 518-523-3441.
ADK's education workshops are designed to help people explore the wonders of wild lakes and waterways, high alpine ridges, rugged backcountry wilderness and pristine forests while learning the skills and ethics necessary for an enriching experience.