Looking for opinions here from those that teach and those that have taken classes. The part II of the basic class I teach follows ACA guidelines for half of a basic 8hr course. Often times there will be folks in the class that are following up the previous days (or weeks') 4hr class. There are a heck of a lot of things to cover adequately but the main problem I find is that many people simply have insufficient time in the boat between classes to paddle efficiently in a straight line for 1/2 mile then have sufficient energy to learn draw strokes, braces, hip snap(?ouch),and eskimo rescue efficiently. That on top of learning paddle float rescues with any other rescue as opportunities present themselves. I'm expected to stick with the curriculum but work it as the student can absorb it.
Anywho, just curious. I don't want people to learn a solo rescue in benign sheltered conditions with the attendant gear ("buy it, your safe!") issues, so paddling a distance up and/down wind to assess peoples skills and instruct enroute is part of the plan. The other part being that being able to paddle that distance (1-2miles) is kind of a screening process for the student. If they're unable to manage that distance comfortably and do a few rescues then learning braces and draw strokes is probably not worth learning that day. What are your thoughts? Some of this comes from the previous post where a couple of folks were using these two 4hr courses as preperation for a solo camping trip in the San Juans. Final thought, no more loose water bottles, I'm done chasing them down.