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American Canoe Association Instructor Certification Courses

Osprey Sea & Surf Adventures is an official American Canoe Association Professional Paddle Sports School. We offer personal paddling skills training courses, skills assessments & instructor certification programs for all levels of ACA Sea Kayak & Stand Up Paddle instruction.

For level 1 and 2 Essential Skills Instructor candidates, we offer Instructor Certification Workshops (ICW). The ICW is a multiday comprehensive instructor training and certification-combined course.

For levels 3,4,and 5 Ocean Touring Certifications, the instructor certification program is made up of two components, the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and the Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). Students are required participate in both sessions to become an instructor, with the understanding that participation does not guarantee certification.

Prior to participating in this process participants are required to become members of the American Canoe Association, pass a skills assessment at appropriate level, purchase an ACA instructor manual, and upon completion of their Instructor Certification Exam become members of the Safety Education and Instruction Council (SEIC). To be an instructor you must be 18 years of age and also have current first aid and CPR certification. For more information, or to become a member of the ACA, check out the ACA web page.


Level 1- Intro to Kayaking & Level 2 Kayak Touring Essentials
Instructor Certification Workshop

The L1/L2 ICW combines the Instructor Development Workshop and the Certification Exam into a single three-day course. The first two days of the course will focus on refining individual skills, session planning, managing groups, teaching concepts & assessment skills. The last day will be the instructor assessment where each candidate will have the opportunity to teach a variety of instructional sessions and be evaluated for certification. 

Pre-requisites: Candidates interested in ACA Instructor Certification must possess current First Aid and CPR credentials. You may participate in the ICW without them but you will not receive Instructor certification until the information is provided to ACA. There are no required prerequisite skills to participate in the Level 1/2 ICW but, it is expected that all candidates are able to paddle at a appropriate skill level, commensurate with their desired level of training, prior to the course. See the ACA website for Instructor Criteria at each level, https://www.americancanoe.org/page/Instructor_Criteria .

Participation does not guarantee certification.

Dates: April 18th - 20th, 2019 & May 24th - 26th, 2019
Cost $450.00
Instructor Trainer: Carl Ladd

Pre course checklist:
Current ACA Membership and SEIC Membership (bring your ACA number with you)
Purchase a copy of the ACA Instructor Manual with CD
Print copies of ACA Required Texts and Materials for aspirant instructors, read them & add to ACA Instructor Manual
Review the requirements for ACA Coastal Skills Assessments (levels 1 or 2).
Learn a bit about your national canoe, kayak and raft organization at Inside the ACA

The Instructor Development Workshop

The IDW helps students to become acquainted with the ACA model of effective instruction, paddling and leadership necessary in kayaking. The teaching techniques, paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescue and safety competencies, required for successful completion of the Instructor Certification Exam will be reviewed and modeled during this course. Participants are required to have passed their Skills Assessment at the level they are seeking to become an instructor prior to participation in the IDW.

The IDW is offered at different skill levels, candidates should participate in the IDW that matches their skill level as a paddler. Please go to the ACA web site to view the different skills assessment levels, course outlines and instructor critiera.The IDW is a prerequisite for the Instructor Certification Exam.

Level 3: June 7th - 9th, 2019               Location: Westport, MA
Cost: $450.00

Level 4: May 31st - June 3rd, 2019     Location: Westport, Ma
Cost $550.00
Instructor Trainer: Carl Ladd

Pre course checklist:
Current ACA Membership and SEIC Membership (bring your ACA number with you)
Purchase a copy of the ACA Instructor Manual
Print copies of ACA Required Texts and Materials for aspirant instructors, read them & add to ACA Instructor Manual
Review the requirements for ACA Coastal Skills Assessments (levels 1-5).
Learn a bit about your national canoe, kayak and raft organization at Inside the ACA

The Instructor Certification Examination

The ICE is the final exam for instructor certification. Participation in the ICE does not guarantee certification. Candidates should be proficient in all skills at their level of desired instruction before attending the ICE. Throughout the certification process, candidates will be evaluated and must be able to perform all of the related skills at a 100% competency 70% of the time. For example – a candidate must demonstrate an ACA model of any given stroke seven out of ten times to be considered at a passing level. A solid instructor candidate should be able to perform all the skills at their level with unconscious competence. The ICE is offered at different skill levels, 3 – 5. Candidates should participate in the ICE that matches their skill level as a paddler. Please go to the ACA web site to view the different course outlines, skills assessments, and instructor criteria at their respective levels.

