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ACA Kayak Instructor Certification Courses

The purpose is to develop and certify competent paddlers as instructors. The courses can be held separately as development and certification, or taken back-to-back. Half the time is spent in the classroom and the rest is divided between flatwater and whitewater. Full membership in the ACA and SEIC dues are a prerequisite.

"Mary's instructor training class was one of the best classes
I've ever taken. Professional, well facilitated, fun, a nice gathering
of fine people, and with great attitude. She was safety, style,
strength and smile."

- John M, CA




Advanced Certification (L5)

3 days, $370

May 19 - 21, 2019

2 days, $225

May 23 - 24, 2019

2 days, $295

Call to schedule custom course.

Instructor Update: Call to schedule on an individual basis. Cost $150.00

The courses listed above will be held on the South Fork of the American River in Coloma, CA. Located 50 minutes northeast of Sacramento, we teach locally for Mother Lode River Trips on the North, Middle and South Forks of the American. The South Fork is dam-controlled and is our principal teaching river. In 1848 gold was discovered on its banks and the California Gold Rush ensued. The twenty miles of river are divided into three sections; the eight playful miles of the Class 3+ Chili Bar run contains drop-pool rapids surrounded by undeveloped meadows and oak forests. The three miles from Coloma to Lotus is a great Class 2 run with road access in several places. And the Gorge offers ten more miles of Class 3 surrounded by undeveloped hillsides.


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