Booking Information

5 Day Certification Workshop
Kayaks, paddles and PFDs are provided.
Fee includes room & board at the Maine Island Lodge.


Where & When

Maine Island Lodge on Gay Island in Friendship, Maine

2020 Dates Cancelled

Additional Info

Course fee covers all necessary equipment, room & board. For questions, call our Outdoor Programs Department at (207) 236-8797.

Instructor: Bob Myron

Bob Myron, Owner of OLTOA, Master Maine Guide, and proud Dad has a passion for teaching paddle sports to people of all levels. An IT in Canoeing & SUP and Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator for the American Canoe Association, Bob trains Instructor Trainers, Instructors and entry-level kayakers. A Registered Maine Guide for 26 years, and a Wilderness First Responder, Bob has led wilderness canoe trips in the Allagash region of Maine, taught prep courses for becoming a Maine Guide and trained instructors from Maine to Alaska. Bob has also participated in the British Canoe Union workshops including 5 star training. Bob owns and operates Outdoor Leader Trainers of America in Durham Maine.

Course Description

The L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) combines the Instructor Development Workshop and the Certification Exam into a single 5 day course.

The first 3 days of the course will focus on refining individual skills, session planning, managing groups, teaching concepts & assessment skills.  The last two days will be the instructor assessment where each candidate will have the opportunity to teach a variety of instructional sessions and be evaluated for certification.

Pre-requisites: Candidates interested in ACA Instructor Certification must possess current First Aid and CPR credentials and be ACA members. You may participate without them, but you will not receive your certification until the information is provided to the ACA.  There are no required skills to participate in the Level 1/2 ICW, but, it is expected that all candidates are able to paddle at an appropriate skill level commensurate with their desired level of training, prior to the course.  See the ACA website for Instructor Criteria at each level,

Participation does not guarantee certification. 

Looking for the ACA Coastal Kayak Level 1/Level 2 Upgrade/Update?
(2 Day Course to update your Instructor Certification.)