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  • Weather-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with visor
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • One-quart water bottle or hydration system
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • Closed-toed water shoes

Optional

  • Waterproof camera
  • Wetsuit or dry suit
  • 14.5-foot or longer sea kayak with two bulkheads, spray skirt, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Extra change of shoes
  • Towel
  • Lip balm with sunscreen

What We Provide

  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFD's, etc.
  • Handouts and course materials**
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Certification Course Level 1

Reserve Your Spot Now

Our comprehensive three-day course will teach you everything you need to become Level 1 Kayak Instructor.

  • Prerequisite:  Participants must be experienced kayakers. Some kayaking teaching experience is recommended but not required.
  • Activity level:  Moderate
  • Minimum age:  18
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

We've partnered with the American Canoe Association (ACA), a recognized leader in paddling instruction, to bring you this three-day comprehensive kayak instructor course. This course will prepare you in the teaching theory, paddling strokes and rescue skills required for Level 1 Kayak Instructor Certification. Participation in this class does not guarantee certification; however, you'll learn all the skills and techniques you need for the exam.

Candidates should be competent paddlers interested in becoming an instructor. You'll develop and hone the following competencies: paddling techniques, leadership and interpersonal skills, common traits of beginners, diagnoses and trouble-shooting of form deficiencies and how to encourage and motivate participants. You'll also learn success-based instructional practices, and the course will cover different modalities of kayaking pedagogy.

Punctuality, keen participation and a willingness to learn are crucial traits to be successful in this course. You'll be given homework after each class and be required to complete it in time for the next session. You'll share your work with the group and receive constructive feedback from the instructor. Our instructor fosters a friendly and supportive learning environment and wants everyone to have fun and learn.

Note: Participation does not guarantee passing the ACA Level 1 Kayak Instructor Exam. Exam is not part of this course. Minimum age to take the exam is 18.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

We've partnered with the American Canoe Association (ACA), a recognized leader in paddling instruction, to bring you this three-day comprehensive kayak instructor course. This course will prepare you in the teaching theory, paddling strokes and rescue skills required for Level 1 Kayak Instructor Certification. Participation in this class does not guarantee certification; however, you'll learn all the skills and techniques you need for the exam.

Candidates should be competent paddlers interested in becoming an instructor. You'll develop and hone the following competencies: paddling techniques, leadership and interpersonal skills, common traits of beginners, diagnoses and trouble-shooting of form deficiencies and how to encourage and motivate participants. You'll also learn success-based instructional practices, and the course will cover different modalities of kayaking pedagogy.

Punctuality, keen participation and a willingness to learn are crucial traits to be successful in this course. You'll be given homework after each class and be required to complete it in time for the next session. You'll share your work with the group and receive constructive feedback from the instructor. Our instructor fosters a friendly and supportive learning environment and wants everyone to have fun and learn.

Note: Participation does not guarantee passing the ACA Level 1 Kayak Instructor Exam. Exam is not part of this course. Minimum age to take the exam is 18.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

**Course materials will be emailed to you after registration.