Becoming an ACA Instructor is a tremendously rewarding accomplishment that affords endless opportunities to give back to the sport. This course is taught by an Instructor Trainer Educator in both River Kayaking and Swift Water Rescue and fueled by fun. It will set you on the path of teaching your own classes or making your current instruction more effective (go HERE* for evals of prior courses). Although mere completion of this course is not a guarantee of Certification, it will improve your boating and is one of the biggest steps towards earning ACA Instructor Certification. Other benefits of ACA Certification include access to inexpensive liability insurance and numerous pro deals.
If already certified in River Kayaking, a portion of this class may be attended as an Update up to Level 2.
Location: James River / Glasgow, VA
Format: This course is a mix of on water course work, several evening classroom sessions, and independent study. It will be 3 very full days.
Course 1: 06.16.17-06.18.17 (3 Days)
For the next course go HERE
L2 ACA Instructor Requirements and Topics Covered:
Listed HERE. If not all requirements are met, Certification at a lower level is possible.
Course Requirements: (In addition to those listed in the above link)
- A reasonable level of comfort paddling Class II rapids
- Whitewater kayak with adequate volume and hull speed to tow a swimmer
- Flotation bags, paddle, helmet, pfd, and skirt
- Throw rope (5/16” diameter or larger is suggested – length and material is up to you.)
- Appropriate clothing to safely paddle/swim in the course venue this time of year.
- ACA Instructor Manual
$275 / student if taken in an effort to earn initial L2 Certification
$130 / student if taken as an Update (1 day required)
* ACA annual membership: $40 / year (approximate – depends on membership type)
* ACA Instructor’s Manual: $25 hard copy or $15 for CD
* Upon earning Certification – SEIC dues: $25 / year
* Current certifications in First Aid and CPR (requirements of Instructor Certification but can be completed after ACA Certification is earned). If you need help finding a course, go HERE.
Many paddling clubs offer reimbursement for Certification courses like this as well as the required First Aid and CPR courses in exchange for instruction for their members. Contact your Club’s Safety and Education Chair direct for information and requirements.
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This class is conducted under a Commercial Use Permit, is insured through the American Canoe Association, and made possible in part by the Coastal Canoeists.