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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.
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-
Guide Testing Sept 7-
Workshops offered by Sea Kayak Specialists
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.
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-
Guide Testing Aug 15-
Workshops through other organizations
Paddlers with a physical disability Sept 22-
Recreational paddlers & Instructors Sept 20-
Instructors and recreational paddlers
Students with a physical disability
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-
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.
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
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-
L3 Instructor Certification Exam Aug 25-
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-
L3 Instructor Certification Exam Sept 15-
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