A lady in a whitewater kayak going over a waterfall in Nova Scotia.
Location: Medway River, Nova Scotia. Photo credit: Matt DeLong

Advanced River Kayak Instructor

Discipline: River Kayaking Stream: Instructor Development

The Advanced River Kayak Instructor course is designed to provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of the Advanced River Kayaking Program.


The Advanced River Kayaking Instructor is certified to conduct up to Paddle Canada Advanced River Kayak skills courses and to certify paddlers at that level.

Additionally, the Advanced River Kayak instructor can teach paddlers river kayaking on rivers up to and including Class III.

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Course Prerequisites
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Certification
    • Advanced River Kayaking skills certification.
  • Instructor Experience
    • Intermediate River Kayak Instructor, having taught at least two (2) Intermediate skills courses at least three (3) months apart.
  • Safety Training
    • Swift Water Rescue Training recommended.
  • Rolling Ability
    • The demonstrated ability to consistently roll a kayak in a Class III water on one side.

How to Register for an Instructor Course

  1. Contact the course director/organization and register with them first.
  2. Register yourself as an instructor candidate member with Paddle Canada by following these steps:
    • Are you existing Paddle Canada member or a past skill course student? Login to your account and follow the instructor candidate link there.
    • Are you brand new to Paddle Canada? Proceed to the Instructor Candidate membership form.