Coastal Kayak – ACA Day Trip Leader Endorsement (up to L2 for L3 Instructors)

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  • ACA L2 Trip Leader Endorsement
     December 7, 2022
     08:00 - 18:00

ACA LogoJoin Jeff Atkins and RiverCoast for a fun weekend to earn your Level 2 Instructor Trip  Endorsement at Christmas Bay Pass (for Level 3 Instructors).

Description: The one day Level 2  Coastal Kayak Day Trip Leader Endorsement for L3 Instructors provides the possibility of earning optional ACA Trip Leader Endorsement during this course or later check-off.  (See detail on PDF.)  This endorsement allows L3 Instructors to check off Trip Leader assessments for L2 conditions. Using on-water practice and classroom discussion, L3 CK Instructors will practice strokes/maneuvers and rescues to assess trip leaders in level 2 conditions.

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 at his website at

Course Venue: Course begins in protected bay with subsequent venues in lakes or coastal waters with constant access to safe landing and within 0.5 nm from shore and  · winds less than 10 knots · waves less than 1 foot (0.3 meter) · current less than 1 knot  · no surf.  .  Full refund if course is cancelled by RiverCoast (generally only for hurricane or illness). S

Tuesday, December 7 at Christmas Bay near San Luis Pass (may include optional evening or night paddle).  Depending on conditions, course may travel to Surfside or Quintana Beach if appropriate.

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.

NOTE:  COVID-19 is a viral disease transmitted by respiratory droplets. It can cause a wide range of serious effects, including death. The disease can be transmitted by individuals who are not experiencing any symptoms, making it particularly difficult to control. Any contact among people introduces the risk of transmission including RiverCoast courses and events.  Each participant must take responsibility for choices regarding participation in any and all activities.

Rentals & Nearest Airport: A limited number of quality sea kayaks (e.g., NDK) and paddles are available for recent.  Nearest airport is William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) with possibility of car-sharing (depending on COVID-19 concerns).

Contact:  Questions or clarifications?  Feel free to contact Lynne Andrus at River using at [email protected], 512-917-0939 (cell/text) or 512-292-9968 (office). Registration below. Note that lunch is included with registration.

Projected Tides and station information at San Luis Pass (station 8771972) available from NOAA.  See if you can predict the tides for the weekend (using the 24-hour clock option).  Find the ‘Station Home Page’ under adjacent tab ‘Station Info’ to find additional information including current weather conditions. What challenges and/or opportunities do you see with the predicted tides? How would heavy North winds or hard rains (with rivers and creeks discharging into our Galveston Bay system) disrupt planning with these predictions?


Treasure Island, 235 Galleon, Freeport, Texas, 77541, United States


Please note that parking is limited by neighborhood association.  After unloading your boat, we may ask you to park about one to blocks away at the Treasure Island Municipal Building parking lot.  (We’ll direct you there).