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Swiftwater Rescue ACA Instructor Course

Swiftwater Rescue ACA Instructor Course

Regular price $650.00
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Want to teach others how to deal with rescues on the river? This intensive course is for experienced boaters and rescuers who want to become certified swiftwater rescue instructors. Instructor Candidates will learn industry standards for teaching Swiftwater Rescue and are assessed throughout the course on teaching skills, technical knowledge, rescue ability, and group management skills. 

This course helps you work on personal and interpersonal development and pushes you to build skills and knowledge through peer feedback, scenario development, and lectures. We combine practical on-water demonstrations and presentations with real-world scenarios that will equip you to deal with teaching this multifaceted discipline as a professional. This course sets the industry standard for instruction in swiftwater rescue.

The ACA instructor certification process is broken up into two core components: the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The IDW presents students with the skills and knowledge that are required to become an instructor. The ICE is an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate his/her proficiency in the presentation (logical progression) and demonstration (proper modeling) of the skills, and knowledge necessary for certification.

The American Canoe Association is the governing body for this swiftwater rescue instructor course. For more information on becoming an ACA Certified Instructor, visit



18 years of age or older 

Previous participation in an ACA L4 or equivalent Swiftwater Rescue Course

Must be an ACA member: become a 

Once certified as an instructor you must pay your ACA Safety Education & Instruction Committee (SEIC) 
dues to hold any level of Instructor Certification.

ACA Swiftwater Instructor Update: This course is for those who are already certified as an ACA Swiftwater Instructor but need to complete an update course to maintain and renew their certification. Dates: Any two days of the full course.

Instructor: Dave Bumgarner

Cancellation Policy

The Southwest can have very sudden and unpredictable changes in weather. All classes run rain or shine, unless there are weather related safety concerns. All programs may be changed at our discretion. To keep our classes affordable, we must fill a program with a minimum amount of participants. We reserve the right to cancel the program if the minimum amount of participants is not met. A full refund will be provided if a class is cancelled, and you will be notified no later than 48 hours before the beginning of the class.

If you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, please do so 48 hours or more before the beginning of the class. Cancellations within 48 hours of the beginning of the program are non- refundable. If you wish to reschedule within 48 hours before the beginning of the program, we can provide a 50% credit towards the rescheduled class.

Thank you for signing up with 4Corners Paddle School! If you have any other questions feel free to call us at 970-259-3893.

SKU: 1694822

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