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Trip Leader Training

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This price includes all equipment, instruction, catered, picnic-style lunch and transportation from our base to and from the paddling sites.


Trip Leader Skills and ACA Skills Assessment

Zoar Outdoor has long recognized that a partnership with clubs creates a healthy paddling community. We offer professional, top-notch instruction and rely on clubs to keep paddlers hooked all season long!

Join paddling club trip leaders from all over the region to share knowledge and best practices from each locale.  This training has the option to be recognized by the American Canoe Association as a Trip Leader Assessment course.  Those that would like this option to be recognized by the ACA will need to be ACA members which can be included in the course cost.  Having trip leaders with an ACA assessment provides the club with a nationally recognized performance standard.  An ACA trip leader assessment provides proof of a trip leader’s ability.  It helps add strength to the validity of a trip leader’s expertise.  Participants are also able to join without becoming ACA members and will receive the same training, but without registering their participation with the ACA.

ACA assessment overview:

This course is intended to provide the minimum skills and training necessary for an adult leader with basic paddling skills, to safely lead a trip for participants with adequate paddling skills, on a day trip, on moving water up to and including Class I-II rapids. 

Further, we are excited to lead a thoughtful conversation among various paddling clubs.  We’ll exam some real situations club leaders have faced and create some scenarios for practicing leadership skills both on and off the water.  We will blend a mix of classroom time and river time for excellent education opportunities.  The curriculum is flexible to the goals of those enrolled in the course.

This is a two day assessment style course, where we’ll assess a trip leaders current skills and build upon them. It’s a great opportunity to see what other trip leaders have set for their standards and to share information among paddling clubs.


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