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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.


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REI - Outdoor Schools

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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, SUP, and Canoeing Instructor and IT Certification

CUTTER AQUATICS – a premiere educational resource for paddlers – has been delivering water safety education programs in Texas with resolute dependability and devoted customer service 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. Cutter Aquatics currently focuses on developing elite level American Canoe Association certified kayaking, canoeing and SUP 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.



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.


 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. 


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


Phone: 302-539-7999  


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.  


CanoeSport Outfitters

Location: Des Moines, Iowa


Phone: 515-961-6117

 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.





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