ACA L4 Kayak Instructor Cert. Workshop ○ Friendsville, MD ○ 10.21.16-10.23.16 & 11.4.16-11.6.16 (5+ Days)

ITE ACA Logo Register Now.jpgBecoming 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.

Additionally, this course will have a concentration in Swift Water Rescue and will help prepare those Candidates who earn L4 Kayaking Certification for a separate one day bridge course to become an L3 Swift Water Rescue Instructor.

If already certified in River Kayaking, a portion of this class may be attended as an L4 Update or to Upgrade your Certification to L4.

Location: Lower Yough / Friendsville, MD

Format: 2 weekends of a Friday evening session and full days both Saturday and Sunday.  This course is a mix of on water course work, several evening classroom sessions, and independent study.

When: 10.21.16-10.23.16 & 11.4.16-11.6.16  (Friday night start each weekend.  Both weekends must be attended.)  For the next course go HERE

L4 ACA Instructor Requirements and Topics Covered:
To meet the ACA’s L4 standard, an Instructor must meet all of the Instructor Criteria  and be able to give a solid presentation on anything in the L4 Sample Skills Course Outline.
If not all requirements are met, Certification at a lower level can be awarded.  If this is the case, I am willing to work with any Instructor Candidate for up to a year (within reason) at no extra charge to help them earn their desired level of Certification.
Once earned, the Certification must be maintained by following these requirements.

Course Requirements: (In addition to those listed in the above link)

  • A reasonable level of comfort on the Lower Yough (or equivalent)
  •  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

Although not a course requirement, a first aid kit and basic Un-Pin Kit are recommended for any whitewater boater. [Suggested 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]

Costs (New Instructor):
*Course Tuition (Includes lodging at my home in Friendsville):
$490 / student if taken in an effort to earn initial L4 Certification – $20 discount available if deposit received 60 days prior to start of course

* 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.

Update / Upgrade Costs (Current Instructors):
* L4 Upgrade: $270 / student (3 days required)
* Update at any level: $130 / student (one day required)

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 Info:
Email me (Dave Kessmann) at:
dkessmann (at) gmail (period) com
Please put “Fall 2016 LY ACA L4 RK ICW” in the subject line
Looking forward to it.


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.

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