If you’re ready for a challenge and want to see where your skills truly are as an experienced paddler, we welcome you to take this assessment. This is not an instructional course! It’s a test of skill. We will briefly review skills that will be assessed, show you the test routine, and then everyone will take the skills test. It will be a test of your ability to handle your kayak and exhibit skills in breaking surf, swell, and tidal currents. The assessment is all on water with a brief on-shore discussion about safety, gear, and navigation. Participants will receive a Level 1, 2, or 3, ACA Skills Assessment.


After signing up for the class you will receive a confirmation email with details about location, gear, expectations, etc. 


Additional Dues: Participants will need to become members of the American Canoe Association to be officially recognized. Please visit the ACA site


Prerequisite - There is no official prerequisite however we recommend going through Kayaking Fundamentals I-III which will prepare you for the necessary skills and rescues required for a Level 2 Assessment. Intermediate I-III will prepare you for a Level 3 Skills Assessment. 



ACA Kayak Skills Assessments

  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel. We prefer if you let us know at least 7 days in advance.We often have a waiting list of people eager to come. If we know at least 7 days in advance we can apply 100% of your money toward a future lesson or if needed we can refund you the money. If you don't show up the day of the lesson and we have no prior arrangement we will not refund your money. We work hard to put together great lessons and most of our instructors volunteer their time so please be considerate.


  • We offer a selection of dry suits from Kokatat and wet suits from NRS. If your class is early in the spring or late in the fall considering staying a little warmer by renting a suit. Please call for details or learn more here.

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Thursday - 10am-8pm

We will be closed November 7-30

Store Stats​​

28 Years in Business

Original Owner!

*  Kayaks, Canoes, SUPS Sold = 5908

*  Hours of Instruction = 3600+

*  Days of Guided Trips = 325+