ACA L5 Kayak Inst. Cert. Workshops ○ WV & GA

ITE ACA Logo Register NowL5 is the highest level of Instructor Certificaiton that the ACA offers.  With it, you are Certified by the American Canoe Association to teach on up to and including Class IV whitewater.  The ACA’s inexpensive liability insurance is available for these courses as well.

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 advanced classes and will make 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.

If already Certified as an L5 River Kayak Instructor, a portion of this class may be attended as an L5 Update.

In order to sit for the L5, you must first be an ACA Certified L4 River Kayak Instructor in good standing who has taught and reported at least 2 L4 courses and taken a swift water rescue course. (The SWR course can be taken later and applied retroactively.  If you need help with a SWR course, go HERE.)  The expectation is that you are an experienced Instructor who exceeds the L4 standard, has solid risk management skills, and is comfortable leading on Class IV with solid stroke mechanics.  You’ll also need to be current in First Aid, CPR, ACA dues and SEIC dues.  You can find the full L5 Kayak Instructor Criteria HERE.

Dates / Locations:
I will be offering two separate L5 Kayak Instructor Certificaiton Workshops this year.  They are each 2 days.  You must attend both days in order to meet the ACA requirements.

Course 1: West Virginia 9.22.18-9.23.18
Course 2: Georgia TBD

Do you have a group of 3 or more who are interested in earning their L5 ACA Certification? Contact Us to set up a custom course.

Format: 2 days of on water course work with evening classroom sessions

L5 ACA Instructor Requirements and Topics Covered:
To meet the ACA’s L5 standard, an Instructor must meet all of the Instructor Criteria  and be able to give a solid presentation on anything in the L5 Sample Skills Course Outline.
If not all requirements are met, an Update at a lower level can be awarded.  If this is the case, I am willing to work with any L5 Instructor Candidate for up to a year (within reason) at no extra charge to help them meet their goal of earning L5 Certification.

Course Requirements: (In addition to those listed in the above link)
● Instructors meet or exceed the L4 Instructor Criteria prior to taking the course
● 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 comfortably paddle/swim in the course venue / environment.
● ACA Instructor Manual

Although not a course requirement, a first aid kit and basic Un-Pin Kit are recommended for any whitewater boater. [Suggested basic Un-Pin Kit: (3) locking carabiners (“Keylock nose” preferred-make sure these do not have any steel components); (2) pieces of 5 or 6 mm accessory cord 72” long with the ends melted to prevent fraying (It’s OK if these are already tied in to prussik loops.); (1) piece of 1” tubular webbing 20 ft. long with the ends melted to prevent fraying]

Course Tuition:
$275 / student
$130 / student if taken as an L5 Update (2 days 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.


To Register:
Go HERE. You will need your ACA number prior to starting the registration process. If not an ACA member, you can join (and get your member number) HERE.

For More Information: Contact Us

Looking forward to it.


These courses are conducted under a Commercial Use Permit, insured through the American Canoe Association, and made possible in part by the Coastal Canoeists.