Instruction

PWSC offers two for-credit classes in archery as well as non-credit classes:

Archery A190

Course Description: This class is for everyone from beginner to experienced archers; offering an introduction to archery, this class explores the history of archery, the anatomy of bows and arrows, vocabulary and terminology. Students will be exposed to archery through a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the sport and will acquire proper form, shot set-up, mental and physical preparation, strategies for archery safety, and tournament play. Focusing on Olympic style target archery, including 28 hours of actual shooting time, students will learn the steps to archery success that can be applied across all disciplines of archery. Participants will also be introduced to other types of arrow sports on the range, through video and class lecture. This is a fun, hands on experience that promotes archery as a healthy lifetime activity. Students will discuss and demonstrate character development, self evaluation skills, communication, cooperation, respect and related behaviors that are required in all effective functioning groups. Each student will be required to journal their own archery successes and improvements along with brief written essays of discussion topics including how archery changed cultures and societies over centuries, how archery can contribute to a healthy balanced life style, and how archery can or has influenced them on a personal level i.e. physically, emotionally or socially.

No experience or equipment required for this course. PWSC will provide basic bows and arrows. 1 college credit

Competitive Archery A190

Course Description: This intermediate level, two semester long course will build on fundamental archery skills, bio-mechanical form, technique, equipment selection and tuning, rules of tournament play and safety. This course promotes target archery as a recreation/sport and prepares archers for competition within an elite peer group of college competitors both nationally and internationally.

Even though the focus of this class is on target competition, the skills learned during the academic year apply to any archery discipline including bowhunting.

No experience is required; however, some experience or completion of course Archery A190 is recommended. Equipment can be provided; however the use of your personal equipment is encouraged. Instructor(s) will assist in the proper selection/fitting of equipment. You are not required to be a PWSC Archery Team member or expected to compete in order to participate in this class. 1 college credit each semester.

BOWHUNTER EDUCATION:

PWSC delivers the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), Alaska Bowhunter Education Course. This course provides the certification required to hunt big game in archery only areas in our state. This class meets all standards of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, (NBEF) and International Bowhunter Education Program, (IBEP) certification requirements. This course is taught by volunteer instructors who are approved by the ADF&G; for more information visit their website at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/ index.cfm?adfg=huntered. bowhunter.

NATIONAL ARCHERY in the SCHOOL PROGRAM, (NASP) BASIC ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR (BAI) COURSE: 

PWSC offers this class in conjunction with Alaska Dept of Fish & Game primarily to K-12 teachers who offer the NASP program in their schools. This class is available for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit. For more information Contact PWSC or ADF&G Program Coordinator Ginamaria Smith at (907) 267-2196 or ginamaria.smith@alaska.edu.

USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification

The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators. Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3-D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

Course Length: 8 hours (Dependent on class size)

Certification Period: Three years from the date of course completion

Prerequisites: Minimum age is 15

Benefits:

  • USA Archery Mobile Coach
  • Qualified to be the lead Instructor for an Explore Archery Program
  • Eligible for USA Archery insurance coverage. See USA Archery Insurance page for requirements.
  • All Level 1 Instructors who assist in a USA Archery Club are required to obtain a Range Pass.

Contact/Instructor: Contact Steve Shiell, PWSC Archery Advisor, 907-834-1622. Several Instructors are eligible to teach this course.

USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification

The Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course includes the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course and provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory setup, athlete development and events as well as qualifies students to teach the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course. Graduates of the Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course are well prepared to serve as the lead instructor for long-term archery programs such as Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), Adult Archery Program and Collegiate Archery Program clubs, as well as the Explore Archery Program.

Instructor/Contact: Steve Shiell USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach - 907-834-1622

Course Length: 12-16 hours (Dependent on class size)

Certification Period: Three years from the date of course completion

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age is 18
  • Membership to USA Archery, National Field Archery Association (NFAA) or Archery Shooters Association (ASA)
  • SafeSport Training
  • Certification Requirements:
  • Membership to USA Archery, National Field Archery Association (NFAA) or Archery Shooters Association (ASA)
  • USA Archery Background Screening
  • SafeSport Training

Benefits:

  • Qualified to teach the Level 1 Instructor Certification Course
  • Eligible to apply for Level 2 Instructor Trainer Certification
  • Qualified to be the lead Instructor for an Explore Archery Program, JOAD Program, Adult Archery Program and/or Collegiate Archery Program Club
  • Eligible to receive USA Archery insurance coverage.
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