ACA Kayak Instructor Certification Course

The ACA Kayak Instructor Course – taught by Heather Herbeck – is for whitewater kayakers interested in working as professional kayak instructors or simply developing proficiency in kayak teaching techniques.
Weekend 1: April 15, 16, 17
Weekend 2: April 23-24
This instructor training course leads to certification as a whitewater kayak instructor by the American Canoe Association, or the ACA. The ACA has created the nation’s premier teaching certification program for kayaking. With more than 40 years experience, the ACA has developed a specific and proven set of paddle sports’ best practices, inspiring participants to share their experience and knowledge of kayaking in the safest, most effective way.
This course will combine on-water demonstrations and presentations in a variety of environments with discussion sessions on teaching methodology, skill development and peer feedback. You’ll learn how to reach the most challenging students and maintain a fun and safe environment at all times. Don’t be surprised if you walk away from this 40-hour training having refined your own technique and learned new ways to build upon your own whitewater kayaking skills.
The course will consist of an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). Participants will also be required to:
Perform paddling skills and demonstrate skills clearly and consistently
Demonstrate effective teaching skills
Demonstrate technical knowledge of kayaking
Demonstrate proper safety and rescue ability
Demonstrate effective group/course management and positive interpersonal skills
Course Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years old to participate
Be (or become) a member of the ACA and the Safety, Education and Instruction Committee (SEIC)
Full completion of the course (attendance, homework, exams, etc)
Maintain sufficient first aid and CPR certifications
Please note that attendance alone will not guarantee certification. Participants must demonstrate skills and pass the ICE in order to be recognized by the ACA. Course will run 8:30 am – 6:00 pm all days with some evening work.
Dive deeper into your own kayaking by learning the methods and techniques used by the nation’s best instructors. Call us today or reserve online to secure your spot on the ACA Kayak Instructor Training Course.


Apr 15 - 17 2022


8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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