Level 1 & 2 Instructor Contest Final Results - ACA

Nov 11, 2023

Level 1 & 2 Instructor Contest Final Results

Level 1 & 2 Instructors Contest

To grow our community of paddlers, the Regional Activity Council (RAC) hosted a competition for instructors in all ACA disciplines who teach Level 1 and Level 2 courses. The goal of this initiative was to encourage our instructors to safely welcome new and prospective paddlers to the community by teaching a few more Level 1 & 2 courses this season. This was a chance for instructors to engage with their local paddling community, find or create a source of new course students, and earn some prizes along the way!

Contest Categories:

  • Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer / Educator
  • Paddle America Club (PAC)

Contest standings as of 11/20/2023:


Kristen Keane, TX – Grand Prize Winner

Honorable ConTENders:

  1. Guyvin Benedetto, CA
  2. Shannon Ainsworth, TX
  3. Drake Essick, CA
  4. Aidan Ford, CA
  5. Dawn Nelson, TN
  6. Daren Barrett, WI
  7. Wayne Douchkoff, FL
  8. Jeff Menaker, PA
  9. Joe Sartori, IL
  10. Robert Nissenbaum, WA

Instructor Trainers & Educators:

  1. Elizabeth Wiegandt, VA
  2. Ge Wu, China
  3. Jake Taylor, Hong Kong
  4. Mike Aronoff, VA
  5. Susan Eda, TX
  6. Joshua Hall, SC
  7. Jefferson Atkins, SC
  8. Harriet Goetze, Germany
  9. Ashley Brown, SC
  10. Anna Levesque, NC

Paddle America Clubs (PACs):

  1. Georgia River Network, GA
  2. Philadelphia Canoe Club, PA
  3. Missouri Whitewater Association, MO
  4. Colorado Whitewater Association, CO
  5. Spring Woods Canoe Group, TX
  6. Carolina Kayak Club, NC
  7. Wilmington Trail Club, DE
  8. Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, NY
  9. Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club, IN
  10. Carolina Canoe Club, NC

Random Drawings:

  • Lex Bundschuh, NH
  • ANDe Demetriou, TN
  • Paul Clemmer, VA
  • Erin Evans, GA
  • Anthony Sousa, FL