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    • 09 Aug 2024
    • 10:30 AM
    • 11 Aug 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • S. Strafford, VT
    • 5
    Register

    ACA KAYAKING INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

    Women Outdoors’ E. Mass. and Vermont/NH leaders have organized a Level 1 kayaking instructor training course — the American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) — in Vermont with ACA instructor Ben Morton. As of June 2, 2024, we have 4 confirmed students and openings for another six qualified participants. 

    Ben is an ACA instructor of instructors who's highly recommended by our NH/VT Regional Contacts Bonna Wieler and Debra Weisenstein, who’ve both participated in his paddling workshops.  

    Workshop Description

    Here’s a link to a description of the L1 Kayak Instructor Workshop. In a nutshell, the ICW includes both instructor development training and instructor assessment.  In order to excel in this course format, Ben advises that it’s important that candidates arrive with realistic expectations and a foundation of prior paddling experience.  

    In order to assess your qualifications to participate, here are links to the ACA Level 1: Introduction to Kayak Curriculum: 

    Instructor Criteria
    • This criteria is used as a framework for instructor workshop delivery and instructor candidate assessments.
    Skills Assessment
    • The skills assessment is in the form of a class outline, but the clear outline of skills listed within the table can be a beneficial tool to understanding what “hard skills” will be expected of the instructor candidate.
    Sample Skills Course Outline
    • The sample skills course outline is exactly that, a sample skills course.  There is an abundance of curriculum listed within this document, and it serves as a tool for considering what an instructor may (or may not) want to include within course outlines that they prepare themselves.

    If you have any questions with regard to your level of readiness, or any of the resources and content listed above, please feel free to contact Ben at ben@precisionpaddlesports.com

    Course logistics:

    DATES:

    Aug. 9-11, 2024

    START TIMES:

    Friday: 10:30 a.m.
    Saturday: 8:30 a.m.
    Sunday: 8:30 a.m.

    END TIME:

    Sunday, 5pm*

    *Note: Staying over on Sunday night so as to leave on Monday morning is an option. Our hostesses, Bonna and Deb, have generously offered to house as many of us as they can accommodate, for the full weekend, including Sunday night. Bring camping gear or check with Bonna to borrow some.

    VENUE: Bonna and Deb are generously opening their home in South Strafford, VT so that we can all stay for the weekend. Instructions/address will be sent to confirmed registrants. 

    SLEEPING OPTIONS: 

    1. A bedroom in the main house with one double bed to sleep one or two women who are OK with sharing.

    2. A pop-up trailer that can sleep 3.

    3. Camping: no limit.  A tent on a platform will have mattresses for 2 or 3.  Another platform will have a screen tent on it.  Individual tents may be pitched.

    4. NOTE:  There is one bathroom in the house and an outhouse near the campsite.  

    FOOD:

    There's an outdoor kitchen area with a two-burner stove at the campsite and a kitchen in the house with a propane stove/oven.  Stay tuned: Bonna and Deb may assign preparation of specific meals to each of us.  Personal food should be stored in your own cooler, not left at the campsite unless your cooler is animal-proof. Deb and Bonna have two large coolers for this purpose. 

    WHAT THE TRAINING WILL COVER:

    The goal of this ACA course is to turn people into kayak instructors, not trip leaders. Of course there is a lot of overlap between those two things, as an instructor has to lead a group on the water. There is primary focus on how people learn and how to teach, performing and modeling kayak strokes with precision, and creating your own lessons, including demos, clear explanations, and an invented activity or game so students can practice the skills and get feedback. 

    When Bonna and Deb did the Level 1 instructor class with Ben in early June 2021, he had each do a wet exit and swim to shore with their boats and paddles.  They also performed one deep water assisted re-entry. 

    What Ben will teach will depend somewhat on people’s skill going into the class: for example, whether he has to teach basic strokes before teaching how to teach more advanced strokes. 

    BOATS: 

    Participants may bring their own boats or rent one from Bonna and Deb. Cost for the 3-day weekend boat rental = $50. 

    COST:

    1. TOTAL COST: Ben's fee is $1,500, which we will share equally. Note: This cost does not include participant's ACA and SEIC dues (ACA Membership: $40 / SEIC Dues: $30).

