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Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race

Join us for the 40th Annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race to be held on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia! This family-friendly race features events for everyone! Choose from a 5-mile downriver race or a 1-mile sprint! With assistance from our free river shuttle service, you have the opportunity…

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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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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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J. Henry Rushton Award

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Legends of Paddling

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Instructor of the Month

The ACA is proud to recognize certified instructors who have gone above and beyond, and who are making significant strides in their communities and to the sport of paddling overall. Submit a nomination here….

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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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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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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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“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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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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Introducing the ACA Instructor Scholarship Fund

In response to recent interest in a scholarship program for aspiring ACA instructors, the ACA Office staff have created a path through which people may contribute/pay for a year of membership & SEIC dues for an instructor candidate, as well as an application process for those seeking sponsorship. The office…

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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Sky an Oar for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

…and FUNDRAISING such as this paddle race. We have proudly donated over $500/year to them the last 5 years. Approximately 90% of their recipients are Veterans, they are all custom trained for the recipient and are never sold but DONATED to their recipients. This year we may even have a…

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Level 3: Coastal Kayaking Skills Assessment

…week includes a food and lodging package and can be taken as an L3 skills training or an L4 skills training and assessment or as an L3 Instructor update. Basically, you have access to an L3 IT and L4 Instructor all week to do customized instruction. Limit 5 participants…two coaches….

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Wilderness First Aid for Paddlers

…their persons in the performance of their duties, as improvisational concepts are an important aspect of this course, and participants should also be equipped with a headlamp for the evening exercise if one is desired by the course host. All mandatory program supplies and course field guide are provided by…

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Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course

Please visit this site to register: https://registration.cityofbartlett.org/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C1003

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Level 2: Essentials of Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

…with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association. Students aspiring to be certified as SUP instructors will need to have current certifications in both CPR and First Aid. Goals for this course include: -to become familiar with current educational theory as it applies to paddle instruction -to develop…

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Level 2: Essentials of Canoe Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

…instructional techniques and familiarize you with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association. Students aspiring to be certified as canoe instructors will need to have current certifications in both CPR and First Aid. Goals for this course include: -to become familiar with current educational theory as it applies…

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Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course

Please visit this website to register: https://registration.cityofbartlett.org/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C1013

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Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

…and familiarize you with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association. Students aspiring to be certified as canoe instructors will need to have current certifications in both CPR and First Aid. Goals for this course include: -to become familiar with current educational theory as it applies to paddle…

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Level 4: Whitewater Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

2-day ACA Level 3-4 Instructor Workshop for Level 2, 3, or 4 Instructors. Level 2 SUP Instructors with a strong experience base in river SUP may pursue instructor a certification “upgrade”, and Level 3 or 4 instructors can pursue certification “updates” or “upgrades’ (if Level 3 aspiring to Level 4)….

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Level 3: Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Skills Assessment

…with friends and family this summer, our course will cover all aspects of competent leadership so you can stay safe on the water. Time is split between classroom learning and on-water exercises, covering navigation, trip planning, group management, incident avoidance, boat handling, towing, rescues, hypothermia, LNT camping, meal planning, and…

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President’s Award

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Level 4: Whitewater Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

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Level 3: River Packrafting Skills Course

We have some spots open on our August Intermediate Packrafting Course!

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ACA Pro Schools

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Excellence In Instruction Award

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Stroke Of Achievement Award

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Athletes

Successful athletes learn, develop, and achieve physical, mental, and emotional fulfillment in the sport. The following recommendations are designed to help athletes achieve their goals and maximize their potential in paddlesports: Seek to develop physical literacy and sport skills every day. Use multi-sport activities and cross-training to help build physical,…

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For Clubs

Paddling clubs who have a current ACA Paddle America Club membership and adhere to ACA’s risk management requirements are eligible to participate in ACA’s insurance program. This program provides year-round general liability coverage to club members (who are also ACA members), event members, coaches, event organizers, and administrators arising from…

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Joe Pina Volunteer Of The Year Award

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Resources

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For Affiliates/Event Organizers

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For Outfitters & Guides

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Green Paddle Award For Waterway Conservation

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Programs