H2o Dreams professional certifications and trainings are the capstone of any paddler’s repertoire of experience. Boaters of a variety of skill and discipline (even parents of young paddlers!) can benefit from fundamental, hands-on safety and rescue training that focuses on preventative practice and boat-based rescue. Common Sense Rescue is a great place to start and can also serve as a fruitful skill and comfort refresher for even the most seasoned of kayakers. Had some rescue training and want a bit more? Our Advanced Swiftwater Rescue ups the ante in a more demanding environment with emphasis put on more complex ropes systems.
Additionally, H2o Dreams is proud to support the American Canoe Association by requiring all staff to maintain current Level 4 Whitewater Kayak instructor certifications, and offering the Instructor Certification Workshop to the general public. Paddlers who spend time working with beginners, assisting in clubs, camps, or university programs will undoubtedly benefit from the ACA’s 40 hour instructor training program; candidates are afforded the opportunity to gain official certification (and lots of perks!) as well as an incredibly rewarding and informative experience to boot. These classes are not easy, but committed paddlers can leave an ICW with a much deeper knowledge of paddling technique, leadership strategy, and teaching tools. Willing and open-minded candidates often find their own paddling and understanding of the river to have greatly improved upon completion of an ICW in addition to gaining tremendous perspective on how to effectively share knowledge and passion with others.
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