Upcoming Courses

The  American Canoe Association (ACA) and Paddle UK Courses available this summer. 

ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Development Workshop (IDW)

This Level 3 Coastal Kayak IDW aims to prepare candidates for a Level 3 Instructor Certification Exam (ICE) by providing them with comprehensive, practical, evidence-based skills and knowledge essential to supporting individual learners in the Level 3 coastal environment. Candidates will have opportunities to refine their required and developing personal technical paddling while expanding the depth of their teaching and instructional skills with guidance from a formally trained educator/coach developer. The emphasis will be on learning as an active process and understanding how to differentiate learning. Therefore, candidates will have numerous opportunities during the IDW to bring theory into practice by planning and delivering sessions to meet various learner needs while receiving feedback from peers and facilitators. Most importantly, all candidates will leave with an action plan to guide them on their journey toward assessment.



Level 3 Coastal Kayak IDW

Location: Grand Marais, MI

Date: July 11th – 13th, 2024

Cost: $495

Led by Todd Johnstone-Wright

Assisted by Trey Rouss


Level 3 ACA IDW

L3 Instructor Criteria

Course Prerequisites

  • Be a current ACA member
  • Successful completion of Level 3: Coastal Kayaking Skills Assessment before starting their Instructor Development Workshop (IDW).
  • See above link for full list of L3 Instructor Criteria


Paddle UK Core Coach

The Core Coach Training is open to all paddlers regardless of their discipline or previous coaching experience. The Core Coach Training focuses on Who (the learner) and How (the process) we coach and support your coaching development.


Core Coach

Paddle UK (former BC) Core Coach Curriculum
During this course, you will explore different approaches to understanding and enabling learning. You will
also, be supported in designing your coaching development plan so that you can put your learning into practice after the

Course Prerequisites:
open to all paddlers regardless of their discipline or previous coaching experience.

If you want to attend this course for personal or professional development Paddle UK membership is not necessary. If you want to attend this training as a step toward becoming a Paddles Up/British Canoeing Coach or for CPD credit, you must hold a Full (On The Water) National Paddle UK Association Membership. 



Paddle UK Core Coach

Date: July 14th – 15th, 2024

Location: Grand Marais, MI

Cost: $350

Led by Todd Johnstone-Wright

Assisted by Trey Rouss

SOLD OUT – Contact to join waitlist



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. 

Contact to inquiry about getting your ACA instructor certifications. 

By appointment or

Tuesday & Wednesdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm



420 E Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48906