|ACA Pro Schools are some of the best organizations across the country to find top quality ACA certified instruction.
As a member benefit, current ACA members receive discounts on certain Pro School instructional programs.
REI - Outdoor Schools
Locations & Contacts:
- Atlanta, GA: Atlanta-OS@rei.com
- Boston, MA (New England): NewEngland-OS@rei.com
- Chicago, IL: Chicago-OS@rei.com
- Denver, CO: Denver-OS@rei.com
- Los Angeles, CA: LosAngeles-OS@rei.com
- Washington DC / Virginia / Maryland: DC-OS@rei.com
- Minneapolis / St Paul, MN: Minneapolis-OS@rei.com
- New York – Tri State: NewYork-OS@rei.com
- Portland, OR: Portland-OS@rei.com
- San Diego, CA: SanDiego-OS@rei.com
- San Francisco Bay, CA: SanFrancisco-OS@rei.com
- Seattle, WA – Puget Sound: Seattle-OS@rei.com
- Sacramento, CA – Reno, NV (Sierra): Sierra-OS@rei.com
Ready to launch into a new outdoor
activity or advance in one you already enjoy? REI Outdoor School can get
you on your way! We offer beginning to advanced-level classes and
outings in kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, navigation,
snowshoeing, road cycling, backpacking and more. And you don’t need a
lot of equipment to participate: we provide kayaks, bikes, snowshoes,
GPS units and other gear. And most importantly, our professional
instructors are committed to sharing their knowledge and ensuring an
enjoyable experience for every participant. Come join us!
Cutter Aquatics– Kayaking and Canoeing Instructor and IT Certification
CUTTER AQUATICS – a premiere educational resource for kayakers and canoeists – has been delivering water safety education programs in Texas since 1996. Cutter Aquatics teaches high-level technical paddling skills in an encouraging atmosphere and helps candidates for ACA Instructor and Instructor Trainer certifications discover and enrich their program organizational skills and personal coaching strengths. Cutter Aquatics has a legacy of quality, safety and fun in paddling instruction and our trademark guided trips – adventure vacations close to home and around the world. With our resolute dependability and devoted customer service we have been the premier provider of kayaking and canoeing instruction in Texas and we currently focus on developing elite level American Canoe Association certified kayaking and canoeing instructors and instructor trainers.
From anywhere in the country contact us to provide ACA Instructor Training or to mentor you/your staff to become ACA Instructor Trainers.
CKAPCO - Canoe Kayak and Paddle Company
CKAPCO - ACA Instructor and Trainer certifications in Kayak or Canoe as well as skill development classes for beginners through advanced paddlers. CKAPCO also offers ACA and BCU Skill and safety Assessments, as well as full and half day trips just for fun! Top end boats and gear provided. CKAPCO is proud to be the first ACA Pro School! DC and Baltimore metro locations.
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (CCPRC) offers a variety of Canoeing, Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayaking skills classes and trips, including educational outings for beginner to expert paddlers. From day-trips, weekend skills classes, to certification courses, our ACA certified paddling instructors and trainers focus on safety and fun. Learn the essentials needed to make your paddling experience an enjoyable one from our friendly and knowledgeable instructors. Serving over 25,000 individuals of all ages and abilities annually, our Outdoor Adventure Program is the first of its kind to be accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. CCPRC also brings you the East Coast Paddlesport & Outdoor Festival every April.
Our school is situated in Austria near Vienna. We offer skill development classes for beginner through advanced paddlers as well as ACA Instructor and Trainer certifications in Sea-Kayak or Canoe. No matter if you want an afternoon in the Danube National Park, an educational course or a multi-day trip we are the right partner for you. We also lend state of the art equipment like wenonah canoes or current design kayaks.
Unsere Schule befindet sich in Österreich in der Nähe von Wien. Wir bieten Paddelkurse für Anfänger, für Fortgeschrittene, für Lehrer und für Trainer für Kanadier, Seekajak und SUP. Egal ob sie einfach nur einen Nachmittag in den Donauauen genießen, eine qualitativ hochstehende Ausbildung oder das Abenteuer einer Paddeltour im Urlaub genießen wollen, bei uns sind sie an der richtigen Adresse.
Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures
Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures provides comprehensive sea & surf kayaking instruction & assessments, paddle board instruction, guided tours, environmental education & team building programs. We also offer kayak & paddleboard rentals & sales, and unique adventure trips along coastal Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the Caribbean.
Cascade Canoe and Kayak
From your first strokes – touring the San Juan Islands,
Puget Sound, the Washington coast and inland lakes and rivers, to pursuing
Olympic dreams – Cascade Canoe & Kayak offers a full spectrum of canoeing,
kayaking and paddle board programs. Take lessons, develop skills, and
rent by the hour from our convenient waterfront centers located in beautiful
outdoor settings. Explore magnificent Washington State waterways in half,
full and multiday tours, for scenic vistas: dramatic mountains, scenic
waterways, gorgeous underwater gardens and spectacular wildlife abound.
Find a full line of paddlesports boats and equipment in our complete retail
shop. If your boat needs repair, our expert technicians can bring it new
life. Beginning at nine years old to adults well into their nineties, our
customers celebrate their love of paddling with our expert and world-recognized
staff. Since 1997 we have shared the joys of paddling with our
communities in a manner that’s fun and safe!
University of Minnesota Duluth- Recreational Sports Outdoor Program
Recreational Sports Outdoor Program is dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles and connections to the natural world through personal and professional experiences.
Wet Planet Whitewater
enjoy teaching other people to kayak? The instructors from Wet Planet Whitewater
Pro School will teach you the tricks of the trade. Conveniently located along the banks of the
White Salmon River and with an on-site rolling pool, the Wet Planet facilities
provide the perfect class room for any level kayaker. All equipment can be provided – just pick your
date, reserve and show up! Besides kayak
classes, Wet Planet offers rafting day trips, multi-day river trips, river
rescue classes and international river adventure trips. Our professional instructors love sharing
their skills, adventures and passion for kayaking with their students. Get out on the river with our team!
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
The Rocky Mountain
Outdoor Center has been the premier whitewater kayaking school in the Rocky
Mountain West since 1982. Our cozy Salida outpost offers access to all
sections of the famous Arkansas River. Over a hundred miles of runnable
river and three awesome whitewater parks make this an amazing place to kayak,
raft, or stand-up paddle. There are great beginner runs while classic
sections like Brown's Canyon, Royal Gorge, and The Numbers provide epic
training grounds for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Professional
courses are offered in Swiftwater Rescue, as well as ACA Kayak and SUP
certification. We look forward to paddling with you!
Coastal Kayak Inc.
Location: Fenwick Island, Delaware
Coastal Kayak SUP & Sail has been
teaching paddlesports for 19 years. They have an ideal teaching location on the
Delaware Coast only minutes from Ocean City, Maryland, with conditions from flat,
calm and protected bay waters to rough surf, current and everything
in between. Let the professional staff of over 9 ACA certified instructors show
you how much fun paddling can be while you learn at your own pace. Coastal Kayak offers
everything from beginner classes and kids camps to Instructor Certification Workshops
in both kayaking and stand up paddling. Coastal Kayak staff are experts in the
coastal region with over 30 years of paddling the area's waters, which are
convenient to Baltimore, DC & Philadelphia. They are one of the few schools
authorized by permit to operate at Assateague Island National Seashore! Coastal
Kayak also offers all types of kayak rentals including sit-on-tops, recreational
and touring kayaks, as well as many different types of paddle boards available
to rent right off their bayside beach. In addition Coastal Kayak has been
running guided eco-tours since 1997.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Since 1992 CanoeSport Outfitters has been serving paddlers
in the Midwest by organizing informative events, providing quality gear and
offering superior instruction. Whether you’re picking up a paddle for the first
time or have years of experience our knowledgeable instructors will help you
improve your canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddling. Along with a wide range
of courses we also offer many educational outings to local destinations and
provide learning opportunities in the Apostle Islands, Everglades National
Park, and Coastal Regions of Louisiana and Georgia. In our retail store you’ll
find knowledgeable staff eager to help you select the best canoe, kayak, or
paddleboard for the type of paddling you want to do. We also offer a wide
selection of accessories to help you paddle safer and transport your gear more
easily. Rentals and test paddling opportunities are also available at our
concession location at nearby Lake Ahquabi State Park.
If your school or organization is interested in being recognized as an ACA Pro School, please contact the Membership Department.