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National Paddlesports Instruction Program

ACA National Paddlesports Instruction ProgramThe ACA National Paddlesports Instruction Program has been acknowledged as the "Gold Standard" of paddlesports education throughout the United States and several foreign countries.

Through the efforts of the ACA National Office and the Safety Education & Instruction Council(SEIC), course curricula and educational resources are developed and made available to the general public, instructors, partners and the outdoor industry.


The ACA offers courses in the following paddlesports disciplines:

The ACA offers four types of courses:

  • Skills - designed to expose and develop participants skills, offered in all disciplines and at all levels
  • Skills Assessments - participants must successfully complete a checklist of skills in order to receive a certificate from the ACA
  • Certifications - Instructor Certification Workshops (ICWs) are offered in all paddlesports disciplines 
  • Endorsements - a certified ACA Instructor can become endorsed to teach additional, specialized courses

For questions about the ACA National Paddlesports Instruction Program or ACA Course Curriculum, please contact the Safety Education & Instruction Department:

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