6 days over 8
Davidson QC

The American Canoe Association (ACA) has developed one of the biggest and most progressive network of River Safety and Rescue Instructors in the world.  This training, a first for Canada, is taught by R3’s founder and rescue expert Jim Coffey.  Learning to be a Rescue Instructor under Jim’s mentorship provides candidates with a way to polish their own skills (Instructor Development Workshop-IDW) as well as become certified to teach (Instructor Certification Exam-ICE).  Many groups (summer camps, kayak clubs) for example) invest to have outside instructors train their staff. Now, they can invest in their own staff to become proficient to train the rest of their staff.  This is a fun, challenging and rewarding way to up your game in the river rescue world.

This 6 day course takes place over  8 days allowing candidates 2 days off to fine tune and hone their skills before their Instructor Certification Exam.  If you are looking at breaking into the Professional River Rescue Instructor world, this is your place to start!

Prerequisites: WRT-A, R3-Pro, ACA Level 4 or equivalent.

Availability & Costs

Sept. 11,12,13 and 15,16,17 2019$950.00 plus applicable taxes

Recertification Note: An Instructor Update is required every 4 years.

Contract Courses Available Upon Request

Esprit is a world renown leader, innovator and provider of water rescue training for the commercial and recreational whitewater industries. All courses are offered by Esprit in association with the American canoe Association (ACA). Contact jim@whitewater.ca for more info.

 What’s included with your course

Instructor support material, successful candidates will receive ACA Level 4 River Safety and Rescue Instructor Certificate  from The American Canoe Association upon completion of the course.

Students are required to bring or rent their own personal safety equipment (helmet, PFD, river clothing/shoes). Meals and accommodation are not included in the course cost; please contact the host site for options and pricing. See below for meal/accommodation options for courses held at Esprit.

Customize your ACA River Rescue Instructor course with Esprit by adding any of the following options:

Optional Add-ons

OptionsOptions DetailsAmount
Accommodation:Camping(bring your own tent)$15.00/night
Platform Tent Rental$30.00/night
Ultimate BBQ$25.00
Equipment:PFD (lifejacket)$5.00/day

What you should bring for your course

Students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment for the course: Water/kayak helmet, Type III-V whitewater approved lifejacket/PFD (with a tethered swimmer harness), thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes (footwear should be a combination of sturdy with grip for moving quickly on slippery rocks plus lightweight and quick draining for swimming), gloves, drytop/drysuit/wetsuit (wetsuits/drysuits available for rent), polypropylene/synthetic long sleeve shirt & tights/leggings, insulating layers, swimsuit, quick dry shorts, sunscreen, towel, bag to carry wet clothing to and from river, dryland clothing, personal effects, as well as tent, headlamp/flashlight & sleeping bag if camping.

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