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ACA L3 Skills Training & Assessment (Course Full)

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This course is for sea kayakers who would like to have their personal skills and technical knowledge assessed against a national standard. The Level 3 Skills Assessment is also the prerequisite for those wishing to pursue the ACA’s Level 3 Open Water Coastal Kayak Trip Leader or Instructor Certification. Participants who successfully pass the skills assessment will have this accomplishment recorded with the ACA.

This 2-day course will consist of a formative assessment of personal skills and technical knowledge. You will receive coaching (as needed) and be challenged with performing specific skills and tasks in authentic Level 3 conditions. This course is led by Gennifer Gatan (ACA L4 Instructor & BC Sea Leader) and assisted by Kristy Moulton (ACA L3 Instructor).

The conditions required for the assessment are at least three of the following:

  • 10 – 15 knot winds

  • 1 – 2 foot waves (chop) (0.3 – 0.6 meters)

  • 1 – 2 foot surf (0.3 – 0.6 meters)

  • 1 – 2 knots of current At least 3 of the above conditions must be present during some part of the assessment

More information regarding the skills assessment including the specific content to be reviewed and assessed, can be found in the ACA’s L3: CK Assessment Criteria.

Location & Timing: The course will take place both days starting and ending from Horseshoe Cove in the Marin Headlands area. We’ll have a variety of conditions to explore from this venue. Be changed and ready by 9:00am. We will be off the water by 4:00pm latest and wrapped up by 4.30pm.

Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 6