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An Open Letter to a Future Instructor

A few weeks back, I received an inquiry about our upcoming ACA Whitewater Instructor Certification course. The prospective student asked about whether or not the course was a good fit based on current skills, experience, and level of confidence. I’ve been in three of these courses in the last two years, one being my own certification…

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Locker Room Speeches

Do you ever have a locker room speech with yourself above a rapid? In an eddy, before you take off downstream? This is mine:   Not exactly a locker room speech, but there’s something about Kevin McCallister smacking his hands to his cheeks and the audible intake of air that makes me smile when my…

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Keep the Drive Alive! Preparing for Competition

author competing in first green race, photo: crystal gustin Before you even prepare to compete you have to justify to yourself why you are even competing in the first place.  A lot of this thought process will help you determine how you will go about your training and mental preparation for competition. For example, is…

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