Level 1 & 2 Instructor Contest Standings - ACA

Sep 7, 2023

Level 1 & 2 Instructor Contest Standings

Level 1 & 2 Instructors Contest

To grow our community of paddlers, the Regional Activity Council (RAC) is hosting a competition for instructors in all ACA disciplines who are teaching Level 1 and Level 2 courses. The goal of this initiative is 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 is 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!

Every Level 1 or 2 course taught between December 1, 2022 – October 1, 2022, is eligible as a contest entry. Enter the contest by submitting courses to the ACA Course Management System (CMS) by 11:59pm EST on October 1, 2023. For more information about how to enter the contest, please visit the original contest announcement.

Contest Categories:

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

Contest standings as of 8/31/2023:


  1. Kristen Keane (TX)
  2. Dean Karl (China)
  3. Jamie Eubanks (CA)
  4. Shannon Ainsworth (TX)
  5. Matthew Hanlon (VA)
  6. Becca Ploener (DE)
  7. Daren Barrett (WI)
  8. Dawn Nelson (TN)
  9. Robert Nissenbaum (WA)
  10. Jeff Adler (WI)

Instructor Trainers & Educators:

  1. Joshua Hall (SC)
  2. Ge Wu (China)
  3. Jeff Atkins (SC)
  4. Jake Taylor (Hong Kong)
  5. Ben Morton (VT)
  6. Mike Aronoff (VA)
  7. Jordan Taylor (MD)
  8. Tom Nickels (MD)
  9. Tom Burroughs (AR)
  10. Jeffrey Cogle (WV) tied with Ashley Brown (SC)

Paddle America Clubs (PACs):

  1. Philadelphia Canoe Club (PA)
  2. Georgia River Network (GA)
  3. Carolina Canoe Club (NC)
  4. Spring Woods Canoe Group (TX)
  5. Wilmington Trail Club (DE)
  6. Arkansas Canoe Club (AR)
  7. Pikes Peak Whitewater Club (CO)
  8. Rapids Riders Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Club (MN)
  9. Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club (NY)
  10. Birmingham Canoe Club (AL)