Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Prone Kayaking Curriculum Discussion

At the upcoming Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC) meeting, Instructors and Instructor Trainers will be discussing whether or not to add a Prone Kayaking Curriculum to the ACA's National Paddlesports Instruction Program.

Before then, the SEIC wants to hear what you think on the matter! To make your voice heard, call the ACA conference line on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at 7pm ET and participate in the conversation. 

For more information, and instructions for joining the conference call, please click here

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Water Trails

Whether you travel north or south this year, two new national water trails provide the opportunity to explore and connect to America’s waterways.

Recognizing the achievements of federal, state, and local partners, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has designated the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail and the Huron River Water Trail as the 17th and 18th trails of the National Water Trails System. 

“Expanding water trails nationwide improves the environment and adds value to local economies,” said Secretary Jewell. “The National Water Trail System helps people discover the natural beauty and history of local places and provides fun opportunities for families to explore the world around them.”

Click here to read the full news release from The National Park Service.

Looking for water trails near you? Check out the ACA Recommended Water Trail Directory

Friday, January 23, 2015

Funding For Your Stewardship Efforts

We are thrilled to announce that we will be offering the L.L. Bean Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Grants for the 13th year in a row! 

The CFS Grant Program provides funding to local and regional paddling clubs and organizations that undertake stewardship projects on waterways in their area. The purpose of the program is to encourage paddling clubs to take an active role in protecting and improving the nation's waterways. 

CFS grants are available for projects that utilize volunteers in efforts to protect, maintain or restore recreational waterways, to provide for or improve public access, or to enhance safe navigation. Eligible projects include: cleaning up waterways, clearing in-stream safety hazards, maintaining access areas, erecting signs and controlling erosion, establishing and maintaining paddle trails, acquiring threatened access points, and providing sanitary facilities. Grant amounts range from $100-$1,000.

Applications will be available online starting February 2, 2015, so be sure to check back then!

In the meantime, you can learn more about the CFS Grant Program here

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Life Jackets for All!

The Sea Tow Foundation is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations and state boating agencies around the country to host a life jacket loaner program in their local areas. The application and additional information can be found on the front page of the Sea Tow website: www.boatingsafety.com

If you know of a boating agency in your area that would benefit from having a life jacket loaner stand and a set of life jackets from the Sea Tow Foundation, please feel free to pass this information on to them. Our goal is to make sure that everyone has access to life jackets that they can borrow for free and will wear while spending time on or around the water. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Alabama Cup Races Coming Up

It is that time of year again! The holidays are over, the rivers are running and the Alabama Cup Races are just around the corner. Race Dates are:
  • Locust Fork Invitational - Feb. 7 & 8, 2015
  • Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races - March 7 & 8, 2015
  • Locust Fork Whitewater Classic - March 28 & 29, 2015
Visit www.alabamacupraces.com to register today.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NASBLA's Education Standards Panel Welcomes New Members

ACA Board Member Robin Pope has been appointed to NASBLA's National Education Standards Panel for the 2015-2017 term. 

The 15-member panel is charged with reviewing, developing and revising the National Boating Education Standards using open, consensus-based procedures conforming to the Essential Requirements for Due Process of American National Standards Institute. Interest categories are Public, Commercial, State Boating Agency, Federal Boating Agency and Non-Governmental/Nonprofit Organization.

Learn more about ACA Public Policy work here

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you're getting out on the water today, be sure to leave it better than you found it. And don't forget to take advantage of free entry to National Parks!

Paddle on.

(The ACA office is currently closed and will reopen Tuesday, January 20.)