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ACA Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking

Cook Forest State Park will be conducting a two-day entry level American Canoe Association (ACA) kayaking course for kayak enthusiasts.  The following subjects will be covered: paddling environment, equipment, loading & unloading, rescues, maneuvers, and strokes. 


In order to participate in an ACA Skills Course, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:

* Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline while also maintaining an appropriate safe body position.

* Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a  properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water.

* Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants.

* Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a  companion.


All participants will be required to complete a wet exit. 

First day will consist of instruction within the river at the Park Office.  On the second day we’ll apply these skills along a stretch of the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River.  Remember to bring your ear and nose plugs, swimsuits, sturdy river  sneakers (flip-flops are NOT adequate), and change of clothes.  Participants should have a drybag that is large enough to house all their necessities while on the river.  Refreshments provided both days.  Lunch provided the second day.  Those with specific dietary requirements will have to provide their own meals. 

Decked kayaks, appropriate gear, snacks & water provided.  Everyone WILL GET COMPLETELY WET, so please dress appropriately. 

Participants must pre-register by contacting Dale Luthringer, environmental education specialist, at (814)744-8475 or dluthringe@pa.gov by 6/16/22.  Cost is $75/participant payable by check or money order to the ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’. 

We’re accepting only 12 participants for this course.  Children 14 years and up permitted with participating adult.  Space is limited, so please reserve early.   Those who successfully complete this course will receive an ACA Skills Course Completion Card, and 50% discount on future canoe & kayaking programs sponsored by Cook Forest State Park.

Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 8:00am to 4:00pm

Cook Forest State Park
100 RT 36, Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120


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