ACA L5 Instructor and IT

Ashley Brown is the recipient of the American Canoe Association 2019 Excellence in Instruction Award.  The highly esteemed award is presented to an ACA member for outstanding contributions to paddlesports education and instruction.

Ashley shares her passion of teaching kayaking at all levels and challenging people to test their limits while learning and having a ton of fun. She earned the prestigious Level 5 American Canoe Association Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification, and is also an ACA L2 Kayak IT, and L4 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer Candidate, Canoe Instructor, SUP Instructor.

Ashely travels all over the United States sharing her talent and knowledge with clubs, groups, outfitters, events, and at symposiums.

Ashely lives in Charleston SC, loves to travel, learn from her students, and enjoys welcoming guests from all over the world to paddle in beautiful Charleston waterways.  One of her favorite venues is the “edge of America”, the Atlantic Ocean off Folly Beach.  As much as she loves to paddle, Ashley loves to teach. Her dedication to teaching brought her to the College of Charleston, where she has been developing University level curriculum in Kayaking and SUP. It is at the College of Charleston where Ashley serves as an Adjunct Professor of Coastal Kayaking, Instructor Development, and Stand Up Paddleboard in the Health Education and Human Performance Dept. to help young adults develop with an outstanding experience and perspective.

ACA Certifications & Additional Info

  Coastal Kayak, Kayak
  Canoe, Coastal Kayak, Kayak, SUP, Touring/Freestyle Canoe, Universal

Adjunct Professor of Paddlesports at the College of Charleston. The Paddlesports Program at the College will give students the opportunity to progress as paddlers during their College days. This is very much in the growing phase, but we are excited about the possibilities, and using ACA progress as a model!
L2 Kayak IT, L5 AOWCK, L2 Canoe Tandem and Solo, L1 SUP, LNT Master Educator


Social/Volunteer Organizations
Coastal Kayak Committee Member
ACA Education Chairperson for South Carolina
Special Olympics Kayak assistant