ACA Canoe Instructor Training

Duration: 4-5 Days
Price Per Person – Canoe L3: $800
Price Per Person – Canoe L4: $800
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates: Call for Availability

Our Canoe Instructor Training Course is designed to prepare participants with the professional skills needed to teach whitewater canoeing. NOC’s training will certify participants up to Level 4 ACA Canoe Instructor.

As the week goes on, we’ll help with refining personal skills with a focus on:
• River management skills
• Rescue prevention
• Hands-on rescue—skills both in and out of the boat
• Canoe specific skills, including off-side skills and rescue techniques

During the course, students will have the unique chance to instruct beginner students for two days while being given instant tips and feedback from an experienced mentor instructor. This is incredibly valuable as it gives hands-on experience and understanding of paddling progressions needed for fun and success on the water.

Over the course of the week, students will have an opportunity to paddle on Class III-IV rapids (or rapids to fit their skills). Participants need to be able to confidently paddle Class III-IV whitewater, with the ability to self-rescue and help with group rescues in Class III water. Participants must be over the age of 18.

Below is a general itinerary of a typical ACA Canoe Instructor Course.

Day Time Objective
 Day 1 Full-Day Orientation to NOC ACA
Instructor Development Workshop: focus on beginner teaching progressions
 Day 2 Full-Day Instructor Candidates Paddling Workshop: ACA candidates work with instructors on their personal hard skills
 Day 3 Full-Day Rolling Techniques Workshop: focus on rolling progressions while teaching real beginner students
 Day 4 Full-Day ACA Candidates Teaching Workshop: candidates will demonstrate ACA teaching methodologies and progressions
 Day 5 Full-Day River Rescue Skills Workshop: boat bases, rescue vest, wading and unpinning
Final ACA Instructor Candidate: evaluation and certification

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