This is the most comprehensive instructor course on the market, and eNRG Kayaking has innovated the curriculum. It develops ones interpersonal skills & paddling skills through peer feedback, video analysis, and lectures. We combine practical on water demonstrations and presentations with real world scenarios that will equip you to deal with teaching this multifaceted sport as a professional. This course sets the industry standard for instruction in paddle sports.

The ACA instructor certification process is broken up into two core components: the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor. The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, knowledge necessary for certification.

Email: or call 503.772.1122 for more info.

To be certified, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (Jr. instructor status is possible for minors)
  • Be or become a member of the ACA
  • Become a member of the Safety, Education, and Instruction (SEI) Committee
  • Successfully complete the course (requires: attendance at every session and completed homework, quizzes, and tests)

Just because you have paid your class fees and attended the class, does not mean you are guaranteed certification. Each candidate must show competency in technical knowledge, paddling skills, teaching skills, safety awareness, and necessary interpersonal skills at the desired level of certification to achieve certification. On average only about 25% of students achieve the whitewater certification, often because this course is many kayaker’s first exposure to formal instruction.


Dates: May 25th – 27th

$65 membership to ACA and SEI
(Payable to the American Canoe Association)

$200-300 per person


Dates: May 25th – 29th

$65 membership to ACA and SEI
(Payable to the American Canoe Association)

$500 per person

L1 & L2 Course Details:

This course covers the following ACA curriculum content
  • Introduction to Kayak
  • Basic River Kayak
  • Essentials to River Kayaking
  • Whitewater Kayak

This 40 hour course covers:

  • Technical knowledge of paddling
  • Teaching skills
  • Terminology
  • Personal paddling skills
  • Safety awareness
  • Duration: 40 Hours
  • Location: Oregon City, OR - Willamette River
  • Prerequisites: Must be an intermediate kayaker with some teaching experience or a strong desire to learn how to teach.

Questions? Call or email us!

Call: (503) 772-1122

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