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The American Canoe Association will offer paddlesport courses in Cullowhee

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The American Canoe Association and Landmark Learning (Learning Specialists for the Outdoor Community) will offer a series of paddlesport courses and instruction throughout the southeast. Locations include Western North Carolina, South Carolina, parts of Georgia and Tennessee.

For interested paddlers living in Western North Carolina the majority of the courses will be within driving distance: Cullowhee, Clemson, Black Mountain, Burnsville, Brevard and Knoxville.

The ACA offers courses in the following areas:

Adaptive Paddling

Canoeing

Kayaking

Rafting

Safety & Rescue

Stand Up Paddleboarding

The ACA offers four types of courses:

Skills - designed to expose and develop participants skills, offered in all disciplines and at all levels

Skills Assessments - participants must successfully complete a checklist of skills in order to receive a certificate from the ACA

Certifications - Instructor Certification Workshops (ICWs) are offered in all paddlesports disciplines

Endorsements - a certified ACA Instructor can become endorsed to teach additional, specialized courses

They have provided links to several courses that you might be interested in:

Please click on the appropriate link below to see a calendar of the applicable upcoming courses:

Skills Courses

Instructor Certification Workshops

Other Courses

For anyone not familiar with the ACA or Landmark Learning here is a brief history. You can also visit their website or contact someone by phone or email.

The American Canoe Association is the oldest canoe organization in the United States. It was founded in 1880. Read the History of the ACA. You can also find a Time Line on the same page.

According to their website, Landmark Learning is an affiliate and endorsed by the ACA.

LANDMARK LEARNING'S MISSION

Landmark Learning's mission is to be the leading resource in education and training for the outdoor community, advancing national standards through a network of professional educators, researchers, and certification specialists.

If you are interested in becoming or gaining experience and share your experiences with other paddlers and instructor or if you want to become an instructor or just support a Good Cause call, text or email.

Just think, the ACA has been around for 135 years. Somebody must have learned something in all those years.

Oh yea, I almost forgot: THE FIRST COURSE BEGINS IN CULLOWHEE AND THERE IS ALREADY A WAITING LIST AND THE OTHER CLASSES ARE FILLING UP FAST!!

Contact Us | Landmark Learning P.O. Box 1888 Cullowhee, NC 28723 | Phone: (828) 293-5384 | Fax: (828) 293-8600 | main@landmarklearning.edu

LandMark Semester
LandMark Semester http://landmarklearning.edu/

LandMark Semester

The Landmark Semester is a combined course experience taught May-June each year for rising professionals in the outdoor education and recreation fields. This combination of nationally recognized certification trainings offers students an opportunity to make themselves marketable in the outdoor community, building a resume founded in national standards.  Training does not substitute for experience, however training helps folks gain the work that furthers their outdoor professional career. The Landmark Semester is available for up to 9 hours of college credit ($50/credit hour) through Western Carolina University.

SWIFTWATER RESCUE ON THE TUCK!
SWIFTWATER RESCUE ON THE TUCK! http://landmarklearning.edu/

SWIFTWATER RESCUE ON THE TUCK!

JLO teaching before the group hit the river.
We were met with big water at our water site on the Tuckasegee this last weekend. Folks from all over Western NC, SC, and GA came to swim. practice and discuss Swiftwater Rescue for the weekend in our Level 4 American Canoe Association SWR course. Instructors Justin Padgett and Jon Lowrance enjoyed sharing skills and river knowledge throughout the weekend to our group of 14 students.  Thanks everybody for a great time in preparation to avoid rescue.  "The best rescue is the one that never happens." A big fat tip of the "yak" to our new buddy Jim Silavent for being our oldest (most experienced) member of the group that got his "christening" on the Tuck! Padj and JLO Check out all the student photos on our Facebook page

SWIFTWATER RESCUE -
SWIFTWATER RESCUE - http://landmarklearning.edu/

SWIFTWATER RESCUE -

SOME ADVENTUROUS SOULS BRAVED THE WINTER WATER, TO LEARN SWIFTWATER RESCUE!
Wake Forest University Outdoor Pursuits trip leaders (and a couple of their friends) joined instructors Eli Helbert and Jon Lowrance for a chilly but successful ACA Swiftwater Rescue course 24 & 25 March 2012. As the first SWR course of the year at Landmark Learning, students rose to the challenge of mid-50ºF air temps, 40-50ºF water temps, rain and wind to learn how to safely manage whitewater rescue situations.  Props to the students for staying so positive despite the stiff weather conditions! The Outdoor Pursuits trip leaders weren't the only WFU students on the Tuck that weekend, though:  up in the gorge another group of Outdoor Pursuits leaders were instructing a two-day kayaking course for WFU students. We wish our new ACA Swiftwater Rescue grads the best as they  prepare for a busy season of paddling instruction at WFU! Stop by and see us at Landmark Learning on your next trip to the Tuck! Eli and JLO   --------

