2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships - ACA

2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships


Registration Information

The 2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships registration process involves 2 steps:

  1. Participating athletes register themselves and pay the registration fee via their member profile in ACA’s membership system.  This takes less than 5 minutes.
  2. The club coaches register boats and athletes for applicable events including 1-person, 2-person and 4-person boats.*


Athlete registration has closed! The registration fee of $250.00 includes 1 ticket to the banquet on Friday night. Additional banquet tickets for families and friends will be available for purchase soon. Late registration will be allowed until July 15 but will be subject to a 10% late fee.

Registration Requirements:

  • Current ACA Member.  Questions about membership should be directed to:  mflynn@americancanoe.org.
  • SafeSport Certified (for athletes 18 years and older).  Questions about SafeSport should be directed to: amurphy@americancanoe.org.
* Boat Entry Registration, a completely separate process for the club coaches to register BOATS and who will be in each boat, will open on July 10.  Only athletes registered in the Athletes Registration system (above) will appear in the Boat Entry system;  so, coaches, please encourage your paddlers to register by July 10th.

Venue Information

Nathan Benderson Park, in Sarasota, Florida, will be a superb venue for this year’s National Championships, providing a premier 2,000-meter paddling course and Regatta Center with 9 racing lanes separated by an Albano buoy system. A state-of-the-art wave attenuation system provides calm waters to ensure sublime racing conditions for the competitors.

Spectators will be able to cheer on the athletes from Regatta Island, the primary festival center located along the final 500 meters of the race course. The Athlete village, spectator seating, food and merchandise vendors, medical services, LOC and race management offices, and volunteer headquarters will be assembled on the island.

Athletes and spectators can both benefit from the course being in walking distance of dozens of restaurants and award-winning beaches less than a 15-minute drive away.


Discounted hotel rooms are available for spectators and athletes who will be staying in Sarasota, Florida for the 2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships!

This discount is available until July 10 so be sure to book your discounted hotel room as soon as possible.

Important Dates

June 30: Athlete Registration is Open

July 10: Regular Price Athlete Registration Closes

July 10: Final day to book discounted hotel room

July 10: Boat Registration is Open

July 15: Late Athlete Registration Closes (10% late fee)

July 21: Boat Registration Closes

July 23: Preliminary Team Leader Meeting via zoom at 8:00pm EST

July 30 and July 31:  Practice Days

August 1-4: Official Race Schedule to be published soon

August 4: Awards Banquet

Volunteer Opportunities


All volunteers are encouraged to fill out the Volunteer Registration Form before July 25.

Questions about SafeSport should be directed to amurphy@americancanoe.org. Please see the table below for which roles require SafeSport certification.

Volunteer Positions that Require SafeSport Training

  • Coaches
  • Officials & Judges
  • Professional Medical Personnel (traveling with team(s) or providing preventative care) 

Volunteer Positions that DO NOT Require SafeSport Training

  • Water Practice Marshals
  • EMTs (providing emergency care only)
  • Boat Holders
  • Finish and Start Line Assistants,
  • Timing System Back-Up Volunteer 
  • Safety Boat Drivers
  • Embarkation Assistants
  • Trailer Parking Attendants
  • Awards Assistants
  • Boat Weigh-In Assistants,
  • Photographers & Media Representatives  

Additional Information

  1. For a race to be conducted a minimum of three entries are required.  If a race is cancelled due to insufficient entries, the athlete(s) will be allowed to enter another event.
  2. For races with four or fewer entrants, it may be combined with another event with less than four entrants.
  3. Athletes are restricted to 10 events, one of which may be a distance event.
  4. The 2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships will act as a selection event for the Olympic Hopes Regatta to be held in Poznan, Poland on September 7-10.


The National Championships will be held under the authority of the Sprint Racing Rules, which can be found in the collection of Sprint Documents at the bottom of the “Sprint” landing page on the ACA website.  We urge every Team Leader to be familiar with them. There have been a number of changes to the rules over the past year. New progression systems have been established which include A, B, C, & D finals as necessary for singles events.

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