Join as an Individual - ACA

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Join as an Individual

Support the ACA for only $40 a year with an individual membership.

As a member of the ACA, you join the ranks of tens of thousands of people who support safe, enjoyable paddling, and the protection of America’s recreational waterways.

Individual memberships are for:

  • Competition Participants, including athletes, coaches, officials, and competition event volunteers.
  • New Instructors who are in the process of completing an Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW).
  • All other individual members.

This segmentation enables us to communicate more specifically with different member groups and to offer services tailored to each group’s primary activities.

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Individual Membership Types

  • Individuals
  • Competition Participants
  • Instructors
  • Individuals

    The base level of individual membership is $40; however, the opportunity to provide a higher level of support are available. Memberships expire annually on the 1-year anniversary of the original join date or the most recent renewal date. An auto renewal option is available.

    As a first step in the Join process, you will be prompted to select your Paddle America Club affiliation. If you are not a member of a PAC, please select ACA Member (No Club Affiliation).

    ACA dues payments are non-refundable.

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    Competition Participants

    The base Competition Participant membership is for individuals who participate in local, regional, and national competitions as an athlete, official, judge or competition volunteer. Competition participants also include members who simply want to support paddlesports competition. The basic dues for Competition Participants are $40, which is the same as the dues for a general Individual Membership.

    Any athlete 18 years or older who participates in a National or International competition in any ICF discipline, as well as any qualification or selection event leading to these competitions (such as Team Trials), must purchase a Competition License ($80). Any official, coach or volunteer participating in the described competitions must also purchase a Competition License and must comply with the U.S. Center for SafeSport education requirements and complete an NCSI background check every two years or as required by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

    Competition Participants who purchase a Competition License receive valuable and important benefits that are not available to other members, including ACA’s competition insurance program, which provides additional liability protection via Sexual Abuse and Molestation coverage and Participant Accident insurance coverage. Selecting athlete representatives to the ACA’s Board of Directors and important board committees, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council and other governing committees is another privilege for athletes who purchase the Competition License.

    All Competition Participant memberships expire annually on December 31st. ACA recommends that Competition Individual Members choose the auto-renewal option to prevent a membership lapse.

    As part of the join/renew process, Competition Participants are asked to select their primary competitive discipline. The response to this question determines the athlete’s discipline-level voting rights for positions related to a specific discipline. For example, the Paracanoe representative to the Board of Directors is elected only by athletes who select Paracanoe as their primary discipline.

    Competition Participants are also asked to select a secondary competitive discipline, if applicable, and to select their primary role within Competition which enables ACA to communicate more effectively.

    Competition Participants are required to electronically sign the Athlete Code of Conduct each year and to confirm that they are currently in compliance with the U.S. Center for Safe Sport’s education requirements.

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    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Do I have to purchase a Competition License to race in local and regional races?
    You only need to purchase a Competition License to compete in team trials, nationals, or internationally.

    Do I have to purchase a Competition License if I am on a National Team in an ICF discipline that is not an Olympic discipline?
    You need to purchase a Competition License to compete in team trials, nationals, or internationally even if your discipline is not an Olympic discipline (Sprint, Slalom Extreme Slalom, or Paracanoe).

    Instructors

    If you are interested in or in the process of becoming a certified ACA Instructor, please join the ACA as an Individual member ($40 dues).

    Upon successful completion of your Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW), the National Office will transition your membership type to Instructor. At that time, you will be asked to pay the Safety Education & Instruction Council dues of $30.

    Please note that SEIC dues are automatically invoiced with Instructor ($30) and IT/ITE ($110) annual membership renewals.

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Membership Levels

For those who wish to provide a higher level of support to the ACA, we offer these enhanced individual membership levels:

Bronze Paddle - $150

  • ACA patch
  • ACA notebook or other fun ACA swag
  • SEIC dues (for Instructors, ITs & ITEs)
  • Competition License fee (for Competiton Members)
  • Annual recognition in the ACA’s eMagazine Paddle

Silver Paddle - $250

  • ACA patch
  • ACA notebook & ACA dry bag, or other fun ACA swag
  • SEIC dues (for Instructors, ITs & ITEs)
  • Competition License fee (for Competition Members)
  • Annual recognition in the ACA’s eMagazine Paddle

Gold Paddle - $500

  • ACA patch
  • ACA notebook, ACA dry bag & ACA First Aid Kit, or other fun ACA swag
  • SEIC dues (for Instructors, ITs & ITEs)
  • Competition License fee (for Competition Members)
  • Annual recognition in the ACA’s eMagazine Paddle

Green Paddle - $1,000

  • ACA patch
  • ACA notebook, ACA dry bag, ACA First Aid Kit & other fun ACA swag
  • SEIC dues (for Instructors, ITs & ITEs)
  • Competition License fee (for Competition Members)
  • Annual recognition in the ACA’s eMagazine Paddle