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Essential Eligibility Criteria
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ACA courses are open to all individuals who satisfy the following:

Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC):

All water-based programming participants (including all paddlesport programs) must acknowledge the ability to perform the following EEC:

  • Breathe independently (i.e. not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
  • Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water
  • Independently hold head upright without head / neck support
  • Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion
  • Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
  • Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with the assistance of a companion

Paddlesports program participants must also acknowledge the ability to perform the following EEC:

  • Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face-up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
  • Get in / out of a paddlecraft independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
  • Independently get out from under a capsized paddlecraft
  • Reenter the paddlecraft following deep water capsize independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
  • Maintain a safe body position while attempting skills, activities, and rescues listed in the appropriate course outline, and have the ability to recognize and identify to others when such efforts would be unsafe given your personal situation

*To participate in an adaptive paddling program, a participant must meet only the first six EEC listed above. The adaptive paddling program will include teaching and practicing the last five EEC listed above.

Printable version: ACA Essential Eligibility Criteria

If you have any questions about the ACA's essential eligibility criteria, please contact the Safety Education & Instruction Department.

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