Earn your kayak instructor certification this May

Participants in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Essentials of Kayak Instructor Certification course will learn level 1 and level 2 coastal and river disciplines, while gaining confidence in managing and teaching within these environments. The course is certified by the American Canoe Association, with registration and more information at cbmm.org/kayakcertification.

ST. MICHAELS — The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels will host an American Canoe Association Essentials of Kayak Instructor Certification course May 14 to 16, with participation limited, and advanced registration needed.

Participants will be led by Ben Morton, graduate of Garrett College Adventure Sports Institute and avid paddler, in this three-day, level 1 and 2 kayak instructor certification course. Participants will learn level 1 and level 2 coastal and river disciplines while gaining confidence in managing and teaching within these environments.

For more than a decade, Morton has been honing his guiding and instructing techniques with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Jackson Hole Kayak School, Costa Rica Rios, DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking, Otter Bar Lodge Kayak School, New Zealand Kayak School and Wilderness Rescue International, among others.

Based in Fredericksburg, Va., the American Canoe Association is the oldest and largest paddle sports organization in the United States, promoting canoeing, kayaking and rafting. The ACA sponsors more than seven hundred events each year, along with safety education, instructor certification, waterway conservation and public information campaigns.

The course takes place each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the cost set at $420 per person, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. The ACA instructor manual and kayak rental are included in the course registration fee. To register, go to cbmm.org/kayakcerti fication

Participants will be responsible for obtaining an ACA Membership, and paying instructor dues once certified. Participants should bring extra clothing, snacks, water and a lunch. For more information, go to cbmm.org/shipyardprograms or call 410-745-2916.

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