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SEIC Report from Fredericksburg

SEIC Meeting in Fredericksburg with the ACA

Greetings from Fredericksburg!

I had an awesome time visiting the ACA headquarters. It was great to finally meet the staff members in person and it’s always great to connect with others who love the water as much as I do! If you get a chance to head down it is well worth the trip. The town itself was the boyhood home of George Washington and offers loads of colonial and Civil War historical goodness! My personal favorite spot was the Apothecary Shop as it was fascinating to see how much medicine has progressed since colonial times.

It was just as fun to join other members of the Safety Education and Instructional Council (SEIC) in two days of curriculum review and program promotion.

There are loads of cool new programs in the works including an increased focus on Trip Leader rather than Instructional tracks for each discipline focused on those who are just getting new people out on the water to provide an experience rather than developing teaching skills. The ACA is also leading the way in the continued growth of Standup Paddle Board (SUP) by piloting a new coastal track this Spring.

Focused on Safety, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Representative reported on the significant increase in drowning deaths as a result of the increase in SUP and Kayak Angling.

One of my goals is to deliver more entry level training on both of these sports so that people can understand essential gear like PFDs and be honest with their limits. The SEIC is reviewing the Level 1 curriculum for all disciplines so that these courses are more streamlined and truly focused on the essential skills to ensure a safe fun time on the water!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you are an instructor as I would like to better promote all learning opportunities in our state. Also, if you are interested in sharing your love of paddling with others and would like to become an ACA Instructor let me know and I will help connect you to our diverse network of Instructor Trainers.

See you on the water,

Steve the Dark Beard

stevesassaman@gmail.com

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WV Beers for WV Public Lands!

February 21, 2018, 6:00pm - February 21, 2018, 7:00pm

Do you like beer? Do you like our public lands? We have just the event for you! Join us for WV Beers for WV Public Lands, presented by the Morgantown Chapter of West Virginians for Public Lands and West Virginia Rivers Coalition in partnership with Sierra Club. We will have several WV beers on tap from Short Story Brewing and Chestnut Brew Works, all proceeds going to West Virginians for Public Lands; a photo booth provided by As You Are Boudoir, props included; raffles and door prizes provided by Pathfinder, 304 Food Works, and Black Bear Burritos; and excited volunteer leaders ready to educate and inform. We will see you there!

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No PFD’s. I guess if you fell off floating may be your second worry. This is terrifying. ...

Log rafting, 1958. Carpathian mountains, Ukraine. Absolutely terrifying!

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Kayak fishing on the Yough anyone. Awesome video. ...

Trout, bass, kayaks. What more could you ask for. #kayakfishing #rock

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Calling all snorkelheads ... ...

The View Below: Amazing Sights in Our Streams and Rivers

March 4, 2018, 2:00pm - March 4, 2018, 2:30pm

Freshwater Journeys in partnership with Roots & Shoots at BucknellU and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Inc. presents .... The View Below: Amazing Sights in Our Streams and Rivers Sunday, March 4, 2:00-3:30 PM Gallery Theatre at Elaine Langone Center Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) We often perceive that there isn’t much to see beneath the surface of our nation’s freshwater rivers and streams, but once we look underwater, an amazing world appears. Fish of incredibly diverse colors, shapes, and behaviors live in freshwater ecosystems. The streams themselves create other worldly, breathtaking streamscapes, giving humans willing to submerge themselves the opportunity to witness incredible ecological feats, such as thousand-mile fish migrations, predator-prey interactions, or the vibrant-colors of mating displays. The underwater world of our rivers and streams is unexpected, largely unnoticed, and amazing! Underwater naturalist Keith Williams shares his adventures of exploring and discovering the underwater world of our Susquehanna River and her tributaries, including the Pennsylvania 2018 River of the Year – the Loyalsock Creek – in this engaging free presentation. About the Presenter: Keith Williams has developed river snorkeling-based science curriculum and has established river snorkeling programs for non-profits and the U.S. Forest Service. Keith has led thousands of people on river snorkeling adventures. His first book on river snorkeling, Snorkelhead, was published in 2016. FREE and open to the public. This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, using Environmental Stewardship Funds, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and administered by the Pennsylvania Organization of Watersheds and Rivers. #PARiveroftheYear #LoyalsockCreek #LoyalsockLove #Susquehanna

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