Help create inclusion through paddlesports!

Become an American Canoe Association Adaptive Paddlesports Instructor with Adaptive Expeditions.

Paddle-N-More (PNM) and Adaptive Expeditions are teaming up to provide an American Canoe Association Adaptive Paddlesports training.

Adaptive Expeditions is an interactive educational nonprofit using sport and recreation to offer health & wellness programs to individuals with physical and sensory disabilities. Through education and outdoor recreation adventures, Adaptive Expeditions empowers individuals with both technical skills and personal confidence to maintain active, independent lifestyle (source: Adaptive Expeditions website).

Course Overview

The Adaptive Paddlesports Training is designed for current American Canoe Instructors who are interested in working with individuals with disabilities. As part of the American Canoe Association Universal Paddling Program, current ACA Instructors will earn the Advanced Communications Workshop (ACW) and Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) endorsements upon successful completion.

Please read the Course Essentials below to gather more details about dates and requirements. This ACA credentialing program is the gold standard accreditation for adaptive paddlesport instruction.

Determine Eligibility

Registrants must be current American Canoe Association Instructors and have a current membership. To determine eligibility before registering, please review the ACA Instructor Endorsement Criteria below:

ACA Advanced Communications Workshop (ACW)

ACA Advanced Communications Endorsement is designed for instructors, outfitters, recreation program managers, trip leaders, and all others who want to seamlessly integrate people with speech & language impairments, hearing impairments or deafness, visual impairments or blindness into paddlesports programs.  Advanced Communications Workshops provide a basic understanding of disabilities that affect communication and provides a toolbox of knowledge, techniques and strategies to enable successful integration.

ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW)

Adaptive Paddling Workshops (APWs) provide the information necessary to seamlessly integrate individuals with physical disabilities into outdoor recreation programs in the context of paddlesports.

The APW focuses on five key topics: (1) Language, Etiquette and Interaction, (2) The Legal Context, (3) Cultivating Seamless Integration, (4) Adaptive Outfitting Concepts & Goals, and (5) Mechanics of Adaptive Outfitting for Paddlesports.  APWs involve hands-on learning in a classroom and in calm, protected waters.

For paddlesport participants with physical disabilities, the ACA APW offers a perfect opportunity to learn from experts about how to modify kayaking, paddle-boarding, rafting, or canoe equipment to paddle comfortably, safely and with a high level of performance.

Become an Adaptive Paddlesports Instructor and be the change!

Course Essentials

Online Coursework Requirement: Prior to participation in the 4-day ACW and APW in-person practicum, instructors must complete a series of online courses related to the following. Online course access will be provided after registration is complete for the APW & ACW course. Please be patient as Joe will need to give you access. Online course completion requirements must be completed 1 week prior to the in-person course.


To register for the ACA ACW & APW, please have the following information available. Registration will take place through our registration platform, CampBrain. To reserve a spot, a $200 deposit must be made.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be made BEFORE May 12, 2023 to receive a full refund. Cancellations and refunds after this date will be subject to administrative fees up to no refund, depending on timing and if spots can be filled.


If you have questions related to course registration and payment, please contact If you have questions related to course curriculum and requirements, please contact Joe Moore from Adaptive Expeditions at