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ACA Instructor Development & Certification

Bryson City, NC
from $340
Courses Offered March - October

These courses are designed to prepare participants with the professional skills needed to teach whitewater kayaking. NOC’s training will certify up to Level 4 ACA Kayak Instructor.

18+ Years Old
Multi-Day
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Student learning how to whitewater kayak from an instructor
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Overview

NOC’s ACA Instructor Development and Certification courses teach, evaluate and prepare Instructor Candidates to facilitate and manage a paddling course from ACA L1-ACA WWK L4.  Prior to registering for the course, we expect that candidates should have the paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescuing ability, group management, and interpersonal skills to correlate with the level of the desired certification. Upon completion and evaluation, NOC’s ACA certified Instructor Trainer will certify participants to the level of their skills stated above. 

Prerequisites: ACA instructor courses are designed for individuals who have prior paddling experience and a solid understanding of paddle stroke choice and terminology. Instructor Candidates should have an understanding of basic teaching methodology, presenting topics and group management. You should not take this course if you are new to paddlesports.

ACA Instructor Training Courses

Level 1- Introduction to Kayaking (ACA L1 criteria) Course length 2-3 days. This course is suited for camp leaders, outfitters, and paddlers who offer trips and facilitate basic safety and instruction on a lake or other flatwater sites. This course prepares Instructor Candidates with the foundation on flatwater to build on strokes, concepts, and how to facilitate an environment of learning. Course Prerequisites: NOC ACA Skills Assessment Course or equivalent skills course.  

Level 2 – Essentials of River Kayak (ACA L2 criteria) Course length 3 days. This course is for the camp leaders, outfitters, and paddlers who lead trips to teach and facilitate basic safety and instruction on moving water (Class I water).  Instructor Candidates need to show leadership and group management skills; they must also model paddling strokes and show they can teach strokes and concepts effectively in Class I water. Course Prerequisites: NOC ACA Skills Assessment Course or equivalent skills course.  

Level 3-  Whitewater Kayaking (ACA L3 criteria) Course length is 4-5 days. This course is for outfitters, instructional programs, and paddlers that lead trips and facilitate safety and instruction on whitewater (Class I-II water). This course will emphasize safety & rescue, strokes, paddling concepts, and being an effective teacher. Instructor Candidates must be comfortable with paddling, teaching concepts, and performing rescues on class II as well as be able to perform a reliable kayak roll. Course Prerequisites: NOC ACA Skills Assessment Course or equivalent skills course.  

Level 4- Whitewater Kayaking (ACA L4 criteria) Course length is 5 days. This course is for outfitters, instructional programs, and paddlers that lead trips and facilitate safety and instruction on whitewater (Class II-III). This course will emphasize safety & rescue, strokes, paddling concepts, and being an effective teacher. Instructor Candidates need to show leadership and group management skills and candidates must have a combat roll in course conditions and be able to teach the kayak roll safely and effectively. Course Prerequisites: NOC ACA Skills Assessment Course or equivalent skills course.  

ACA Certification Update

NOC’s ACA Instructor Update Course is designed to update your ACA Kayak Instructor Certification with NOC professional instructors. Candidates will need to demonstrate proficiency and understanding in strokes, concepts, group management skills, and rescue. Instructors will be informed of new changes to ACA policies, best practices, and learn new methods for teaching and supporting students. Participants should be able to paddle, teach and manage students on the venue at the current level of ACA certification. Re-certification in this course is based on both paddling and teaching skills and is not guaranteed at any level. 

ACA Skills Assessment Course

This course is designed to evaluate a student’s existing skillset. Students should arrive at the course with previous paddling experience, and they will be assessed alongside a checklist of skills, experience, and knowledge. If successfully completed, the student will receive an assessment credential from the ACA. 

Dates

Upcoming Dates - ACA Skills Assessment

Dates Course Location  
Jun 6, 2022 ACA Skills Assessment Bryson City, NC Book Now
Jul 1, 2022 ACA Skills Assessment Bryson City, NC Book Now
Aug 5, 2022 ACA Skills Assessment Bryson City, NC Book Now
Sep 2, 2022 ACA Skills Assessment Bryson City, NC Book Now
Oct 7, 2022 ACA Skills Assessment Bryson City, NC Book Now

Upcoming Dates - ACA Certification

Dates Course Location  
Oct 3-7, 2022 ACA Level 3 Certification Bryson City, NC Book Now
Oct 3-7, 2022 ACA Level 4 Certification Bryson City, NC Book Now

Location

Address

51 NOC Way
Bryson City, NC 28713

NOC provides gear bags, paddling jackets, wetsuits and booties, lunch daily, and ACA certified instruction.

  • Daily Lunch
  • Gear Bags, Paddling Jackets, Wetsuits, and Booties
  • In-Course Transportation
  • NOC’s Highly-Trained, ACA Certified Instruction

Participants will need to provide the 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

Optional Items

  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Nose clips
  • Sunglasses and eyeglass strap
  • Hat or visor
  • Ear plugs

 

These courses are only for those with intermediate to advanced paddling skills. Prior to signing up for this course, participants must:

  • Be 18 Years of Age or Older
  • Be able to confidently paddle Class III-IV Whitewater
  • Have the ability to self-rescue
  • Have the ability to help with group rescues in Class III water

For specific course requirements, please refer to the information for each level of certification listed above.

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.

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