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MBAC Paddling Instructors earn ACA certification

ACA Instructor ClinicIn January Mission Bay Aquatic Center hosted a Stand Up Paddle Instructor Certification Workshop led by American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Trainer Jose Gonzalez.  In addition to the MBAC paddling instructors, participants included paddlers of various backgrounds looking to increase their skill level of stand up paddleboard instruction.  Their dedication to learning these skills was quickly apparent when weather forced them to battle rough winds and rain throughout the week of training. Together, they powered through the conditions and proved their commitment to bring their “A-game” as an instructor.  

While the weather was a hurdle for the week of the training, the group didn’t let that discourage their desire to learn and enhance their teaching skills. Aaron Merris, who earned his ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor Certification commented, “People decide to pursue SUP for a variety of reasons.  Some might just want to be more comfortable on the water while others are looking for interesting ways to be active outside.  Many of our students hope to begin SUP surfing or start racing.  This course reminded me that it is my job to be aware of my students’ backgrounds and goals so that I can help them safely accomplish them.”

SUPs on a glassy morningOverall, the course was a productive bonding experience that will allow our instructors to support each other as a team and help us build the confidence of our students.  ACA Instructor Trainer Jose Gonzalez covered topics that are essential to helping experienced instructors refine their skills, develop their teaching approach, and stay up-to-date with what’s new in the world of stand up paddleboarding.  Jose stated, “The richness of the course comes from not only the rigorous standards set by the ACA, but the wealth of experience each candidate brings to the course.”

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can become certified through a similar course, visit

To participate in a SUP class at MBAC taught by an ACA certified instructor visit

Our paddling instructors are excited to use their new teaching skills while passing their stoke on to you!

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