Introduces American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor competencies and curriculum for certification in canoe touring and river canoe courses. Topics include hazard assessment and safety, technical knowledge and skills development, decision-making and judgement, instructional and leadership abilities in a river environment. This course progresses from flatwater review through moving and whitewater up to class II-III. Students participate in Advanced Swift Water Rescue training. Students participate in regional field trips to area waterways. This is the non-credit option of OLP 231.
Special Requirement: This course involves moderate to high physical activity, immersion in cold water, and the ability to swim in a river current and be active and in the outdoors for a full day in a remote, forested environment. 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.
Prerequisites: OLP 111 (Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Skills) or equivalent.
Requires permission of OLP Program Coordinator (TremblayB@gcc.mass.edu or 413-775-1126).
Wilderness First Responder certification preferred. Prior experience leading groups on river paddling experiences preferred.