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Employment opportunities include Sea Kayak Instructors, Whitewater Kayak Instructors, SUP Instructors and Kiting Instructors

Contacts: Randy Carlson, 218-726-6177 or rcarlso6@d.umn.edu and Pat Kohlin, 218-726-8801 or pkohlin@d.umn.edu 

Certification courses will be offered summer 2017. Below is a list of last year's courses.

SWIFT WATER RESCUE 205005

Learn how to prepare for and react to swift water rescue situations. Classroom and hands-on learning focuses on equipment, rope skills, self and assisted-rescues that are done from in or out of the boat. The final day is dedicated to handling on-river rescue scenarios in groups. Paddlers must be comfortable paddling a kayak or canoe in at least Class II whitewater. May 20-22, Meet at the Outpost, 9am-4pm Cost: $322 UMD Students/$358 Others
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AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION MULTI-LEVEL OPEN CANOE IDW/ICE (L1-L4) 305008

This multi-day Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) is designed to train Instructor Candidates at the Introduction Level and then Upgrade or Update Instructors to River and Whitewater Canoe Instructor Levels. Prepare lessons, practice teaching, analyze videotape, refine strokes, improve river running skills and complete skills exam on flatwater up to Class III whitewater. Meet with Instructor Trainer Randy Carlson to clarify your instructional goals. All levels meet at the UMD Outpost, Carlton, MN, 9am- 9pm.
• Introduction through Level-2 in Tandem and Solo Canoes: June 22-24 Cost: $377 UMD Students/$420 Others
• Add River Canoe Level-3: June 25, for an additional $75 UMD Students/$125 Others
• Add Whitewater Canoe Tandem and/or Solo Canoe Instuctor Level-4: June 26-27, Cost: $100 UMD Students/$150 Others
* Call for Instructor Updates & Upgrades
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AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 RIVER KAYAK OR COASTAL KAYAK ICW, UPDATE & UPGRADE 305035

Designed for ACA Instructor Candidates seeking the Level-1 Intro to Kayak through Level-2 River Kayak or Level-2 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification along with Instructors at these levels who need an Update/Upgrade. This is a special Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) training in the kayak discipline that completes Level-1 on Thomson Reservoir at the UMD Outpost and then splits Instructor Candidates up on the third day for Level-2 content when we utilize the St. Louis River class I-III rapids for the River Kayak Instructor Certification and the Duluth Waterfront of Lake Superior for the Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification.
• Level 1-2 River Kayak or Coastal Kayak: June 1-3, $377 UMD Students/$420 Others
• Upgrade/Update for Level 1 and 2 River Kayak or Coastal Kayak: June 2-3, $100 UMD Students/$150 Others
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