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ACA L4: Whitewater Kayak Instructor Workshop

(1 customer review)


Earn up to a Level 5: Whitewater Kayak ACA instructor certification and expand your boating and teaching knowledge. For split weekends, both are required for certification. The second weekend can be used for an L4 Update.

Check out our study guide for our ACA courses and see if this is a fit for you.

Have a group somewhere in the US, in need of an update or different dates? Contact us to arrange what will fit best.

  • October 18-20, 2019 – L4 Instructor Update 2.5 Day


  About the course:

Are you ready to take the next step? Maybe you’ve been leading folks down the river for a while, or teaching friends to roll. Working for an American Canoe Association instructor certification will be as rewarding in the process as it is in benefits. Learning how to teach, relay information, and plan for safety will uncover as much for your own personal boating as it will for your future students and paddling partners. Think you have what it takes? Check out the ACA Level 4: 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
  • Comfort and control on Class III
  • A reliable Class III combat roll
  • Be in good health and overall fitness
  • Comfort in open water and swimming required
  • Common Sense Rescue or equivalency is highly recommended

  Trip price: $575.00/UPDATE $275

  Location(s): Saluda, NC and surrounding creeks

  Trip duration:  40 hours

  Guest to instructor ratio: 4 guests to 1 instructor, class caps at 8


  • Shuttle transportation
  • Supplemental class materials
  • Instruction/guiding
  • ACA Instructor Manual

  Not included:

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

1 review for ACA L4: Whitewater Kayak Instructor Workshop

  1. Marc Harkness

    I took the ACA Whitewater Instructor Certification course with Chris Wing and Larry Ausley in 2014 in order to formalize and solidify the body of knowledge that I had picked up over 20 years of whitewater paddling so that I could pay it forward and teach others more effectively. I also wanted to develop and strengthen my teaching and mentoring skills for other areas of my life.

    This course was one of the most challenging and satisfying pursuits I’ve undertaken; there is a lot of material to cover in the classroom portions, and the on-water portions revealed skills that required work and practice. I highly recommend taking this course with Chris and H2O Dreams. He provided a disciplined, thorough framework for covering a HUGE amount of material and skills, and shared a lot of applicable knowledge about teaching the mechanical and mental skills of paddling. I emerged as a much more confident paddler and teacher because of this course.

    Marc Harkness

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