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Slalom Nationals. Photo Courtesy of John ThompsonThe ACA is committed to developing and promoting athletic competition in paddlesport at the local, regional and national levels. In order to maintain consistent rules and safety standards for paddling events throughout the United States, the ACA provides governance for several non-Olympic paddlesport disciplines through the National Competition Council and various National Activity Committees. The ACA uses the term "discipline" to refer to the type of paddling activity, which is determined by the type of paddle craft and the waterway on which it is used.




Since February of 2015, the ACA has partnered with USA Canoe/Kayak(USACK), the current National Governing Body(NGB) for Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports in the United States. To learn more about this transition process, please visit:







Through an extensive network of local volunteers, and partnerships with other organizations, the ACA sanctions over 200 races and produces 6 national championships each year.

For a race near you, visit the ACA's Competition Calendar.




International Canoe Federation (ICF) Disciplines:


U.S. Center for SafeSport


The U.S. Center for SafeSport works collaboratively with sport organizations to ensure a culture of safety through our awareness, education and training programs, so that every athlete is safe, supported and strengthened through sport.

Once the ACA becomes the National Governing Body(NGB) for paddlesports in the U.S., certain membership types (Racing, Officials, Coaches, Staff, Board members) will need to adhere to the ACA's SafeSport Policies and complete a free online training.



National Competition Council Governance:

  • National Competition Council Bylaws (PDF)
  • National Competition Council Voting Protocols (PDF)



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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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