2017 ACA SUP Instructor Certification Workshops & Updates

Is 2017 your year to become a Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor?

This season we will offer several American Canoe Association Stand up Paddleboard  Instructor Certification Workshops, Instructor Updates, & Instructor Prep Clinics. These are great programs to guide you on your journey to teaching SUP to others or to assist in your continuing education & skill refinement. Please call or email with any questions or to reserve your space, 508-636-0300.


SUP Instructor Certification Workshop/Essentials of SUP 1 & 2

The ACA ICW provides SUP Instructors the basics of water safety and a solid framework of SUP teaching techniques. This three-day program is an intensive, fast paced workshop designed to refine your instructional techniques and familiarize you with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association. Students aspiring to be certified as SUP instructors will need to have current certifications in both CPR and First Aid.
Goals for this course include:
-to become familiar with current educational theory as it applies to paddle instruction
-to develop personal paddling skills
-to develop teaching and coaching skills
-to develop safe group management techniques
-to become familiar with ACA procedures for certified instructors

In the Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) you will be assessed in the following areas: Personal Paddling Skills, Teaching Skills, Modeling Skills, Risk Management, Group Management,  Technical Knowledge, Coaching & Assessment.

Pre-requisites: Proficiency with basic skills outlined in ACA Instructor Criteria, ACA Annual Membership, First Aid & CPR certification, 18 years of age or older.

Level One Instructor Criteria

Level Two Instructor Criteria

Dates: May 27th- 29th, Westport, Ma,  July 7th- 9th, Westport, Ma

Cost: $450.00

Instructor Trainer: Jim Bernard

SUP Instructor Prep Course

This class is designed to be a full day prep clinic for folks who will be taking an ACA SUP L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop. It will also benefit students who just want to improve their personal paddling skills and understanding of the sport or are working towards guiding or teaching SUP classes. Topics covered will relate specifically to the skills needed to successfully complete an ICW and will generally come from the ACA SUP Instructor criteria:
-Personal paddling skill development, SUP strokes.
-Teaching theory
-Teaching practice
-Learning styles
-Environmental issues while leading a group
-Group management and safety considerations
A full day class, mostly on the water. Students need to bring food, water, snacks, and clothing necessary for the entire day.
This class is NOT a pre-requisite for the ACA SUP ICW & completion of this class does not offer any preferential consideration for the ICW.

Date: May 7th      Cost: $125.00

Instructor Trainer: Jim Bernard

SUP Instructor Update

The instructor update is your chance to increase the quality of the clinics and assessment courses you offer by improving your personal paddling skills, learning new teaching methods, enhancing your ability to assess the strokes and body mechanics of your students while providing them with clear, targeted feedback on their technique. This one day Instructor Update fulfills your Instructor maintenance requirement.

Dates: May 6th – SUP Instructor Level 1 & 2     Cost: $150.00

Instructor Trainer: Jim Bernard