Finger Lakes Museum staff and volunteers are now ACA certified Kayak Instructors


Those attending paddling events at the Finger Lakes Museum can have peace of mind that the instruction they are getting is top notch. The Finger Lakes Museum hosted an ACA (American Canoe Association) Kayak Instructor Training course on June 22-24, with several staff, volunteers and community members taking advantage of the perfect weather.

The sun shone brightly on Tom Nickels of RiverWind Kayak as he led the three-day kayak instructor-training course. The course included daily classroom instruction and hours in the water, taking place at the Museum’s campus on the bank of Sugar Creek. Participants received personalized attention regarding the skills needed to properly instruct others on the sport of kayaking and took to practicing those skills in the water as well. FLM Program Director Debbie Lyon explains, “An ACA certification is considered the ‘gold star’ of knowledge. We had a great time out on the water and Sugar Creek was the perfect place to hold this training.”

As FLM’s paddling events are led by certified instructors, the events can be listed on the ACA website, which in turn means more exposure of the museum and the region to the ACA community.

The Finger Lakes Museum would like to congratulate all participants who earned their certification, with special acknowledgements to Debbie Lyon, FLM Program Director, Gail Pollard, FLM Grants Administrator and Board Advisory member, Pat Atkinson, FLM Educator and Brenda Travis, long-time FLM volunteer. For more information on the ACA, its mission and benefits of membership, visit

To learn more about RiverWind Kayak and course offerings, visit For Finger Lakes Museum information, including upcoming paddling events, visit


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