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ACA Kayak Instructor Certification

$539 per person, 5 day course

This five day intensive course is for those looking to become a certified whitewater kayak instructor. The American Canoe Association is the governing body for kayak instruction in the USA. Candidates must first be members of the ACA. Must be a solid class III paddler with a solid roll for a Level 4 certification.


It is highly recommended that individuals flying in from out of state purchase travel insurance to safeguard against any unexpected trip interruptions or delays.


Locations, Dates, and Times:

All classes begin at 9am and end at ~5pm.

Colorado River, Dotsero, CO


Option 1: Course takes place over two separate weekends. This is a great option for working professionals. Both weekends must be attended for whitewater kayaking certification.


Friday, April 12th - Sunday, April 14th AND Saturday, April 20th - Sunday, April 21st, 2019


Option 2: Course takes place over 5 consecutive days.

Wednesday, April 17th - Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Wednesday, Sept. 11th - Sunday, Sept. 15th, 2019

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General Requirements for all ACA Certifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Successfully complete the appropriate Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW & ICE)
  • ACA membership including the Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC)
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of Paddlesports and the ACA

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ACA Kayak Instructor Update

$250 per person, 3 days

This course is for those who are already certified as an ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor, but need to complete an update course to maintain and renew their certification. Please call the office for information for a flatwater kayak update.


It is highly recommended that individuals flying in from out of state purchase travel insurance to safeguard against any unexpected trip interruptions or delays.


Locations, Dates, and Times:

All classes being at 9am and end at ~5pm.

Friday, April 19th - Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Friday, Sept. 13th - Sunday, Sept. 15th, 2019

Additional Information

ACA Requirements:
• Instructors shall be at least 18 years of age
• Maintain current ACA Membership and SEIC dues
• Maintain an appropriate level of First Aid and age appropriate CPR trainings 

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