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If you are an experienced whitewater paddler with a passion for helping others, then our instructor courses will give you the skills and certifications you need to become a full-fledged whitewater kayak instructor!


ACA Whitewater Instructor Course

The American Canoe Association's (ACA) instructor certification courses are designed to provide experienced paddlers with the tools they need to educate others. Certification is a two-part process: First is a one- to two-day Instructor Development Workshop (IDW); an interactive learning/teaching program where you will learn the basics of instruction. Next is a one-day Instructor Certification Exam (ICE) where you will be formally evaluated on your paddling and teaching skills. Certification is dependent on both of these abilities and is not guaranteed.
$595 | Details...

Mentor Program

Interested in becoming a whitewater 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 recommend to our intermediate whitewater students. Have a look, and if there's anything 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!




Smiley's
Noze Bling
$15.00