THE ACA SUP Certification

 

THE ACA SUP CERTIFICATION IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ACCREDITATION AND TO PRODUCE THE BEST INSTRUCTORS THAT THE STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING INDUSTRY HAS TO OFFER.

THE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP WILL GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY AND TOOLS YOU NEED TO BECOME THE BEST CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR THAT YOU CAN TO BE, WHETHER THAT IS TEACHING BASIC LESSONS AND OFFERING RENTALS, RUNNING GUIDED PADDLE TRIPS, TEACHING SUP YOGA OR COACHING ON-WATER FITNESS CLASSES AND PADDLE STROKE TECHNIQUES.

 THE AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION (ACA) CERTIFICATION IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE INDUSTRY’S GOLD STANDARD OF CERTIFICATIONS BECAUSE OF ITS STANDARDS, PARTNERS, CURRICULUM, LEGITIMACY AND HISTORY WITH OVER THIRTY YEARS AS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION IN THE PADDLESPORTS INDUSTRY. 

 

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Certification WorkshopS

 

Level 1 or Level 2

This course is a combination of an American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE) in either one or both L1 and L2 disciplines. It is an essential course for the SUP paddler looking to get certified and gain the experience and confidence needed to lead guided trips, and teach students to become safer, competent paddlers. The Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) provides SUP Instructors the basics of water safety and a solid framework of SUP teaching techniques. It is an intensive, fast-paced workshop designed to refine your instructional techniques and familiarize yourself with the intensive American Canoe Association SUP curriculum.  


In these courses you will be assessed in the following areas:

  • Personal Paddling Skills
  • Teaching Skills
  • Modeling Skills
  • Risk Management
  • Group Management
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Coaching & Assessment

Level 3 Surf

This 2 day course is an American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE) in the L3 SUP Surf discipline. It is an essential course for the SUP paddler looking to get certified, gain the experience, and confidence needed to teach students to become safer, competent paddlers in the surf zone and breaking waves. The Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) provides SUP Instructors the of ocean safety and a solid framework of SUP surfing teaching techniques. This is a fast-paced and intensive workshop designed to refine your instructional techniques and familiarize yourself with the intensive American Canoe Association SUP Surf curriculum.


In this course you will be assessed in the following areas:

  • Personal Paddling Surf Skills
  • Teaching Skills
  • Modeling Skills
  • Risk Management
  • Group Management
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Coaching & Assessment

PRICES

  • Level 1 ACA Instructor Certification Workshop (2 or 3 days) - $375
  • Level 1 & 2 Combined ACA Instructor Certification Workshop (3 days$500
  • Level 2 ACA Instructor Certification Workshop (2 days) - $300
  • Level 3 SUP Surf ACA Instructor Certification Workshop (3 days) - $350
  • Board/Gear Rental for course participants (Includes: Board, Leash, Inflatable PFD, Paddle, Whistle) - $25 per day

              *Price does not include the $40 ACA membership. A $200 non-refundable deposit (applied towards the total cost) is required to reserve your space and cannot be transferred to another course*


COURSE DATES

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  • January 15-16, 2017 in St. John, USVI : ACA Level 1 - Retreat Details
  • February 11-12, 2017 in Jupiter, FL : ACA Level 1 SUP - CLOSED
  • March 10-12, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL  : ACA Level 1 & 2 SUP - CLOSED
  • May 13-14, 2017 in TBD, NH: ACA Level 1 SUP - CLOSED
  • June 3-5, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL  : ACA Level 1 & 2 SUP - CLOSED
  • November 10-12, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL  : ACA Level 1 & 2 SUP - Open
  • More 2017 Dates TBA Soon!

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PREREQUISITES

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Intermediate paddling skills or better (paddle straight, control the board, comfortable in varying conditions.)
  • Effective communicator (able to lead small groups)
  • Proof of a valid and current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Current membership with the ACA. To become a member visit their website here.

additional resources ON ACA CERTIFICATIONS

  1. ACA Level 1: Introduction to SUP

  2. ACA Level 2: Essentials of SUP

  3. ACA Level 3: Surf SUP

  • ACA Level 1 is a two or three day course requiring prior paddling skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching methods
  • ACA Level 2 is a two day course requiring prior paddling skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching methods
  • Occasionally Level 1 and 2 curriculum courses are combined into a condensed three day course.
  • In an instructor development workshop a certification exam is offered in all courses. 
  • Participants must be able to demonstrate skills, knowledge and teaching ability to pass at the appropriate level.
  • When taking a combined Level 1 and 2 course, you will be assessed at the appropriate level, this being a Level 1 or 2 ACA Instructor.

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HOST A COURSE AT YOUR LOCATION

Have a location or interested in hosting a course? We also offer custom Courses!

  • No cost to the host for use of their waterfront and facility 
  • One complimentary slot in the course for a participant (participants certification is based upon on passing score)
  • Opportunity to receive proceeds from the participants renting boards during the course
  • Receive assistance in handling registration and marketing for the scheduled course event
  • Receive preferred placement in open spots for staff