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In the second of my two presentations, the first being on Tides, is my presentation on piloting. The IDW/ICE was a great experience and I learned a lot through the process. I am not entirely displeased with this presentation, nor am I overtly thrilled about it. But having had the experience was a good one despite how I might feel about the result. I think other candidates should take note that the more interactive and fun your presentation is, the better you will do.

The object is to present basic information on piloting to a group of beginners in 10 minutes or less. So you have to cover a lot of information in 10 minutes, but not get to far into the weeds.

A simple 1/2 day lesson plan covering safety gear, how to get yourself back in and others back into their kayaks safely.

A basic outline of teaching a small group rolling techniques, including bracing, bow rescues, extended sweep roll.

A sample lesson plan for beginners with emphasis on edging and boat control.

Written by David H. Johnston

Fetch me a Wave is a five page lesson plan for teachers. The focus is ocean waves and the influence of extreme storms on wave formation. It will give you some background knowledge as well as several activities for your own students.

Premise: participants have beginning intermediate skills- we're coaching them to explore increasing edge/lean in their boat, with linked, well-timed strokes

A Basic 1/2 day lesson progression we teach here at our Paddling Centre to beginner paddlers. Learning outcomes include: safety gear, launch & landing, propulsion and turning strokes, capsize routine.

This 1/2 day lesson plan is for those with basic rescues (self and assisted rescues). Now we take it a step further helping you develop better rescue skills to become a more confident paddler.

An introduction to kayak rescues. This lesson plan is for a clinic length of 2 hours in either a pool or calm waters.

A small sample lesson plan that I used then teaching ½ day clinics for beginners. To do it in the allotted time, I have to keep a real close eye on time and keep the class moving.

A great sample test dealing with boat and paddle design.

Provided by the Sea Kayak Operaters Association of New Zealand, this is a sample test for those who would like to get certified as a guide. It is also a great resource of sample homework questions to help participants prepare for your course.

A lesson plan from the UCLA Outdoor Adventures Sea Kayak Program. This is an introduction to sea kayaking lesson plan for beginners. It provides activites and teaching for 2-four hour sessons and one full day paddling.

An instructor course outline from the UCLA Outdoor Adventures Sea Kayak Program. It is an intermediate lesson plan for paddling on the open ocean. Lesson plan and activities for 2-four hour sessons.

A lesson plan from the UCLA Outdoor Adventures Sea Kayak Program. This is a surf zone specific lesson plan that includes information for 2-four hour lessons.

A lesson plan from The UCLA Outdoor Adventures Sea Kayak Program. This is an intermediate/advanced lesson plan which includes lessons and activities for 2-four hour sessons and 1 full day paddling trip.

Tides are a basic subject that all Sea Kayakers should be aware of, whether from the Great Lakes or not. I created this presentation as a beginning step on my road to the ACA ICE, or the Instructor Certification Exam for my ACA Instructor Certification. The material is intended to be very basic as presented to beginners, so some information is vastly condensed and simplified. The objective for the instructor candidate is to present a subject in 10 minutes or less that covers the basics and uses an instructional method within the classroom.

Personally I was challenged by the objective to present tides for sea kayakers within a 10 minute time limit. But I endeavoured with the help, or hindrance depending on your view point of Microsoft PowerPoint to use the slides to keep me to 1:00 minute per slide and cover the topic in as much detail as possible.

The main feedback I got from this method was that it is clearly too talky and does not offer much of an opportunity for student interaction. I agree with this assessment and would in the future most likely try to do some hands on visualization of the rule of twelfths involving containers and water that would illustrate rather than narrate the key points. However I did have a cool logo, and lots of info for the student to walk away with.

A set of lesson plans on tides & water levels have been developed for students in grades 9–12, but are easily adaptable for students at the middle school or undergraduate level. Each lesson integrates information presented in the tides & water levels tutorial with data offerings from the tides & water levels roadmap to resources. These lesson plans focus on the forces that cause and effect tides, analysis of the variations in tidal patterns and what conditions may cause them. Lessons also address the effect of lunar cycles on living organisms.

The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center is primarily an instructional facility so most of our kayakers have learned to kayak on our boats by taking our classes. This enables us to be sure that everyone paddling our kayaks in Marina Del Rey and on Santa Monica Bay is able to safely operate the boats in the conditions they are likely to find there. If you have prior kayaking experience and would like to be able to kayak at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, then here is what you need to do to test out of our kayaking classes.

 
 
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