This is a formal ACA (American Canoe Association) Class. As such, we have a very limited amount of time to convey a great deal of information. To make this class successful, we need to stick to the following ground rules:
- Classes will start at 9:00 AM sharp, try to arrive by 8:30 AM as parking is tight at Lock 5
- We will try to wrap up classes between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- Proper boating gear and clothing are essential. All participants should bring their own throw rope and have proper flotation in their boats.
- Pay special attention to your footware, no loose sandals! Rescues often involve wading in current with challenging bottom surfaces
- If you have questions, please ask them
- Do only what you are comfortable with
- No peer pressure!
- Try to set aside time for reading these documents, at least ones that interest you.
This is a very comprehensive 1 day class with a great deal of information. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the body of knowledge. This collection of HTML articles should enable you to go back and review any fuzzy areas. If you have any questions at a later date, fell free to contact me. As mentioned elsewhere, try to work in small practice drills to keep your rescue skills sharp.
Every class we teach has different types of students with varying needs. I tend to run a very organized and some say - fast paced class. I try to keep a close eye on my students and my assistants provide a great deal of help in this area. I expect students to come prepared (proper gear, read some of the material, get a good night's sleep, etc.). If I notice a crucial skill (like throw rope work, edging, etc.) needs more time, I reserve the right to shorten or skip a less important topic in the best interest of the class. Questions from the students and assistants are quite valuable to the instructors. If you have a question, don't wait - ask it.