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ACA L3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor Development Workshop/Certification Exam

March 30, 2022 @ 8:00 am - April 4, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT


  • California Watersport CollectiveHorseshoe Bay Marin, CAUnited States (map)

Interested in becoming an American Canoe Association L3 Instructor or stepping up your leadership and teaching skills? The Bay Area is one of the best classrooms for leveling up and building confidence as an instructor.  You’ll have the chance to assess in an exciting environment with quick-changing conditions. You can take the course as just or workshop, just an evaluation/certification, or both.

You can either  participate as a candidate developing your skills or participate as a candidate seeking certification. This IDW/ICE is offered ed by Jeff Atkins (ACA L3 IT/ L5 AOWCK Instructor) and Laura Zulliger (ACA L5 AOWCK Instructor, L4 OWCK ITC).

We’ll dive into L3 conditions, techniques, and maneuvers all while learning and testing new pedagogical approaches both on and off the water. We will be paddling and teaching in tidal current up to 2 knots, wind up to 15 knots and surf up to 2 feet. We will be learning how to teach navigation, mitigate risk and manage incidents and provide effective coaching in technique.

Please review the ACA’s update L3 Instructor Criteria.

Pre-requisites: In order to participate as a candidate, you will need to:

  • Complete an L3 Skills Assessment prior to the IDW/ICE

Please Note: Existing L3 OWCK Instructors may take this course as an Update to meet the ACA’s Instructor Maintenance Requirements.


  • Full IDW/ICE (Thursday – Monday): $600

  • IDW (Thursday – Saturday) Only: $399

  • ICE (Sunday – Monday) Only: $399

  • IDW (Thursday – Saturday) Update: $300

L3 Coastal Kayak IDW/ICE | Marin, CA | Thursday, March 31 – Mon. April 4, 2022
Please CONTACT Jeff Atkins if you have any questions or would like to reserve space.

Please note: Cost does not include food, accommodation, kayak and gear rental. We have a fleet of kayaks available for candidates flying to the Bay Area for our instructor programs. Kayaks must be reserved well in advance. Please contact us to reserve a kayak.


March 30, 2022 @ 8:00 am EDT
April 4, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT


Jeff Atkins


San Francisco
CA United States + Google Map