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One Day Trip Leader Training Course


Trip leaders links and “Shorts” must TRIP INFO!

Most important thing for a Trip leader… KNOWLEDGE

How fast on average does a canoe or kayak normally  travel… ?

How fast will your slowest boat travel,  boat #1 with the kid with asthma?  What's the water level? Where is the gauge? What's it mean. How much wind can a canoe or kayak tolerate?  Boat #1?

What’s a comfortable day paddle trip distance ? Boat #1?

What’s the water temperature…Air temperature ? 120° degree Rule ?

If there is a capsize how long will a paddler be in the water?
and how long will the rescued  paddler be exposed to elements.




Water :



Minimal trip requirements: Knowledge, skill ,food, water,1stAid/group and personal, ability to tow, ability to rescue, extra paddle, group mgmt.. lead, sweep, “runners”, trip plan, way points, ability to communicate, paddle, hand, whistle signals, electronics. Cell phones/radios. Exit strategy. Local emergency contacts. …these are some. Knowing your group in detail is important. Shoes, layers, Wind & Water protection no cotton.





    The ACC One Day Trip Leaders Course takes place in a small venue. We are never more than a few hundred
     yards from our vehicles on a small moving water creek.


    The "Northern Tier Training"  is a similar trip leading course on an open water venue covering 4 to 5 miles                   with emphasis on hard touring skills, portages, gear, wind, waves, group control etc.


  • Introduction to each other,  venue, course expectations and detail Waivers.

  • Boat handling, on off trailer, one, two  and four person carries

  • Detail introduction to BOAT, Paddle , Life jacket and normal gear .See “Quick Start for kids”. DEMO how to get in , get out, change positions, forward stroke back stroke and rudder                                [ 1st Hour]

  • “Rules”  front left back right, front motor back steerer and for today you only change sides if both paddlers change sides.

  • Concepts . How do you go forward? . How do you stop?  How do you go backwards?  What happens if the front and back paddle in opposite directions?  [Bathroom break]

  • Putting a new paddler on the water with “Rules” , Boat wiggle comfort and confidence test   [  next ½ hour  ]                                                                       

  • Safety boats out, Put on, raft up,  demo and learn 6 Strokes and 6 maneuvers using raft up as a method of safety, group control, fun   [next 2hours]

  • During lunch talk about on water group control and rescue protocols [Lunch ½ hour…4 hours total to this point ]   

  • After lunch dry demo rescues [ boat 0ver boat and side by side]  and rescue protocols; KISS/T’RETHROG/PBG/Priorities  and details eg how to get back in a boat assisted and unassisted.  Heel hook, rescue sling followed by on water practice of each. [Demo only and discussion of throw ropes with the caveat that a throw rope needs a brain at each end.]

  •  Demo and practice Towing, bumping, ferry angles, Emptying a boat filled with water. Swin to shore with and without boat
     [ next 3 hours to here ]

  •  Debrief . Exam, Go over what we missed and address issues specific to participants.  Issue Participation Cards…..  [71/2 +- hours well spent][Note: This is not an ACA course. It is a short form of the ACA 2 day Trip Leader course with much but not all of the content  see Link to ACA course outline.  


  • Note The ACA has approved a new certification "Facilitators Course" that is very similar to our Trip Leaders course. We will offer that as an alternative when the details are approved and published ACA Membership fees and Advantages will apply.


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