AUXPAD Program - ACA

For ACA Instructors

AUXPAD Program

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has initiated a paddlecraft safety program called Auxiliary Paddlecraft, or AUXPAD.

The program has three major educational points:

  • The need to have and wear a proper life jacket
  • The need to be prepared and have proper safety equipment
  • The need for general awareness about all aspects of paddling safety, including situational awareness and the need to practice skills

AUXPAD includes traditional dockside Auxiliary boating safety activities such as public education, public affairs, literature distribution, and vessel safety exams. One defining element of the program is on-water delivery of safety messages to novice paddlers. Auxiliarist participants in this on-water program are required to have passed the ACA Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Touring skill assessment. Auxiliarists designated as AUXPAD Qualifiers (supervisors) will be required to hold current Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor certifications (or higher).


For more information about delivering or receiving the ACA credentials associated with this program, please contact the ACA SEI Department.