American Canoe Association Pro School 2020
What is a ‘Skills Assessment’ Award?
A Skills Assessment is issued to a paddler through the completion of an on-water assessment, which is on water skills and knowledge test. You can receive Skills Assessments in canoe, kayak, SUP, or raft through the ACA. We currently offer assessments for kayak and SUP.
Why should I try for an award?
First, being tested allows you to know what you’ve actually learned versus what you were merely exposed to in our classes. This gives you a more accurate picture of your personal skill level and what you need to improve. Secondly, in some places having proof of assessment will allow you to rent a kayak or board.
What are the steps to attaining an award?
First, you will need to complete the courses or training appropriate to the level award you wish to attain. Second, you will need to take part in an assessment for that level and become a member of the ACA. After completing the assessment you will either earn the award or be advised as to what skills you need to improve. Typically you will be given the opportunity to show the appropriate improvement in those skills to your assessor without taking another full assessment.