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If you are an experienced sea kayaker with a passion for helping others learn the sport, then our instructor development programs will give you the skills and certifications you need to become a full-fledged instructor! Not sure which program is right for you? Give us a call and we can discuss your goals and options.


ACA "Basic Coastal" Instructor Course

Basic Coastal Certification is for the candidate that will be teaching students the basic strokes and rescues course and will having groups up to a half-mile off shore in mild conditions. This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely paddle sea/coastal kayaks and execute trips on rivers and coastal environments. This course will include instruction in, but not limited to, boat handling, terminology, kayak design, trip planning, marine hazards and safety, rules of the Nautical Road, weather and tides and environmental ethics.
$345 | Details...


ACA "Open Water" Instructor Course

Building off the "Basic Coastal" curriculum above, Instructor Candidates teach rescues, introductory surfing, and tidal currents courses, on-water navigation and paddling in wind and waves. Suggested conditions for teaching students do not exceed 2 foot waves, 15 knot winds, and are no more than 1 mile from shore. Desirable conditions include a protected launch site with access to more open water and variable conditions.
$600 | Details...


Mentor Program

Interested in becoming a sea kayak instructor? Want to simply improve your ability to help other paddlers? Enroll in Potomac Paddlesports' mentor program and assist our top instructors as they teach a wide variety of courses. You’ll learn valuable teaching tricks and techniques, plus get hands-on experience as you work with students. Think of it as a step in between being a student and being an instructor. Highly recommended for anyone considering instructor certification.
No fee | Details...

Be Prepared!

Below are some products that we frequently recom-mend to our beginning sea kayak students. Have a look, and if there's any-thing else you need to make sure you're ready for your sessions on the water, we've got a ton of gear over in our online store! Check it out!


Noze Bling
Noze Bling
$16.00