Governing Bodies

The American Canoe Association (ACA) is the main organization that provides an accessible and affordable personal skills and instructor certification framework for canoe, kayak and SUP plus insurance for guides, instructors and outfitters.

The British Canoeing (formerly BCU) personal skills and coaching framework is highly regarded worldwide.



Symposia are a great way to meet new people, share ideas, gain knowledge and learn new skills. Here are some of the best Symposia that we can recommend:

  • USA West Coast

Paddle Golden Gate

Lumpy Waters Symposium

Baja Kayak Festival

  • USA East Coast

Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium

  • United Kingdom

Sea Kayaking Cornwall Symposium

Paddling Schools

Professional instruction and practice are the keys to becoming a better paddler. Here are some paddling schools that we recommend:

Alder Creek

Body Boat Blade

California Canoe & Kayak

Committed 2 the Core

Kayak Academy

Sea Kayak Baja Mexico

Sea Trek Ocean Paddling Center


Online Resources

If you are unable to access a symposium or kayak school then there are some great online resources. Here are some of the best we have found: