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American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Course

American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Course

March 12-14, 2024

Last Updated: March 5, 2024 by Artist Boat | Nature, Events


Would you like to build your kayak skills for work or play?

Artist Boat will host American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Trainer, Jeff Atkins, for an ACA Kayak Instructor Development Workshop – Level 1/2 on March 12 – 14, 2024 at the Coastal Heritage Preserve.  You can earn certification for leading groups or just build your skills.  This course is a great source for learning all the in-depth aspects of kayaking, communication, and self-rescue.

Kayak Training at Coastal Heritage Preserve
Kayak Instructor Training at Coastal Heritage Preserve Artist Boat

In this class, you will:

  • Perform paddling skills consistently with demonstration quality
  • Demonstrate effective teaching skills
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of paddlesport
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety & rescue ability
  • Demonstrate effective group / course management and positive interpersonal skills

Following the successful completion of this course, participants will have professional kayak training and be certified instructors with the American Canoe Association.

Level 1 or Level 2 certification may be acquired in this course based on skill level.

Cost for class:  $650

To register for this course, go to https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/artistboat/items/243429/?full-items=yes&flow=no

To learn more about certification levels, visit the American Canoe Association website at https://americancanoe.org/education/types-of-courses/. ACA membership is required prior to certification.

Kayak Training at Coastal Heritage Preserve
Kayak Instructor Training at Coastal Heritage Preserve Artist Boat

Meet the instructor, Jeff Atkins!!

Based in the Southeast United States, Jeff is a retired Park Ranger. He now is a co-owner of Wavepaddler where he coaches and guides trips around North America while helping participants grow their paddling and leadership skills.

Jeff also holds several paddling certifications including being an Advanced Open Water Instructor and a Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator for the American Canoe Association. He is also an Instructor Trainer in Canoe and Stand-Up Paddleboard.  Jeff is a team paddler for Sea Kayaking UK/NDK, Celtic Paddles, and Bishop Boards. With additional certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, and a Coastal Master Naturalist, he is often sought after to help train outdoor professionals because of his experience and style as a coach. Paddling is his passion and he loves to spread this “infectious” recreation activity to others. He believes in helping others to expand their confidence and skills by having fun while learning. “There is nothing like the feeling of seeing a person smile because they just did something that they didn’t think they could do.”


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