Thursday, April 24, 2014

ACA Pro School Spotlight

NaturPur is situated in Austria near Vienna. They offer skills development classes for beginner through advanced paddlers, as well as ACA Instructor and Trainer certifications in Sea Kayak or Canoe. 



Whether you want to spend an afternoon in the Danube National Park, take an educational course, or go on a multi-day trip, NaturPur will lead the way! The pro school also lends out state-of-the-art equipment like wenonah canoes or current design kayaks.

ACA Pro Schools are some of the best organizations in the world to find top quality ACA certified instruction. Current ACA members also receive discounts on certain Pro School instructional programs. 

To see a full list of ACA Pro Schools, click here

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paddling for Mental Health Awareness Month

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the ACA is collaborating with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and Recovery in Motion (RIM) for a day of wellness on the water! The event, ACA FOR RIM, will take place on May 2nd, 2014. 

ACA for RIM will give individuals with mental health challenges an opportunity to learn about the Rappahannock River ecosystem, marine debris removal and river safety. Participants will meet at City Dock, be transported by FOR to Old Mill Park, and then canoe back to City Dock. 



For more information, please visit our event calendar. We are thrilled to partner with FOR and RIM for this important cause. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

The 34th Annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race



This classic Fredericksburg event takes place every year on the first Saturday in June. Races are open to participants of all ages and include both whitewater and flatwater canoeing, kayaking, SUP, and canoe poling competitions.

When: Saturday, June 7th, 2014
WhereFredericksburg, VA (Old Mill Park)

Online registration will be available in early May, or you may register on-site starting at 7:45am on race day at Old Mill Park.

The GRWCR is part of the ACA's annual Paddle Green Event--Celebrate the Rapp! This all-day, stewardship-focused event features environmental education programs, on-water paddling instruction, and river clean-ups. Plus, enjoy an outdoor showing of the year's best paddling films from around the world, courtesy of the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Go Wild

April 19-27th is National Park Week!


Did you know that with over 401 parks coast to coast, most Americans are less than 100 miles from a national park experience? Plus, all park entry fees will be waived this weekend (April 19-20), so there's no excuse to stay indoors.

Happy paddling!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friends Don't Let Friends Paddle Without a Lifejacket

The Sea Tow Foundation has selected the ACA as one of their life jacket loaner stand hosts for 2014! 



Located at Motts Run Reservoir in Fredericksburg, VA, our new life jacket loaner stand joins more than 200 other stands already established around the country by the Sea Tow Foundation. 

Please visit www.boating safety.com to find the loaner stand nearest you!



Fast fact: 85% of all fatal boating accident victims were not wearing a life jacket.

Don't be a victim. Wear your life jacket and make your friends do the same.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ACA Pro School Spotlight

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures provides comprehensive sea and surf kayaking instruction and assessments, paddle board instruction, guided tours, environmental education, and team building programs.

The pro school also offers kayak and paddle board rentals and sales, as well as unique adventure trips along coastal Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the Caribbean. 

Visit ospreyseakayak.com for more information today!



ACA Pro Schools are some of the best organizations across the country to find top quality ACA certified instruction. Current ACA members also receive discounts on certain Pro School instructional programs. 

To see a full list of ACA Pro Schools, click here