    2. TRAINING COST PER PARTICIPANT: The cost depends on how many participants we wind up with, and on whether participants choose to apply for and meet the requirements for a training scholarship that will cover 1/3 of the costs for Women Outdoors members in good standing (see No. 4 below). 
      Deb and Bonna will assist as co-instructors. Neither will be charged and hence won't be sharing the cost.
      The class maximum with one instructor and two assistants is 10. We'll determine closer to the date how many we'll have. If we have 4 participants, the cost (of training alone, without ACA dues or food costs) will be $375 each plus a small PayPal fee. If we have 10 participants, the cost  (of training alone, without ACA dues or food costs) will be $150, plus a small PayPal fee.
      Those members in good standing who apply for and meet the requirements of a Women Outdoors training scholarship (see No. 3 below) will be awarded a scholarship to cover ⅓ of the tuition cost. For additional financial support, you can also request regional funds from  your Regional Contact(s) (if you don’t know who that is or how to contact her/them, you can check out the Our Regions page to find out. Again, final cost will be determined by how many participants sign up. 

    3. SCHOLARSHIPS: Women Outdoors has agreed to reimburse 1/3 of our fee to Women Outdoors members in good standing, in exchange for commitments from the training scholarship recipients to lead at least 2 trips in the year following certification. Please be advised that scholarship applications must be submitted at least a month in advance of receiving certification so that the board of directors has time to vote on applications. 

      Sign in to Women Outdoors and then access the scholarship application here. 

    4. COVID: Please test within 24 hours prior to arriving and send us a photo of the results. Please see email addresses for Lisa Vaas, Bonna Wieler and Debra Weisenstein below. 

    5. REFUND POLICY: 

      The only case in which the fee for this course is refundable is if you find another Women Outdoors member in good standing who can take your place.

    Questions?

    Contacts:
    Lisa Vaas (
    lisavaas@gmail.com)
    Bonna Wieler (
    bonna.wieler@gmail.com)
    Debra Weisenstein (dkweis@gmail.com). 

    We look forward to paddling and learning how to be paddling instructors with you. 




    • 05 Sep 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • 08 Sep 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Camp Scully, North Greenbush, NY (Albany area)
    Register

    Gathering 44 - 2024

    Lodging Friday to Sunday – 2 nights: $210

    Friday Sep 6 (11 am) to Sunday Sep 8 (3 pm)
    Includes 5 meals, 2 nights lodging, and all activities:

    • Fri - Dinner, Lunch option additional $12
    • Sat - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 
    • Sun - Breakfast, Lunch Option additional $6 

    Extra Day / Night: $85 (optional add-on)

    Thursday Sep 5 (11 am) to Friday Sep 6 (11 am)
    Includes 3 meals, 1 night lodging, and all activities:

    • Thu - Dinner
    • Fri - Breakfast and Lunch


    Note: If you are unsure about the extra day, please register without it. If you later decide on coming Thursday, contact gathering@womenoutdoors.org to have it added to your registration, and we will send you an invoice for the extra charge.

    Please review Lodging Options BEFORE registering! You will need to decide what is more important to you and select your housing accordingly! Some options are limited so register earlyNote that you must be a paid member and logged in to have all of the lodging options available to you when registering.

    Pitching In
    To keep costs down we will not be hiring staff. When you register we'll ask how you can help make this a successful Gathering. Review our Pitch-In Options

    COVID Policy
    COVID requirements have been fully lifted. Please review our updated Illness Policy.


    Want to learn more? Click on these links:

    Full Gathering Details  |  Check out our Lodging Choices   |  Activities

    Registration Deadlines

    • Register by July 31 to avoid a $25 late fee.
    • Registration Closes on August 29.
    • You must be a paid member and logged in to have be able to register and to view all of the lodging options.


    Cancellation Policy - if you cancel:

    • By July 31: Full refund
    • August 1 - Aug 10: $25 cancellation fee
    • August 11 - Aug 20: $50 cancellation fee
    • August 21 - Aug 29: $100/$140 cancellation fee for 2/3 nights
    • August 30 or later: NO Refund
    (There will be no penalty if you cancel due to illness.)
      • 15 Sep 2024
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • online
      Register


      Women Outdoors 2024 Annual Meeting
       Online!

