American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 1-2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Development/Certification Workshop (IDW / ICW)*

This course is an America Canoe Association Instructor Development and Certification Workshop for Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking (pdf) and Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring (pdf) Instructors for Essentials of Kayak Touring.

Cost $375

Cost includes instruction and equipment rental. ACA membership and fees required for certification and is a separate fee from this course registration.


Those who own their own kayak and equipment are encouraged to use it during this course.

All necessary program equipment is provided.

Please see the plan your visit page for online waivers and what to bring and wear.

Physical Exertion

Moderate: Participants will paddle 1-5 mi. (2-8 km.) and a current may be present but weak. Waves will be less than 1 foot with the potential for winds up to 12 mph. Expect potentially cold water. Previous experience is recommended but not required. Swimming ability with life jacket assistance is required. Paddle times usually run 3-5 hours a day.

For more information

See the ACA website for the Essentials of Kayak Touring (under Coastal Kayaking). 

Course Contacts

Host: Kate Ford, UMass Lowell Campus Recreation, Outdoor Programs Coordinator & Boathouse Manager
Phone: 978-934-1549

ACA L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring IDW/ICW Dates

We are not offering the course in 2024. Please check back again for 2025!