Friday, September 21, 2012

Kokatat - ACA Instructor of the Month

ACA September Instructor of the Month - Beth Wiegandt with her family.
 Kokatat - ACA Instructor of the Month - Beth Wiegandt

Beth Wiegandt is an ACA Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing Instructor Trainer and Level 2: Essentials of River Kayaking Instructor.

She has been paddling, teaching, and leading trips on the water for 24 years.  She was intrigued by paddlesports when she was a camp counselor, hearing about all the fun and excitement that week-long adventure paddlers had on the river.  That program pulled her in and she hasn't looked back! River canoeing has become her passion, and she loves to spend a day (or 2 or 3!) playing in waves and holes in her Esquif Zephyr.

Beth's husband Steve, also an ACA canoe and kayak instructor, and his family taught her to paddle.  There have been many mentors along her paddling journey, but having his support has enabled her to grow in skills and now be inspired by their daughters as they paddle more technical rivers, together as a family. You may find the Wiegandt family on their favorite hometown runs: the Balcony Falls section of the James River and the Ripplemead to Bluff City stretch on the New River.

Beth, enjoying another day on the river near her home in southern Virginia.

The ACA would like to thank Kokatat for being the exclusive sponsor of the ACA Instructor of the Month program.

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