Do you often bring others out on the water in canoes or kayaks?
Want to improve your skills to better demonstrate to others how to paddle efficiently, elegantly, and safely?

These intensive courses follow the American Canoe Association’s “Intro” and “Moving Water” curriculum, and are targeted to those who teach others paddling skills, from lakes to rivers. These courses will be instrumental for students who plan to enroll in an ACA instructor certification course. Class sizes are limited, and they fill up fast, so don’t delay and sign up today!


2017 Iowa DNR Canoe and Kayak Schools

Flat-Water Essentials; 1-Day Canoe School for Naturalists, Scout Leaders & Youth Group Instructors
Date(s): Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (10am to 4pm)
Location: Gray’s Lake – Des Moines
Directions: Will be provided to students
Oriented toward: Anyone who take groups on lakes or who are expected to conduct canoe instruction for flat-water conditions only (lakes). The focus is on paddling skills, teaching to different learning styles, and risk management. This is for tandem canoe. Boats and life jackets are provided.
Class Length: 1 Day
Cost: $25
Maximum # participants: 6 – (3 canoes)
Registration: May 16 Flat-Water Essentials - Register Now



2-Day Kayak School for Naturalists and Trip Leaders
Date(s): Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25, 2017
Location: Briggs Woods Park, Hamilton County (Boone River)
Directions: Maps will be provided a few weeks in advance of the class
Oriented toward: Naturalists who take groups on trips or who are expected to conduct kayak instruction. About 1/3 classroom, and 2/3 on-water, the focus is on skills, hazard and river feature identification, teaching to different learning styles, and risk management.
Class Length: 2 Day
Cost: $25 (you can camp, rent a cabin or stay in town at a motel)
Maximum # participants: 10 (10 kayaks)
Registration: May 24-25 Kayak School - Register Now



2-Day Stand-Up-Paddleboard (SUP) for Naturalists and Group Leaders
Date(s): Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, 2017
Location: Gray’s Lake and Raccoon River
Directions: N/A
Oriented toward: This class will be for those who will be leading groups and who need a basic understanding of SUP basics for teaching. Much of the same risk and group management that are included with canoe/kayak classes will also be taught here. This class will be taught in Des Moines, Iowa.
Class Length: 2 Day
Cost: $25
Maximum # participants: 10
Registration: June 10-11 Stand-Up-Paddleboard (SUP) - Register Now



2-Day Canoe School
Date(s): Wednesday and Thursday, June 21-22, 2017
Location: Briggs Woods Park/Hamilton County/Boone River
Directions: N/A
Oriented toward: Naturalists who take groups on trips or who are expected to conduct canoe instruction. About 1/3 classroom, and 2/3 on-water, the focus is on skills, hazard and river feature identification, teaching to different learning styles, and risk management. This is for canoe only.
Class Length: 2 Day
Cost: $25 (you can camp, rent a cabin or stay in town at a motel)
Maximum # participants: 12 (6 tandem canoes)
Registration: June 21-22 Canoe School - Register Now

Questions?

Have questions or wish to submit your name for the possible September SUP class?

Please contact:
Todd Robertson
Cell: 515-979-9538
Office: 515-725-2960
Email: todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov


Class Prerequisites:

This is not considered a novice course, although fairly unskilled people can learn a lot. You are expected to have some previous experience, but not expertise.

Please review the ACA course outline you will receive; in the two days, we will cover curriculum for Introductory Instruction through the Moving Water section.


What's included:
  • 2 day course including  (includes 1 day flat water course) (Lake environment and on river)
  • Experience in tandem canoes, recreational kayaks, whitewater crossover kayaks and SUP
  • Classroom and on-water hands-on training
  • Improved efficiency for skills on the water
  • Improved leadership skills
  • Increase safety, lower stress, have fun and pay knowledge forward based on ACA instructional foundations.
  • You will receive an Iowa DNR certificate of completion.
  • FUN!
What to bring:
  • Rain gear, brimmed hat for sun, sunscreen
  • A small cooler with a lunch to bring during instruction days; you’ll be on your own for breakfast and dinner – there are restaurants in Webster City if you prefer, or bring your own food.
  • At least 2 liters of drinking water per instruction day.
  • Water shoes or old tennis shoes that can get wet (Flip-flops or bare feet are not allowed)
  • Swimming suit and/or clothing that can get wet
  • If you have a preferred life jacket (Type III paddlers’ life jacket), bring it; otherwise a life jacket will be provided.
  • Sleeping bag & personal effects if staying in a cabin; otherwise bring your own tent and camping gear