Revised 9/5/14

Kayaking Instruction - ACA (American Canoe Association)


ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3 Training and Assessment

This 16 hour course combines Coastal Kayak Basic Strokes and Rescues along with Strokes and Maneuver's refinement. Dry land portions include very basic navigation, radio use, rules of the navigable road and emergency equipment. In the water, we'll cover a variety of group and solo rescues, bracing, boat handling and towing scenarios.

InstructionPrerequisites: Basic forward strokes and wet exits as well as ACA membership

Dates for 2014:
June 5-8
July 25-28
August 1-4

$375 / person: includes meals and camping
$495 / person (lodge based): includes meals and lodging

Location: Beulah, MI

Details: Please see full Trip / Course Description for details and registration.

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Development Workshop:  Level 1-4 IDW

Michael has been organizing kayak programs around the world for 30 years and is teaming with Steve to promote and emulate his broad-based multi-disciplinary approach. You’ll leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of concepts and some very solid teaching tools that come from two lifetimes of real-world on water experience.

We’ll run this course with four and cap at eight candidates, so book early to lock in your spot. A follow up ICE will offered in the Sleeping Bear area in the fall.

This course is just prior to the Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium, so you can attend both!


Dates and Cost for 2014:  June 17-19 - $350

Location: Port Austin, Michigan, Lake Huron

Details: Please see full Trip / Course Description for details and registration.



ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop:  Level 3-4 ICE

Join IT candidate Michael Gray and ITE Steve Scherrer for a unique ICE during Michigan’s peak fall color.  October brings us rough water opportunities along with waters that still hold the summer’s heat in this unique "paddle in" setting.

This is an excellent opportunity for Level 3 Instructors looking to move up to 4 as well as candidates who have recently been through a Level 3-4 IDW.


Dates for 2014:  October 9 - 12

Cost:  $375 plus $150 food / lodging package.

Location: Camp Lookout, Sleeping Bear Area

Details: Please see full Trip / Course Description for details and registration.


Grand Island Trip and Level 3 ACA Skills Training

Grand Island is the perfect context for a traveling course like this.

Skills like simple navigation, campsite selection, trip planning, group leadership, reading your environment and outdoor cooking are just part of a trip experience…we’ll do this as a group and it will feel less like a course and more like going paddling with a group of friends.

Course Minimum is 3 and maximum is 6 with a 3:1 student to instructor ratio.

By scheduling just before the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium in Grand Marais, you can get the most out of your travel time and precious vacation days.

Rescue Training

Prerequisites: Practice with the following strokes: forward, backward, stopping, reverse, sweeps and rudders. Have practiced wet exits and t-rescues.

Dates and Cost for 2014:  July 13 - 16 - $400

Location: Grand Island, Michigan

Details: Please see full Trip / Course Description for details and registration.


ACA (American Canoe Association) Level 4 Surf Zone Training

This 7-8 hour class precedes our Surfest to lay groundwork for being better able to handle coastal kayaks in moving water in waves up to 3 feet.

InstructionDate: TBA

Cost: $150 / person including a night's camping

Please email or call us at 231-882-5525 for more information or to register.



Kayak Skills Camp (A.K.A. ACA week)

Here's your opportunity to work on your open water skills without driving all the way to Georgia to do it. Held in the fall when our waters have had all summer to warm, we combine and ACA Level 3 Training and Assessment with Level 4 Surfzone training and morph into our Surfestival on the weekend for you to put it all together to finish off your summer with new skills and a great bunch of friends! As our numbers grow, we'll bring in some of the tremendous wealth of talented instructors that we have in the Great Lakes.

Beach Launch Date: TBA

$550/person for instruction, 5 nights luxury camping (ie, hot showers!) breakfasts, use of outdoor kitchen and a couple of dinners.

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