By becoming a Swift Water Rescue Instructor, you can make paddle sports safer and keep your personal rescue skills sharp through the practice of teaching SWR courses.
This course is taught by an Instructor Trainer Educator in both Swift Water Rescue and River Kayaking and fueled by fun. It will set you on the path of teaching your own classes or making your current instruction more effective. (For reviews of similar classes, go HERE.) Although mere completion of this course is not a guarantee of Certification, it will hone your rescue skills and is one of the biggest steps towards earning ACA Instructor Certification. Becoming an ACA Instructor is a tremendously rewarding accomplishment that provides endless opportunities to give back to the sport. Additionally, ACA Certification allows access to inexpensive liability insurance and numerous pro deals.
If already certified in Safety and Rescue, a portion of this class may be attended as an L4 Update or to Upgrade your Certification to L4.
Location: Glasgow, VA / James River (Balcony Falls)
Format: 4 days of on water course work and several evening classroom sessions
When: 4.21.18-4.24.18 (All 4 days must be attended for new Instructors) For the next course go HERE or, if you have a group of 3 or more who are interested in earning their ACA Certification, Contact Us to set up a custom course.
L4 ACA Instructor Requirements and Topics Covered:
To meet the ACA’s L4 standard, an Instructor must meet all of the Instructor Criteria and be able to give a solid presentation on anything in the L4 Sample Skills Course Outline.
If not all requirements are met, Certification at a lower level can be awarded. If this is the case, I am willing to work with any Instructor Candidate for up to a year (within reason) at no extra charge to help them earn their desired level of Certification.
Once earned, the Certification must be maintained by following these requirements.
Course Requirements: (In addition to those listed in the above link)
* A reasonable level of comfort paddling and swimming Class II-III rapids
* Whitewater boat with floatation bags as appropriate and adequate volume and hull speed to tow/carry a swimmer, paddle, and skirt (if appropriate) – canoes and rafts are welcome
* Helmet and rescue pfd in good condition
* Throw rope (5/16” diameter or larger is suggested – length and material is up to you.)
* (1) piece of 1” tubular webbing 20 ft. long with the ends melted to prevent fraying
* Appropriate clothing to be in the water for several hours continuously. Because of long periods in the water, SWR classes are much colder days on the river than a typical paddling day. This class will be on both dry land and in the water so layers that you can add / remove easily are a good idea.
* ACA Instructor Manual
* (3) locking carabiners – (“Keylock nose” preferred-make sure these do not have any steel components)
* (2) pieces of 5 or 6 mm accessory cord 72” long with the ends melted to prevent fraying (It’s OK if these are already tied in to prussik loops.)
Although not a course requirement, a first aid kit is recommended for anyone on the river.
Costs (New Instructor):
* Course Tuition: $455 / student if taken in an effort to earn initial Certification
Note: A $20 discount will be applied if your deposit is received by 3.8.17.
* ACA annual membership: $40 / year (approximate – depends on membership type)
* ACA Instructor’s Manual: $25 hard copy or $15 for CD
* Upon earning Certification – SEIC dues: $25 / year
* Current certifications in First Aid and CPR (requirements of Instructor Certification and can be completed after ACA Certification is earned). If you need help finding a course, go HERE.
Update / Upgrade Costs (Current Instructors):
* L3 SWR Update: $100 (one day required)
* L4 SWR Update: $190 (two days required)
* L4 SWR Upgrade: $240 (two days required)
Many paddling clubs offer reimbursement for Certification courses like this as well as the required First Aid and CPR courses in exchange for instruction for their members. Contact your Club’s Safety and Education Chair direct for information and requirements.
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Looking forward to it.
This class is insured through the American Canoe Association and made possible in part by the Coastal Canoeists.