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New Faces of the ACA

…who have decided to embark on new life adventures. First, let me introduce you to: Kristal Pastell, our new Insurance Coordinator. Kristal has been in the insurance industry for over 5 years. She began as customer service agent and worked her way to becoming a customer service manager. She loves…

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2023 Amazon Canoe Challenge – Incredible Opportunity and Special Offer for ACA Members!

…gringos would like our traditional Pitotsi canoes,” he laughs. “We can’t wait to show our territories and customs to the visitors, said Ashaninka C.A.R.T community leader Fabian. “Having people from so far away come to visit our land, share our customs and traditions is an honor and it makes us…

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2020 ACA Board of Directors Elections – Vote!

…roles, he strives to ensure that ACA instructors are recognized as the best source of paddle sports instruction. Brandon Slate – Buena Vista, CO As the owner of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, Brandon is quite submerged in the commercial aspects of paddle sports instruction. He is also very passionate about…

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Ian Ross Embarks on a Road Trip Across Eastern Europe to Help Displaced Ukrainian Citizens

…letter of intent written in Ukrainian, Russian, and Romanian, the languages spoken in Moldova. As they reached the border of Moldova, they were accosted by armed customs agents. Ian managed to convince the customs agents to let them through as they would only be in Moldova for a few hours…

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Roland Memories

…against him. Often, despite his advancing years, the wily veteran often still won. Roland never really stopped racing canoes. We also remember his amazing craftsmanship. In the late 1970’s he often arrived at a racecourse planning to sleep on-site in a Ford van he modified. He customized it by literally…

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Athletes

…(ages 13-18) At this stage, athletes train and compete in a club program that matches their interests, goals, and developmental needs. Competitions become clearly defined with potential for new experiences and a team selection. As athletes start to grasp the commitment necessary for progression in paddlesports and the skill sets…

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Washington State Senate Bill 5597

…serve the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments, and serving as the national governing body for olympic paddlesports in the United States. The ACA is seen as the standard of paddlesports education in the United States and…

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J. Henry Rushton Award

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Legends of Paddling

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Privacy & Terms

…unless you consent to that change. Credit Card Security ACA takes the security of our customers’ transactions very seriously, utilizing the latest internet encryption and authentication technology and protocols to safeguard the privacy, confidentiality, and security of your information. All your order information is always protected by SSL (Secure Socket…

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Instructor of the Month

The ACA is proud to honor certified instructors who have gone above and beyond, making profound impacts in their communities and to the sport of paddling overall. We hope you will join us in celebrating these terrific instructors and take a moment to nominate one who you think deserves recognition!…

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Membership Dues Changes Coming 2021

…certification workshops…more efficient processes and more responsive customer service…a more user-friendly and current website… more races… more events…more diversity…more coaches and events for our athletes…more communication. Answering this call, however, will require more resources. This necessitates an increase in membership dues. The Board, staff, and I have deliberated very thoughtfully…

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ACA Pro Schools

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 International Whitewater Hall of Fame Announces 2023 Honorees

…in Japan, where customers can test paddle kayaks in the store! Advocate: Pete Skinner (USA) Pete Skinner was primarily responsible for bringing American Whitewater (AW) back from near-collapse and converting it from the publisher of an obscure whitewater booklet to the most influential organization representing safe recreational use of rivers…

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A New Benefit for PACs: Club Express Discount

…and ecommerce capabilities. Club Express helps create a community with forums, event planning, and surveys. It can do event registrations, track certifications, manage your membership database, and sell merchandise. Club Express is fully able to be customized to your organization’s needs. PACs that are already using Club Express can be…

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Member Benefits

Support the ACA! 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. Some of the tangible and intangible benefits of supporting the nation’s oldest paddlesport organization….

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ACA Virtual Conference – Session Recordings

…of aspiring elite athletes are particularly encouraged to attend this session. Video Recording (Youtube / Download) Audio Recording Presentation Materials Awards Ceremony, Membership Meeting, and Voting for New Board Members Join the ACA Board of Directors and staff for our annual awards ceremony and membership meeting. In addition to celebrating…

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2020 National Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Each year, the ACA presents a series of prestigious national awards to individuals and organizations who have illustrated exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to various aspects of paddlesports. We are accepting nominations for the following award categories: Excellence in Instruction Sanctioned Event of the Year Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation…

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2021 National Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Each year, the ACA presents a series of prestigious national awards to individuals and organizations who have illustrated exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to various aspects of paddlesports. We are accepting nominations for the following award categories: Excellence in Instruction Sanctioned Event of the Year Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation…

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ACA Member Survey Follow Up

…instruction. We plan to work with our instructor partners to explore business models that would enable us to better respond to underserved areas. Overall Communications We strive to keep our members informed regarding every aspect of ACA’s operations. A large majority of members want to receive a monthly email newsletter…

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5 Americans Accepted into ICF Level 3 Expert Coach Course

…improve their knowledge, skills, and competencies in theoretical, technical, and practical aspects of coaching and leadership. The highest level of the ICF coach program, the four-month course includes modules on exercise physiology, training theory and methodology, sport injuries, sport psychology, sport management, sport pedagogy, skills and motor development, sport technique,…

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ACA Welcomes General Manager of High-Performance Programs, Rok Sribar

The ACA is proud to welcome Rok Sribar as the new General Manager of High-Performance Programs. In this role, Rok will be responsible for leading all aspects of the ACA’s Olympic and Paralympic Programs, including the National teams management, elite athlete development, talent identification programs, and fundraising for these teams…

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ACA Board of Directors Nominations

The American Canoe Association is seeking nominees actively willing to serve on our Board of Directors. ACA’s mission is to provide leadership, structure, and support to help our members and the larger paddling community enjoy all aspects of paddling. At the most basic level, ACA’s goal is to grow the…

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Sami Hawkins – Instructor of the Month

…kayak instruction be a fun summer job, to seeing kayak instruction as her career. “The bonds and relationships forged between you and your guests on these trips cannot be paralleled,” Sami says about her work with DAK. Sami’s advice for aspiring ACA Instructors is to allow time for development and…

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2021 ACA National Award Recipients

We are proud to honor the 2021 ACA National Award Recipients! Each year, the ACA presents a series of prestigious national awards to individuals and organizations who have illustrated exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to various aspects of paddlesports. This year’s awards: Excellence in Instruction Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation…

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“Water is Life” Presentation by Silvermoon Mars LaRose

…and the Indigenous led movement to protect it.” This virtual presentation will be available to all ACA members for a donation of $5 to our DEI Fund to support future LEAD Initiative programs. Non-members are more than welcome to join as well for a donation of $7. Registration Link: https://www.americancanoe.org/events/register.aspx?id=1690901…

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Trip Report: Outdoor Alliance D.C. Advocacy Fly-in

…donate, or gift a membership to the American Canoe Association, or any of the Outdoor Alliance member groups. From someone who has worked in various aspects of the outdoor industry, I can attest that this is money well spent, sure to please even your hard-to-shop-for mother-in-law! ### About the Author…

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Joe Pina Volunteer Of The Year Award

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History

Founded in 1880 by a group of 24 notable canoeists, the ACA has grown into the nation’s largest and most active nonprofit paddlesports organization with 15,000 members and over 300 Clubs and Affiliate Organizations across the United States and the world….

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NGB Bylaws Revision Process (2016-2017)

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Green Paddle Award For Waterway Conservation