ACA Kayak Instructor Training

NOC ACA Instructor Development and Certification course teaches, evaluates, and prepares Instructor Candidates to facilitate and manage a paddling course from ACA L1-ACA WWK L4.  Prior to registering for the course, we expect that candidates should have the paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescuing ability, group management, and interpersonal skills to correlate with the level of desired certification. Upon completion and evaluation, NOC's ACA certified Instructor Trainer will certify participants to the level of their skills stated above. 

Prerequisites: ACA instructor courses are designed for individuals who have prior paddling experience and a solid understanding of paddle stroke choice and terminology. Instructor Candidates should have an understanding of basic teaching methodology, presenting topics and group management. You should not take this course if you are new to paddlesports.

Course Length:
1-5 Days

Price:
$300+

Meals:
Daily Lunch*

Level 1- Introduction to Kayaking (ACA L1 criteria) Course length 2-3 days. This course is suited for camp leaders, outfitters, and paddlers who offer trips and facilitate basic safety and instruction on a lake or other flatwater sites. This course prepares Instructors Candidates with the foundation on flatwater to build on strokes, concepts and how to facilitate an environment of learning. Course Prerequisites: ACA NOC skills assessment course, equivalent skills course.

Level 2 – Essentials of River Kayak (ACA L2 criteria) Course length 3 days. This course is for the camp leaders, outfitters, and paddlers who lead trips to teach and facilitate basic safety and instruction on moving water (Class I water).  Instructor Candidates need to show leadership and group management skills; they must also model paddling strokes and show they can teach strokes and concepts effectively in Class I water. Course Prerequisites: ACA NOC skills assessment course, equivalent skills course.  

Level 3-  Whitewater Kayaking (ACA L3 criteria) Course length is 5 days. This course is for outfitters, Instructional programs, and paddlers to lead trips and facilitate safety and instruction on whitewater (Class I-II water). This course will emphasize safety & rescue, strokes, paddling concepts, and being an effective teacher. Instructor Candidates must be comfortable with paddling, teaching concepts, and performing rescues on class II as well as be able to perform a reliable kayak roll. Course Prerequisites: ACA NOC skills assessment course, equivalent skills course.

Level 4- Whitewater Kayaking (ACA L4 criteria) Course length is 5 days. This course is for outfitters, Instructional programs, and paddlers to lead trips and facilitate safety and instruction on whitewater (Class II-III). This course will emphasize safety & rescue, strokes, paddling concepts and being an effective teacher. Instructor Candidates need to show leadership and group management skills and candidates must have a combat roll in course conditions and be able to teach the kayak roll safely and effectively. Course Prerequisites: ACA NOC skills assessment course, equivalent skills course.

ACA Certification Update

NOC ACA Instructor Update Course is designed to update your ACA Kayak Instructor Certification and with NOC professional Instructors. Candidates will need to demonstrate proficiency and understanding in strokes, concepts, group management skills, and rescue. Instructors will be informed of new changes to ACA policies, best practices, and learn new methods for teaching and supporting students. Participants should be able to paddle, teach and manage students on the Venue level of current ACA certification. Re-certification in this course is based on both paddling and teaching skills and is not guaranteed at any level. 

ACA Skills Assessment Course

This course is designed to evaluate a student’s existing skillset. Students should arrive at the course with previous paddling experience, and they will be assessed alongside a checklist of skills, experience, and knowledge. If successfully completed, the student will receive an assessment credential from the ACA. 

Course In Action

Course Dates

CourseDatesLocationTuition
ACA Skills Assessment Aug 5th Bryson City, NC $175 Book Now
ACA Skills Assessment Sep 2nd Bryson City, NC $175 Book Now
ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor Training Oct 3rd - 7th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
ACA Level 3 Kayak Instructor Training Oct 3rd - 6th Bryson City, NC $850 Book Now
ACA Skills Assessment Oct 7th Bryson City, NC $175 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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