ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification Courses



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ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructors Course

This is the most comprehensive kayak course on the market today. This 40-hour course is focused on the latest technical knowledge, terminology, teaching skills, personal paddling skills, and safety awareness in a Swiftwater environment. This course helps you work on personal and interpersonal development and pushes you to build skills and knowledge through peer feedback, video analysis, and lectures. We combine practical on-water demonstrations and presentations with real-world scenarios that will equip you to deal with teaching this multifaceted sport as a professional. This course sets the industry standard for instruction in paddle sports.




The ACA instructor certification process is broken up into two core components: the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor. The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification. This course combines the two presenting you with the skills and evaluating you on those skills to certify you as an ACA instructor. This course is not a pass/fail course at the L4 level but allows you to be examined and passed at any level L1-L4.




This course will cover the following ACA curriculum content:

  • Introduction to Kayak
  • Basic River Kayak
  • Essentials to River Kayaking
  • Whitewater Kayak

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To Be Certified You Must...

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be or become a member of the ACA
  • Become a member of the Safety, Education, and Instruction (SEI) Committee
  • Successfully complete the course (requires: attendance at every session and completed homework, quizzes, and tests)

Just because you have paid your class fees and attended the class, does not mean you are guaranteed certification. Each candidate must show competency in technical knowledge, paddling skills, teaching skills, safety awareness, and necessary interpersonal skills at the desired level of certification to achieve certification. On average only about 25% of students achieve the whitewater certification, often because this course is many kayaker's first exposures to formal instruction.



ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructors Course

2020 Dates

June 14-18


$550 full course, $275 update 6/17-18





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