Monday, August 22, 2016

Paddler Relies on ACA Instruction to Save a Life in the Surf

"This weekend we (me and my kids) were SUP surfing at Assateague, Maryland when someone from the shore was flagging us down. Her husband had gone for a swim and was caught in a riptide. I think my forward stroke was faster then Connor Baxter. When I got there, he had just gone down. I was able to get him back up, and then I did the flip technique [I learned in my SUP course] to get him on my board and get the leash on him.

My daughter got there and we tied her board to my board and she paddled the 2 boards back to the beach. I was swimming next to the board to make sure he stayed on and was safe.

All was well—so thanks for teaching me how to flip someone on my board—it saved someones life."

- Gary Rottman, in an email to Todd Bishop (ACA L3 SUP Surf Instructor) last week.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Registration is Now Open - 2016 National Paddlesports Conference

Registration just went live for the 2016 National Paddlesports Conference in sunny Sausalito, California, November 11-13.

Visit to snag the early bird rate today. We hope to see you this fall.

Event schedule  

Pre- and Post-Conference Events

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

ACA Member Benefit: Discount on Bishop Boards

Did you know? ACA members can receive up to 40% off on Bishop SUP boards, paddles, gear, apparel, and whatever else you need to get out on the water safely, and in style!

Contact the ACA National Office for the discount code, and then visit the Bishop Boards online shop to snag a good deal. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 Midwest Canoe Symposium

The Midwest Canoe Symposium
Camp Butler - Peninsula, Ohio
September 9-11, 2016

Join us for a weekend full of paddling, great food, fun and friendship. The Midwest Canoe Symposium offers many classes and seminars-- from Canoe Poling, Freestyle Canoe, SUP, Instructor Updates and Endorsements, to Qigong and special topic classes!

The quiet water venue is ideal for people wishing to improve their paddling and precise boat control skills. Courses are offered in all skill levels and are taught by ACA certified instructors. The event is located in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and there are lots of non-paddling activities available such as hiking, biking, historic tours, shopping, etc. for friends or spouses. 

National Interpretive Freestyle Championships
Sat, Sept 11th at 6:15 p.m.

Registration Information can be found at

Don't miss out-- early bird registration ends August 22, and the final registration deadline is August 29.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Shopping? Support the ACA With Your Purchases!

You can support the ACA, at no extra cost to you, when you shop through the ACA's Amazon Smile link!

Here's how it works:

1) Visit our AmazonSmile link:

2) Shop like you normally would on

3) Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the ACA. Simple as that.

  Thanks for your support! Paddle on. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Get Stoked For The 2016 National Paddlesports Conference Nov 11-15

The 2016 National Paddlesports Conference in Sausalito, California is only 3 months away! Registration opens on August 19. A great deal of information will be posted over the next 2 weeks in anticipation of registration. Check the ACA Conference website to stay informed. 

The schedule is nearly finalized. Here is a taste of what is in store...

Pre and Post ICWs and Endorsements will include:
  • Level 4 and Level 5 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • Level 3 SUP Surf Instructor
  • SUP Yoga Endorsement
  • Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
At a minimum, instructor updates will include the disciplines of:
  • SUP
  • Coastal Kayak
  • Canoe
  • Instructor Trainer Updates will also be available
The schedule will also include several on-water and classroom educational sessions, an overnight kayaking trip to Angel Island, several gear demos, booths, and much, much more.

More information will be coming out regularly, so help get the stoke on and be ready to register on August 19.