ACA Programs

COASTAL KAYAK DAY TRIP LEADERS COURSE  $225

A great course for anyone interested in being a kayak guide or group leader. Intended to provide the minimum training necessary for an adult leader with basic paddling skills to lead a trip for beginners in gentle conditions. The emphasis of this course is trip leading, safety education and rescue, not paddling instruction. The content is relevant for clubs, camps, scouts and other entities providing trips. This is an Assessment Course with a written examination, administered by an Instructor Trainer. Those desiring certification to teach kayak paddling should get ACA Instructor Certifications. 

LEVEL 2-5 SEA KAYAK AND SURF KAYAK TRAINING COURSES  $145

Following the cirriculum set out by the ACA, these are nationally accredited training sessions by certified ACA instructors.

IDWs & ICEs

To become an ACA Instructor, the candidate must successfully complete a two part training course: an IDW- Instructor Development Workshop and an ICE- Instructor Certification Exam.

During the 3 day Instructor Development Workshop, a great deal of information is presented on topics such as concepts of paddling, teaching and learning styles, risk and safety management. Information will not only be presented by instructor trainers, but also by fellow candidates. There is a some prior homework and study required. These courses are not recommended for those new to the sport.  We recommend Instructor candidates come with a wide range of prior paddling technique, instruction, and previous teaching experience.

ACA Instructor Certifications are awarded at five levels:
Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking (not discipline specific)
Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring
Level 3: Coastal Kayaking
Level 4: Open Water Coastal Kayaking
Level 5: Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking

 

SEA KAYAK IDW: $350

This workshop covers three days of classroom and on water lessons around the Tybee Island area. Improve your teaching ability and paddling skills. Steve Braden is one of the best IT's in the south to take you through this workshop. Available for all levels of candidates hoping to be sea kayak instructors. 2016 Date: Sept 3-5 (Level 4)

SEA KAYAK ICE: $350

This two or three day exam is offered for all levels of sea kayak instructor certifications. Steve Braden is a very fair and honest assessor. Realize your dream and become an paddlesports instructor! 

SURF KAYAK IDW: L2 & L3  $350

L2 is S.O.T. and Level 3 is any sit in short boat. The training will cover both disciplines. As the Instructor Trainer, Nigel has a great deal of teaching time in  and experience with all these vessels. A fast moving and fun workshop that starts on flat water and ends up in the impact zone. Come to learn, improve your teaching ability and surfing skills.

SURF KAYAK ICE: L2 &L3$350

Bring all your aides, diagrams, models, and games, because it's test time! On the beach and in the surf,  you will become an instructor and activity leader! 2016 Date: Oct 22-23 (Level 3)

SURF KAYAK ICW: $350

For those that are already instructors... 

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD IDW: $350

Looking to become a SUP Instructor? Join this fun and informative workshop to give you the experience and know-how to kick start a new opportunity teaching in the paddlesports industry.