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Our goals with workshops are to offer high quality, professional and fun events that are enriched by the experience we’ve gained over the years.

In addition to offering our own workshops, we work with professional organizations to provide workshops around the Upper Midwest.

ACA Coastal Kayak Workshops for Guides

Aimed at outfitters, retailers and club paddlers, these workshops provide training & certification for Guides. Classroom & on water site within a mile. Room & board available with family style meals and modern facilities.

Combining the ACA Level 2 Instructor process with the new Level 3 Trip Leader process, these workshops offer the training and certification for those Guiding on the Great Lakes & beyond. Focus is on effective teaching & modeling of kayak skills, trip planning, managing groups, on water navigation and safely leading a group of paddlers. This process replaces the previously offered ACA Instructor workshops by SKS.

Guide Training                                 May 17-20, 2018 $429*

Guide Testing                                  Sept 7-9, 2018  $325*


Workshops offered by Sea Kayak Specialists

*Discount available!

Bay Cliff Health Camp’s

ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop

Offered since 1998, we partner with Bay Cliff and staff this workshop popular with program managers, instructors, recreational paddlers and people with disabilities.

This ACA workshop has been taught across the country since 1990. The course brings together certified instructors, recreational paddlers, and people with physical disabilities with the goal of further promoting canoeing and kayaking for paddlers with disabilities. Room and board available on site.

Team Leadership Center’s

ACA Coastal Kayak L3 Trip Leader Workshops

Offered since 2010, Door County is a great location for

these Coastal Kayaking workshops in that a variety of conditions are available on either side of the peninsula

The new ACA Level 3 Trip Leader, these workshops offer the training and assessment for those Guiding on the Great Lakes & beyond.

Guide Training                                    May 30-31, 2018

Guide Testing                                     Aug 15-16, 2018

Workshops through other organizations

Paddlers with a physical disability             Sept 22-23, 2018

Recreational paddlers & Instructors          Sept 20-23, 2018


Instructors and recreational paddlers  

Students with a physical disability       

Riverside Kayak Connection

ACA L2 Instructor Certification Workshop


RKC located in Southeast Michigan is a paddle shop for paddlers. Offering sales, rentals, tours and instruction, they offer something for paddlers of all levels

ACA Level 2 Instructor offers the training and certification for the most widely taught instruction level in the country. L2 covers the teaching of paddle strokes and rescues that every paddler needs to start out paddling safely.

L2 Instructor Development Workshop and

L2 Instructor Certification Exam                     May 6-9, 2018


The ACA has changed requirements for Instructor workshops and has developed a more extensive Trip Leader track. This has resulted in changing our offerings from previous years to better serve our participants. Please check out the ACA website (click here) or contact us for more information.


Why choose SKS for Trip Leader workshops?
We have been working with outfitters since 1999 providing training for their staff. Since the 2013 season, we have been running Trip Leader workshops and have developed the content and process that meets the ACA requirements as well as the demands of regional outfitters.

*** 2016 ACA Changes ***

Urban Kayaks

ACA L2 Instructor Workshops


Chicago’s premier outfitter for Chicago River kayaking tours, rentals and instruction. Two brothers and a life long friend own & operate UK with a heart full of soul.

ACA Level 2 Instructor workshops offers the training and certification for the most widely taught instruction level in the country. L2 covers the teaching of paddle strokes and rescues that every paddler needs to start out paddling safely.  

L2 Instructor Development Workshop  and

L2 Instructor Certification Exam                          TBA

Riverside Kayak Connection

ACA L3 Instructor Certification Workshop


RKC located in Southeast Michigan offers a location that depending on the weather can have the current, wind, waves and surf necessary for a Level 3 workshop

ACA Level 3 Instructor offers the training and certification for entry level Coastal Kayak Instruction. L3 covers the teaching of skills including paddle strokes, rescues, navigation, weather, etc that every paddler needs to know in a coastal environment.

L3 Instructor Development Workshop             May 11-13, 2018

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L3 Instructor Certification Exam                     Aug 25-26, 2018

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ACA Coastal Kayak L3 Instructor Workshops

Based in Marquette MI, this location offers a variety of conditions and shoreline that offers an ideal training and assessment for Level 3 Instructor Candidates.

ACA Level 3 Instructor Workshops offers the training and certification for entry level Coastal Kayak Instruction. L3 covers the teaching of skills including paddle strokes, rescues, navigation, weather, etc that every paddler needs to know in a coastal environment.

L3 Instructor Development Workshop     June 15-17, 2018 $395

L3 Instructor Certification Exam             Sept 15-16, 2018 $295


ACA Coastal Kayak L5 IDW

Based in Marquette and scheduled in the fall, this workshop is setup to take advantage of the advanced conditions offered on Lakes Superior and Michigan.

ACA Level 5 Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) offers the training for Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructors to develop the skills for teaching, leading and risk managing a class of Level 4 paddlers in Level 5 conditions. It also offers Level 4 Instructors an opportunity to receive an Update credit while expanding their instructor skills.

L5 Instructor Development Workshop      Dates and price TBD