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ACA Kayak Instructor Updaters and Workshops
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ACA Instructor Update Lessons, Workshops and 2 day Instructor Courses

How we run our American Canoe Association Instructor Classes
We teach the ACA Level 1 and Level II classes on a lake with an inlet for the moving water portion of the class. This is a hands on learning and teaching class. Certified ACA instructors of Level 1 or 2 can use this class to meet their continuing education requirements. New instructors can use this class as a workshop to learn the skills for teaching kayaking on flat/moving water, Instructor Development Workshop, (IDW). Those of you that wish to become ACA Certified Instructors, taking this class may also work as your Instructor Certification Exam, (ICE). Each person who takes this class will be helping with the teaching based on their knowledge and skill.

If you would like to see the ACA outline of each of these courses, please click here: ACA River Kayaking Course Outlines.

These are 2-3 day classes to make better instructors or refresh existing instructors.
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.
You can join the ACA through this link: Join the ACA. Please choose the instructor level of membership on the ACA page.

Kayak Instructor Flatwater/Moving Water Level 1 and 2
Our flatwater updater is the first two days of our full class and is done on the front range of Colorado on a local Reservoir.

Dates: (To sign up online, click on the trip/clinic of your choice.)
Fee: $239.00
Gear Rental Package: $50.00

Whitewater Level 3, 4 and 5
The whitewater instructor updater/workshop/evaluation is done on the Colorado River near Glenwood. This class is the 3rd-5th days of our regular 5 day instructor lesson. The prerequisites for this class are having taken a Level II workshop or the equivalent. To be certifided as an ACA instructor at the Level III or above, you will need to be an ACA Level II current instructor. If you have been teaching kayaking and you have not gone through the ACA instructor class, please take our 5 day ACA Instructor Class.

Dates: (To sign up online, click on the trip/clinic of your choice.)
Fee: $239.00
Gear Rental Package: $50.00

Swiftwater :

Prerequisite for this class is that you have been certified as a ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and your certification is still current. You may take this class in any acceptable river running craft. For more information on this class, please see or ACA Swiftwater Instructor Certification
You can also see the class outlines, requirements, etc for the different levels of ACA certification on the ACA website at: Safety and Rescue Courses.
Note: Location for this class will vary with river water levels. The early season classes often are on the Colorado River near Glenwood, but some years the water is too high in this location and we may need to use another river/location.

Dates: (To sign up online, click on the trip/clinic of your choice.)
Fee: $239.00
Gear Rental Package: $50.00

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.

Required Reading: Canoe and Kayaking (ACA handbook)

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