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ACA L4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification

04/10/2023 - 04/14/2023

This five-day (40 hours min) course prepares participants to be able to teach and model the paddling skills, technical knowledge, rescue ability, teaching ability, group management, and interpersonal skills needed to teach whitewater kayaking (Class III).

Course Prerequisites – include the skills described in the ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayaking Skills Assessment, which include:

  • A roll that works in in Class III water
  • Completion of the appropriate level skills course or equivalent skills; and assessment
  • An ACA SWR class is strongly suggested, but not required

Download the full course description. 

Taught by Tom Burroughs, SwiftwaterRescue@gmail.com, 479-595-1655

ACA Safety and Rescue Committee Chair

ACA L-5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer Educator

ACA L-4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator
ACA L-4 Whitewater Rafting Instructor Trainer

2015 ACA “Excellence in Instruction” National Award Recipient

ITRA Level 3V Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

NREMT/EMT-W/MPIC – Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Team Leader- Washington CO AR Search and Rescue team
Director, Ozark Safety and Rescue Educators / Clear Creek Paddlesports

Member- Wilderness Medical Society

Cost: $550. Minimum registrants 4 (for course to happen); Maximum 10.

The course will be based out of Cinco de Mayo Campground – Riverside RV Park in Farmington and the St Francis River, Millstream Gardens.

See MWA Training Reimbursement Policy for MWA members.  MWA reimburses for certain trainings with an MWA volunteer commitment expectation. You do need to fill out a web-based reimbursement request after you volunteer.
For military service members or veterans, Team River Runner (TRR) has a grant that will enable them to reimburse you after the successful completion of this course.  If interested, please contact Tom Cooke, the StL TRR Chapter Coordinator, at stltrr@teamriverrunner.org or 314-707-0150.  Ideally you would use your new skills as a future volunteer with TRR.

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Cinco De Mayo Campground
1042 Hwy H
Farmington, MO 63640 United States
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