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SUP. Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Blakeney.Skills Courses

A skills course can cover all or part of the course outline and are tailored to fit the needs of the participants. Skills courses do not have to be taken in a successive order.  At the conclusion of a skills course, participants may receive a participation card.


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Assessment Courses

ACA Assessment courses have been developed as a tool to allow paddlers a clear progression of skill development. Courses provide progression in skills and paddling venues associated with specific disciplines and paddlecraft. Upon successful completion of each Skills Assessment checklist, your Instructor will submit the paperwork and you will receive official documentation of your level of skill from the ACA National Office.

Note: to receive Skills Assessment documentation, you must be a current ACA member.


Stand Up Paddleboard

Ocean Surf



Instructor Certification Courses

ACA Instructor Certification Workshops (ICWs) are the next step for individuals wishing to teach paddling technique and skill refinement to students. An ACA instructor certification course consists of both an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). These two parts may be offered back-to-back or they may be separated by a length of time to allow for further development and practice. Instructor Certification Workshops are offered in all paddlesports disciplines; the criteria upon which an instructor candidate will be evaluated can be found here:

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SUP Survey

As part of the ACA's role in the paddle and boardsport communities, we conducted a survey pertaining specifically to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP).  

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ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments, and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation.

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