ACA Kayak, Raft and Rescue Courses

American Canoe Association Certified Courses

 

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Overview

The ACA offers skills courses and certification programs to paddlers of all skill levels. The courses represent sets of skills, safety procedures and other materials deemed appropriate for the particular environments of the disciplines. Choose one of the options below to learn more about skills courses and certification.

 

 

ACA Kayak Courses

  • This 5-day course is designed to give the working knowledge needed to start teaching the A.C.A. Kayaking program. Through the use of video and on water instruction you will develop the proficiency and confidence necessary to be a better paddler or instructor. ACA instructor certification granted to those approved by the instructor trainer.

    • Required equipment needed includes full wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes, whitewater kayak, spray skirt, and paddle.
      Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Cost: $510

    Course Locations

    • To be announced

     

 

ACA Raft Courses

  • This 5-day course is designed to give the working knowledge needed to start teaching the A.C.A. Raft Guide curriculum. Through the use of video and on-the-water instruction you will develop the proficiency and confidence necessary to be a better guide or instructor. ACA instructor certification granted to those approved by the instructor trainer.

    • Required equipment includes full wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, and booties or tennis shoes.
      Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.

    • Course Cost: $510

    Course Dates & Locations

    • To be announced

 

ACA Rescue Courses

  • Kayaking in whitewater can be a thrill, but there are some very real dangers that need to be prepared for. Getting some training is one of the best things you can do for yourself and those you boat with if you want to keep yourselves safe while out playing. For those who do not have the time for a 3-day course, this is an intensive one-day look at kayak rescue. You will learn about basic rope techniques, rescue jackets, group organization and much more.

    • Prerequisites include a basic ability to swim and familiarity with whitewater kayaking.
    • Required equipment includes wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes, hardshell kayak, spray skirt, and paddle. Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Cost: $100
    • Course Dates: by request of groups of 6 or more
    • Course location: Index, WA
  • This 2 day course covers the latest in basic rescue techniques for boaters using a minimal amount of gear. We work on vertical pins, wrapped and broached boats, body and foot entrapments, safe swimming techniques and use of rescue jackets, towing boats and more. Certified American Canoe Association instructors teach this course.

    • Prerequisites include a basic ability to swim and familiarity with whitewater kayaking.
    • Required equipment includes wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes, hardshell kayak, spray skirt, and paddle. Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Cost: $180.
    • We can also do a custom class in your area. Feel free to contact us.

    Course Dates & Locations

    • Course Dates: None scheduled at this time. Contact us for availability.
  • This 5-day course is designed to give the working knowledge needed to start teaching the A.C.A. Kayak Rescue program. Through the use of video and on water instruction you will develop the proficiency and confidence necessary to be a better paddler, rescuer, or instructor. ACA certification granted to those approved by the instructor trainer.

    • Required equipment includes wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes, hardshell kayak, spray skirt, and paddle.
      Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.

    • Course Cost: $510

    Course Dates & Locations

    • To be announced
  • The A.C.A. swiftwater rescue instructor course is for individuals who will be teaching to their kayaking clubs, raft companies or other organizations around swiftwater. It is a 5-day course that touches on both rafting and kayaking rescue skills. It provides the instructor candidate with the latest up to date techniques in rescue.

    Instructor Objectives/Performance Standards

    • Focus on course objectives - (see PDF on website)
    • Effectively and accurately demonstrate all skills addressed in the course
    • Provide accurate content in all topics, using a variety of teaching styles and techniques, in response to student needs
    • Develop a “critical eye” to help identify common participant errors
    • Develop multiple techniques to help correct participant errors/inefficiencies
    • Manage the course according to ACA instructional best practices

    • Course Cost: $510

    Course Dates & Locations

    • To be announced


  • This 2 ½ day course covers the latest in basic rescue techniques for boaters using a minimal amount of gear. We work on vertical pins, wrapped and broached boats, body and foot entrapments, safe swimming techniques and use of rescue jackets, towing boats and more. Certified American Canoe Association instructors teach this course.

    • Prerequisites include a basic ability to swim and familiarity with whitewater rafting.
    • Required equipment includes wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes. Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Cost: $265
    • We can also do a custom class in your area. Feel free to contact us.

    Course Dates & Locations

    • None scheduled at this time. Contact us for availability.