ACA Instructor Certification Workshops

Fidalgo Paddlesports is pleased to offer the following Instructor Certification Workshops (ICW) and Assessments through the ACA. Because of prerequisites associated with these events, we do not offer sign ups through our website. Please contact us to make sure an event you’re interested in is right for you.

info@fidalgopaddlesports.com / 360-639-4295

Want to schedule a private course? We can facilitate updates and assessments for as little as one person, and ICW’s with a minimum of four. We also offer a discount to requests of four or more people.

American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)

April 28th – 30th, 2023

Cost: $350

Location: Washington Park, Anacortes

These American Canoe Association Instructor Certification Workshops are designed for kayakers in pursuit of certification through the ACA as a level 2 sea kayak instructor. Fundamentally, it is expected that participants should possess the paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescue ability, teaching ability, group management and interpersonal skills commensurate with this level of certification prior to presenting themselves for evaluation as Instructor Candidates at an Instructor Certification Workshop. This is not a course to learn how to kayak, but rather an opportunity to refine your existing skill set as professional kayakers in this certification course. Potential certification is valid for 4 years and widely recognized throughout the paddlesports industry.

Head over to the ACA to learn more about the value of this course! Please get in touch with us to chat if this is right for you!

American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 Instructor Update

As requested

Cost: $200

Location: Washington Park, Anacortes

The American Canoe Association Level 2 Update is for currently certified ACA L2 instructors who are looking to fulfill a recertification requirement. This will be a full day event (8-10 hours) spent reviewing practical skills, the SEIC Policy Manual, current updates to instructor policies and group teaching.

American Canoe Association (ACA) Assessment

L2 Assessment – As Requested

L3 Assessment – October 15th | L4 Assessment – October 16th

Cost: $150 – Level 2 Assessment | Cost: $200 Level 3 & 4 Assessment

The ACA Assessment Courses are designed to evaluate a participant’s ability to perform all of the skills in the appropriate skills assessment along with demonstrating an appropriate level of knowledge. These assessment courses provide the participant with the opportunity to receive documentation of having achieved a certain level of paddling ability, and are an essential prerequisite before undertaking an L3/L4 certification course. These events will be 8-10 hours in length and will involve a mix of practical skills demonstration, small group teaching and leadership exercises.

Our Level 3 and Level 4 assessments are conducted at Crescent Beach at Port Crescent, a 20-minute drive from Port Angeles. Our Level 2 assessment is conducted at Washington Park, Anacortes

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