ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop

The American Canoe Association (ACA)  Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop will be held May 6-9. 2018 at Sterling State Park.  ACA Level 1 & 2 Instructors teach Essentials of Kayak Touring within protected water near shore.  Instructors teach essential paddle strokes and rescues in a protected environment.  Level 1 & 2 conditions are up to 1 foot waves, 10 knot winds and up to 1 knot of current.

We devote the initial 3 days of the course to assisting candidates in development of paddling strokes, rescues (assisted & non-assisted), instruction and group management skills. At the end of the 3rd day we will provide each candidate with individual feedback about their readiness to proceed to the evaluation process.

On water sessions include leadership, group management, risk management, refining paddle strokes and rescues for skill modeling.   Each candidate will receive hands on experience and feedback while doing presentations.  We assign all participants topics to teach on & off water. Staff will provide instruction in paddle strokes and rescues and help participants develop their modeling skills, while also covering on water teaching, group and risk management.

We dedicate, the last day, of the workshop to candidates demonstrating their proficiency in the presentation and demonstration (proper modeling) of skills necessary for certification as well as display overall paddle sport knowledge.  Candidate’s performance on the last day directly determines their level of certificat

  • Sunday, May 6 - Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. Wednesday)

ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop


  • Full ACA membership and membership in the ACA’s Safety Education Instruction Committee (SEIC).
  • To be an ACA instructor you must be 18 years of age.
  • Must complete an appropriate level skills course, assessment course or have equivalent skills.
  • First Aid and age appropriate CPR.

Cost:  $475 Per Person

Full ACA membership is $40 and SEIC is $25 additional.  You will receive links to pay & join as part of the course materials sent ahead of time.

Participants are responsible for their own travel, food, and lodging during the course.

Registration:  Requires pre-registration by April 16, 2018.  

Minimum Age:  18 years old. 

Number of Students:  Limited to 10 students.

Cancellation Policy:  Fees are refundable up to 30 days prior.

Required Gear: 

  • Sea Kayak with Bulkheads and Deck Lines
  • Paddle
  • Life Jacket
  • Spray-skirt
  • Paddle Float
  • Bilge Pump
  • Tow Rope
  • Whistle
  • Helmet
  • Hand Held Compass
  • Wet Suit or Dry Suit
  • Water Shoes (No Bare Feet or Flip Flops)


2800 State Park Road
Monroe, Michigan 48162


Sam Crowley

Sam Crowley is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator, an ACA Adaptive Paddling Endorsement and Wilderness First Responder. He’s been paddling since 1991 and instructing since 1996. He’s instructed over 100 instructor workshops but is primarily a paddler with many Lake Superior trips in addition to Haida Gwaii in BC, Finland/Sweden and an Ireland circumnavigation. 

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John Tatro Bio Photo

John Tatro

John Tatro's enthusiasm for kayaking is just another facet of his love of the outdoors.  A native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he grew up surrounded by water and took to it at an early age.  John started with multi-day & whitewater canoe trips, and raced in both solo and tandem events. He also enjoys backpacking, and has hiked Isle Royle, parts of the Appalachian Trail, and the North Country Trail. When on quiet back country rivers he can be found fly fishing and relaxing around a campsite.  He is a self-diagnosed paddling addict and gear hound, and his love of the outdoors and kayaking is contagious.  John especially enjoys paddling in open water and surf.

John is a certified ACA-certified Level 4 Sea Kayak Instructor and a BCU 4-Star paddl