Friday, December 19, 2014

Gifts From the Heart

This holiday season, the ACA Staff all chipped in to make Christmas wishes come true for local children in foster care, through the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services "Gifts From the Heart" assistance program. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to help those in need this holiday season. Warm wishes to all!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Swiftwater Rescue Lesson: Unpinning a Canoe or Kayak

Take a look at this video featuring ACA Instructor Trainer Educator, Walter Felton, as he explains proper techniques for unpinning a canoe or kayak. 

Want to learn more? Don't miss the 2nd annual ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference happening in North Carolina next fall. Find more information here:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ACA Wins 1st Place in Association TRENDS 2014 All-Media Contest

The ACA has been honored with a gold award in the "CD, Video, Podcast or PSA" category of Association TRENDS' 2014 All-Media Contest for its Top 10 Tips for Canoeing and Kayaking Safely video. It was one of nearly 410 entries in the association publications contest. 

The ACA, with funding from the U.S. Coast Guard, partnered with Anzovin Studio to create this educational animated video with the goal of empowering paddlers to take responsibility for their personal safety on the water. In addition to this canoe and kayak video, another similar video was created for the stand up paddling crowd.

“Our hope is that these videos will not only entertain viewers but also impart crucial safety messages that stick,” says Catharine Lloyd, ACA Communications Coordinator and project manager of the USCG grant responsible for producing the videos. 

The TRENDS All-Media Contest is an annual competition held exclusively for associations, recognizing the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. 

The ACA will be presented with the award at the 36th Annual Salute to Association Excellence, to be held February 6, 2015 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. 

If you haven't seen these animated videos yet, you can watch them both here

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Share the Love of Paddling

Give your paddling friend or family member 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 gift recipient. 

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, December 15, 2014

Join the Fight Against Marine Debris!

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Of the estimated 6.14 million tons of debris that enter marine environments each year, 80% of it is land based trash that enters from freshwater rivers and streams. Who better to help prevent the accumulation of marine debris than us paddlers?

Click here to learn more about the ACA Stream to Sea Initiative, and become part of the solution. 

Paddle sustainably with the ACA!

Friday, December 12, 2014

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 your story and contact information to Catharine Lloyd, ACA Communications Coordinator, at

Thank you, and paddle safe!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Have You Downloaded Our New Paddling App Yet?

Paddle Ready, the ACA's new app, is FREE for iPhone and Android users! In addition to being super simple and easy to use, here are 5 more things Paddle Ready helps you do:
  1. Fill out a float plan and email it to your friends 
  2. Find an ACA instructor near you
  3. Get real-time river levels and weather (surf and tidal forecasting coming soon!)
  4. Have Paddle Safety Checklists for various paddling environments at your fingertips
  5. Use the Safety and Rescue How-to Videos to keep your knowledge current
Download Paddle Ready today for your iPhone or Android device and let us know what you think. We look forward to taking your feedback into consideration as we continue to expand and improve the app moving forward. 

All app feedback can be sent directly to ACA Communications Coordinator, Catharine Lloyd, at 

Paddle often, paddle safe.