ACA Kayak Instructor Training
Levels 3 and 4

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

Participants will work on refining both hard and soft skills including teaching methodologya focus on student learning styles, group management, as well as rescue prevention and hands-on rescue.  

Prior to signing up for this coursepaddlers should consider the following prerequisites: 

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Can confidently paddle Class III-IV whitewater 
  • Ability to self-rescue  
  • Ability to help with group rescues in Class III water 

Certification in these courses are based on both paddling and teaching skills and is not guaranteed at any level. These courses are only for those with intermediate to advanced paddling skills. 

Participants must be over the age of 18. 

Course Length:
5 Days


Daily Lunch*

*Discounts available at NOC lodging and restaurants

Included in Course: 

  • Lunch & In-Course Transportation 
  • NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction 

Course In Action

Course Dates

ACA Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Oct 4th - 8th Bryson City, NC $800 Book Now

Course Outline

Course Topics:

  • Teaching Methodology
  • Student Learning Styles
  • Group Management (on- and off-water)
  • Rescue Prevention
  • Hands-on rescue (in and out of boat)

Packing List

NOC provides gear bags, paddling jackets, wetsuits and booties. Participants will need to provide individual gear outlined below.

Discounts at the Outfitter's Store are provided for course participants.

Necessary items

  • Boat, Paddle, PFD, Sprayskirt
  • 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

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