      September 15th, 2024 at 7pm


      In order to reach more of our membership, we have decided to move our annual meeting to be online. All members are invited to attend!

      Agenda includes:

      • voting in of new Board members
      • a presentation of 2024 events and regional highlights
      • and more!

      Stay after the meeting for a presentation from Kris and Becky on their WO-sponsored trip to Peru.

        • 07 Feb 2025
        • 12:00 PM
        • 09 Feb 2025
        • 4:00 PM
        • Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common, VT
        • 44

        2025 National Cross-Country Ski Weekend in Craftsbury, Vermont

        Lodging, Meals, and Skiing

        Dates: Friday, February 7 - Sunday February 9, 2025

        Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center in the heart of Vermont’s unspoiled Northeast Kingdom 

        Fee: 2 nights and 3 days, double occupancy with 2 twin beds ($235) or single ($290).

        This amazing weekend features 3 days and 2 nights of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and socializing. Women Outdoors members from all regions are encouraged and welcome to attend this event.

        Includes accommodations, all meals (from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch), and cross-country touring tickets.

        The restroom and showers are shared on each floor. Bedding and towels are provided. 

        Meals include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The variety and fresh local ingredients are just fabulous. Gluten-free and other specialties are available with advance notice. 

        See Cross-Country Ski Weekend for more information. 

        MUST be paid in full through our Wild Apricot website (AffiniPay) or check to secure your reservation. 

        Cancellation fee prior to January 26 is $25. After that date, there will be no refund.

