The heart of the ACA is the people who paddle, cherish, and protect the rivers, lakes, streams, bays, and oceans of the United States and beyond. To assist those who want more information and opportunities to learn more about paddling as a lifelong outdoor recreation pursuit, we provide the following resource library which contains video collections, statistics, and educational tools such as infographics, brochures, and online coursework.
Golden Rules of Canoeing
How to Get Into and Out of a Canoe Smoothly
What To Do If You Flip Your Canoe
Educational Video Collections
- Stand Up Paddleboarding
- Youth Safe Paddling
- Multi-Use Waterways
- Top 5 Kayaking Tips
- Golden Rules of Recreational Kayaking
- How to Get into and Out Of a Kayak Smoothly
- Proper Technique for Paddling a Kayak
- Choosing the Right Kayak
- Kayaking – Rules of the Road
- How to Get Back onto a Sit-On-Top Kayak
- How to Re-Enter a Sit Inside Kayak
- Top 5 Kayaking Safety Rules
- How to Choose a Good Paddling Spot
- 3 Techniques All Kayakers Should Know
- How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak
- Kayaking Safety Minute
- Golden Rules of Kayak Fishing
- Top 5 Shallow Water Kayak Fishing Tips
- Choosing the Right Fishing Kayak
- How to Get Back onto a Sit-on-Top Kayak
- How to Launch a Kayak in the Surf Zone
- Top 5 Kayak Fishing Safety Rules
- How to Choose a Good Kayak Fishing Spot
- Top 5 Off Shore Kayak Fishing Tips
- 3 Techniques Every Kayak Angler Should Know
- Top 5 Ways to Customize your Fishing Kayak
- Proper Technique for Paddling a Fishing Kayak
- Kayak Fishing Safety Minute #1
- Kayak Fishing Safety Minute #2
- If a Child Can Confidently Swim Without a Life Jacket, Do They Need to Wear a Life Jacket when Paddling?
- How Do I Properly Fit My Child with a Life Jacket?
- At What Age Can I Take My Child Canoeing?
- At What Age Can I Take My Child Stand Up Paddling?
- At What Age Can I Take My Child Kayaking?
- What Do I Need to Know About Kayaking with Kids?
- What Do I Need to Know About Canoeing with Kids?
- What Do I Need to Know About Stand Up Paddleboarding With Kids?
- What Do I Need to Know About Paddling with Kids?
- How Do I Keep Paddling Fun and Safe for My Kids?
- What is the Perfect Spot to Take My Child Paddling?
- How Do I Get My Child Started with Paddling?
- What is the Proper Paddling Gear for Kids?
- How Do I Keep Paddling Fun for Kids?
- How to Keep Kids Safe While Paddling
Recreational Kayaking Video Series
Coastal Kayaking Video Series
Kayak Fishing Video Series
Animated Video Series
Top 10 Tips for Canoeing and Kayaking Safely
Top 10 Tips for Stand Up Paddleboarding Safely
Stories of Survival
Since 2007, the ACA staff and several subject matter experts have been part of the development of both knowledge based and on-water standards for paddlesports. These standards were formulated according to the recognized standards development process of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
National On-Water Standards (NOWS)