Monday, May 2, 2016

Adaptive Paddling Workshop in Charleston

Adaptive Expeditions received Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) grant funding to lead an ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) for DSUSA’s Adapt2Achieve program. 

Last weekend, volunteers and staff from DSUSA Chapters around the country came to Charleston, SC for the 3.5-day training. ACA Adaptive Paddling Instructor Trainer Joe Moore of Adaptive Expeditions led the APW with assistance from ACA staff member TJ Turner.

Starting with land-based classroom and workshop instruction, participants progressed through a half-day pool session, and concluded with a 4-hour daytrip into the Wambaw Wilderness Cypress Swamp.

For a closer look at the ACA Adaptive Paddling Program, please watch this video and visit

Friday, April 29, 2016

Call for Presenters - National Paddlesports Conference 2016!

The ACA is now accepting proposals for the 2016 National Paddlesports Conference (NPC), scheduled November 11-13, 2016.

Visit for more details. The proposal submission deadline is June 3. 

Please share this blog post with friends in your paddlesports network who might be interested in the opportunity to present at the 2016 NPC! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Get Ready for National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27!

Prepare to participate in the boating safety awareness event of the year! As a kickoff for this year’s National Safe Boating Week (May 21–27, 2016), be sure to mark your calendar for Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on Friday, May 20th. 

This kick-off celebration is part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign – simply known as Wear It! – a yearlong effort which brings together boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets.

The ACA participates in the Wear It! Campaign year after year, and we encourage you to join us in 2016 by sharing your #WearIt photos and spreading the message of #SafeBoatWeek on social media! 

ACA staffer Kelsey Bracewell sporting her PFD during the 2014 "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day."
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

New life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, allowing mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and are much cooler in the warmer weather.

Throughout the campaign, Wear It! will remind boaters of the importance of boating safely, including consistent life jacket wear, boating sober, knowing navigational rules and having a proper lookout.

This stand-up paddler wears an inflatable beltpack PFD.
Who says safety can't be comfortable? 
Stay tuned for more details and follow #SafeBoatWeek to join the conversation about safety + fun on the water.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

National Park Week

Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, gave a major conservation speech at the National Geographic Society on Tuesday, April 19th. ACA Public Policy Chief Louis Metzger attended the event. 

Following the Secretary's speech, she was interviewed by Susan Goldberg, Editor in Chief of the National Geographic.

Secretary Jewell presented a brief history of the park and public land system and noted that at this time, when national parks are being visited in record numbers, almost 307 million visits last year, the parks have almost $12 billion in maintenance expense backlog. Also, national parks and public lands are being threatened by a movement to return public lands to the states to do with as they wish, e.g. sell it off for development. 

Although Secretary Jewell did not use this term, some have called this movement "the public land heist." Secretary Jewell also presented her vision for the next 100 years and noted that rejuvenating the parks and public lands will require all of our support. 

Please let your senators and representatives know that you support the National Park Service and want public lands to remain public! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Canoe Sailing

In case you missed it... The latest issue of Canoe Sailor is out! Read it online today.

Did you know that canoes have been used for sailing since before 1870? Check out the ACA's Canoe Sailing Committee for more info on how you can give this great sport a try!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Smolen & Eichfeld are Rio Bound!

The road to Rio is a long one, but Michal Smolen and Casey Eichfeld are almost there! 

Smolen and Eichfeld both qualified at the Slalom Olympic Team Trials held at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 9th. They will be heading to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer, and we'll be cheering them on every step of the way.

Go Team USA!

Olympic Canoeist Casey Eischfeld showing love for the ACA.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Worldwide Voyage of the Hokule’a - East Coast Landings Happening Soon!

Since she was first built and launched in the 1970s, Hōkūle’a continues to bring people together from all walks of life. She is more than a voyaging canoe—she represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the World to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing.

"Currently, our compass – and indeed the world's – points toward an unsustainable future. However, as on a canoe, our ability to survive is directly dependent on our ability to help each other. By bringing together and working with scientists, educators, policy makers, business leaders and concerned citizens, we believe Hawai‘i can one day become a model of social and environmental responsibility to the world." - Polynesian Voyaging Society

On March 8, 1975, Hōkūle‘a, a performance-accurate deep sea voyaging canoe built in the tradition of ancient Hawaiian wa‘a kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe), was launched from the sacred shores of Hakipu‘u-Kualoa, in Kāne‘ohe Bay on the island of O‘ahu. She was designed by artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kāne, one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. 

The canoe was named Hōkūle‘a (“Star of Gladness”), a zenith star of Hawai‘i, which appeared to him growing ever brighter in a dream. This launching was one of many events that marked a generation of renewal for Hawai‘i’s indigenous people. Along with the renewal of voyaging and navigation traditions came a renewal of Hawaiian language, dance, chant, and many other expressions of Hawaiian culture. The renewal represented a new-found respect and appreciation for Hawaiian culture, by all of Hawai’i’s people.For the Hawaiian people, it has meant that they once again have begun to feel proud of who they are, and where they come from.

The ACA is proud to help organize the east coast landings and be a partner in this historic endeavor.

The Hōkūle‘a will have scheduled landings in:

Charleston, SC
Charleston Outdoor Festival - April 14-16th

Washington, DC
Washington Canoe Club - May 18-22nd

New York City
World Ocean Day - June 8th
Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge - June 11th