      Check out our Past events

      21 Jun 2024 June Women's Weekend at Cardigan Lodge in New Hampshire
      13 Mar 2024 Haunted Winter Wonderland long weekend in Southern Vermont
      10 Mar 2024 WOOF: Walking the Camino: A 600 Mile Journey of Self-Discovery
      29 Feb 2024 Women Outdoors 4-Day White Mountain Winter Getaway
      25 Feb 2024 WOOF: Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Pamela AKA "Birthday Girl"
      09 Feb 2024 2024 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      28 Jan 2024 WOOF: Winter Road Tripping
      21 Jan 2024 WOOF: Winter Hiking Basics
      07 Jan 2024 WOOF: Driving around Iceland with Randi Q
      15 Sep 2023 CT River paddle weekend, indoor or outdoor lodging
      24 Aug 2023 National Gathering 2023
      21 May 2023 WOOF: Breaking Barriers: Exploring DEI in Outdoors Spaces with Lily Otu
      21 May 2023 Save the date: E. Mass. trip planning meeting — with brunch! 😍
      19 May 2023 Camping at Codorus State Park
      11 May 2023 WOOF: Paddling Safety for WO Trip Leaders and Participants
      30 Apr 2023 WOOF: Survival Scenarios with Jessie Krebs
      08 Apr 2023 WOOF: Remotely Guided Forest Therapy | Shinrin Yoku Walk
      02 Apr 2023 WOOF: My Experience on "Alone" with Jessie Krebs
      19 Mar 2023 WOOF: Bucket List Adventures: Making Them Actually Happen with Bunny Kramer
      12 Mar 2023 WOOF: Trip Leading 101
      10 Feb 2023 2023 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      05 Feb 2023 WOOF: Nature Photography
      29 Jan 2023 WOOF: Winter Road Tripping
      25 Aug 2022 National Gathering 2022
      08 Jul 2022 WOOF: Intro to Sea Kayaking and Forward Kayak Strokes
      13 Mar 2022 WOOF: Deaths in the National Parks: Who, How, and Why with Randi Minetor
      04 Feb 2022 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      10 Sep 2021 National Gathering 2021
      02 May 2021 WOOF: "Ask the Author" Cheryl Suchors
      18 Apr 2021 WOOF: QiGong Practice with Patti Dowd
      14 Mar 2021 TO BE RESCHEDULED: WOOF: Vacation Photos Sharing Time
      07 Mar 2021 WOOF: Sunday Soulful Campfire with Erica Wheeler
      27 Feb 2021 WOOF: Saturday Online Dance Party
      24 Feb 2021 WOOF: Survival Compass and Navigation
      21 Feb 2021 WOOF: Exploring the National Parks: Yellowstone and the Grand Teton
      14 Feb 2021 WOOF: Valentine's Day Dance Party
      13 Feb 2021 WOOF: Eve of Valentine's Day Tea Party
      07 Feb 2021 WOOF Book Group: "Two Old Women"
      27 Jan 2021 WOOF: Survival Kits part 2, with Jessie Krebs
      24 Jan 2021 WOOF: Outdoor Education with Bonna Wieler
      22 Jan 2021 WOOF: Friday Night Bingo/Social
      13 Jan 2021 WOOF: Survival Kits with Jessie Krebs
      06 Mar 2020 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      20 Sep 2019 Annual Connecticut River Kayak (for members only - all regions)
      06 Sep 2019 National Gathering 2019 (3 Days)
      06 Sep 2019 National Gathering 2019 (1 Day)
      15 Mar 2019 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      28 Sep 2018 Women Outdoors 39th Annual National Gathering
      13 Oct 2017 Berkshires Fall Weekend Getaway - 2017
      17 Sep 2017 Hike the Flume Trail on the Ausable River (ADK Weekend)
      16 Sep 2017 Visit the Olympic Ski Jump Complex (ADK Weekend)
      16 Sep 2017 Hike Henry's Woods Trail (ADK Weekend)
      15 Sep 2017 Finger Lakes Weekend in the Adirondacks
      27 May 2017 National Gathering 2017 (1 day)
      27 May 2017 National Gathering 2017 (1 night)
      27 May 2017 National Gathering 2017 (2 nights)
      26 May 2017 National Gathering 2017 (3 nights)
      14 Oct 2016 Berkshires Fall Weekend Getaway - 2016
      28 Aug 2016 Visit the Wild Center (ADK Weekend)
      27 Aug 2016 Paddle Lower and Upper Cascades Lakes (ADK Weekend)
      27 Aug 2016 Hike Cascade Mountain High Peak (ADK Weekend)
      26 Aug 2016 Finger Lakes Weekend in the Adirondacks
      12 Jun 2016 Early Morning Kayaking Trip on Wallum Lake
      28 May 2016 National Gathering 2016 (1 day)
      28 May 2016 National Gathering 2016 (1 night)
      28 May 2016 National Gathering 2016 (2 nights)
      27 May 2016 National Gathering 2016 (3 nights)
      29 Jan 2016 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      16 Oct 2015 Berkshires Fall Weekend Getaway
      28 Aug 2015 Vermont Paddle/Hike Weekend
      08 Jul 2015 Washington Nationals Game
      23 May 2015 National Gathering 2015 (1 day)
      23 May 2015 National Gathering 2015 (1 night)
      23 May 2015 National Gathering 2015 (2 nights)
      22 May 2015 National Gathering 2015 (3 nights)
      23 Jan 2015 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      06 Jul 2014 Paddle and Picnic on the Charles River
