Partners - ACA


Partners is an online marketplace for outdoor industry professionals who have significant  sales influence in their personal and professional communities. Thanks to their knowledge and influence in the paddling community, ACA instructors are invited to become a member of the ACA – team! The ACA team has access to discounts on over 300 outdoor brands:

  • Up to 70% off retail prices
  • Membership to the team is free
  • New products and brands are added every day
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L.L.Bean – a stewardship partner
L.L.Bean has been a Sustaining Partner of the ACA for over a decade. L.L.Bean’s focus is on supporting the education, outreach, and stewardship efforts of local paddling clubs and organizations through the CFC Grant Program.

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Paddling Magazine by Rapid Media

ACA members may choose a one-year digital magazine subscription to either Paddling Magazine or Kayak Angler. In addition, ACA members may purchase an upgrade to print or the additional title in digital format at an ACA member exclusive rate.

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Mustang Survival

MTI has teamed with the ACA to provide additional resources to people purchasing lifejackets. As an added benefit to purchasing your new MTI lifejacket, non-ACA members can receive a complimentary 1-year individual membership to the ACA, including your choice of one of Rapid Media’s digital magazine subscriptions.

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AmazonSmile lets you support the ACA while you shop. Shop through Amazon’s charitable site, AmazonSmile, and the online retailer will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to the ACA. To direct your donations to the ACA, simply click the image to the right and sign in to your amazon account. You may want to bookmark the page for future use.

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Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

AOREAORE works with the ACA to provide mutually beneficial educational opportunities for our respecive memberships. From reduced pricing on conference registrations to merchandise discounts, contact the AORE or ACA staffs to learn more.

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International Whitewater Hall of Fame

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to whitewater related activities. To date, 51 honorees have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since the first class in 2005. The IWHoF is a program of the World River Center, the ACA, and its International Paddlesports Partners. 

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Boy Scouts of America

ACA volunteers and staff are proud to work with the BSA National Aquatics Taskforce on several projects to help youth to be safer, learn, and have fun out on the water, including:

  • Revised the Canoeing Merit Badge
  • Revised the Whitewater Merit Badge
  • Developed the Whitewater Rafting Award
  • Developed the Kayaking Merit Badge
  • Developed the Stand Up Paddleboarding Award
  • Sea Scout Partnership
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Leave No Trace

The LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you – the world we all enjoy.

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Outdoor Alliance

The ACA is one of the founding members of the Outdoor Alliance (OA), the nation’s premier human powered recreation group.

Outdoor Alliance unites the voices of outdoor enthusiasts to conserve public lands and ensure those lands are managed in a way that embraces the human-powered experience. OA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit coalition of national advocacy organizations that includes:

  • American Whitewater
  • American Canoe Association
  • Access Fund
  • International Mountain Bicycling Association
  • Winter Wildlands Alliance
  • The Mountaineers
  • The American Alpine Club
  • The Mazamas
  • Colorado Mountain Club
  • Surfrider Foundation
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Outdoors Alliance for Kids

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest in expanding the number and quality of opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors.

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National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

NASBLA is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety and represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.  They offer a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications.  NASBLA’s mission is to strengthen the ability of the state and territorial boating authorities to reduce death, injury and property damage associated with recreational boating and ensure a safe, secure and enjoyable boating environment.

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U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety

The Office of Boating Safety is part of the Federal government and a servant of the public, in its role as the designated National Recreational Boating Safety Coordinator, it is a leader in improving the boating experience of the maritime public. Their primary mission is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means, in order to maximize safe use and enjoyment of U.S. waterways by the public. The USCG Office of Boating Safety supports the ACA in it’s endeavors to educate all paddlers about recreational boating safety.

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

The Auxiliary and the ACA are working together to increase educational outreach to paddlers abour boating safetyas well as provide free vessel safety checks for paddlecraft.

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National Safe Boating Council

The NSBC was organized in 1958. The role of the NSBC is to promote safe and enjoyable boating through education, training and shared resources. The NSBC and the ACA work together yearly on a wide range of projects to improve the recreational boating experience for all.

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American Sailing Association

The ACA and ASA are working to bring kayak and stand up paddleboard instructor certification courses to a series of ASA professional sailing schools.

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Stand Up Paddle Industry Association

SUPIA is the trade organization of all stand up paddle businesses: Manufacturers, Retailers, Service Providers (Instructors, Guides, Race Directors, Event Planners, Certifiers), Media, Sales Reps, Distributors, Suppliers, etc. The SUPIA strives to move standup paddling forward in a positive direction.

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Partnership Opportunities

If you would like to align your business with the nation’s oldest paddlesports organization, please contact us for partnership opportunities with the ACA.