By Water - Water-based programs

We offer several water-based programs including:

1. Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Courses

2. SUP Surfing Class

3. One-Day non Certification Training

4. Business Safety and Operation Audit

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Certification Courses:

1. ACA Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) L1 –This 2-Day (16 hours) instructor certification course follows the ACA curriculum that can be found here. The course focuses on Technical skills, Teaching Skills, Risk Management skills and the enhancement of the instructor candidate’s paddling skills. Advanced preparation (2+ hours) by attendees required. Cost of this workshop includes SEIC dues, but not the ACA membership. Cost $450 per person, Minimum attendees 4, Maximum attendees 5.

ACA Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) L1/L2 –This 3-Day (24 hours) ACA L1 and L2 combined course offers the instructor candidate an opportunity to learn the skills for both levels. The course focuses on Technical skills, Teaching Skills, Risk Management skills and the enhancement of the instructor candidate’s paddling skills.  L2 candidates will need competencies in advanced strokes/maneuvers and demanding conditions (15 + knots wind, 2-3 ft waves).  Advanced preparation (2 +hours) by attendees required. Cost of this workshop includes the SEIC dues.   Cost $550 per person. Minimum attendees 4, Maximum attendees 5.

    FAQ

    Question #1

    Do I get certified once I finish the ACA SUP Instructor Certification Workshop course or the Safety Facilitator’s course?

    Answer: Mere participation carries no guarantee of certification. In order to receive an ACA Instructor certification you must demonstrate proficiency in:

    1. Teaching Skills
    2. Technical Knowledge
    3. Paddling Skills
    4. Rescue Ability
    5. Safety Awareness, Leadership, and Judgment

    Also, the Safety Facilitators course has a written exam.

    Question #2

    Why do you spend so much time teaching about teaching methodology and risk management in the ICW?

    Answer: The successful SUP Instructor is not only a great SUP paddler, but also an excellent teacher and outstanding at mitigating risk to others. Therefore, a strong emphasis on teaching methodology and risk management are the core of the training.

    Question #3

    Why is it that instructor candidates’ have to teach at least one topic during the ICW?

    Answer: Similar to the paddling skills, the teaching topic is another tool to share information with peers, but also assess the candidates’ ability to be an effective teacher/SUP Instructor.

    Question #4

    What can I expect from the Instructor Certification Workshop course?

    Answer: You can expect long days with assigned readings in the evenings or prior to the course. You’ll be teaching some pre- assigned topics and some impromptu talks to other instructor candidates. You need to bring lunch with you in order to maximize the time on the water. Please be prepared to paddle and teach in a wide range of conditions. Also, bring enough gear and storage to go on a trip.

    Question #5

    What equipment do I need for the ICW?

    Equipment needed:

    1. SUP and leash (This might be provided by the host organization)
    2. Paddle (This might be provided by the host organization)
    3. PFD (This might be provided by the host organization)
    4. Drinking water
    5. Sunscreen
    6. Food (lunch and snacks)
    7. Appropriate clothing and footwear
    8. First aid kit (if you have one)
    9. Hat and Sunglasses
    10. ACA Instructors manual

    Question #6

    What other resources do you recommend to get ready for the ICW?

    Answer: Below is a list of recommended resources, plus you’ll get a course pack via email.

    Books:

    1. The Art of Stand up paddling by Ben Marcus – A little heavy on the history of the sport, but good reference overall.
    2. Stand Up Paddling. Flatwater to Surf and Rivers by Rob Casey – Clear and informative. Good balance, but some of the information is now outdated.
    3. Stand Up Paddle. A paddlers guide by Steve West – It has 500 pages of great content and it should be in every SUP instructor library.

    Question #7

    Why do you have to film me paddling a specific course during the ICW?

    Answer: The main reason is that the video serves as an objective platform for feedback and a tool for final assessment. In other words, you can look back at your technique and receive proper coaching from peers and the Instructor Trainer. Also, it serves as the performance assessment of your paddling skills, one of the five core competencies of the SUP Instructor

    Question #8

    Why are the courses that expensive?

    Answer: The courses are priced competitively within the industry. For example, the ACA ICW is valued at about $14/hr.

    Question #9

    What else do I need to do in order to obtain my ACA SUP instructor certification?

    Answer: Besides taking the course and successfully passing all the performance assessments, you need two more certification requirements in order to be certified:

    1. First Aid and age appropriate CPR
    2. ACA membership and SEIC fee

    Non-Certification Course:

    1. One-Day non-certification training. This is an intensive skills-based training for instructors that have the teaching ability and are looking for skills refinement and advancement. From 12 different paddle strokes to rescue and towing, this skills training can develop instructors that are not looking for a certification.   (Meets the ACA skills for Level 1 or Level 2, though does not fulfill Instructor level criteria).  $99/person/day Minimum attendees 3, Maximum attendees 10.

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    SUP Surfing

    SUP surfing is a great way to enjoy riding waves by using the foundational skills of SUP. This class focuses on learning about the surf environment, especially entering the water, paddling out, catching waves, falling correctly, getting back to your board, riding waves and SUP surf etiquette. Prior SUP paddling skills required for this class.

    Learning targets:

    • Students will understand the SUP surf environment and SUP surfing etiquette.
    • Students will experience paddling to the break and catching waves.
    • Students will practice falling and getting back on the board.

    Curriculum:

    1. Surf Environment and local knowledge of the surf break
    2. Stances
    3. Ground school- Falling and getting back on your board. Wipeout
    4. Entering the water and paddling out
    5. Best paddle strokes to maneuver the board in certain situations
    6. Reading the waves (where they break and where to be)
    7. Catching a wave
    8. Riding a wave
    9. Turning on the wave
    10. Ending the ride
    11. SUP Surf etiquette

    What we provide

    SUP board, paddle & leash 󳀁

    Where we’ll be

    With easy access to the surf and a sandy beach to relax, this location is ideal. The beach has bathrooms and showers.

    Cost:$90.00

    Group size: Minimum 2 and maximum 

    Non-Certification Course:

    One-Day non-certification training. This is an intensive skills-based training for instructors that have the teaching ability and are looking for skills refinement and advancement. From 12 different paddle strokes to rescue and towing, this skills training can develop instructors that are not looking for a certification.   (Meets the ACA skills for Level 1 or Level 2, though does not fulfill Instructor level criteria).  $99/person/day Minimum attendees 3, Maximum attendees 10.

    Safety and Operational Audit – This service is an external and objective evaluation of the operational activities of the organization’s SUP program. The intended outcome is to streamline processes, reduce the risk of harm and get fresh ideas for improvements. The audit has three steps: Pre-Site visit, Site visit and Written Report. Duration: 3 months. Cost: $3,000-$9,000

    We offer courses in different parts of the US.  Please contact us for details on a specific location.