      22 Jun 2014 Visit an Atlantic Cedar Bog
      15 Jun 2014 Hike Mount Cardigan
      07 Jun 2014 Blue Hills Trail Maintenance
      01 Jun 2014 Seven Sisters Hike
      24 May 2014 National Gathering 2014 (1 day)
      24 May 2014 National Gathering 2014 (1 night)
      24 May 2014 National Gathering 2014 (2 nights)
      23 May 2014 National Gathering 2014 (3 nights)
      11 May 2014 Charles River Cleanup
      28 Mar 2014 RCs Building Community - The Women Outdoors Regional Contact Retreat
      24 Jan 2014 National Cross-Country Ski Event @ Craftsbury
      09 Nov 2013 16th Annual Gender-Free Autumn Harvest Ball
      25 May 2013 National Gathering 2013 (1 Day - Saturday. Sunday, or Monday)
      25 May 2013 National Gathering 2013 (1 Night - Saturday, Sunday, or Monday)
      25 May 2013 National Gathering 2013 (2 nights)
      24 May 2013 National Gathering 2013 (3 nights)
      12 Oct 2012 The Wonderful Women’s Berkshire Weekend Getaway
      26 May 2012 National Gathering 2012 (1 Day - Saturday. Sunday, or Monday)
      26 May 2012 National Gathering 2012 (1 Night - Saturday, Sunday, or Monday)
      26 May 2012 National Gathering 2012 (2 nights)
      25 May 2012 National Gathering 2012 (3 nights)
      27 Nov 2011 Blue Hills Hike
      28 May 2011 National Gathering 2010 (1 Day - Saturday. Sunday, or Monday)
      28 May 2011 National Gathering 2011 (1 Night - Saturday, Sunday, or Monday)
      28 May 2011 National Gathering 2011 (2 nights)
      27 May 2011 National Gathering 2011 (3 nights)
      01 May 2011 Spring Planning Meeting
      30 Apr 2011 Run of the Charles 24-mile Canoe Relay Race
      06 Mar 2011 Wapack Trail/Temple Mountain Snowshoe Hike - 8 miles
      19 Feb 2011 President’s Day Weekend – Winter Getaway to Maine
      11 Feb 2011 Women Outdoors Winter Weekend Getaway - Early Bird Rates Available until Feb. 1
      11 Feb 2011 Women Outdoors Winter Weekend Getaway - Registrations from Feb. 2 - 11
      06 Feb 2011 Family Friendly /All Ages Winter Walk /Hike, Snowshoe or X -C Ski
      29 Jan 2011 Winter Tracking with a Professional Tracker at Quabbin Reservoir
      21 Jan 2011 Moonlight Ski Weekend in VT
      16 Jan 2011 XC Ski or Hike at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle
      08 Jan 2011 X-country skiing at Windblown
      01 Jan 2011 New Year’s Day Snowshoe in the White Mountains
      25 Dec 2010 Hike Mt. Monadnock without the crowds
      21 Dec 2010 Ice Skating on the Boston Frog Pond
      18 Dec 2010 Friendly /All Ages Early Winter Birthday Walk/Hike
      11 Dec 2010 Holiday Lights Stroll
      05 Dec 2010 Hiking and Scrambling at Purgatory Chasm
      04 Dec 2010 Hike Mt. Wachusett, Northern Approach, Sat. Dec 4, 2010
      27 Nov 2010 Family Friendly /All Ages Late Fall Foliage Walk/Hike
      25 Nov 2010 Thanksgiving Day Walk
      13 Nov 2010 Mt. Wachusett Hike, Northern Approach
      31 Oct 2010 Boston Chapter Planning Meeting
      23 Oct 2010 Ghost Tour & Historic Walk
      16 Oct 2010 Fall hike in the Manchester/Essex Wilderness Conservation Area
      15 Oct 2010 Berkshire Getaway Weekend to Stump Sprouts
      26 Sep 2010 Hike the Packs
      23 Sep 2010 Full Moon Planning Meeting
      12 Sep 2010 Walk for Animals
      29 Aug 2010 Hiking and Scrambling at Purgatory Chasm
      18 Aug 2010 Sunset Paddle on the Charles
      15 Aug 2010 Tanglewood Weekend
      23 Jul 2010 Weekend on the Cape
      29 May 2010 National Gathering 2010 (1 Day - Saturday or Sunday)
      29 May 2010 National Gathering 2010 (1 Night - Saturday or Sunday)
      29 May 2010 National Gathering 2010 (2 nights)
      28 May 2010 National Gathering 2010 (3 nights)
      02 May 2010 Boston Chapter Planning Meeting at Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge
      25 Apr 2010 Head of the Charles Canoe Race in Cambridge, MA
      11 Apr 2010 Nature Walk at Stony Brook Audubon Nature Center
      26 Mar 2010 Deadline: Sign-up for Head of the Charles Canoe Race
      03 Mar 2010 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
      14 Feb 2010 Valentines Day Walk and Play
      13 Feb 2010 Winter Hike Mt. Monadnock
      06 Feb 2010 Walk or snowshoe just northwest of Boston
      29 Jan 2010 Moonlight XC Ski Weekend in VT
      23 Jan 2010 Snowshoe/Walk and Soup & Salad Winter Potluck
      24 May 2009 National Gathering 2009 (One Day)
      24 May 2009 National Gathering 2009 (1 night - Sunday)
      23 May 2009 National Gathering 2009 (1 night - Saturday)
      23 May 2009 National Gathering 2009 (2 nights)
      22 May 2009 National Gathering 2009 (3 nights)

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