You may want to check state agencies (Fish & Wildlife or State Parks) for free instruction. Here in Florida, under the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, a program called the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network has kayaks, canoes, some stand-up paddleboards, archery, complete fishing sets available free of charge to organizations who are working with children and youth. It comes with a volunteer, certified instructor and the equipment is delivered to where the teaching occurs. They can be accessed only if someone in the organization has the proper safety or recreational sport certification, but some certified volunteers are available in regions to teach and access the equipment. ( My husband and I have the ACA Level I Kayak Instructors certification and are on the list of volunteers available to teach. We have just this week been contacted by a local Boys Scout troop.) These centers always need trained volunteers, so if there are any Florida paddlers who are interested in being accredited to teach children to canoe or kayak (or SUP) and accessing these boats for that purpose, contact your regional Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network office fyccn.com. You will have to pay for your ACA certification training – $250 for canoe or kayak ($500 for both). If there doesn’t seem to be a program in your state, you might want to see if there is Project Wild program in one of your state agencies. This is a federally funded program to teach teachers K-12 to expose children to the natural world with a hands-on curriculum. The coordinator of this program may know of volunteer canoe instructors or if a similar program is available in the state of Washington and hidden in some obscure agency. In Florida, Project Wild is housed in the Florida Wildlife Conservation organization; in our region it shares facilities with the FYCCN educational center.