Revised 11/25/15

ACA (American Canoe Association) Coastal Kayaking
Skills & Instructor Certification Courses


ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3 Training and Assessment

This 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.

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Winter - Everglades Backcountry

Spring - Tybee Island, Georgia

ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3 Trip Leader Training & Assessment

InstructionThis is a new L-3 program that we’re offering as a pilot. If you are interested in working as a guide or preparing for a Level 3-4 Instructor Certification Exam, this is a very useful program for you.

Offered this winter in the Everglades backcountry.

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ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3-4 Instructor Certification Exam (ICE)

Instruction So, you’ve taken your IDW, you’ve been practicing and gotten your prerequisites out of the way, like first aid certification and joining the ACA.  Now its time apply your skills in a practical setting to teach your peers and be evaluated. You’ll be evaluated on all levels, so you’ll leave as a certified ACA Coastal instructor at the highest level appropriate for your skills.  

Offered in Spring on Tybee Island, Georgia

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ACA 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.

InstructionThis course is taught by arrangement. Please email or call us at 231-882-5525 for more information.

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW):  Level 1-2

This program is designed for those with some kayaking experience that are teaching kayaking at camp waterfronts or for park programs. It is a 3 day intensive program that combines an instructor development workshop with a certification exam.

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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 Surf zone 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 This course is taught by arrangement. Please email or call us at 231-882-5525 for more information.

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