This fund assists the development of instructor trainers and advanced level Instructors (ACA Level III or above) and certified instructors residing in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
A one-time $500 honorarium will be awarded upon completion of necessary training and presentation of evidence of certification in any paddling discipline as:
- An American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer, or Instructor Trainer Educator
- A United States Canoe Association Trainer
- A British Canoe Union Level 5 Assessor
A one-time $150 honorarium will be paid to those individuals who present evidence of certification in any paddling discipline as:
- An American Canoe Association Instructor Level III or above
- A British Canoe Union Coach 3
These honoraria are designed to reimburse successful trainees for part of the costs incurred during the certification process. No one may receive more than one honorarium. Awards will be made until the fund is depleted.
To ensure the fund will not be depleted – watch for a special raffle announcement to benefit the fund. We gratefully acknowledge the following contributions made already:
- LL BEAN – $200 Gift Certificate
- NORTHWEST PASSAGE – Two SUP class certificates valued at $50 each
If you are a business – please consider contributing to the raffle with a product donation or gift certificate.
If you are a paddler, you can make a donation at http://www.illinoispaddling.info/heartland-fund/
June 13-14 St. Charles Dragon Boat Races
June 28 Voyageur Landing* Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12 Five State Challenge
July 18 Illinois Whitewater Festival & Buttercup Salom Series
July 19 Pecatonica*
July 26 Pontiac*
Aug. 11-16 USCA Nationals
Sept. 12 Joe Kowsky Memorial Race (I &M and Dupage)* – Channahon, IL
Sept. 20 Vic Hopp*
Sept. 27 Fall Classic*
Oct. 10-11 Aluminum Nationals
*IPC Points Race
Want to Build your own Dam Simulator? We have the plans for that.
When presenting the Dam Simulator, Please make sure you recognize:
Illinois Paddling council
Sigrid Pilgrim, president of the IPC at the time the Dam was Built
Dam Simulator Design and Engineering: Susan Sherrod
Dam Builder: Joel Neuman, B&N Products, Palatine, Illinois, USA,
And the Baxter foundation for their funding of the project…
Additional info in ACA web site: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/sei-educational_resources/article_dam_simulator.pdf
dam simulator plans
DISCLAIMER: This list is provided as a service to the public looking for paddling opportunities. This list is not an endorsement of their services.
|Name and Website
||City, State, Zip
||Wedron, IL 60557
|C&M Canoe Rental
||Ottawa, IL 61350
|Canoe the Kish at Larsen’s Landing
||Rockford, IL 61109
|Canoe the Vermilion
||Streator, IL 61634
||N. Vermilion/Illinois/Fox/I&M Canal
|Chicago Paddle Rentals
||Chicago, IL 60653
|Chicago River Canoe & Kayak
||Chicago IL 60302-2329
||Chicago River/Skokie Lagoons/Busse Woods
773-704-2663 Chicago River
|Fever River Outfitters
|| Galena, IL 61036
|Freeport Canoe Company
||Geneseo, IL 61254
|Kankakee River Canoe Rental
|| Wilmington, IL
||Chicago, IL 60622
||Chicago River and Lake MI
||Morris, IL 60450
||Rockford, IL 61101
||Kishwaukee River(Cherry Valley to New Milford)
||Veron Hills, IL 60061
||Des Plaines River
|Reed’s Canoe Trips
||Kankakee, IL 60901-2194
||Loves Park, IL 61111
|Rutabaga Paddlesport Shop
||Madison, WI 53716
|Schmidt’s Canoeing Service
||Elgin, IL 60123
|T.J.’s Bait/Tackle and Canoe Rental
||Oregon, IL 61061
|TipACanoe Canoe Rentals
||Burlington, WI 53105
|Vermilion River Rafting
||Oglesby, IL 61348
|White Crane Rentals
||Carbondale, IL 62902
|Wisconsin River Outings
||Boscobel, WI 53805
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The St. Charles Canoe Club will host its 44th annual Current Buster Canoe and Kayak Race. This long-standing iconic event will take place on May 7th, and has seen local, regional, national, and Olympic champions, as well as “first time” paddlers to the beautiful Fox River Valley. Starting at Pottawatomie Park near downtown St. Charles, the race is nine miles long, four and a half miles upstream and four and a half back, with unique “S” curve buoy turns at the finish line area.
For the “relaxed racer,” there is a shorter six mile course up and back; don’t be afraid of the upstream part, because you can paddle near the shore line where there is hardly any current, making for an easy passage. C1 and K1 races are in the morning and C2, as well as rec. kayaks and canoes in the afternoon.
See our web page for more detail: http://www.stcharlescanoeclub.com/. You can also find us on facebook.
So, don’t be afraid – come on out and enjoy the Fox River. This is also a good way to get ready for the Des Plaines and Mid-American canoe races later.
Karl Teske – St. Charles Canoe Club
By Greg Taylor
The Core Development Team (CDT) is currently working on developing the final draft of the reporting form that will be used by paddlers to gather the information that will be used to determine the database for the certification. The known entry/exit points and campsites along the river are currently being plotted on a map for a clearer understanding of where gaps are that need to be verified for their attributes, along with the age of the data that might need to be re-verified this summer. The age of some of the existing data might be too old to use and will have to be paddled again for a current condition (aka more than 7-10 years old? and older). Probably not a great loss-who doesn’t like an easy afternoon paddle on an easy flowing, tree-lined avenue?
I will be at CanoeCopia this March – on Saturday and Sunday – with a signup sheet for those who would like to help out with the ground-truthing, paddling information-gathering opportunities of the Initiative. I will be at the Prairie State Paddlers’ table (an excellent organization I might add) when I’m not checking out all the cool new gear and info that the fest has to offer. Anyone think a dew rag with the Fox River as an entry/exit map would be a good souvenir to those who help out? Stop by the table and give me your opinion, I’ll listen.
Greatly appreciates, again, the generous donations from Mrs. Helen Hartman, Sarah’s mother, Dave Hillman, Iowa, and the contributors to the silent auction last year. This fund supports paddlers who have successfully completed paddlesport instructor certification. Please see details on our website about qualifying for financial support from the Sarah Hartman Fund:
For upcoming instructional and certification courses (searchable by state):
Sample of Upcoming Skills Courses in Illinois:
Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Aurora):
Wednesday, May 10 – May 13, 2017 (Chicago)