OCT 4-8, 2006 ~ Glenwood Springs, Colorado

ACA Instructor Development Workshop
and Instuctor Certification Exam
offered through Gold Medal Connections

Co-sponsored by: Glenwood Canyon Resort , Glenwood Canyon Kayak , Performance Video , and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Days: Wed-Sun October 4-8, 2006 (starting 6:30 PM Wednesday)

Course Description: This ACA (American Canoe Association) course offers the best-known certification in the US for kayak instruction. The course will strengthen your kayaking skills, provide you with useful teaching methods, and give you a solid foundation for being a whitewater kayak instructor.

Course Instructors: ACA Instructor Bob Campbell was a USA Whitewater Slalom Team coach for both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and draws from over twenty five years of paddling and teaching experience. ACA Instructor Trainer Kent Ford's background includes over twenty years of international whitewater racing, coaching, and teaching recreational boating to all levels of paddlers. His twenty videos and books on paddlesports have influenced the education of over half a million paddlers.

Course Location: Glenwood Canyon Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on the Colorado River. Expect river temps of 45 to 55 degrees / air temps of 45 to 70. Be prepared for cold, rainy weather.

Prerequisites: Participants should be in good physical health and should be in condition to paddle for long hours. Class III paddling skills, with a solid river roll, are required. Bring the boat you will be teaching in. Generally it is an easier class in a creek or river running boat. Study Kent Ford's "River Runner's Edge" and "Kayak Roll" videos, and the "Kayaker's Playbook" for stroke mechanics and techniques. Videos & book may be purchased or rented through

Course includes: Daily instruction. Participants are expected to provide their own lodging and meals, as well as boats and gear.
Discount camping and cabins are available on-site through
Jeannie at Glenwood Canyon Resort - 970.945.6737.
Gear rentals through Glenwood Canyon Kayak - 970.928.9949.
Be sure to mention you are part of the ACA Certification Class.

Pre-course assignment: IMPORTANT! - Join ACA online ( - $40 for individual membership and $25 for Instructor Membership of Safety Education Instruction Committee are required to attend. Bring receipt and ACA number to class. Then review the instruction section of the ACA website, including course registration and reporting, course outlines, and insurance information. You can also order the $25 ACA Instruction Manual (optional).

Instructor Updates: Current ACA instructors may join the first two (or on approval last two) days of the class to fulfill their every-4-year update requirements. This option is offered on a space-available basis only.

Instructor Development Workshop/ Certification Exam - 4½ days - $445.00 *
Instructor Update - 2½ days - $195.00 *
* (plus $65.00 ACA membership)


or for more information contact:

Bob Campbell - 970.947.1515 /