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Overview: This grant project is funded by the USCG, with the goal of furthering on-water instructor courses and paddlesports education for state and local entities while having an impact on the surrounding underserved community.

The ACA has been the national leader in paddlesports safety, education and instruction since 1972.  The focus of this grant project will be to provide Instructor Certification Workshops (ICW) for liveries, outfitters, vendors, and state organizations focusing on the discipline of Stand Up Paddleboarding along with providing unique outreach resources such as waterproof SUP safety placards. This program will reach boaters at the local level and provide structured, engaged, and in-depth opportunities for learning basic boating safety and allow participants to practice on-water boater safety skills.

This program will be offered to four (4) different specified areas of interest. This grant project will provide 40 individuals, ten (10) individuals at each location, further on-water training focused on promoting safe paddling practices, provide an opportunity for the individuals to gain additional on-water certifications for instruction through the ACA’s instructor program, and help with the understanding of rescue techniques for the discipline of Stand Up Paddleboarding. 

This program will assist in empowering the state and local organizations by offering further on-water instructor certifications. This grant will also assist the underserved community with the exposure of being on the water safely and will provide course participants with the knowledge and on-water skills training to be force multipliers throughout their communities in regards to recreating safely on their waterways. 

This project will provide state entities, law enforcement, and other organizations with the opportunity to achieve a paddlesports instructor certification.  The ACA will offer a 4 location program offering on-water instructor certification workshops which includes the ANSI approved, knowledge based Paddlesport Education Standards, the ACA Level 1: Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Certification Workshop and a SUP skills clinic for underserved youth.





Certification Course:

Skills courses offered to Community Participants


Locations identified for this program include:

1.      New York City, New York - June 14-16, 2017

2.      Chicago, Illinois - July 26-28, 2017

3.      San Francisco, California - May 26-28, 2017

4.      Oahu or Maui, Hawaii - January 18-20, 2017 (Completed)



  • Calm, flat water

Duration of Course

  • Optional Skills Course available prior to workshop*
  • 2-3 Day Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)
  • Skills Course Implementation for Community Members held on Day 2 of the workshop (2-4 Hours of On-water, Skills-based instruction for specific Community Organizations)

Please contact the  ACA National Office for additional information.

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