ACA CERTIFICATIONS

American Canoe Association ( ACA ) founded in 1880 is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling as well as stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation. The ACA is nationally recognized as the governing body for paddlesports. Instructor certification workshops are designed for individuals who want to teach flatwater, moving water and/or white water in canoeing, kayaking and/or standup paddleboarding disciplines.

ACA Paddle Sport Safety

One Year Facilitator Certification - PSF

The Paddlesports Safety Facilitator (PSF) certification program teaches basic safety and paddling knowledge, as well as simple rescue skills for canoe, kayak, and SUP. The training for this certification includes a base knowledge module (non-craft specific) plus three complementary modules that focus specifically on canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddling (SUP). This certification allows the facilitator to introduce paddle craft safety and knowledge to the beginner paddler in a land-based setting

This program allows for the opportunity for Paddlesport Safety Facilitator Certification in canoeing, kayaking, and/or stand up paddleboarding (SUP). The training for this certification includes a base module (non-discipline specific) plus three complementary modules that focus specifically on canoeing, kayaking, and SUP.​

  • General / Base Module (PDF)

  • Canoeing Module (PDF)

  • Kayaking Module (PDF)

  • SUP Module (PDF)

Our 1-day certification course will be held in Waterbury Center, Vermont. 

May 10th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Please call for recommendations on lodging. (802) 253- 2317

ACA Kayak Instructor Certification Exam

Level I: Introduction to Kayaking & Level II: Essentials of River Kayaking

Fundamentally, we expect that participants have the paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescue ability, teaching ability, group management, and interpersonal skills commensurate with this level of certification (Level 1) prior to presenting themselves for evaluation as Instructor Candidates at an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE).
 

Our 3-day certification course will be held in Stowe, Vermont.

May 15th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

May 16th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

May 17th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Please call for recommendations on lodging. (802) 253- 2317

ACA Canoe Instructor Certification Exam

Level I: Introduction to Canoeing

Fundamentally, we expect that participants have the paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescue ability, teaching ability, group management, and interpersonal skills commensurate with this level of certification (Level 1) prior to presenting themselves for evaluation as Instructor Candidates at an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE).

Our 3-day certification course will be held in Stowe, Vermont. 

June 7th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

June 8th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

June 9th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Please call for recommendations on lodging. (802) 253- 2317

ACA SUP Instructor Certification Exam

Level I: Introduction to Standup Paddleboarding 

Fundamentally, we expect that participants have the paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescue ability, teaching ability, group management, and interpersonal skills commensurate with this level of certification (Level 1) prior to presenting themselves for evaluation as Instructor Candidates at an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE).

Our 3-day Certification course will be held in Stowe, Vermont.

June 11th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

June 12th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

June 13th, 2021 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Please call for recommendations on lodging. (802) 253- 2317