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For Certified Instructors
Welcome to the ACA Instructor Resource Center!

We appreciate your commitment to safe and enjoyable paddlesports and look forward to helping you as you continue to share your knowledge and passion with paddlers of all levels and abilities!

ACA Certification Workshops contain a lot of information, and we're sure that you have a few questions. Here are some of the newly certified instructor FAQ:



Q: What exactly can I teach?
A: ACA Instructors are certified to teach any and all of the content that is included in the sample skills course outlines and skills assessment courses for their own level of certification, and all the levels below. For example, a Level 3: River Kayaking instructor can teach the Level 3: River Kayaking skills courses, the Level 3: River Kayaking skills assessment, and the corresponding courses for Levels 2 and 1.


Q: Can I certify other instructors?
A: If you are an ACA Instructor, you CANNOT certify new instructors. ACA Instructors can teach the following courses within their respective discipline and up to their level of certification:

  • Skills Courses
  • Skills Assessments

Only ACA Instructor Trainers can certify new instructors; Instructor Trainer can also teach the following courses within their respective discipline and up to their level of certification:

  • Skills Courses
  • Skills Assessments 
  • Instructor Certification Workshops
  • Instructor Updates 
  • Instructor Endorsements


Q: How many students can I have in my course?

A: Instructor to Student Ratios (as outlined by the skills course outlines):
  • Canoe - Solo: 5 students : 1 Instructor; 10:2 with a qualified assistant
  • Canoe - Tandem: 6 students : 1 Instructor; 12:2 with a qualified assistant
  • Kayak - 5 students : 1 Instructor; 10:2 with a qualified assistant
  • Raft - 6 students : 1 Instructor; 12:2 with a qualified assistant
  • Safety & Rescue - 5 students : 1 Instructor; 10:2 with a qualified assistant
  • SUP - 5 students : 1 Instructor; 10:2 with a qualified assistant

Q: How do I obtain ACA Insurance to cover my courses?
A: Enrollment

To request insurance through the ACA General Liability Insurance Policy, an ACA Instructor or Instructor Trainer must be in good standing, which includes:

  • Current ACA Membership & SEIC dues
  • Appropriate level and discipline of ACA certification for the course
  • Appropriate First Aid & CPR certification (proof is required and should be submitted with insurance request)  

Scheduling your Course

Submit the appropriate ACA Course Registration Form to the Safety Education & Instruction Department:

Q: What next? How do I report my course when it is over?
A: Upon completion of the course (within 7 days of the last day of the course, 30 days for assessment courses), be sure to submit:

  • All membership and insurance fees collected at the event
  • Original copies of the signed ACA approved waivers (Adult & Minor) for all participants(including yourself)
  • Appropriate Final Course Report Form:

Q: Do my students receive cards from the ACA Office?
A: If you conducted a skills course, you can issue your students participation cards.

If you conducted an assessment course, the ACA Office will issue assessment cards to each student who is an ACA member (or joins during your course).





Q: How do I put my courses up on the ACA Calendar?

A: If you would like assistance 'getting the word out' about your courses, the ACA can post your course dates, location, and other details to our online calendar, so anyone looking for instruction in your area can find you! To request that your course be put on the calendar, you need to submit the appropriate registration form:

Q: I have more questions! Who do I contact?
A: Contact the ACA's Safety Education & Instruction (SEI) Department. We are here to help you!


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