ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Skills Assessment

ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Skills Assessment is for those who want to train and certify as a Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor or want to document your Coastal Kayaking Skills.  Upon successful completion of the Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Skills Assessment checklist, your instructor will submit the paperwork and you will receive official documentation of your level of skill from the American Canoe Association National Office.

Note: To receive Skills Assessment documentation, you must be a current American Canoe Association member.  This will be an additional $40/year.

Assessment Overview:  This ACA Assessment Course is designed to evaluate a participant’s ability to perform all of the skills listed along with demonstrating an appropriate level of knowledge. This assessment course provides the participant with the opportunity to receive documentation of having achieved a certain level of paddling ability. 

Skills assessed are listed in the link below:

ACA Level 3: Coastal Kayaking Skills Assessment 

Location to be Determined

ACA Level 3 Coastal Skills Assessment 


  • 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.

Class Covers:   Any of T-Rescue, Self Rescues, Re-entry and Roll, Toggle Rescue, Cold Water Rescues, Haul Up, Leg Up, Back Deck Swimmer Rescue, Eskimo Bow Rescue, and Eskimo Paddle Rescue.  Pool classes cover material differently from open water classes. 

Cost:  $130 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 30, 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)

Location: To Be Determined


Louise Flory

Louise is busy satisfying a great wanderlust to explore the wild regions of our Great Lakes and Salt Seas.  Her heart’s home is along the rocky shores of Lake Superior: surfing, rock gardening, and living out of her kayak. As a Southeast Michigan Sea Kayak Teacher and Guide for Riverside Kayak Connection, she takes our people out of the City to explore waters of our local shipping corridors: from Blue Sky Bridge down to Lake Erie.  Louise teaches Euro and Greenland Traditional paddling/rolling/touring, in rough or calm water, at Regional Sea Kayak Symposiums: Port Austin, West Michigan Coastal Sea Kayak, Qajaq Training Camp, Great Lakes Sea Kayak, Ladies of the Lake, and Door County, Wisconsin.  In the Winter Louise coaches Kayak Pool Sessions for Eastern Michigan University Paddlers, and leads hearty groups of Winter Kayakers on Lake Erie.  Her special niche is adapting the sport for a wide range of people’s ages and abilities; giving them a new feeling of confidence, joy and freedom. 

Louise is an ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor, with Adaptive Paddling Endorsemen

Robert Hogan

started paddling in 2003 on the Rhode Island coast, where I spent the next twelve years learning to love the variety of conditions the tides, surf, and rock gardens the area has to offer. I became the rough water and surf paddling addict I am today, thanks to support and mentoring from the excellent paddling club there (not to mention their tolerance and occasionally necessary “rescue practice”).

For me, coaching is a great next step from the informal mutual assistance that that club culture fostered. Not only in terms of giving back, but because being able to make an observation that helps someone progress, also keeps me on my toes with my own technique.

Now based out of Michigan, I’m learning the ways of the Great Lakes and have pretty much stopped obsessing over tide tables.
Robert is an ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor.