American Canoe Association

Landmark Learning's ACA certified instructors serve the river, camping, and recreation industry throughout the southeast. Our location near the Tuckasegee River makes our campus the ideal destination spot for river rescue and skills clinics.

The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a member based, national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation (aka FUN!).

The heart of the ACA is the people who paddle, cherish, protect, and enjoy the diverse waterways of America.

Founded in 1880 by a group of 15 notable canoeists, the ACA has grown into the nation's largest and most active nonprofit paddlesports organization with 30,000 members and over 300 Clubs and Affiliates across the United States and abroad.

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Landmark Semester

The Landmark Semester - 6 weeks, 7 certifications, up to 9 college credit hours = 1 amazing experience.


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A Student Account: Reflecting Back On The Landmark Semester

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Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing Instructor

Take the Introduction to Canoeing Instructor Development Workshop (IDW).


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Hand Crafting Beauty, Tradition and the American Dream with Fritz Orr

Paddles

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Level 2: Essentials of River Canoeing Instructor

Take the Essentials of River Canoeing Instructor Development Workshop (IDW).


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Some Kind Words From the American Canoe Association

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Level 2: Essentials of River Kayaking Instructor

Take the Essentials of River Kayaking Instructor Development Workshop (IDW).


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Southern Adventist University on the River with Landmark Learning

Kayak Group Photo

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Level 2: Essentials of River Safety and Rescue

The River Safety and Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapments, and pins, also are taught. This course is aimed primarily at new boaters, or boaters who do not anticipate paddling in whitewater.


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Climbing To The Top Article Featuring Landmark Learning

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Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue

The Swiftwater Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of selfrescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.


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Meeting with Medwest EMS

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Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

Take the Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Development Workshop (IDW).


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ACA SWR Level 4 Instructor Course

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Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing Instructor

Take the Whitewater Canoeing Instructor Development Workshop (IDW).


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Swiftwater Rescue on the Tuck!

Swiftwater Rescue Training Photo

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Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking Instructor

Take the ACA L4:Whitewater Kayaking Instructor course (IDW-ICE).


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17th Annual Green River Narrows Race

Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Photo

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Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue

The Advanced Swiftwater Rescue workshop is aimed at trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to develop their rescue skills. Critical judgment and rescue awareness, impacting both personal and group safety, are emphasized throughout the course. Although new skills may be taught, this class focuses on developing judgment and applying skills in rescue scenarios. Scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience.


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Swiftwater Rescue - doing some winter water?!

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