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ACA Kayak Instructor Certification
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Kayak Instruction

ACA Instructor Certification

Become a kayak instructor!

As the recognized governing body for canoe sport in the United States, the American Canoe Association brings people together to continue to improve skills in paddling and teaching through carefully assembled training programs. Certification through our ACA Lessons provides a forum for developing skilled instructors committed to modern instruction. Certification also helps to acquaint paddlers with generally accepted guidelines for paddling instruction. We are proud to offer lots of ACA courses for you to attend. All lessons run from 9am to 5pm on the water with evening class room instruction. After this course, all of the necessary paperwork will be sent to the ACA. It is important for you to become an active member of the ACA before your lesson begins. We would be happy to furnish you with the appropriate information.
We offer a five day American Canoe Association Flat Water, Moving Water, and Whitewater-Certification, Level 1 through 5. You may choose to certify in flatwater, moving water, whitewater or advanced whitewater. Your knowledge and skill will determine whether you become certified in any or all levels as an ACA kayak instructor. The learning process, effective teaching techniques, demonstration, methods, equipment, clothing, and safety will be covered. Students will learn modern paddling theory including recreational and competitive techniques, strokes, maneuvers, rescue, route finding, group organization, and legal issues.
This lesson will take place on the front range of Colorado on a local Reservoir and the Colorado River. Lodging is not included. Please call us if you need help with lodging arrangements.
Each day consists of instruction on the water from 8:00am to 5:00pm and classroom/videos in the evenings. The course will follow the ACA outline.
Kayakers should have 2-3 years of experience and have solid class III to IV boating skills.


Prerequisites: Kayakers should have 2-3 years of experience. If you want the benefit of the ACA certification for this class, you must be a current ACA Member and have paid your SEIC dues, (instructor dues for the Safety Education & Instruction Council) and provide us with your ACA number during the class. You are welcome to take this class without being an ACA member but then you will not be certified through the ACA.
Required Reading: Canoe and Kayaking (ACA handbook)
American Canoe Association
You can join the ACA through this link: Join the ACA. Please choose the instructor level of membership on the ACA page.

ACA Inst. Certification
5-Day
Dates: (To sign up online, click on the trip/clinic of your choice.)
Fee: $539.00

Refund Policy
Cancellations 5 days or more before your class dates are refundable less a 10% reservation fee. You can reschedule your class (subject to availability) without any penalties if you notify Renaissance Adventure Guides 5 days prior to your class date. With-in 5 days of your class date, your funds are committed and are non-refundable.


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