Sam Fowlkes
ACA Safety and Rescue Committee Chair
347 Paddlers Trail
347 Paddlers Trail
Sylva, NC  28779
T. 828 586-6563
F. 828 586-9649

Whitewater Rescue Instructional Classes

We provide instruction in whitewater rescue from the beginner level to the advanced modules. We also teach canoeing at all levels from basic flatwater to advanced whitewater. We offer kayak instruction in up to Class 3 whitewater. A majority of what we teach is American Canoe Association based curricula. Sam has 28 years of experience as an ACA Instructor. 24 years as a Instructor Trainer and is one of the original Instructor Trainer Educators. 12 years as a Rescue 3 Instructor. 2 years as a Preceptor.

American Canoe Association Paddlesport Training:
A list of ACA courses includes:
Intro To Canoeing*
Essentials of River Canoeing*
Whitewater Canoeing*
Advanced Whitewater Canoeing
Intro To Kayak
Essentials of River Kayaking
Whitewater Kayaking


American Canoe Association Rescue Training:
Essentials of River Rescue
Swiftwater Rescue*
Advanced Swiftwater Rescue*
(Courses with an asterisk denote instructor certification (Instructor Development Workshop [IDW] and Instructor Certification Evaluation [ICE] as well)


Instructor Updates:
ACA Updates are available in all of the above courses noted by an asterisk


Rescue 3 International Training
Whitewater Rescue Technician
Swiftwater Rescue Technician – 1


Special Programming
We offer custom designed training programs to fit your particular special needs.
These custom programs may fit the needs of outfitter guide training, camp counselor water based training or specialty outdoor education schools.


Private Instruction
Private one on one or small group instruction is available on an as requested basis, call for details.

Course Outlines
Advanced Swiftwater Rescue

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