It’s been a very productive year for RCABC program updates and development. A huge thanks to the many amazing RCABC members that have contributed with their experience, knowledge and considerable time commitment through many gatherings of the course standards committee. Also, the website (the part the public sees) and the database (the part only the members see) have needed extensive work to reflect the updates.
Thanks to Lyle Dickieson and others who worked on launching the SUP program. This is the announcement sent out this spring....
We are pleased to announce the new RCABC Lake Water Stand Up Paddling program (SUP). There are many talented, certified canoe instructors within RCABC that could enhance their paddling and instructing repertoire by becoming a SUP Instructor and we’d like as many of you as possible to participate!
Stand Up Paddling is experiencing a tremendous growth cycle with lots of exciting innovations occurring. You may be surprised at how easily accomplished canoeists can transfer their skills into SUP. It will now be possible to become a SUP paddler and instructor under the RCABC umbrella.
The initial plan will focus on qualifying existing RCABC instructors as SUP Instructors, and Master Instructors can become SUP Instructor Trainers. We are also pleased to extend an equivalency option to the many talented SUP instructors with Paddle Canada, ORCKA, and American Canoeing Association.
If you have been considering getting into SUPing, now is the time. We will begin to roll out this new program at the RCABC Paddle Conference in Hope on May 5-7, 2017. There will be several clinics offered during the AGM weekend. We hope this will result in our first batch of RCABC SUP Instructors.
Guide Program Announcement
The Guide Program is a new direction for RCABC, and has been in the works for 5 years. Here’s the announcement to RCABC members sent out this spring....
We are pleased to announce the new RCABC Canoe Guide Program. RCABC is a leader in the development of new canoe certification programs, and this is another unique initiative that we hope will improve safety and professionalism in an important outdoor recreation industry in Canada.
The Guide Program, offers a standardized foundation for training canoeing guides for the commercial recreation or adventure tourism industry. The Program is divided into two categories; Day Guide and Expedition Guide. Both have been developed with the help of many of the best guides and instructors in the industry, over many years. It has gone through multiple revisions and test runs to ensure we’ve got the best quality program possible.
The Day Guide Certificate sets standards and trains canoeists for leading activities without overnight stays. The Expedition Guide is a river based course that sets standards for canoe guiding activities that include camping, cooking, river travel and rescue and other skills applicable to remote wilderness trips.
Lakewater Instructor Level 1 Changes
The Lakewater Instructor Level 1 content has undergone review. It was run a few times last year and we determined that the original requirements set for LWI 1 were still too demanding to achieve the goal of making becoming a Lakewater Instructor more attainable.
The end result is that we eliminated the advanced solo requirement except for a few of the more important strokes from that content (cross bow draw and box stroke). This means that candidates no longer have to do the solo circuit, except for the Level 2 instructor certificate, which is the same as the old LWI course. Note that LWI Level 2 is still a prerequisite for becoming any other type of Instructor in the RCABC program stream, except for SUP.
The database holds all the membership information and is programmed to work within the rules of RCABC’s certification structure. It’s a complex program that our database programmer, Ron Brogden only knows the internal coding of. The new programs have been entered into the database and testing and initial use has gone well. It is important to send us any notes on glitches that you notice.
Jen and Peter Hiebert have done a tremendous amount of work on the instructor manual, starting over a year ago. The seventh edition is now out and ready for print. All of the new program changes and some policy changes have been included in the new edition.
Tony Shaw, as always, has contributed a tremendous amount to keeping the RCABC current. Tony and I have made sure that the new program content is reflected accurately on the website. We still need to do some work but it’s mostly up and running!