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ACA Certification  Courses

​​2023 Instructor and Trip Leader Training Schedule

Session #1:   Outward Bound Trip Leader Training and Assessment
Dates: June 3 - 10,  2022 (Fri - Fri)
Location:  MD Eastern Shore

Instructor Trainer: Rick Wiebush
Note: Private training for Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound staff


Session #5: ACA L4 ICW

Dates: August 2 - 5, 2022 

Location: Metompkin Inlet, Onancock, VA

Instructors: Ashley Brown

Cost: $150/day

Join Ashley for an exciting L4 ICW at two of the premier spots on the east coast for developing or honing L4 instructor skills. This four-day course will take place on the VA Eastern Shore at Metompkin Inlet and Smith Island Inlet, where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Exciting L4 conditions are (almost) guaranteed every day at one or both venues: wind, waves, current, surf, bounce. If you want to become an L4 instructor, or already are an L4 instructor and need an update, or just want to ramp up your skills, this is an event that you’ll want to take advantage of. Ashley is an ACA L4 IT and L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor. She blends advanced skill development with solid pedagogical approaches both on and off the water, and wraps them both in a context of fun and excitement. Click here for L4 Instructor criteria.


This course is offered by Wavepaddler and sponsored by Cross Currents. The cost is $150/day. Updates require a minimum of two days. L4 skills assessments require all four days. L3/4 practice students are welcome for a minimum of two days at $120 per day. Group housing will be available at an additional cost of $55 - $60 pp/per night.  Questions? Contact Ashley at To register, contact Rick Wiebush at



Session #6: ACA L2 ICW

Dates: September 6-8, 2022

Location: Easton, MD

Instructors: Rick Wiebush

Cost: $150/day


This is a private ICW for the Staff of Phillips Wharf and ShoreRivers environmental centers.


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