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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
ICW Resource for Instructor Trainers & Educators »
The sample ICW presentation has been updated.  Feel free to use some, all or none in your next Instructor Certificati...
Friday, March 30, 2018   (2 Comments - view/add)
Spring 2018 - SEIC Updates for Instructors »
The most recent SEIC Discipline Committee Meetings were held on March 2, 2018. They were followed by the collective SEIC m...
Friday, March 16, 2018
Adaptive Paddling Summit - Save the Date »
Save the Date for the ACA's 2nd Adaptive Paddling Summit hosted by Adaptive Expeditions.   November 2-4,...
Friday, February 23, 2018
SUP Panel Presentation in Lexington, KY »
Join ACA Chief Operating Officer Chris Stec and SUPIA Executive Director Kristin Thomas for a SUP Presentation at the Inte...
Monday, February 12, 2018
Safety Education & Instruction Council Meeting »
Participate in the Safety Education & Instruction Council Meeting (SEIC) - and make a difference in paddlesport educat...
Monday, January 29, 2018
International Boating & Water Safety Summit »
Register by Feb. 5 for #IBWSS18   Don't miss out on the  International Boating and Water Safety Sum...
Friday, January 26, 2018
Paddlesports Standards - St. Pete Beach, FL »
Join ACA Chief Operating Officer Chris Stec and FL State Director Tommy Thompson to learn more about the National On-Water...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Vote for your Discipline Representatives »
2017 SEIC Discipline Committee Elections Every two years, the ACA's Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC)...
Monday, November 27, 2017
Whitewater Rescue Field Guide - now available »
This field guide is the result of over 40 years in the field as a professional river guide and 25 years as a professional...
Saturday, November 18, 2017
SEIC Nominations now being accepted »
Every two years, the ACA's Safety Education & Instruction Council requests nominations and elects voting and affiliate...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
On Water Standards Survey »
This short multiple-choice survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.  It's purpose is to establish a baseline fo...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Nantahala River - National Paddlesports Conference »
Registration is still open for the 10th annual ACA National Paddlesports Conference to be held at the Nantahala Outdoor Ce...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Swiftwater Rescue Conference - registration open! »
Registration for the 3rd ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference is now open!
Friday, July 14, 2017
Kayak Touring Videos - released »
The ACA is proud to release the first three videos in the ACA Kayak Touring Instructional series!   With 1...
Friday, July 7, 2017
Kayak Fishing Videos »
Did you Know?   In partnership with Heliconia Press, the ACA has produced 12 videos for Kayak Fishing....
Friday, June 30, 2017
Online Paddlesports Course »
The ACA has partnered with Boat-Ed to bring you an online paddlesports course.   Learn more...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
ACA's Fall Conferences »
This fall, the ACA is hosting two conferences in the U.S. and two in Europe.   Learn more...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Prodeals for ACA Instructors »
We are proud to announce some amazing new prodeals, and also remind you of the great companies that have already been work...
Monday, April 17, 2017   (1 Comment - view/add)
Can the US and Canada teach Canoeing Together? »
IS TANDEM CANOEING DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES? Friday, April 21, 2017 Charleston Outdoor Festival...
Friday, March 31, 2017
Europe Whitewater and Rescue Symposium »
The mission of the ACA's inaugural Whitewater & Rescue Symposium is to provide training and certification opportunitie...
Friday, March 24, 2017
SWR Conference - schedule posted »
The 3rd ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference's first look at the schedule is now posted online. Registration opens in Jun...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Paddlecraft Modules for BSA »
NEW PADDLE CRAFT SAFETY MODULES Safety Afloat expects those supervising Scout boating activities to have knowledge...
Monday, February 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
SWR Conference - Call for Presenters »
The 3rd ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference is requesting submissions for presentations. Submission deadline is April 3,...
Sunday, February 12, 2017
On Water Standards - survey »
National On-Water Standards (NOWS) Program Launches National Survey Portsmouth, RI (February 9, 2017)  ...
Friday, February 10, 2017
Surfski Curriculum & Courses »
In 2017, the ACA is launching a new Surfski curriculum. We are excited about working with this community of paddlers....
Friday, January 20, 2017
Rock Gardens & Sea Caves Course »
Ever wanted to stick your bow into a sea cave, or play around in coastal rock gardens? If so, the ACA has a course fo...
Friday, January 6, 2017
Save the Date - 2017 NPC »
Save the Date and join fellow paddlers in western North Carolina for the 2017 National Paddlesports Conference....
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
New SEIC Structure: At-Large & International Members »
The Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC) has updated the way volunteers are chosen to serve on it's Disciplin...
Friday, December 2, 2016
Excellence in Instruction - Ben Lawry »
The prestigious Excellence in Instruction Award is presented to an ACA member for his or her outstanding contribution to p...
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Excellence in Instruction Award - Lyle Phetteplace »
2016 - Lyle Phetteplace Lyle is a currently certified ACA Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer and Level 4:...
Monday, October 31, 2016
Attention Instructors - SEIC Bylaw Revision meeting »
The SEIC Meeting is open to all ACA Instructors, or other individuals from the paddling community, who are interested in m...
Friday, October 28, 2016
SEIC Meeting »
Join fellow ACA Instructors and volunteers from across the country in Sausalito, CA...and make a positive difference for p...
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Discipline Committee Meetings »
Join fellow ACA Instructors in Sausalito, CA for the SEIC's Discipline Committee Meetings on November 9th.  Open...
Monday, October 17, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Kayak Camping on Angel Island? »
Kayak camping on Angel Island is just one of the many unique experiences you can have at the 2016 ACA National Paddlesport...

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