The ICE is offered at different skill levels, 3 – 5. Candidates should participate in the ICE that matches their skill level as a paddler. Please go to the ACA web site to view the different course outlines, skills assessments, and instructor criteria at their respective levels.


Level 3 ICE – July 13th & 14th, 2019              Location:Westport, MA    Cost: $300.00
Level 4 ICE – September 14th & 15th, 2019  Location:Westport, MA    Cost: $300.00

Instructor Trainer: Carl Ladd

ACA Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Training – Level 2

Interested in becoming a kayaking guide or leading paddling trips for your club?
This course is intended to provide the skills and training necessary for paddlers to lead day trips for participants with beginner level paddling skills in calm coastal environments. The emphasis of this course is on leadership, trip planning and group-management skills necessary to safely oversee a group of paddlers. The content is ideal for clubs, camps, scouts, schools and other programs providing guided kayaking trips.

Dates: April 25th -27th & May 28th - 30, 2019
Cost: $450.00

Level 1 & 2 Essentials of SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

Designed for those teaching  SUP safety and paddling skills in calm water or ocean environments with 1-2 knots of current, 1 ft waves & up to 10kts of wind. This three-day training will cover learning and teaching theory, refining basic  & advanced strokes and maneuvers & footwork, rescue techniques including towing,  group management strategies & navigation for protected coastal environments, American Canoe Association processes, curriculum and more.
During the ICW you will be assessed in the following areas: Personal Paddling Skills, Teaching Skills, Modeling Skills, Risk Management, Group Management, Technical Knowledge, Coaching & Assessment.
Please note that this is not a beginner courses and participation does not guarantee certification. Candidates should be experienced paddlers who are completely familiar with the ACA Level 1 & 2 SUP Instructor Criteria & have current first aid & CPR certifications.

ACA Level 1 Instructor Criteria
ACA Level 2 Instructor Criteria

For more information or to make a reservation please contact Instructor Trainer, Jim Bernard, for more information.

Dates: June 22nd - 24th  Course Cost: $500.00 

Registration for this course closes one week prior to the start date so that candidates can complete a short homework package prior to the course start.

SUP Instructor Prep Course

This class is designed to be a full day prep clinic for folks who will be taking an ACA SUP L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop. It will also benefit students who just want to improve their personal paddling skills and understanding of the sport or are working towards guiding or teaching SUP classes. Topics covered will relate specifically to the skills needed to successfully complete an ICW and will generally come from the ACA SUP Instructor criteria:

-Personal paddling skill development, SUP strokes.
-Teaching theory
-Teaching practice
-Learning styles
-Environmental issues while leading a group
-Group management and safety considerations

A full day class, mostly on the water. Students need to bring food, water, snacks, and clothing necessary for the entire day.
This class is NOT a pre-requisite for the ACA SUP ICW & completion of this class does not offer any preferential consideration for the ICW.
Date: TBD  Cost: $125.00

Kayak & SUP Instructor Updates

Instructor Updates can be accomplished by one of the following methods:

  • Participate in an actual Instructor Update course at your highest certification level
  • Participate In an IDW or ICE at the highest level of certification
  • Assist with an IDW or ICE at the highest level of certification (with the pre-approval of the facilitating IT) and complete a review of ACA Policies & Procedures with the IT
  • Complete an approved Endorsement (check with the SEI Department beforehand)
  • Co-teach a skills course at your highest level of certification under the supervision of an IT in that discipline and complete a review of ACA Policies & Procedures with the IT


Dates: See above IDW & ICE schedule for options.     
Cost: Varies depending on method and level of update. Please contact the IT for more information and possible dates. 508-636-0300

Contact Us

Address:
489 Old County Rd. Westport, MA 02790

Phone Number: (508) 636-0300

Hours:
April & May - Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm
June - September - Every Day 9am to 5pm
October - Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm
November & December - Thursday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Email Address: info@ospreyseaandsurf.com