Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop (ACA Level 1-2 EKT)

Description: The American Canoe Association Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) sponsored by REI Outdoor Schools. We are confident that the training you receive from this ACA ICW will provide you with the skill and understanding to teach others and better connect individuals with the outdoors. This three-day program is an intensive, fast paced workshop designed to refine your instructional techniques and familiarize you with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association. In the Instructor Certification Workshop you will be assessed in the following areas: Personal Paddling Skills - Teaching Skills - Modeling Skills - Risk Management - Group Management - Technical Knowledge - Coaching and Assessment. Pre-requisites: ACA Annual Membership / First Aid & CPR certification / 18 years of age or older.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Increase the knowledge base for all Kayak instructors
  • Provide opportunities for instructor candidates to achieve national ACA Level 1 Introduction to Kayaking / Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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  • Gear List

Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop (ACA Level 1-2 EKT) Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Water Shoes/Sandals - Foot attire that will protect your feet and is okay to get wet. (e.g. Teva, Chaco, Keen (not flip-flops)
  • Spray Skirt
  • Paddle
  • Energy Snacks
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Hat/ Sun protection - An item to help protect your face and neck from sunburn.
  • Paddle Jacket
  • Touring/Recreational Kayak
  • Lunch
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Dry Bag
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.


  • Sunglasses
  • Wetsuit - Thickness depends on your local water temperatures. Generally 3mm-4mm is preferable.
  • Eyewear Retainer - A strap to help keep your glasses or sunglasses from falling off in the event of big splash or a capsize.

Gear provided by REI:

  • None