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A.C.A. Certification

American Canoe Association Instructor Certification: This is the most comprehensive instructor course on the market, and eNRG Kayaking has innovated the curriculumn. It develops ones interpersonal skills & paddling skills through peer feedback, video analysis, and lectures.We combine practical on water demonstrations and presentations with real world scenarios that will equip you to deal with teaching this multifaceted sport as a professional. This course sets the industry standard for instruction in paddle sports.

This 40 hour course covers:

  • Technical knowledge of paddling
  • Teaching skills
  • Terminology
  • Personal paddling skills
  • Safety awareness
The ACA instructor certification process is broken up into two core components: the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor. The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification. This course will cover the following ACA curriculum content:
  • Introduction to Kayak
  • Basic River Kayak
  • Essentials to River Kayaking
  • Whitewater Kayak

To Be Certified You Must:

Be at least 18 years of age (Jr. instructor status is possible for minors)
Be or become a member of the ACA
Become a member of the Safety, Education, and Instruction (SEI) Committee
Successfully complete the course (requires: attendance at every session and completed homework, quizzes, and tests)

Just because you have paid your class fees and attended the class, does not mean you are guaranteed certification. Each candidate must show competency in technical knowledge, paddling skills, teaching skills, safety awareness, and necessary interpersonal skills at the desired level of certification to achieve certification. On average only about 25% of students achieve the whitewater certification, often because this course is many kayaker’s first exposure to formal instruction.

Certification dates are available upon request

Email: sam@eNRGKayaking.com or call 503.772.1122 for more info.

Price: $500 + $65 membership to ACA and SEI (Payable to the American Canoe Association)
Duration: 40 Hours
Dates/Times: TBA
Location: Portland and many other locations throughout the country upon request
Prerequisites: Must be intermediate kayaker with some teaching experience or a strong desire to learn how to teach.

What our Customers are Saying:

“The content was great. The progression makes a lot of sense to me. This will really help my paddling.”

Lori Vandenbrink