ACA Assessment


ACA Assessment - East Passage, Puget Sound

ACA Level 3 skills assessment

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: meandering

City of Des Moines Park,  22047 Cliff Ave, just north of the Marina.

9:00am meet time.

This skills assessment is for sea kayaking at the American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 (L2) or higher. You may wish to take the assessment to get feedback about your abilities, to qualify for ACA instructor training, or to use as a credential when seeking to qualify for trips, classes, or equipment rental while traveling in other regions.

Those desiring instructor certification will need to first pass a skills assessment at the level corresponding to their instructor certification. For example, the ACA requires you to qualify as a paddler at Level 3 (L3) prior to taking the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and Instructor Certification Exam (ICE).  However, this skills assessment is only to evaluate your paddling skill and knowledge, not your abilities as an instructor.

For Levels 2 and 3, only one day may be necessary to complete the assessment. However, several days/venues will be required to complete all parts of a Level 4 assessment, as wind, waves, surf, and current conditions are all needed. So for L4, you will need to enroll several times in this clinic.


East Passage, Puget Sound

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The sea kayaking gear and ten essentials required for a trip. 

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