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ACA Kayak – Level 2 Trip Leader Lake Belton – Postponed

April 21 - April 22


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 Jeff Atkins, IT L3 Coastal Kayaking with assistance from Lynne Andrus (bio at “About Us”).  Jeff Atkins has over 25 years as a Park Ranger with South Carolina State and County Parks.  His experiences include instruction with the Outward Bound School throughout the USA.  Jeff is a Level 5 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor and Level 3 Instructor Trainer IT) in Coastal Kayaking and Level 2 IT in Canoeing. In addition, he is a SUP Instructor, Wilderness First Responder and Leave no Trace Master Educator.  Jeff’s credentials are detailed on Jeff’s ACA member page.

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.

Waiver.  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
  • Navigation

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 Tuesday 21-April and Wednesday 22-April, 2020 near Fort Hood on Lake Belton.  See https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/morgans_point_resort/ for more information with more details to come.



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