Level 1 & 2 Instructor Contest Standings - ACA

Jun 13, 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 6/12/2023:


  1. Alicia “Fish” Glines (CO)
  2. Grace Gaard (NE)
  3. Ashley Hughey (OH)
  4. Kristen Keane (TX)
  5. Shannon Ainsworth (TX)
  6. Sandra Newbury (WI)
  7. Matthew Hanlon (MD)
  8. Ryan Allison (AZ)
  9. Dawn Nelson (TN)
  10. Mackenzie Vecchio (OH)

Instructor Trainers & Educators:

  1. Elizabeth Wiegandt (VA)
  2. Jeff Atkins (SC)
  3. Dave Tanis (PA)
  4. Jake Taylor (Hong Kong)
  5. Sami Hawkins (CA)
  6. Greg Lang (AL)
  7. Laura Zulliger (CA)
  8. Ben Morton (VT)
  9. Randi Kruger (SC)
  10. Chris Stec (VA)

Paddle America Clubs (PACs):

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