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  Quote pottert Replybullet Topic: ACA Certification
    Posted: 21 Nov 2013 at 9:52am
Is anyone out there interested in getting certified as an ACA Kayak instructor? If so let me know, I am working on putting together a course. No dates are set yet, just gauging interest at this point.
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  Quote jerryclayross Replybullet Posted: 22 Nov 2013 at 8:33am
I'm interested! Mine expired a couple of years ago so I need to go again. Would be especially interested in a class spread out over weekends if possible.
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  Quote Ellingferd Replybullet Posted: 22 Nov 2013 at 8:37am
What about one in May? I'd be interested then.
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  Quote pottert Replybullet Posted: 22 Nov 2013 at 11:08am
Thanks for the feed back. At this point I think March will be the target timeline. Yeah it will be cold but everything will be low and good for a teaching setting. Where is everyone located?
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  Quote FLUID Replybullet Posted: 22 Nov 2013 at 12:33pm
Who will be instructing? Drevo is really good through eNRG and there right in Portland and would travel up.

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  Quote ODarrow Replybullet Posted: 22 Nov 2013 at 5:57pm
I would be happy to up my status but will only be in the PNW starting end of April.
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  Quote jerryclayross Replybullet Posted: 23 Nov 2013 at 8:55am
I'm in Tacoma and given enough of a heads up I could make anytime in the sprin work.
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  Quote pottert Replybullet Posted: 25 Nov 2013 at 10:59am
A small group of paddlers and I will be teaching it. It will be 4-5 days, hopefully spread over weekends, perhaps one friday. Depending on what is flowing when we run the course, our typical rivers for this class include: Wenatchee, Skykomish, Cle Elem, Naches, and MF Snoquamlie. I will repost when we decide on some dates and have a price for you. Happy paddling!
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  Quote pacnwboater Replybullet Posted: 26 Nov 2013 at 5:29pm
Would definitely be interested! Let me know!
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  Quote FLUID Replybullet Posted: 27 Nov 2013 at 12:48am
Oh nice topot I didn't realize you had your instructor cert... shoot, just  keep the brown claw out of the curriculum and should be a good class  
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  Quote pottert Replybullet Posted: 27 Nov 2013 at 10:07am
That's actually the first thing we teach, Chris… Do you need to refresh your skills?

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  Quote pottert Replybullet Posted: 02 Dec 2013 at 9:13pm
Alright friends, I am starting to look at dates to make this thing happen. How does the last two weekends in March 2014 look? We would have to use one Friday, ideally the 21st. This would put the dates at March 21,22,23,29,30.
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  Quote jerryclayross Replybullet Posted: 02 Dec 2013 at 10:15pm
Looks good to me, and I think I can talk to others into taking it too.  Got an idea of price?
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  Quote pottert Replybullet Posted: 03 Dec 2013 at 8:24am
Approximately $400. Still working out the details.
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  Quote PaddleGirl Replybullet Posted: 03 Dec 2013 at 9:10am
those dates are perfect for me.
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  Quote jerryclayross Replybullet Posted: 03 Dec 2013 at 9:12am
should work for me too.
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  Quote pottert Replybullet Posted: 04 Dec 2013 at 5:20pm
Sounds good! I will keep the updates coming as the class is developed!
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  Quote clyness Replybullet Posted: 06 Dec 2013 at 2:23pm
I am also interested and those dates would work for me!
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  Quote STLboater Replybullet Posted: 16 Dec 2013 at 3:20pm
Hey Thomas - I'm a bit confused about the thread content, are you an ACA WW instructor or a certified instructor trainer?

Also - I gotta call it out. You may have been joking, but Chris Totten is the man when it comes to teaching. I've hired Fluid Adventures for courses before, and Chris is one of the best instructors in the state. He doesn't deserve any prodding after he dedicated a part of his life to kayak instruction.
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  Quote pottert Replybullet Posted: 16 Dec 2013 at 4:59pm
STL, I teach for Central Washington University. This course will be my check off for my ACA IT cert.

