Friday, October 24, 2014

Saving the Boundary Waters By Canoe

Amy and Dave Freeman. (Photo credit: Nate Ptacek, instagram @arborealis.)
National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy Freeman are paddling from Ely, Minnesota to Washington, DC to raise awareness of threats to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and shared waters of the Canadian border. The 100-day Paddle to DC odyssey began Sunday, August 24 near Ely, Minnesota and ends in Washington, D.C. on December 3 when a canoe covered with signatures to Save the Boundary Waters arrives in the nation’s capital. 

The Freemans are asking people along the Paddle to DC route to sign their canoe to show their support for defending the Boundary Waters from all threats, including sulfide mining. 
Amy and Dave Freeman. (Photo credit: Nate Ptacek, instagram @arborealis.) 
“Our mission is to help make sure that the Boundary Waters continue to enjoy the federal protection that has kept them wild and unspoiled for 50 years,” said Dave Freeman. 

Here's how you can help:
(Photo credit: Nate Ptacek, instagram @arborealis.) 

Amy and Dave will be paddling through the East Coast over the next month. During their journey, they are giving presentations and asking folks to paddle with them as they pass through. So far, the couple has done 23 events attended by over 1200 people, and they have paddled with over 100 people in three different cities. As they plan for events out East, Dave and Amy would love to connect more with ACA members and clubs. Check out their video below to learn more, and discover even more ways to get involved

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ACA Member Discount on Beautiful Handcrafted Wooden Paddles From Fritz Orr Canoe

Fritz Orr Selway Canoe Paddle, designed for Class III rivers to steep creeks.
We're thrilled to announce that for a limited time, ACA members will receive a 20% discount off any paddle listed at

Celebrated on the pages of Garden & Gun, Town & Country, Fox & Friends, and, Fritz Orr Canoe brings a heritage of canoeing to life through hand crafted canoe paddles. Each one is a work of art, demonstrating Fritz's commitment to superior design, craftsmanship, and stewardship. When you're not using it, we recommend hanging your Fritz Orr paddle in your house for all to see--they are that pretty. 

Fritz is also providing FREE SHIPPING on orders made before December 1, 2014. Don't miss out!

Fritz Orr Magma Stand-Up Paddle.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ACA Instructor Wins Northeast Regional Boating Educator of the Year Award!

ACA Instructor Amy Dingle at the NASBLA Conference this weekend.
ACA Instructor Amy Dingle received the Northeast Regional Boating Educator of the Year Award at the NASBLA Conference in Bar Harbor, ME, this weekend! 

Amy holds several ACA instructor certifications in kayaking, canoeing, and SUP, as well as an adaptive paddling endorsement. She currently works at Five Rivers MetroParks in Ohio. 

From all of us at the ACA, congratulations on your award, Amy! 

Looking for an ACA certified instructor near you? Download our new Paddle Ready app (it's free) and use the new "Find Instruction" feature. We've made it easier than ever to connect with our awesome instructors all over the world. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Plan Your Next Paddling Adventure With The ACA Water Trail Directory

Use the ACA Recommended Water Trail Directory to obtain more information about the water trails in your state, or in the state where you are planning your next paddling trip!

The value of this directory goes beyond simply offering a comprehensive listing. We use this tool to assist groups in establishing their own water trails, helping to not only increase waterway access, but to also protect important environmental resources. 

It is now easier than ever to view the directory and also submit your own water trails. Check out the new and improved ACA Water Trails directory today. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

ACA Stewardship Starts in Our Own Backyard

One of the cigarette receptacles installed at City Dock in Fredericksburg, VA 
Recently, through a grant funded by the Boat Owners Association of America and Keep America Beautiful, the ACA installed cigarette receptacles at strategic locations around City Dock in the ACA’s hometown of Fredericksburg, VA. The receptacles will help curb pollution from cigarette butts, one of the largest contributors to marine debris, according to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

The cigarette butt receptacles will be installed for a period of one year, during which there will be several surveys taken to determine the effectiveness of the program. If the program successfully decreases the amount of cigarette pollution at City Dock, the receptacles will become a permanent fixture in the park.

Birds-eye view of City Dock with locations of cigarette receptacles marked in red.
The ACA is involved in numerous stewardship activities on both a local and national scale. 

Need help with a project to protect waterways in your community? Don't hesitate to contact your ACA National Office Staff. We're here to help. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

ACA SUP Yoga Program

In case you missed it, we have a new SUP Yoga Program!

If you are an ACA Instructor interested in obtaining a SUP Yoga Endorsement, or a paddler wanting to take a SUP Yoga Skills Course, you'll find all the information you need at


If you have any questions about this new program, please don't hesitate to contact the ACA National Office. We're always happy to hear from you. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CCPRC Adaptive Expo

On September 28, Adaptive Paddling Instructor Trainer, Joe Moore, led a team of ACA Instructors to adapt sea kayaks, paddles and other equipment, helping dozens of individuals with physical disabilities get onto the water with comfort, performance and style at the Adaptive Recreation Expo at Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s (CCPRC’s) James Island County Park.

“We are excited to offer this recreational opportunity for our patrons who have physical limitations,” CCPRC’s Assistant Director of Recreation Susie Goudy said. “It is our goal to continue to expand our programming for this under-served population, offering more opportunities throughout the year."

CCPRC hosts several ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshops each year.

To learn more about the ACA's Adaptive Paddling Program, please visit and click on the Adaptive tab.