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ACA 2  - Trip planning & Safety


Next step- ACA level 2 - Trip planning & Safety in Grebbestad

This course is the right choice if you have joined us on a ACA 1 Technique & Safety course or similar and have a fundamental understanding of body posture, power transfer and body balance. This course guides you in detail how to, plan and execute your own excursions among friends or bye your self during the summer months. On our courses we use the ACA system (American canoe association) as a guide line for instructions. This is well known system all over the world and in the end you'll get a signed participation card saying that you have taken part in this course. 

On this course we pay more attention to the different steps we need to go through when preparing our selves for an longer excursion. We also put more focus on our paddle technique and boat control as we now may end up in slightly more challenging conditions because of wind and open water venues. We make sure that, at all times, you feel comfortable and in control of your kayak. We will have a friendly and safe environment in which you are challenged but not pushed out of your stretch zone. We work with small groups of a maximum of 6 persons and have a close communication through out the day. 

We start the day at 10.00 AM at our kayak center and while we enjoy a coffee we have a quick chat about the days activity. Soon everybody will get their personal kayak and equipment and we start the practical part of the course. Along the day we'll vary different subjects as techniques, theory and rescues. We'll have lunch on an island The goal of this course is that you'll be able to safe and efficiently paddle within a group environment or alone.

What is ACA - American Canoe Association?

ACA is the "American Canoe Association" and the association is a well known international system for educating sea kayakers and other water sport athletes. The association started in 1883 and is an active system both in the US as well as in Europe. We carefully follow the course criteria to match the level of education. 


Required experience

- You must be able to swim 25m dressed in a buoyancy aid but no further experience is required.

- ACA Level 1 or similar. Please read related ACA Level 1 Course Content

Course content

- Kayak and equipment extended journeys

- Navigation and "the rules of the road"

- Communication (CLAP)
- Defined posture, power transfer and balance
- Efficient strokes- forward, backward, stop, sweeps, draw strokes and braceing 

- Boat trim (edging), boat speed and boat awareness in wind (up to 10 kn)
- Assisted rescues, self rescues


- Certified ACA (American Canoe Association) Instructor

- Fully equipped sea kayak (kayak , PFD, paddle, spray skirt, bilge pump, map & compass)
- Clothes for kayaking ( jacket, pants and shoes)
- Participation card after completion of the course

- Bring your own lunch!


One day - 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Min/ max group size:

Min 4 persons
Max 6 persons

Next step

- Boat Handling Sunday Level 3 - dynamic boat awareness

- BC 3 Workshop 

- Private lesson or any Guided trip that we offer.


1295 SEK