ACA Instructor Certification Workshop for Whitewater Kayakers

October 17 - 19 & October 25 - 26
Learn to be a fun, safe, and effective whitewater kayak instructor! This course will help aspiring instructors improve their teaching abilities, while adhering to the ACA’s golden standard of excellence. We will explore teaching styles, as well as student learning styles, practice teaching skills and giving presentations both on and off of the water. The course will cover teaching progressions for hard skills and boating concepts. You will also have lots of opportunity to hone your own personal paddling skills and technique. Candidates are tested on teaching ability, technical knowledge, and the ability to perform rescues and maintain safety. Modeling ability, paddling skill, and communication skills will also be assessed. This class is tons of FUN, and a great opportunity for personal paddling and instructional growth. The ACA is a world-wide organization, dedicated to promoting safety and education in paddle sports, and the golden standard for kayak instruction in the country. For more information about the American Canoe Association and this certification, please visit
Program Fee: 
Level 1: $180 HSU Students, $200 All others; Level 2: $280 HSU Students, $300 All others; Level 3: $380 HSU Students, $400 All others; Level 4: $480 HSU Students, $500 All others
Day and Time: 
Level 1 certification concludes at the end of the first weekend. Levels 2 - 4 must attend both weekends. In general, we will meet every morning at 8:30 AM and participants should expect to be on the water until 5:30 pm. Some times and locations may change during the class depending on conditions.
October 17: HSU’s Recreation and Wellness Center Room 124 at 8:30 AM ; October 18: Stone Lagoon Visitor Center at 8:30 AM ; October 19: Recreation and Wellness Center’s Room 124 at 8:30 AM; October 25-26: Meeting at TBD at 8:30 AM
Participants will travel to the Trinity River for the weekend. You will have the option of camping out on the river, or commuting to class every day. Participants that cannot provide their own gear will be able to rent from Center Activities at a discounted rate.

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