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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!


Paddling Schools and Events

2-Day Swift Water Rescue

2-Day Swift Water Rescue (Cancelled)
Date(s): Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th, 2020 (Cancelled)
9:00am - 5:00pm on 14th and 9:00am to 4:00pm on 15th
Location: TBD - Ames is preferred but may be Manchester, Iowa
Oriented toward:

Short description: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform swift water rescues. The course will focus on using rescue equipment such as throw ropes and the rescue pfd. There will be an emphasis on swimming in current, tethered rope rescues, rescue wading and boat rescues.
Main emphasis: Is to provide the knowledge to perform swift water rescues as well as decision making skills during a swift water rescue. Rescue swimming and rope management are integral to this course.

Target audience: kayak or canoe paddlers who paddle on Class 2 and above water

Costs: The cost for the course is $60.00 for ACA members and $65.00 for none ACA members. The Course is sponsored by Iowa DNR and Iowa Whitewater Coalition

Class size: limited to 20 students

Equipment needed: your own food (snacks, lunch, liquids), suitable paddling gear for air and water temperatures (dress for getting wet, have towels and dry clothes for after), helmet, kayak or canoe paddle suitable for moving water use (possible rocks), whitewater kayak or whitewater usable canoe, air bags/flotation in kayak or canoe, spray skirt for whitewater kayak unless a sit-on-top whitewater kayak. Please bring any additional rescue equipment you might have such as throw rope,
carabiners, pulleys or webbing that you prefer to use over the equipment provided. Skills needed to take the class: This is not a whitewater kayak or canoe skills course, so individuals should have the ability to kayak or canoe independent of the class with the ability to self -rescue. Boating skills that are highly desirable is the ability to ferry in current, perform eddy turns and peel outs. If using a kayak with a spray skirt a kayak role is highly desirable, wet exiting is required. The ability to swim is also required. Main goal of this course: is to make no more victims so having basic rescue knowledge is essential. This course will introduce new techniques for those unfamiliar with swift water rescue and provide a re-fresher for those experienced rescuers.Full refunds if class canceled due to weather or water levels

For additional questions contact Glenn Harman – lead instructor @ glenn.harman@dnr.iowa.gov



Class Length: 2 Day
Cost: The cost for the course is $60.00 for ACA members and $65.00 for none ACA members. The course is sponsored by Iowa DNR and Iowa Whitewater Coalition.
Maximum # participants: 12
Registration: For additional questions contact Glenn Harman, glenn.harman@dnr.iowa.gov

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Basics

1-day Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Basics (3 different classes offered)
Dates: SUP Basics: Sunday, June 7, 2020, 12-4pm (Cancelled)
SUP Intro: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 9am - 1pm
SUP Basics: Tuesday, July 21st,, 2020, 5:30pm - 8pm
SUP Intro: Thursday, August 20th, 2020, 5:00pm to 8pm


Locations: Grays Lake in Des Moines
Oriented toward:

Beginner classes. This class is a joint effort between the Iowa DNR and the City of Des Moines parks and Recreation Department. Todd Robertson from the Iowa DNR will be the instructor for all classes. Contact Todd Robertson at the email below to get signed up through the city of Des Moines website. Classes are $25. Hurry! These classes will be filled soon.

Registration: $25  Contact todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov or go straight to registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/desmoinesparks/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=stand&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Canoe/Kayak Schools - 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!
Canoe/Kayak Schools - 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
2-Day Canoe School for Naturalists and Trip Leaders

2-Day Canoe School for Naturalists 
Date(s): May 20/21, 2020 (Cancelled)
August 26/27, 2020     Instructors are Todd Robertson and John Wenck
Location: Briggs Woods Park, Hamilton County (Boone River)
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: $65 (you can camp, rent a cabin or stay in town at a motel)
Maximum # participants: 12 (6 tandem canoes)
Registration: Submit the Online Registration Form (Canceled)

2-Day Kayak School for Naturalists and Trip Leaders

 

2-Day Kayak School for Naturalists and Trip Leaders
Date(s): June 17/18, 2020    Instructors are Glenn Harman and Todd Robertson
July 28/29. 2020     Instructors are Glenn Harman and Todd Robertson
August 5/6, 2020     Instructors are John Wenck and Todd Robertson
Location: Briggs Woods Park, Hamilton County (Boone River)
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. This is for kayak only.

Class Length: 2 Day
Cost: $65 (you can camp, rent a cabin or stay in town at a motel)
Maximum # participants: 10 kayaks
Registration: Submit the Online Registration Form  and call or email Todd Robertson for more information. 515-243-3714   todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov