We work with American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union coaches to provide a comprehensive method for refining your paddling skills. Whether you are just getting in a kayak or a canoe for the first time or would like to enhance your skills for guiding, leading or instructing in a packraft or on a SUP we can help you achieve your goals.

We continuously provide instruction that does not make it to this list including skills assessments, ACA trip leader certification ACA instructor certification, packraft courses, river kayaking, SUP courses and certification, and canoe classes. If you would like to be informed of other training opportunities, please contact us.

ACA Instructor Certification Workshops 2019

The ACA L4 Swift water safety and rescue instructor certification workshop 9/21-9/25 

The ACA L4 White water kayak instructor certification workshop will be split. 9/21-9/22 and 9/26-9/28 

Turnagain Kayak is happy to host an Instructor Certification Workshop with Marcel Bieg and Patrick Higgins. This is a two part course where participants can become certified as a Swift Water Rescue Instructor and a Whitewater Kayaking Instructor. This is a great opportunity for people who are looking to instruct or for participants who would like to improve on their personal skills and knowledge of the river. As a member of the American Canoe Association you can obtain insurance for classes, get pro deals from various companies, along with a plethora of other benefits.

The cost for each is $600. If you would like to participate in both, the cost will be $1000.Class will start in Hope each day. We have lodging available, at a discounted rate, at Hopes Hideaway. There are other great places to stay in Hope including camping.


2019 Sea Kayaking Courses

Learn how to control your kayak in a variety of conditions, including open water (at the appropriate level). Training courses typically include rescues, strokes, maneuvers and similar skill development.

Kayaker Cove Kayak Camp
ACA level 3-5 Coastal Kayak training
Dates: 5/19-5/24
Venue: Kayaker Cove in Resurrection Bay
Fully catered this year!

Sea Kayak FUNdamentals 
ACA Level 2 training
Dates: 5/11-5/13, 6/1-6/3, 8/3-8/5
Venue: Right Beach in Halibut Cove
Cost: $400+ tax (class only)

Advanced Sea Kayaking Skills Course
ACA Level 3-4 Training
Dates: August 3rd-5th
Venue: Right Beach in Halibut Cove
Cost: $400+tax (class only)

2019 SUP Courses (stand up paddleboard)

ACA Essentials of SUP
Dates: Daily – Afternoons
Venue & Price: Hope, $70

ACA L3 River SUP 
Dates: Call for availability
Venue: Hope
Cost: $100

2019 Packraft and River Kayaking Courses

Packraft River Safety Class (beginner to intermediate) (2 days)
Dates: August 10th-11th, August 17th-18th
Venue: Hope
Cost: $300

Style Over Survival Packraft Course (intermediate to advanced) ( 2 days)
August 24th-25th
Venue: Hope
Cost: $300

Rolling Classes: Whether you are a whitewater kayaker, sea kayaker, or packrafter, learning rolling techniques can open up opportunities in your paddling venues. Our instructors are skilled in helping you roll in a comfortable learning environment. We can help you start from the beginning, or if you are an experienced paddler we can help add new rolls to your repertoire. Contact us about rolling classes in Anchorage or Hope.

Beginning Whitewater Kayaking: (Beginner) (2 days) August 3rd-4th, August 10th-11th

Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking: Class II-III (1 day) June 29th, July 20th

Advanced Whitewater Kayaking: Class III-IV (1 day) contact for details.

Ready to Learn? Contact Us

Levi Hogan

Levi Hogan

Instructor, Barista, and Dad

Levi is a ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer and BCU 5 Star Sea Kayaker. Levi is also certified in Whitewater Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Canoeing. When Levi isn't on the water he spends his time as a volunteer firefighter and medic in Hope, and chasing down his three year old Rylan and five year old Nigel.

Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins

Instructor and Barista

Patrick is an ACA level 5 Advanced Whitewater Instructor. Patrick has various other certifications from the American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union, in Stand Up Paddleboarding, Packrafting, Canoeing, and Sea Kayaking. When Patrick isn't getting soggy sneakers, he is making the best coffee in the world or working on his Masters Degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Alaska Pacific University. In the winter time Patrick teaches skiing and snowboarding at Hilltop Ski Area in Anchorage.