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(L4) Open Water Coastal Kayak Skills Training & Assessment

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Open Water Coastal Kayak Skills Training

This course is for sea kayakers who would like to have their personal skills and technical knowledge assessed against a national standard. The Level 4 Skills Assessment is also the prerequisite for those wishing to pursue the ACA’s Level 4 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 comprise an assessment of paddling skills and technical knowledge. You will receive coaching (only as needed) and be challenged with performing specific skills and tasks in authentic Level 4 conditions.

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

  • 15 – 20 knot winds
  • 2 – 4 foot waves (chop) / swell
  • 2 – 4 foot surf *required
  • 2 – 4 knots of current

Conditions do not need to be simultaneously present.

More information regarding the skills assessment including the specific content to be reviewed and assessed, can be found in the ACA’s L4: OWCK Assessment Criteria.

Location & Timing: The focus of day 1 will be in the surf zone and we will watch the forecast closely and make a decision on location on the Thursday before the course. We will look for the most ideal conditions to practice and perform the skills we need to work on. Possible locations are Dillon Beach, Bolinas or Stinson Beach. Exactly where we go will be dependent upon the prevailing conditions.

The focus of Day 2 will be tidal current and we will meet and launch from Horseshoe Cove, Sausalito. 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: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 4

  • L4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Skills Training & Assessment | Marin, CA |January 21-22, 2023 | $280 USD

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