Educational Resources – ACA

American Canoe Association Brochures: For Instructor Candidates, these videos/brochures serve as reference materials to assist you in filling your tool box, and developing your Dryland Presentation. (LINK to ACA website: Educational Resources)  Note: links were last updated 3/20/2017

Paddlesport Safety / Educational Videos

  • Top 10 Tips for Canoeing and Kayaking Safely (YouTube)
  • Life Jackets Float. Do You? (YouTube)
  • SmartStart for Paddlers – A Paddlesport Safety Orientation (Vimeo)
  • Decide to Return (YouTube)
  • It’s Your Turn – A Defensive Boating Primer (YouTube)
  • Cold Water Boot Camp (NWSC)
  • Coastal Kayaking – National Paddlesport Safety System (YouTube)
  • Top 10 Tips for Stand Up Paddleboarding Safely (YouTube)
  • SUP: Leashes & Lifejackets (YouTube)

To order your own copy of these videos, visit the ACA eStore.








  • USCG Auxiliary – PaddleCraft Program (AUXPAD)
  • Critical Judgment: Understanding & Preventing Canoe & Kayak Fatalities
  • Critical Judgement II: Understanding & Preventing Canoe & Kayak Fatalities 1996-2002
  • Purposeful Paddlers – the Story of the Waterway Stewards (Vimeo)

Articles and Links: 

Kayak Strokes:  Several videos on You-Tube which provide good instruction, terminology and modeling