River Canoe Instructor Workshop
Description: Dedicated to Instructors who will teach on
water up to and including Class I on the International
Scale of River Difficulty. Instructors at this level are
authorized to teach the Intro to Canoe course on
flatwater, and the Basic River Canoe course in a river
environment and to teach students fundamental river
paddling skills including boat handling, paddling
technique, identifying hazards, river reading and self-
rescues in moving water. This course offers ACA
Essentials of River Instructor certification.
Participants should have competent moving water (class
Whitewater Open Canoe Instructor Workshop
day course teaches instructional methods for flatwater
and whitewater paddling. It provides vital experience
for those involved with teaching open boating strokes,
maneuvering, and safety techniques. Days consist of
mastering the paddling skills as well as gaining
practice teaching fellow students on the lake and on the
river. Participants will need to plan to camp out on
Wednesday night near the Nantahala and to provide their
own meals for Wednesday night and Thursday. The course
offers A.C.A. Whitewater Instructor certification.
Prerequisites include and ability to paddle competently
on Class 3 whitewater (should be able to catch most
eddies on the Nantahala). Participants will need to
bring their own boats. This course begins at 7:00pm on
Sunday evening (no dinner served on Sunday).
Whitewater Kayak Instructor Workshop
The course follows the same outline for the whitewater
open boat instructors course. The course offers A.C.A.
Whitewater Instructor certification. Prerequisites
include an ability to paddle competently on Class 3
whitewater (should be able to catch most eddies on the
Nantahala). Participants will need to bring their own
boats. Participants will need to bring their own
boats. This course begins at 7:00pm on Sunday evening
(no dinner served on Sunday).
Introduction to Canoe or Kayak Instructor Workshop
Description: These are two seperate flatwater
instructor courses for Instructors who will teach on
calm sheltered water in a light wind environment.
Instructors are authorized to teach students fundamental
skills including identifying hazards, basic concepts in
craft handling and self- rescues in calm waters such as
lakes or ponds.
Advanced Whitewater Kayak Endorsment
Descriptions: The prerequisites for this course
include: current ACA Whitewater Kayak or Canoe
Instructor status for at least two years; two reported
courses to ACA; and proficiency in executing all
strokes, maneuvers, and techniques used in paddling and
playing in minimum of class III whitewater. The course
will include concepts of paddling, including body
mechanics, boat and blade factors, and mental
considerations when paddling in advanced whitewater.
The course will also include water reading exercises,
equipment review, paddle drills, and other components
developed with the advanced whitewater paddler in mind.
This course is held off site at the Ocoee. Price
includes tuition only.
3 (Tech. I) and ACA Swiftwater Rescue Workshop
Description: An intensive thirty-hour course. One day
will be spent in the classroom, followed by two days
developing and practicing water rescue skills. The
emphasis is to assure the safety of the rescuers
themselves, while instilling skills and knowledge needed
for access and extrication of river and flood victims.
Information from this course is applicable to anyone
confronted with potential swiftwater rescue. Topics
include an in depth treatment of river and flood
dynamics, swiftwater hazards, swimming, boat handling,
in water contact rescues, technical rescue systems and
scene management. Students should have a basic swimming
ability, be in good physical condition, and prepared for
strenuous activity. Students will need a USCG type III
or V PFD, a whitewater helmet, wetsuit, booties or
tennis shoes. Cost does not include room and board.
Class will be held in Sylva and on the Tuckaseigee
Rescue Instructor Endorsement
Description: This workshop is an endorsement for who
are currently certified as ACA Instructors.
Participants just finishing an ACA instructor course
with this program may also attend. This course is
designed as an addition for whitewater instructors who
would like to teach a one day rescue corse to their
students. Topics include: Rescue philosophy, rope
throwing, swimming strategies, boat based rescue, and
many other topics that are important to the whitewater
paddler. The price includes tuition only.
River Canoe Instructor Workshop
Description: For people who have become somewhat
skilled in flatwater and have experience on whitewater
paddling. This course is designed to teach the transfer
of lake paddling to a river setting. Topics include
basic whitewater safety techniques, river reading, and
river-running skills in an experienced based teaching
environment. This course offers A.C.A. Basic River
Canoe Instructor certification. Participants should
have competent moving water (class II) experience.
Participants will need to bring their own boats.