Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bluewater, Blackwater, Whitewater

A 10,000 Islands Everglades momentHopefully no one needs reminding about the importance of water. Whether it is viewed as providing life sustaining nourishment or a medium for recreation, water plays a role in everyone's daily life.

From the open ocean or waves crashing onto a beach, to tidal marshes and tannin stained creeks, to the white froth of rapids in a river, the ACA strives daily to make sure we have access to these natural resources. In addition, the ACA promotes responsible stewardship of these water environments as well as proper education before stepping into a boat. For example, always wear your lifejacket while paddling, whether it's on a peaceful lake or navigating the Wilderness Waterway Trail in the Florida Everglades.

There are those in our organization who focus on the thrills of class IV, whereas others spend their time on expeditions off the coast of mainlands and islands around the world. Other ACA members devote their paddling time by taking trips with friends to nearby rivers, maybe even at a local state park. Still others concentrate on educating the public about the joys (and hazards) associated with pushing a boat off from shore.

So, whether you paddle on bluewater, blackwater or whitewater, the ACA is here for you, and has been since 1880.

To learn more about what we do on behalf of all paddlers, visit www.americancanoe.org.

Chris Stec on the Selway River, Idaho
Paddle Safe - Paddle Often,
Christopher Stec
Safety Education & Instruction Department

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