ACA L5: Advanced Whitewater Kayak Instructor Workshop

$375.00 3 days

For current L4:RK instructors, the Level 5: Advanced Whitewater Kayak ACA instructor certification is a quantum leap in understanding boat maneuvers and stroke concepts and how you progressively teach. Curious about the L5 curriculum and in need of a Level 4  update? The L5 ICW may also serve as an L4 instructor update. Check out our study guide for our ACA courses and see if this is a fit for you. Friday Evening 5-10P (virtual), all day Saturday and Sunday in-person.

  • By APPT only for 2022 – minimum 2 students

About the course:

What distinguishes the mark of a good instructor from a great one? H2o Dreams takes the ACA L5: River Kayak curriculum and explores and encourages a deeper understanding of kayak technique you have already been teaching. If you have taken an L4 course with us prior, this may not be anything new. L5 is so much more than the ability to teach in a more demanding venue. Instead we implore you to take the technique, dissect it, and deliver in a variety of ways for student retention. A mastery in your environment where you will teach is a given expectation; learn from H2o Dreams who have decades of experience teaching and leading and give yourself a leg up from other instructors in the industry. Think you have what it takes? Check out the ACA Level 5: Advanced Whitewater Kayak Instructor Criteria here.

*Course registration does not guarantee a certification. Each candidate must meet all criteria as outlined by the ACA. There are no refunds in the case of not meeting these requirements. If you have questions as to whether this class is a fit for you read this or give us a call!


Prerequisite skill:

  • Ages 18 and up
  • Must be an L4: River Kayak Instructor in good standing with the American Canoe Association
  • The candidate must have taught and successfully reported at least two Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking skills courses or assessments
  • Comfort and control on Class III-IV
  • A reliable Class III-IV combat roll
  • Be in good health and overall fitness
  • Comfort in open water and swimming required
  • Common Sense Rescue or equivalency is REQUIRED


Trip price: $375

Location(s): Saluda, NC and surrounding creeks

Trip duration:  16-20 hours

Guest to instructor ratio: 3 guests to 1 instructor, class caps at 6


  • Shuttle transportation
  • Supplemental class materials
  • Instruction/guiding

Not included:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation to Saluda, NC
  • Meals
  • Equipment essentials
  • ACA and SEIC dues
  • ACA Instructor Manual



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