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Public Policy Initiatives

ACA - representing all paddlersThe ACA is the primary organization advocating on behalf of paddlers at the local, state, and federal levels on a range of public policy issues pertinent to paddlers:

  • Work towards greater access to rivers, streams, lakes, bays and coastlines
  • Represents paddlers in meetings concerning lifejacket wear
  • Addresses paddlesports education standards from state to state
  • Represents paddlers in meetings concerning boat registration issues
  • Represents paddlers with state and federal entities

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Additional Information:

The ACA works with the following organizations in regards to public policy issues related to paddlesports:

  • American Whitewater (AW
  • Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
  • National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)
  • National Boating Federation (NBF)
  • National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC)
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)
  • National Water Safety Congress (NWSC)
  • Outdoor Alliance (OA)
  • Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK
  • Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA)
  • Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA
  • Stand Up Paddle Industry Association (SUPIA
  • United Safe Boating Institute (USBI)
  • U.S. Coast Guard (Headquarters and District level)
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux)
  • Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA)
more Event Calendar

9/29/2017 » 11/30/2017
Europe Whitewater & Rescue Symposium

10/2/2017 » 11/30/2017
Level 5: Advanced Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop

11/15/2017 » 11/27/2017
SEIC Nominations are open

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ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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