• June 18, 2016 - June 20, 2016
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Questions? PLEASE CONTACT MARY PAGEL – (907)987-6878 northernbluegrass57@gmail.com

Are you a canoeist who wants to share your love of the lake or your favorite river? Join us for this comprehensive course. An Essentials of River Canoeing Instructor teaches all the basic paddling skills and how to have fun in a canoe from the very start. An ERC Instructor also teaches about river currents, obstacles, hazards and how to maneuver around them. As an ERC Instructor you are qualified to guide groups on gently moving river trips and can have the backing of ACA liability insurance. We expect you to have basic canoeing skills as a tandem or a solo paddler. You will have the opportunity to refine your skills as you learn to teach strokes, maneuvers and safety.

Participants who are not able to demonstrate all of the necessary skills for Level 2 ERC certification may still be eligible for certification as a tandem or solo Level 1 Introduction to Canoe Instructor.

Please visit these links to review the specific instructor criteria and course goals and objectives are described here:


Barb CutterBarb Cutter of Cutter Aquatics will be the Instructor Trainer. She will be assisted in the Canoe course by Don and Tracie Pendergrast.


The course fee for each three-day course is $350.  Current Fairbanks Paddlers members will receive a $25 discount.   Participants will have the following additional costs ( Participants taking both courses will only need to pay these once):

  • American Canoe Association Membership is required before the start of the course. You can register online on the ACA Membership Page. ( Regular individual annual membership is $40.  If you are a Fairbanks Paddlers member, you can join as a Paddle America Club (PAC) Member for $30. Students under 23 and seniors over 62 qualify for a $15 discount on the final registration page. )
  • Instructor Manual – Instructor workshops participants must obtain the ACA Instructor Manual before the first course. It is available for $25 for the spiral bound print version, or $15 for the CD version or the downloadable PDF version.
  • SEIC Dues – Upon becoming certified as an ACA Instructor, there is an additional Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC) dues payment of $25 if you wish to teach ACA courses.

Other Requirements and Policies

ACA  Essential Eligibility Criteria

Please see this linked PDF and review the Essential Eligibility Criteria.

River and Safety Equipment: 

Students need to provide their own suitable boats and paddling gear.

All participants will wear US Coast Guard approved Lifejackets while canoeing, kayaking, and other on water activities.

Students need to come to the class prepared for any weather and full immersion, dry suit or wet suit is a must.  This class is to become an instructor and this is basic gear that you need to instruct.

Alcohol Policy:

Alcohol may not be consumed prior to, or during, the on-water portions of any courses. We reserve the right to refuse on-the-water participation if, in our judgement, the participant appears under the influence of a judgement or motor skills impeding substance.

First Aid Training: 

A student does not need first aid training to participate in the course, but does need to have current First Aid and CPR training to instruct for the ACA.


All participants, volunteers, safety personnel, media representatives, event organizers, and other involved individuals will sign a waiver and release the instructors, Cutter Aquatics, and Fairbanks Paddlers from liability.


Exact meeting locations and on water instructional venues will be finalized just before the start of the classes and may depend on weather and water levels.  We expect to hold first day of each course on Tanana Lakes.  Day 2 will likely be on the Chena River in town, likely near the Peger Road put-in behind Pioneer Park.  Day 3 will probably be held on the upper Chena River in the Chena River Recreation Area. We will have an alternate indoor location for some of the off-water learning activities.

Participants will need to provide transportation for themselves and gear, or coordinate rides with other class members.

Registration and Payments

Spaces are limited to 10 for the Canoe course, as required by ACA.   If the course is full, please contact us about getting on a waiting list.


We will confirm your place in a class or event only after receiving payment.  For your convenience, we accept payment via the methods listed below:

  • Pay with your credit card via PayPal or Square Invoice
  • Pay with and electronic funds transfer using PayPal
  • Mail a check or money order to our contact address

Course fees should be paid in 30 days in advance.


Refund requests will be considered on a case by case basis. If you contact us more than 30 days in advance, or if we can fill your position in a full course, from the waiting list, we may be able to offer a partial refund, not including PayPal or Credit Card processing fees.

If the course is cancelled due to insufficient participation or other conditions a full refund will be made.


PLEASE CONTACT MARY PAGEL – (907)987-6878 northernbluegrass57@gmail.com


Fairbanks, Alaska, United States