Introduces American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor competencies and curriculum for certification in kayak touring and coastal kayaking courses. Topics include hazard assessment and safety, technical skills development, technical knowledge, decision-making and judgment, and instructional and leadership abilities in a coastal environment, including proficiency in rescues. Students participate in pool sessions. Students participate in local and regional fieldtrips, including a 5-day coastal kayaking expedition. This is the non-credit option of OLP 238.
Special Requirement:This course involves moderate to high physical activity, immersion in cold water, and the ability to swim in an ocean current and be active and in the outdoors for multiple days and nights in a remote, forested environment. Minimum age requirement 18 years of age for courses involving overnight stays. Off-campus field trips. All students must submit the OLP Health History and Physical Examination Attestation Form, completed and signed by a physician, verifying medical clearance for full participation. Students assume any travel and permit/pass costs associated with field trips. (Offered: Every Spring)
Prerequisites: OLP 111 (Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Skills) or equivalent.
Wilderness First Responder certification preferred. Prior experience leading groups on paddling experiences preferred.
Requires permission of OLP Program Coordinator (TremblayB@gcc.mass.edu or 413-775-1126).