2023 Instructional Courses
It's more than just bragging rights! Take your love for kayaking to a much higher level and enjoy the Apostle Islands!
We strongly value formal training. The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a great organization that standardizes paddle-sport safety and instruction. It’s acknowledged as the “Gold Standard” of paddle-sport education throughout the US and several foreign countries. Most of our guides have passed skill assessment tests, been certified as ACA instructors and Trip Leaders.
Our director, Dr. Neal, is an ACA Instructor Trainer Educator. We, therefore, offer courses where paddlers can become certified as ACA Instructors. And, you join the elite fellowship of ACA Instructors! If you are interested in exploring this more contact us.
The process to become an L3 instructor looks like this:
You’ll work with an instructor to pass a skills assessment.
You’ll take an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) – usual 3 days in spring or early summer.
Finally, you’ll take an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE) – usually 2 days in end of summer (You’ll have the middle of summer to work on your paddling and teaching skills).
General Requirements for ACA Instructor Certification:
Instructors shall be at least 18 years of age
Maintain current ACA Membership and SEIC dues
Maintain an appropriate level of First Aid and CPR trainings
To become an ACA Instructor, an Instructor Candidate must:
Participate in an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and pass an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE)
These courses are offered either as separate courses with time between for skills and presentation development and practice, or can be offered concurrently (at the discretion of the Instructor Trainer) as an Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW).
Perform paddling skills consistently with demonstration quality
Demonstrate effective teaching skills
Demonstrate technical knowledge of paddle sport
Demonstrate appropriate safety & rescue ability
Demonstrate effective group / course management and positive interpersonal skills.
Classes are based out of the Whitecap Kayak Learning Center in Washburn, WI. We’ll use various venues on Lake Superior as well as inland lakes to optimize learning
Free camping on site available.
Whitecap Kayak Learning Center
31375 Wannebo Road
Washburn, WI 54891
2023 Instructional Courses Registration
ACA L3 IDW
(Instructor Development Workshop)
This is an L3 Instructor Development Workshop. Various venues including an inland lake, as well as sites on Lake Superior will be used. Meals & camping on the Whitecap Kayak campus are included with registration.
May 27th - 29th, 2023
$300 per person
ACA L3 ICE
(Instructor Certification Exam)
This is an L3 Instructor Certification Exam. Various venues including an inland lake, as well as sites on Lake Superior will be used. Meals & camping on the Whitecap Kayak campus are included with registration.
September 2nd - 4th, 2023
$300 per person
Rough Water Weekends
(ACA L4 ICW, Update & Skills Assessment)
$400 per person