American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Certification Course

May 26, 2018 - 8:00am to May 28, 2018 - 5:30pm

All times local.

American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Certification Course May 26-28 (Sat-Mon), 2018 at Camp Bethel. Certification for Kayak Instructors and/or Current Kayak Instructor Updates.

Level 1 (2 days, Sat-Sun) Intro to Kayaking Level 2 (1 day, Mon + Level 1 Cert) Essentials of River Kayaking ​This course is appropriate for: Camps & Conference Centers offering kayak programs on lakes or rivers; County & City Parks and Recreation Kayak Program Staff or Trip Leaders; Physical Education Programs wishing to teach paddling as a life-time sport; Current Certified Instructors needing updates; Anyone wishing to teach kayaking and gain in their own skills as well; and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts leaders wishing to teach skills and lead trips for Scouting programs.  Stay all 3 days OR just for the level certification you wish to achieve.  All coursework will be in the Roanoke Valley Area.  Classes begin daily at 9:00am and finish around 5:00pm.  Instructor candidates are expected to bring a (waterproof) working lunch to each session and plenty of fluids for each day. COURSE PRICE: $100 per person per day plus your $25 registration and materials fee.  A $125 non-refundable deposit (due by May 1) counts toward your total fee, and all balances are due before May 20. LOCATION: Roanoke Area, based from Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA 24090). PREREQUISITE: Must be a current or new member of the American Canoe Association and pay $25 fee to the Safety Instruction and Education Council (SEIC) at time of certification.  Note: SEIC fee is included in the course fee for all candidates staying all three days. EQUIPMENT: Instructor Candidates may bring their own boats, paddles, helmets, skirts and lifejackets, OR may rent gear for an additional $30 for the duration of the course.  Indicate equipment needs in your Registration Form below. INSTRUCTOR:  Beth Wiegandt is a Canoe and Kayak Instructor-Trainer with the ACA, Chair of the ACA River Committee, and ACA Instructor for SUP and River Safety and Rescue.  She's been instructing paddlers and leading area trips since 1989.  Contact Beth at LODGING:  Lodging and camping is separate from your course fees.   At Camp Bethel, tent camping is $10 per tent per night, or bunk-style cabin accommodations are $20 per person per night.  Indicate camping or lodging needs on your registration form, OR choose from local hotels. REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 21:  A minimum of 5 Instructor Candidates and maximum of 12 ensure that you receive the individual attention you need to succeed in this course.  Register on line below.  A $125 non-refundable deposit counts toward your total fee, and all balances are due before May 20. QUESTIONS: Contact Beth Wiegandt at or 540-556-2594.


Camp Bethel
328 Bethel Road

Registration Fees

$125 + $100 each additional day/level.

Contact Information

Barry LeNoir