Pics from the ACA Certification Class

Since apparently I’ve been freaking people out lately with my posts about kayaking carnage, here’s some more cheerful fare.  A couple of weeks ago I took the ACA (American Canoe Association) Instructor Certification Class run by Chris Jonason of Wave Trek Rescue in Index, WA.  It was really a blast – a mix of great people taking the class and really good instruction by Chris, who has many years of experience teaching and is also a first-class paddler.

Classroom stuff at Central WA University

One of the really useful things as far as improving your own paddling during the class is that you get videotaped on the water and then everyone critiques you later.  When you take the class with Chris, the additional bonus is that you might also end up staying at her house, like we did because we ended up on the Skykomish River for the last few days, in which case pretty much anything could happen – impromptu haircuts, hanging out with a huge bird – you name it. :) Pics below.


Kim Russell - May 9, 2011

Hey! Great post! I was at the Wenatchee that weekend with another group and we ran into your group a few times.. played at rodeo hole together a bit too. I was wondering if you have any photos of a girl in a red Wave Sport Project X, white helmet, yellow pfd and drysuit. Also, do you happen to know the lady taking video that day? I believe she was in your group, and I was hoping to maybe get some from her if she took any. thanks!

Kim Russell

Irene - May 21, 2011

Hey Kim! Sorry, for some reason I just saw your comment now, two weeks later… I remember meeting you, awesome surfing on Rodeo Hole! The lady taking the video was Chris Jonason, she owns WaveTrek Rescue, her email is on the site – I’d post it here but it’s probably meat for spambots, so here’s the contact page for her site: SYOTR!

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