ACA Instructor
Certification Course

Is a certification course right for you?

This Instructor Certification Workshop is a combination of the ACA Instructor Development Workshop and Instructor Certification Exam.  It is suited to those who have strong paddling skills and who instruct clients, campers, staff members and others in canoeing skills. Successful completion of the course will make you eligible to become an ACA Certified Instructor for River Canoeing Level 1 and / or 2. We strongly recommend you select the links below to review the ACA Instructor Criteria before you sign up for this course.

Introduction to Canoeing

Essentials of River Canoeing

The workshop focuses on learning theory, instructional techniques and strategies suitable to canoe instruction, and creating a safe paddle course environment. You will try out these strategies in an encouraging atmosphere. Participants will have the chance to tune up their paddling skills, practice rescue scenarios and share their knowledge and skills with their classmates.

Participants’ teaching ability, paddling skills, technical knowledge, leadership, judgment, and rescue and safety competence will be evaluated. Students may be certified at either level. Participation does not guarantee Certification but opportunities to work toward certification after the class will be available if needed.

Pre-Workshop Requirements

  • Participants must be members of the American Canoe Association. Click here to join.
  • Participants must purchase the ACA Canoe-Kayak-SUP-Raft-Rescue Instructor’s Manual and review it prior to class. Click here to purchase your manual.
  • Students will prepare two lessons to teach during the class on topics assigned by the instructors.

*Members of the Fairbanks Paddlers Clubwill receive a $100 discount.