Atlantic Division Instruction

The ACA connects students and instructors in the NYC area.

Let’s get everyone on the water safely

The ACA National Paddlesports Instruction Program has been acknowledged as the premier paddlesports education program throughout the United States and in over 30 countries. Through the efforts of the ACA National Office and the Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC), course curricula and educational resources are developed and made available to the public, instructors, organizational partners, and the outdoor industry.

Where Can I find Instruction?

Instruction can be found locally through clubs or nationally. Many Atlantic Division clubs have members who are ACA Certified Instructors who offer training through the club or independently.

Find an Instructor nationally here. And look at the national course catalog here.

Trip Leaders Needed

Many of the Clubs within the Atlantic Division offer free programs to the public, putting tens of thousands of people on the water. In order to keep these programs open as well as offer club members safe trips, more Trip Leaders are needed.

If becoming a Trip Leader is of interest to and your fellow paddlers, contact your local club. Many offer free training and you will able to increase your skills, get on the water more often and enjoy helping others.

If you aren’t already a member of an Atlantic Division club, you can find the full list here.

Becoming an Instructor

The ACA’s National Paddlesports Instruction Program is widely considered the “Gold Standard” in the U.S. and abroad. Instructors, depending on their certification, can teach river and coastal kayaking, canoeing, sit-on-top kayaking, surf kayaking, stand up paddling, rafting, safety and rescue, packrafting, surfski, universal paddling and paddlesports safety facilitor.

To get more information on becoming an instructor, go to the ACA Instructor page.