Thursday, March 26, 2015

Design a Life Jacket to Win 10K

The BoatUS Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition is your chance to create the life jacket of your dreams. Unconventional designs are encouraged, and participants can submit either a theoretical design or a working prototype.

All entries are due by April 15, 2015. The top prize is $10,000! Need we say more?

Get additional information on the competition here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Did You Survive a Dangerous Paddling Situation? We Want to Hear About it!

As part of an upcoming grant project, the ACA is currently looking for paddlers who are willing to talk about their narrow-escapes out on the water. If you have survived a scary experience while paddling, this is your opportunity to transform that experience into something that could help others. Your stories will be used in an animated memoir-style video to educate viewers about safe paddling practices. 

Please email a summary of your story to Catharine Lloyd, ACA Communications Coordinator, at 

**The deadline for submissions is this Friday, March 27.**

Thank you, and paddle safe!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bring the Olympic Spirit to Your City!

Attention all ACA-affiliated clubs and organizations! Host an Olympic Day celebration this June to connect the Olympic Movement with your organization. Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day on June 23, 1894, Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while promoting the Olympic values – excellence, friendship and respect – and the three Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – in every corner of the globe.

For more information, check out

Olympic Day can be associated with a pre-existing event or distinguished as a standalone celebration. Registration is simple and free – to sign up, visit or click the button below. 

Each event host will receive a complimentary Olympic Day flag and Team USA stickers along with the opportunity to host an Olympian or Paralympian at their celebration.

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Swiftwater Rescue Conference

Mark your calendar. This is one event you won't want to miss!

The 2015 ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference will focus on a series of on-water safety and rescue educational sessions taught by the best of the best in swiftwater rescue instruction. In addition, there will be a range of social functions, including BBQ and mountain music on Saturday night. For those simply looking for an Instructor Update, you can accomplish that too, but there will be so much more available in the realm of on-water rescue!

More info on our website. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring has Sprung

Today is the official start of Spring, and here at the ACA we couldn't be more excited to kick off the 2015 paddling season! Whether you're new to SUP, or you've got some experience under your beltpack PFD, we think you'll enjoy these 10 Tips on How to be a Good Beginner from Katie of the Distressed Mullet. Because aren't we all just perpetual beginners, when you really think about it?

We especially like #4 on Katie's list. Safety and instruction are crucial if you want to have fun on the water. A great way to find ACA certified instructors near you is to download our free app, Paddle Ready and use the "Find Instruction" feature. Give it a try and let us know what you think! 

Thanks for all the advice, Katie. Truer words were never spoken: "It pays to take some lessons so you paddle correctly. Paddling the right way means less work. Less work equals more fun...[and] the entire point of paddling is to have fun."

Paddle on.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ACA Stewardship Initiatives Update

The ACA joined 47 other members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to thank President Obama for his “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which waves entrance fees to public lands for fourth graders and their families during the 2015-2016 school year.

Click here to read our letter and check out the other ways that ACA staff, Paddle America Clubs, and volunteers across the country are working on behalf of all paddlers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

International Paddling Film Festival in Richmond, VA

On Saturday, March 21st, the ACA will be hosting the 10th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond, VA!

2908 West Cary Street 
Richmond, VA 23221  

Doors: 1:30 pm

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online here or at the door. 

All proceeds will go to the ACA's Stream to Sea Initiative, our flagship stewardship program that promotes and organizes inland waterway cleanups as a method of combating marine debris pollution. 

With 23 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the ten festival category winners, audiences can expect to see stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. 

We hope to see you there!

Not in Virginia? The 2015 World Tour is travelling to more than 100 cities and hosted by paddling shops, clubs, schools and theatres. Click here for the full tour schedule.