ACA COURSES

ACA

The  American Canoe Association (ACA) strives to connect diverse communities by fostering a shared commitment to safety and stewardship, and by providing opportunities for challenge, achievement, and fun through paddlesports.  We are proud to offer ACA skills and instructor courses. 

Courses

The Power of Water is proud to offer a range of American Canoe Association (ACA) courses for both skills and instructor-level courses.  We offer skills training and skills assessments in sea kayaking, river kayaking, whitewater kayaking, and SUP. We also offer ACA Instructor certification in sea kayaking, river kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. 

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Current ACA Courses

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2024 TBA

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ACA Skills

In addition to ACA specific courses, we are able to integrate ACA skills training and assessment into a number of our adventure travel trips.  This is a great way to work on specific skills in beautiful environments. Specific Reach out to us at info@thepowerofwater.net or call us at the shop.

Coastal Kayak

Coastal Kayak courses

Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor ICW

The ACA Level 2 Instructor is one of the most influential Instructors in the ACA system. The L2 gets to help newer kayakers become better, safer paddlers and often before they’ve developed any bad habits!

The Level 2 Coastal Kayaking Instructor teaches in generally mild conditions with landing areas regularly available.

ACA Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) Based in Sault St. Marie, MI. The Soo offers a great combination of access to very protected practice areas, current on the St Marys River plus a view of Canada.

L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Criteria

L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills Assessment

Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor ICW

The ACA Level 2 Instructor is one of the most influential Instructors in the ACA system. The L2 gets to help newer kayakers become better, safer paddlers and often before they’ve developed any bad habits!

The Level 2 Coastal Kayaking Instructor teaches in generally mild conditions with landing areas regularly available.

ACA Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) Based in Sault St. Marie, MI. The Soo offers a great combination of access to very protected practice areas, current on the St Marys River plus a view of Canada.

L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Criteria

L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills Assessment

Level 3 Coastal Kayak Skills

The ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Skills Training and Assessment is designed for paddlers who want to be safe and effective group members in an open water environment including:

 10-15 knot winds
 1-2 foot seas
 1-2 foot breaking waves

Paddlers must be ACA members to participate in the assessment; membership is not required for the training.

Please read through:
The Level 3 Skills Training Course Syllabus and the Level 3 Assessment Course Syllabus.

River Kayak

Coastal Kayak Instructor L2

The ACA Level 2 Instructor is one of the most influential Instructors in the ACA system. The L2 gets to help newer kayakers become better, safer paddlers and often before they’ve developed any bad habits!

The Level 2 Coastal Kayaking Instructor teaches in generally mild conditions with landing areas regularly available.

ACA Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) Based in Sault St. Marie, MI. The Soo offers a great combination of access to very protected practice areas, current on the St Marys River plus a view of Canada.

L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Criteria

L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills Assessment

River Kayak Instructor L2 & L3

ACA Level 2-3 River Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop combines instructor training and a certification evaluation into one course.

One possible venue for this ICW will be based in Yorkville, IL at the marge Cline Memorial Whitewater Park.

ACA Level 2 Essentials of River Kayaking Instructor Criteria

ACA Level 3 River Kayak Instructor Criteria

SUP

SUP Level 1 ICW

Join us for an ACA Level 1-2 Instructor Certification Workshop. The ICW format combines instructor training and assessment into a 3 day course.  To get the most out of this format we strongly encourage a separate SUP Skills Training and SUP Skills Assessment so that we can focus more on teaching concepts rather than personal paddling skill development.

SUP Skills Level 1 & 2

ACA SUP Skills Training develops the SUP paddling skills that will make you a solid flatwater SUP paddler.  We’ll combine content from both the level 1 and level 2 American Canoe Association course outlines.  The SUP Skills Assessment is a prerequisite for participating in the ACA Level 1-2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop  The assessment provides a framework around which to evaluate the standard of your personal paddling skills.  You will receive valuable feedback during any assessment and can be invaluable in your development as a competent SUP paddler. 

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420 E Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48906