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY
SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY http://landmarklearning.edu/

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY

Justin Padgett and Rob Barham enjoyed teaching and swimming down the river with member's of SAU's Outdoor Leadership program this last week.  We were blessed with  beautiful warm weather and sunny skies for all three days.  That is quite unusual for our March coursework!  Students came with a good background in paddling and ropework allowing the instructional staff to demo and teach advanced techniques and run multiple scenarios.  What a great organized group of folks! We look forward to seeing you all out on the river.  Smiles and tip of the "Yak" to you all! Padj and Rob ----------------------------- Check out the Swiftwater Rescue video here! ---

REFLECTING ON LANDMARK
REFLECTING ON LANDMARK http://landmarklearning.edu/

REFLECTING ON LANDMARK

As I am coming to the close of the Landmark Learning Semester, I look back at all of the skills I was able to learn from their expert staff. It is hard to imagine, that it was over a month ago that I was on the lake practicing my "J" stroke in a canoe, setting up swim areas, and making protected entries into the water. My throw rope may have dried off weeks ago, but it feels just like yesterday that we were jumping into the river to pull people out. When I think about going through the EMT course, I have to give a great thanks to Landmark's excellent instructing team. Their teaching methods helped me go from not having any medical experience, to feeling comfortable and confident with my skills. The time we were able to spend on clinical, with local Emergencies Rooms, and local EMS was an invaluable experience. I was nervous going in, but now, I couldn't imagine having to do it in a different way. I would say that I am glad that the semester is over -- marking the start of my summer -- but knowing that my time at Landmark is over dulls that feeling a bit. Being around such friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff for the past forty days has definitely made a lasting impression on me. The atmosphere that they provide here makes is very conducive to learning, and the make it fun. Thanks for making my time spent with you guys so enjoyable and rewarding. Michael M.

HAND CRAFTING BEAUTY,
HAND CRAFTING BEAUTY, http://landmarklearning.edu/

HAND CRAFTING BEAUTY,

Fritz Orr's hands produce some of the most masterful wood workings in the Carolinas. It just so happens these pieces of art are not just aesthetics for the eye but also perfect for the paddler. His use of premium music grade and exotic woods is something few, if any other paddle makers even dream of using. Fritz's love for the water and canoeing community is a tradition that has been passed down through his family. His passion for creating beautiful handmade paddles is evident in looking at his work. His wood work has recently been touted by Garden and Guns' "2011 Best of the South" and can be seen by clicking here and viewing the video "American Dream Alive and Well" . Around Carolina also stopped in and visited him in his workshop as he shows us how much attention he places into each paddle. You can click here to take a look at Fritz in action. Not only is he an artisan and canoe enthusiast, he's also an instructor for Landmark Learning. Fritz brings his expertise and amazing background in canoeing to ACA certified courses  like our Whitewater Canoe Instructor Development Workshop. Fritz helps developing instructors gain insight into the craft of canoe instruction and spreads the knowledge gained from a lifetime on the water. To view and purchase some of Fritz's gorgeous paddles click here to visit his online shop. To register for a course and enhance your canoe instructing skills click here for our course calendar.       
Course:
Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing Instructor

SOME KIND WORDS FROM
SOME KIND WORDS FROM http://landmarklearning.edu/

SOME KIND WORDS FROM

Our friends over at the American Canoe Association (ACA) recently spoke highly of Landmark Learning's Executive Director Justin Padgett on their blog. Justin, a longtime ACA member and multi-discipline trainer of ACA instructors continues to educate and aid in creating safer boating experiences. His dedication to the ACA's goals of safe recreation on waterways, as well as, preserving those waterways is not just something he preaches, but lives. As an active kayaker you can find Justin hitting up one of the numerous rivers and creeks in Western North Carolina when the water levels are on point. As an instructor he has trained people in everything from Kayak Instruction to Swift Water Rescue and has trained everywhere from the Koksilah River in British Columbia to the Rio Pastaza in Ecuador. To read what the ACA had to say about Justin check out their blog at http://americancanoe.blogspot.com/ To learn more about the courses Justin instructs click here to visit Landmark Learning's Website.              
Course:
Level 2: Essentials of River Canoeing Instructor

CLIMBING TO THE TOP
CLIMBING TO THE TOP http://landmarklearning.edu/

CLIMBING TO THE TOP

“It’s about having different tools, so when one tool fails you have another one,” said Justin Padgett, instructor for the swift water rescue course and co-founder of Landmark Learning, the Cullowhee-based outdoor training school administering the course. “A lot of what we do is to help our students develop judgment, and they develop judgment with experience.” Recently, Holly Kays interviewed Justin Padgett and wrote an article "Climbing to the top: Local school a hub for outdoor training", featured in the Smoky Mountain News.

