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Instructional Offerings - ACA Instructor Training for Costal Kayak


The American Canoe Association (ACA) is the oldest and largest organization devoted to paddlesports and paddling instruction in the U.S. The ACA has standardized several sea kayak classes and a system of workshop s called IDW and ICE for Instructor Development and Certification.

Karen offers Instructor Development Workshops (IDW) and Instructor Certification Exams (ICE) in sea kayaking for the following levels: (1.) Introduction to Kayak, (2.) Essentials to Touring Kayak, (3.) Coastal Kayak – Basic. (4.) Costal Kayak - Open Water

ACA Instructor Development Work shop [IDW]: A 2 - 3 day course to teach potential instructors what they need to teach, how to teach it and how to demonstrate professionally in any or all of the above standard courses. The IDW is a prerequisite for the Instructor Certification Exam and is designed to help prepare participants for the ICE. Experienced paddlers who do not desire certification are welcome to take advantage of this valuable training opportunity. During the course students will become acquainted with the ACA model and the teaching techniques, paddling skills, technical knowledge and rescue and safety competencies necessary for successful completion of the Instructor Certification Exam. We will focus on fine-tuning each candidate’s paddling, rescue, group management and teaching skills, as well as expanding their knowledge in various aspects of kayaking, seamanship and the marine environment. This process should provide students with a benchmark from which to evaluate their level of competency and identify those areas where they need work before attending the ICE.

ACA Instructor Certification Exam [ICE]: Generally a 2 -3 day course/exam, the ICE primarily serves as an opportunity to evaluate the Instructor Candidate for certification. Certification is available at four levels: Introduction to Kayaking, Basic Coastal Kayak, Essentials to Touring Kayak and Open Water Coastal Kayak. Candidates should be proficient in all skills on the appropriate ACA course outlines before attending the ICE. Throughout the certification process, candidates will be instructed and evaluated on their paddling skills, teaching ability, professionalism, safety/technical rescue skills and depth of knowledge of kayaking. Participation in this course does not guarantee certification.

For more information and the proficiency requirements necessary for certification check out Before you take a Class


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