Sea Kayaking Courses & Instructor Certification

 

Now you can experience the same great training that our guides receive! All of our instructors are American Canoe Association Instructors or Instructor Trainers.

Check out our full range of courses, from introductory skills, to camp and guide staff training, rolling clinics, and instructor certification.

Introductory Safety Course

Offered 8:30am & 1:30pm (3 to 3.5 hours, must reserve ahead)


Foundational skills that are a must for sea kayakers. Plan for and predict how wind, waves and weather will affect you, learn hazards & safety, paddling technique, and methods for self-rescue and rescuing others. This course (or written proof of the equivalent) is required in order to rent sea kayaks from us. We recommend a refresher every 3 years. You must take the course again or pass the checkout (see below) after 5 years. Learn more.

$50 per person, includes all equipment. View payment & refund policies

1 Day Special: Take our safety course and then rent a kayak for the rest of the day at reduced cost. (Return by 6pm) You must provide your own transportation or rent a shuttle from us. Sign up for your rental separately here.

 
 
Introductory Safety Course SKILLS CHECKOUT

Dates & Times: 10:30am (Must reserve ahead)

 

This course is for those with prior sea kayaking experience who can pass a written and on-water test including local hazard awareness, equipment care, boat handling, and rescues. Rescue ability will be tested by on-water demonstration. Failing any portion of the test and you must continue on to take the full Introductory Safety Course in order to rent sea kayaks from us.
$25 per person, ($35 additional if you need to take the full safety course afterwards.)

Includes equipment & wetsuit for the duration of your course.

American Canoe Association 
Leadership Assessments & Certifications

 

ACA Skills Assessments

A skills assessment is a great way to confirm your current skills and is required prior to taking the higher levels of kayak instructor certification. Also a great way for camps and other trip leading organizations to be confident in staff paddling skills.

ACA Trip Leader Assessment

While the skills assessment is specific to paddling ability, the Trip Leader Assessment is focused on leadership and risk management on-water. Many outfitters who have offered instructor certifications in the past are moving to this training.

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification Workshops

This is a certification course for those who want to teach kayaking, from beginning to advanced levels.

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor UPDATE

Meets the 4 year update requirement for instructors.

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification UPGRADE

Used to upgrade from your current level of certification.

 
 
ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring

Dates & Times: 9am to 5pm. Click "Book Now" below to view available dates. Also by appointment for groups of 3 or more.

This course goes beyond our Basic Safety Course by giving you broader instruction on aspects of kayaking safety, rescues, brace recoveries, and paddling technique. Good for novices and those with some kayak experience but who have not paddled on open water. Our paddling coach will take you from where you are at and provide direct feedback to grow your skills and confidence on-water. Course Outline.

You must provide your own equipment or rent.

$115 per person. View payment & refund policies

 
ACA Coastal Kayak Basic Strokes & Rescues

Dates & Times: 9am to 5pm. Click "Book Now" below to view available dates. Also by appointment for groups of 3 or more.

This course goes beyond our Basic Safety Course by giving you broader instruction on aspects of sea kayaking safety, rescues, brace recoveries, and paddling technique. This is a great course for people who have tried kayaking and want to go further. Our paddling coach will take you from where you are at and provide direct feedback to grow your skills and confidence on-water. Course Outline.

You must provide your own equipment or rent.

$115 per person. View payment & refund policies

 
ACA Coastal Kayak Open Water Skills

Dates & Times: 9am to 5pm. Click "Book Now" below to view available dates. Also by appointment for groups of 3 or more.

For those who have perhaps taken a course before and have some personal sea kayak experience in rougher waters. This course will teach the skills needed to handle rougher conditions in open water environments. (crossings, multi-day trips, etc) See the Course Outline. You must provide your own equipment or rent.

$115 per person. View payment & refund policies

 
Introduction to Traditional Paddling

Dates: By appointment.

Paddling, bracing, and rolling with a traditional wooden paddle is much different than with the bigger bladed paddle most people are familiar with. A course for those with prior paddling experience, we will cover strokes, braces and introduce rolling concepts and technique for those with interest. Must provide own equipment or rent. Traditional paddle supplied unless you want to bring your own.

$25/hour for 1 on 1 private instruction, $20/hour per person for a group of 2. Most people sign up for 2 to 3 hours.

 
ACA Kayak Rolling Instructor Endorsement

Dates & Times: Sunday,  August 30th, 2020. 9am-5pm


The ACA Kayak Rolling Instructor Endorsement is for current Level 2 or 3 Coastal or Whitewater Kayaking Instructors to learn how to teach rolling, and enables instructors to teach rolling specific classes.

Because this is a fast-paced course on coaching how to roll, participants should already be proficient in rolling from at least one side of their kayak. This course can also be used as a one time "update" for ACA instructors. Read more about the course curriculum.

Must have own equipment or rent.

$115. Group rates are available. View payment & refund policies

 
Custom Instruction

By Appointment for groups of 2 or more.

 

This is a great option for those who want 1-on-1 instruction to learn the kayak roll, or for large groups interested in custom sea kayak skills training. We have worked with individuals, families, and groups such as the National Park Service, Colleges, Resorts, and the Boy Scouts.
$25/hour for 1-on-1 private instruction, $20/hour per person for a group of two, $15/hour per person for group of three. For other group options and pricing please contact us. Group discounts and special rental rates available. We can also come to you. Participants must provide own equipment or rent.

Contact Us

22475 Hwy 13 (store location)

21740 Siskiwit Lake Road (mailing)

Cornucopia, WI 54827

715.953.2223

Email: info@lostcreekadventures.org

Open 8am-6pm every day during the summer season. Other times by appointment.

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