Also - Totten is a badass, I was just playin. Sometimes you just have to throw up the "brown"...

Keep it real.

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  Quote jP Replybullet Posted: 17 Dec 2013 at 9:06am
Originally posted by pottert

That's actually the first thing we teach, Chris… Do you need to refresh your skills?


Ok---
I've been trying to bite my toungue around here lately, but I can't let that one slide.

Totten isn't just a "badass". His diversity of expeience and his accomplishments in the whitewater world (both as an Advanced Whitewater paddler and an instuctor), not to mention his assets essentially as a whitewater field medic place him on a whole other level of experience few paddlers ever achieve. So naturally your comment came across as more than a little disrespectful. You're just a Jonny Come Lately.

You want to "keep it real", T-pot?
You can take as many courses and aquire as many certs as you want, run your share of Trophy Gnar as well, but as long as that Fluid guy is out there strokin, he'll be the Teacher, and You the Student.

I'm gonna stop short of telling you what you can do w/ that Brown Claw. I think you can guess. Keep it real indeed, son.
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  Quote NightbeastNW Replybullet Posted: 17 Dec 2013 at 9:18am
Way too much serious going on in this thread! 

TOTTEN IS THE MAN, thanks for shoving me into that eddie in Richochet bud! 

Would have been a gnarrrrrr swim

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  Quote FLUID Replybullet Posted: 17 Dec 2013 at 10:47am
Alright Alright .... blushing over here. Thanks you guys it means a lot but I have to deflect this a bit. I think Gordon and I both were just asking who was going to be "presenting" or representing the ACA and your sign off. for the record guys I did kinda throw the first blow with the brown claw comment but its in good fun and Tom came back with good form. When I did all my ACA certs and co instructing it was with folks like Mary and Phil DeRiemer, Sam Drevo, Kent ford ect.   For some I think what JP might be saying is he wants his cert but he's there more for the Dojo and knowledge of the master that might be teaching him a higher level of black belt or something of that effect. I get that ..instruction is tricky like that, especially instructor to instructor. it's like two guides in a raft. Plus being instructor trainer, trying to build a brand name, growing clientele. It's hard... You have to start somewhere and T-pot your killing it, think of how good you'll be in a couple years. Most of my paddling ecceleration was 8 or so years in after all the ACA stuff finally was muscle memory and spitting one liners golden teaching nuggets were like old jokes. about the time I got out of it. 10,000 hours and beyond of flatwater sweep strokes and draws....... sweep strokes and draws......

I taught because I was passionate about it and that, i think just makes good instructors. My biggest idol in paddling is Jon Almquist. Jon pretty much molded me and I was his next generation like so many others. He is still one of the best instructors in the state, shoot I can think of lots of pretty solid coaches all over the state even down to hood river that I would take a clinic from.

Listen the truth is i don't even teach anymore, I'm getting older, going to school, working and just loving having the river be my teacher and take me around the world or to my favorite little back yard gnome. I think Tom is key in an ACA roll and I'm proud of him being young and up and coming and hip because thats what we need is for the ultimate growth or sustainability of our sport to teach the kids and this is just the next generation of instructors living the dream and sharing the passion. Keep after it Tom Potter your a really good paddler I know your passionate and professional about it and that makes for a really sweet course.. Don't listen to our old bullsh*t , right JP ! hahah   but seriously, no brown claw.

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  Quote NightbeastNW Replybullet Posted: 17 Dec 2013 at 11:06am
I took my original instructor cert from Mary and Phil!  They have such a positive affect on the ACA and paddler's that they help bring into the sport. 

So Totten, what should we be throwing up if not the said "brown claw"?  
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  Quote STLboater Replybullet Posted: 17 Dec 2013 at 12:07pm
Maybe we need to teach when it is appropriate to throw up the brown claw! Tom, you know I agree with Totten. There are few people who are passionate about teaching in this world. Having the enthusiasm to bring people into the sport is a rare trait, and you should get after it (which you obviously are).

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