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 & 2 Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop

The ICW is only provided for Level 1 and Level 2 Essential Skills Certifications. This course combines the Instructor Development Worshop as well and the Certification Exam into a single three day course. The IT will spend time working with the instructor candidate on personal skills, group management and teaching. Additionally, the IT will also assess the candidate with the appropriate skills criteria, and issue a continuance, or pass the candidate.Participation does not guarantee certification.

Dates: June 1st - 3rd or June 26th- 28th 2018
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: May 18th - 20th, 2018    Location: Westport, MA
              June 27th - 29th, 2018   Location: Westport, MA
Cost: $450.00

Level 4: July 26th - 29th, 2018     Location: Mid Coast Maine
             October 4th- 7th, 2018    Location: Mid Coast Maine
Cost $550.00
Instructor Trainers: Carl Ladd, Todd Johnstone- Wright, Nate Hansen

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 1-5).
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 14th - 15th or August 2nd & 3rd   Location:Westport, MA    Cost: $300.00
Level 4 ICE – TBA, Cost: $450.00

Instructor Trainer: Carl Ladd, Todd Wright, Nate Hansen

ACA Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Training – Level 2

This course is intended to provide the skills and training necessary for an adult leader possessing basic paddling skills to lead day trips for participants with beginner level paddling skills calm coastal environments. The emphasis of this course is trip leading, safety education and rescue on water, but not specific to paddling instruction. The content is ideal for clubs, camps, scouts and other entities providing guided kayaking trips.

Dates: May 12th -14th, June 26th -28th or contact us to schedule a training for your group
Cost: $450.00

Level 1 Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Certification Workshop

Designed for those teaching entry-level SUP safety and paddling skills in calm, protected waterways. This two-day training will cover learning and teaching theory, refining basic strokes and maneuvers, developing a range of rescue techniques including towing, learning group management strategies, 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 SUP L1 Instructor Criteria & have current first aid & CPR certifications.

ACA Level 1 Instructor Criteria

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

Course Cost: $350.00  Dates: May 26th & 27th, 2018
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.

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, tjjbernard@charter.net for more information.

Course Cost: $450.00  Dates: June 29th, 30th & July 1st, 2018

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: Level 3 Kayak - May 17th, 2018      
Cost: Varies depending on method and level of update. Please contact the IT for more information and possible dates. 508-636-0300

Contact Us

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Westport, MA 02790

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