Fall foliage with a blue overlay
Browse All Lessons & Training

ACA Kayak Instructor Update

Bryson City, NC
from $400
Course dates available by request

This course is designed to meet the maintenance requirements of the ACA and keep kayak instructor certification current.

18+ Years Old
2 Days
Instructor talking with guests during the Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers course
Call to Book



Our ACA Instructor Update Course is designed to update your ACA Kayak Instructor Certification. Participants should show proficiency and understanding in group management skills, rescue prevention, and in and out of the boat hands on rescue skills. Participants should also be able to paddle Class II-IV whitewater.

What You’ll Learn

This course is a recertification for participants who have taken the ACA Kayak Instructor Training Levels 3 and 4.

What to Expect

Re-certification in this course is based on both paddling and teaching skills and is not guaranteed at any level.



51 NOC Way
Bryson City, NC 28713

  • Lunch & In-Course Transportation
  • NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction

NOC provides gear bags, paddling jackets, wetsuits and booties. Participants will need to provide individual gear outlined below.

Discounts at the Outfitter’s Store are provided for course participants.

Necessary Items

  • Boat, Paddle, PFD, Sprayskirt, Helmet
  • Shorts or Swimwear
  • Water Shoes or Old Sneakers
  • Synthetic T-shirts
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Towel and Change of clothes
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Clothing and Personal Items
  • Rain Gear
  • Band-Aids/Tape

Optional Items

  • Synthetic Long Underwear
  • Light Fleece Hoodie/Pullover
  • Nose Clips
  • Sunglasses and Eyeglass Strap
  • Hat or Visor
  • Ear Plugs (if sensitive to water)

In order to complete this course, you will need to show proficiency and an understanding of the following skills:

  • Group management skills
  • Rescue prevention
  • Hands-on rescue—skills both in and out of the boat

Participants must be over the age of 18. Participants will be able to paddle Class II – IV whitewater.

Lunch is included in the course fee. Additional meals, snacks, and beverages can be purchased at NOC’s two onsite restaurants or the General Store.

Discounts are available for participants at NOC restaurants.

Live Chat