Friday, February 12, 2016


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Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket. Drowning is the reported cause of death in three-fourths of all boating fatalities – and 84 percent of drowning victims in recreational boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket in 2014. 

Life jackets only work if you wear them. 

Your safety is our number one priority. For more tips on how to take care of yourself (and others) out on the water, check out our YouTube playlist.

You can also visit for our top 10 tips on how to paddle smart. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Share the Love of Paddling this Valentine's Day!

On February 14, give your valentine an ACA Gift Membership so they can support safe, enjoyable paddling and protection of America's recreational waterways.

Visit our estore to purchase an ACA Gift Membership today. After you make your purchase, we will send you a card that you can print out and give to your loved one. 

Thank you for supporting the nation's oldest paddlesports nonprofit organization. The ACA is able to fulfill its mission because of the generosity of members and donors like you. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

21st Annual Quietwater Symposium

The Quiet Water Society is proud to announce the dates for our 21st symposium. As we begin a third decade of “Outdoor Michigan’s Favorite Indoor Show” we embrace the same principles with the same fervor that prompted the originators of The Quiet Water Symposium in 1995. The 2015 symposium smashed all previous attendance records and with your help we will do it again in 2016. 

The 21st Annual Quiet Water Symposium will be held once again on the campus of Michigan State University in conjunction with Michigan State University’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Week.

More information is available here

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last Day to Enter Our Photo Contest!

Photo by Keith Vincent
Today is the last day to submit your photo to be considered for the "Photo of the Month" feature in the March issue of Paddle! This is a great chance to get your photo out in front of a wide audience.

Here is how it works:

  • Email your entries by Friday, February 5th, 2016, to Catharine Lloyd, ACA Communications Coordinator, at 
  • Type "Photo Contest - March 2016" in the email subject line 
  • You may enter up to 5 photos at a time
  • High-resolution photos preferred
Thanks! We can't wait to see your snaps! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Save the Date: 2016 National Paddlesports Conference

Have you marked your calendar yet? The 2016 ACA National Paddlesports Conference will take place November 11-13, 2016, in Sausalito, California! 

This conference will feature exciting events for paddlers of all experience levels, family paddling opportunities, educational sessions, and more.

Visit for more information, and be sure to save the date! We hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2016 Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Grant Applications Now Available!

Since 2002, the ACA has partnered with L.L. Bean to sponsor the Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Program in order to provide funding to local and regional paddling clubs and organizations that undertake stewardship projects on waterways in their area.

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.

Learn more and then fill out an application today!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Merger Talks Resume between ACA & USACK

The board of directors of ACA and USA Canoe/Kayak have restarted their partnership and will be moving forward with plans for a merger.

In the meantime, the ACA will continue to provide membership, database, insurance, website and financial services to USACK members.

We will continue to post updates to as they become available.