ACA Coastal Kayak – Trip Leader Assessment (Level 2)
April 18 - April 19$135 – $350
Description: This two-day course provides the opportunity to learn and to be assessed as an American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Tour Trip Leader. The course is approachable and fun. However, the schedule is full and can be intense. Candidates may earn their Level 2 Trip Leader assessment or be continued for final assessment at a later date. Please see details and requisites for each course below and at Level 2 Trip Leader Skills -and- Level 2 Trip Leader Assessment.
Purpose: The purpose of the Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Trip Leader (L2: EKTTL) program is an assessment process for individuals who intend to lead other paddlers, either recreationally or professionally, in protected waterways. The emphasis of the Trip Leader program is on leadership. Successful completion of the assessment will provide evidence of the candidate’s technical skills and confirm their knowledge, understanding and ability to plan and implement trips, for a wide variety of abilities, in environments up to and including L2: KTTL conditions.
Overview: For successful completion of the L2: EKTTL assessment, an individual must demonstrate technical proficiency, trip planning, group management and leadership skills in the L2: EKTTL venue. While this is not a teaching award, an L2: EKTTL must also be able to provide basic tips to paddlers, as appropriate, to help them through the environment.
Conditions: Course Location / Venue is a calm, protected water with constant access to safe landing and within 0.5 nautical miles from shore and · Winds less than 10 knots · Waves less than 1 foot (0.3 meters) · Current less than 1 knot · No surf – shore break less than 1 ft (0.3 meters). The course will not be cancelled unless conditions are unsafe (e.g., hurricane force winds). However, final assessment will be postponed if conditions are too easy or too difficult.
Led by Lynne Andrus with assistance from Paula Scotney-Castle. For more information, please see ‘About Us’ at https://rivercoast.com/about/ or on the ACA website at https://www.americancanoe.org/members/?id=10759388.
Prerequisites: Course prerequisites include ACA Essentials of Kayak course assessment for Touring or Sit-on-Top Kayak -or- equivalent skills and knowledge. Please feel free to contact Lynne at Lynne@RiverCoast.com or (512) 917-0939 for clarification or assistance on completing this prerequisite or its equivalent. Also, please review and complete online the ACA/RiverCoast waiver prior to participation. Feel free to contact Lynne and your counsel with any questions or clarifications.
Equipment: Candidates shall possess all the equipment appropriate for a trip leader in L2: EKTTL conditions and demonstrate the judgement to carry equipment that is appropriate for day trips and various group characteristics. Candidates’ gear selections shall cover the following categories:
- Kayak (single sit-on-top or sit-inside, or tandem sit-on-top or sit-inside with fixed flotation sufficient to allow deep-water self-rescue and personal equipment appropriate for kayak touring. Neither sit-on-top or tandems are required for the assessment. However, if sit-on-top kayaks are used, at least some of the kayaks in the course must be sit-inside to allow demonstration of skills and knowledge of both types of boats; and, if tandem kayaks are used, at least some of the kayaks in the course must be singles to allow demonstration of skills and knowledge in both types of boats.
- Safety and emergency
- Signaling and communications
- First aid and equipment repair kits
Please contact Lynne at Lynne@RiverCoast.com or cell/text at (512) 917-0939 for clarifications or help in obtaining equipment. Lynne has a limited number of boats and other equipment to share or rent.
Other Requirements and Recommendations: Again, please review course details above for essential criteria, prerequisites, and other details. Candidates may wish to buy or rent (e.g., dive shops) a ‘Farmer John” wetsuit (that does not restrict arm movement) or drysuit for scheduled or accidental in-the-water activities. In April, Lynne generally wears light neoprene bottoms and a drytop (but recognizes that equipment and clothing are an individual decision). Candidates often seek preparatory skills practice (e.g., Houston Area Sea Kayakers at https://www.hask.org/) -or- plan for a subsequent check-off at a later date as needed.
2020 Dates & Tentative Venue: Activities are planned all day Saturday 18-April and Sunday19-April, 2020 at the base bay house on Offatts Bayou in Galveston, Texas. Sign up online below this description with credit card (here at https://rivercoast.com/events/ on space available basis with a maximum of 8) or contact Lynne. Cost for the course is $385 with a ~10% discount of $350 for early registration by Power Squadron and HASK members.
Base with recommended but optional Room & Board: Starting Friday night, home base for classroom instruction (e.g., video, navigation) will be in a bay house on Offatts Bayou on the West Bay side of Galveston Island. Shared accommodations (two per room) with breakfast and lunch daily (and dinner Saturday night) available for $215 total per night for Friday through Sunday nights (with full kitchen and shower access) on first come basis. For those comfortable sleeping on their camping mattress, floor space (also with meals, kitchen, laundry, and shower) is an option for $135. Bay house description and photos available at https://www.vrbo.com/1642569?adultsCount=10&noDates=true
Station Information including Projected Tides: The best station for our location most likely is Station ID 8771486 – Galveston Railroad Bridge. Be sure to review this NOAA resource, especially the ‘Observations’ and ‘ Tide Predictions’ tabs, at https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/stationhome.html?id=8771486. See if you can replicate the predictions that I found below for our April 18-19 course (using the 24-hour clock option). As a trip leader, what challenges and/or opportunities do you see with these tides? How would heavy North winds or hard rains (with rivers and creeks discharging into our Galveston Bay system) disrupt planning with these predictions? For those who paddle primarily inland lakes, what resources (e.g., map, weather) and conditions would you consider?