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Become An American Canoe Association Instructor!

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ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification

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It’s more than just bragging rights! Take your love for kayaking to a much higher level!

We strongly value formal training. The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a great organization that standardizes paddle-sport safety and instruction. It’s acknowledged as the “Gold Standard” of paddle-sport education throughout the US and several foreign countries. Most of our guides have passed skill assessment tests, been certified as ACA instructors and Trip Leaders.

Our director, Dr. Neal, is an ACA Instructor Trainer. We, therefore, offer courses where paddlers can become certified as ACA Instructors.

And, you join the elite fellowship of ACA Instructors!

If you are interested in exploring this more contact us!

The process looks like this:


You’ll work with an instructor to pass a skills assessment.


You’ll take an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) – usual 3 days in spring or early summer.


Finally, you’ll take an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE) – usually 2 days in end of summer (You’ll have the middle of summer to work on your paddling and teaching skills).

Be part of the elite fellowship of ACA instructors!

If you are interested in exploring this more contact us.

General Requirements for ACA Instructor Certification

  • Instructors shall be at least 18 years of age
  • Maintain current ACA Membership and SEIC dues
  • Maintain an appropriate level of First Aid and age appropriate CPR trainings

Instructor Certification Process

To become an ACA Instructor, an Instructor Candidate must:

  • Participate in an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and pass an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). These courses are offered either as separate courses with time between for skills and presentation development and practice, or can be offered concurrently (at the discretion of the Instructor Trainer) as an Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW).
  • Perform paddling skills consistently with demonstration quality
  • Demonstrate effective teaching skills
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of paddlesport
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety & rescue ability
  • Demonstrate effective group / course management and positive interpersonal skills
You can learn more about ACA Instructor Certification by visiting their website.
Earn your ACA certification through Whitecap Kayak.


for the IDW ¹


for the ICE ²

¹ Instructor Development Workshop
² Instructor Certification Exam

Join Our Waiting List

Course dates are TBD. Join our waiting list and we’ll let you know when we’ve scheduled the upcoming ACA workshops.

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