ACA Instructor Update

Our ACA Instructor Update Course is designed to update your ACA Kayak or Canoe Instructor Certification. In order to complete this course, you will need to show proficiency and an understanding of the following skills:
• River management skills
• Rescue prevention
• Hands-on rescue—skills both in and out of the boat

Participants must be over the age of 18. Participants will be able to paddle Class II – IV whitewater.


Course Length:
1-2 Days

$175 – $400

*Discounts available through NOC lodging and restaurants

Course Dates

ACA Level 3/4 Instructor Update Oct 17th - 18th Bryson City, NC $400 Book Now

Packing List

NOC provides the primary gear needed for each course, including boats, paddles, PFDs, helmets, dry tops and bottoms.
Participants will need to provide individual gear outlined below.

Necessary items (for all classes)

  • Shorts or Swimwear
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Synthetic T-shirts
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm
  • Towel and Change of clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Rain gear
  • Band-Aids/Tape

Optional items

  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Light fleece hoodie/pullover
  • Nose clips
  • Sunglasses and eyeglass strap
  • Hat or visor
  • Ear plugs

Course Outline

Course Topics:

  • Rope rescue techniques, including throw ropes, mechanical advantages, knots and hitches
  • Wading and shallow water crossings
  • Entrapments, including foot, body and boat entrapments
  • Strainer recognition and rescue
  • Boat recovery and flip drills
  • Zip lines and transport methods

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