During warm weather months (April – October) a team of Volunteer Paddling Guides works alongside the Sultana Education Foundation’s professional staff to assist with implementation of the Foundation’s canoe and kayak-based programs. During the school year the main activity is paddling-based educational programs for K-12 students. Other opportunities include assisting with weekend “Public Paddles” and multi-day eco-travel expeditions for adults. Between one and two Volunteer Paddling Guides may accompany the Foundation’s professional staff for each program. Individuals wishing to join this volunteer program need to be comfortable on the water, solid swimmers, and have experience kayaking and canoeing (see physical requirements below).
Total Program Volunteers: 6
Volunteer Program Season: April – October
Required Minimum Annual Volunteer Days: 6
2017 Mandatory Training Dates
May 8 & 9, 9:00am – 4:00pm
2017 Optional American Canoe Association Instructor Certification Course
June 12-14, 9:00am – 5:00pm / $325 per person
Initial/Annual Training: Individuals interested in serving as Volunteer Paddling Guides must successfully complete a mandatory two-day training course held annually each May. This course will introduce participants to core safety concepts, paddling procedures, and program procedures.
Optional ACA Training: Volunteers in this program also have the option to participate in an ACA (American Canoe Association) Instructor training course. Volunteers who complete this course will receive preference for volunteer opportunities on some of our more adventurous programs
Minimum Time Requirement: After completing initial training in May, each volunteer is expected to volunteer on at least 6 separate days between May and October.
Physical Requirements: Prospective volunteers should be able to lift 30 pounds, able to tread water for 5 minutes, and capable of swimming 100 yards. Volunteers should also be prepared to spend several hours in the sun, and canoe/kayak for up to three hours in a given day.
Initial Fees: Volunteers accepted into this program are required to pay an initial fee of $25 to cover the costs of a volunteer crew uniform (sun shirt). Volunteers that continue with the program will be expected to purchase a new uniform each year.
Application to the Program: If you are interested in serving as a Volunteer Paddling Guide, you are encouraged to fill out a Volunteer Application. Once your application is received, your name will be added to a list of future prospective volunteers. Interviews for new Volunteer Paddling Guides are conducted as time permits, but generally occur between January and April.