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ACA Week At Lake Sebago, Harriman State Park

Kayak training at Lake Sebago

Learn how to become a kayak/canoe instructor, refresh your skills or try it for the first time.

June 8 – 13, 2010

The Atlantic Division of the ACA has put together a full week of training at the ACA camp at Sebago Lake in Harriman State Park. Training will be available for levels 1- 4 of canoe and kayaks, by some of the highest certified instructors in the ACA.

Instructor Training

For those looking to become ACA-certified instructors, mid-week is when you want to come. There will be instructor training courses (IDW/ICE) given Tuesday through Friday for Level 2 Essential Instructor for canoe or kayak.

Skills training

The weekends will be for those looking to improve their skills, with skill courses for levels 1 – 4. If you have never been in a boat before or you are ready to learn to roll, or somewhere in between, there is a place for you including Quick Start. There are 1/2 or full-day or even multi-day classes. Each day we will be on the water by 9:00 AM, go to noon and be on the water again from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.Times vary depending on the class and instructor. The more you know about paddling the easier it becomes.

Come join us and have some fun while you learn.

For more more information and a detailed schedule, go to ACA Week. Or download the flier.
Detailed class information, the registration
form and ACA waiver can be
found at: www.sksa-ltd.com/events.htm


Meet Your ACA Instructor – Elizabeth O’Connor

Elizabeth O’Connor is founder and head instructor for SKSA. She grew up around and on the waters of Long Island. There has been a paddle of one type or another in her hand for more than 20 years. Kayaking has become a major part of her life since 1995. Elizabeth has trained extensively with the American Canoe Association, is one of only three instructors on Long Island with Open Water Coastal certification and the only ACA Instructor Trainer in our region. She is currently serving as Divisional Instructional Facilitator for the ACA – Atlantic Division. She has also worked for years with the local American Red Cross teaching basic kayak skills and is now one of a small group of Instructor Trainers for ARC – Suffolk County. She holds current certification for First Aid, CPR and Wilderness First Aid. She has also trained with the British Canoe Union.

Paddling Credentials:

  • ACA Open Water Coastal Kayak (L4) Instructor, Instructor Trainer
  • ACA Coastal Trip Leader, Trainer/Assessor
  • ACA Open Water Coastal Kayak (A4) Skills Assessor
  • ACA Essentials of River Kayak (L2) Instructor
  • ARC Basic River Instructor Trainer
  • ARC Basic First Aid
  • SOLO Wilderness First Aid
  • AHA CPR

To our knowledge Elizabeth is the first women to circumnavigate Long Island in a kayak. This was accomplished over a seven day journey with her partner Danny Broadhurst, in 2002 as a charity promotion which raised over $165,000 for the Long Island Altzheimer’s Fund.

More recently she has taken on the challenge of coordinating major events. With the help of the US Coast Guard, and NYS Department of Parks Recreation and Preservation as well as a host of other groups and clubs she has brought to the public a series of Long Island Paddle Sport Safety Symposiums. Each one has been more successful than tha last with booths, lectures and demonstrations of safety, rescue and kayak rolling. These events have been presented absolutely free to the public.

Join Elizabeth at ACA Week, June 8th to June 13th, 2010

ACA Camp at Lake Sebago, Harriman State Park