This clinic takes a hands-on, in-the-water approach to teaching and practicing river rescue and safety skills, picking up where the Swiftwater Rescue Clinic leaves off.
Each season we bring a few of the top kayak, canoe, SUP and swiftwater rescue instructors from around the country to the Deerfield River to teach special topic clinics. These guest instructors are nationally known and respected in their fields. Their depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for their topics make their classes both dynamic and informative.
Mike Mather is an ACA certified Swiftwater Rescue instructor trainer educator with over 20 years of rescue experience in West Virginia, Colorado and around the country. He has taught classes around the world by request, has experience with teaching courses for the military and has set up high rise construction site rope safety. He is a wizard with ropes and provides some of the best river rescue instruction in the United States.
Ben is a native of Orange, Virginia where he grew up playing around in and paddling on local rivers. Over the past 13 years Ben has been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work alongside numerous paddlesport instructors and coaches at various paddling schools and outfitters throughout the U.S. and abroad. While Ben’s background is river kayaking, he enjoys spending time in diverse environments on paddleboards, canoes, and sea kayaks. Ben’s biggest joy outside of spending time with his one year old daughter, Gia, is sharing his passion for paddlesports and learning alongside the people he works with.
-MSc Performance Coaching
-AAS Adventure Sports Management
-ACA Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Canoe, Instructor
-ACA Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Kayak, Instructor Trainer
-ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak, Instructor Trainer Educator
-ACA Level 4 Whitewater Canoe, Instructor Trainer
-ACA Level 4 Whitewater SUP, Instructor Trainer
-ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak, Instructor
-ACA Level 3 River Safety and Rescue, Instructor
-ACA Level 2 Essentials of SUP, Instructor Trainer Educator
-Wilderness First Responder
-Leave No Trace Master Educator
ACA Instructor Certification workshops are designed for individuals who want to teach moving water, flatwater, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, SUP or swiftwater rescue.