This article describes some of the hands-on experiences that students delve in to during a typical Landmark course and outlines Landmark's mission for the school and vision of it's capabilities. Check out the entire article here.


Course:
Level 2: Essentials of River Safety and Rescue

Solo on queit guarded by evergreen
Solo on queit guarded by evergreen http://landmarklearning.edu/

Solo on queit guarded by evergreen

“It’s about having different tools, so when one tool fails you have another one,” said Justin Padgett, instructor for the swift water rescue course and co-founder of Landmark Learning, the Cullowhee-based outdoor training school administering the course. “A lot of what we do is to help our students develop judgment, and they develop judgment with experience.” Recently, Holly Kays interviewed Justin Padgett and wrote an article "Climbing to the top: Local school a hub for outdoor training", featured in the Smoky Mountain News.

This article describes some of the hands-on experiences that students delve in to during a typical Landmark course and outlines Landmark's mission for the school and vision of it's capabilities. Check out the entire article here.


Course:
Level 2: Essentials of River Safety and Rescue

 RIVER SAFETY AND RESCUE
RIVER SAFETY AND RESCUE http://landmarklearning.edu/

RIVER SAFETY AND RESCUE

The River Safety and Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapments, and pins, also are taught. This course is aimed primarily at new boaters, or boaters who do not anticipate paddling in whitewater.
EXPLORE THIS COURSE

ESSENTIALS OF RIVER CANOEING
ESSENTIALS OF RIVER CANOEING http://landmarklearning.edu/

ESSENTIALS OF RIVER CANOEING

The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), over 1.5 days, is where instructors assess Instructor Candidate demonstrations and teaching technique, providing feedback for improvement. Instructor candidates receive an exit interview with specific recommendations and 2-4 teaching assignments for the Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). Over an additional 1.5 days, Instructor Candidates’ teaching and demonstration skills are evaluated by course instructors to determine instructional status with the ACA. Additional course-specific requirements can be foundon the ACA Website in the ACA Instructor Criteria documents.

ADVANCED SWIFTWATER RESCUE
ADVANCED SWIFTWATER RESCUE http://landmarklearning.edu/

ADVANCED SWIFTWATER RESCUE

he Advanced Swiftwater Rescue workshop is aimed at trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to develop their rescue skills. Critical judgment and rescue awareness, impacting both personal and group safety, are emphasized throughout the course. Although new skills may be taught, this class focuses on developing judgment and applying skills in rescue scenarios. Scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience.

INTRODUCTION TO CANOEING INSTRUCTOR
INTRODUCTION TO CANOEING INSTRUCTOR http://landmarklearning.edu/

INTRODUCTION TO CANOEING INSTRUCTOR

Take the Introduction to Canoeing Instructor Development Workshop (IDW).and prepare for the endless journey home. There is an uncharted wilderness waiting for you

A TRUSTING HAND
A TRUSTING HAND http://landmarklearning.edu/

A TRUSTING HAND

The Swiftwater Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of selfrescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.
EXPLORE THIS COURSE

Someone is always watching over you
Someone is always watching over you http://landmarklearning.edu/

Someone is always watching over you

Take the Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Development Workshop (IDW)
Become a leader and a guardian and share the good will with other generations that will pass away and the generations to come.

WHITEWATER KAYAKING INSTRUCTOR
WHITEWATER KAYAKING INSTRUCTOR http://landmarklearning.edu/

WHITEWATER KAYAKING INSTRUCTOR

Take the Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Development Workshop (IDW). And experience the thrill and adventure of a lifetime. The one you have been waiting for

A  RESCUE CONFERENCE
A RESCUE CONFERENCE http://landmarklearning.edu/

A RESCUE CONFERENCE

American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainers, Justin Padgett and Tom Borroughs were thrilled to attend and present at the inaugural National Conference on Swiftwater Rescue held 25-27 October 2013 in Dillsboro, NC on the Tuckasegee River.  The conference was well attended by a little more than 100 participants from all over the country. The air temperatures during the water coursework ranged from 26 to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so we had some chilly dry suits at times. It is a complete understatement to say how privileged we were to teach along side the founders of SWR curriculum; Charlie Walbridge, Les Bechel, and Slim Ray. Thank you to all of those who traveled so far to be part of this historical event! 

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