Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
I thought of two ladies that tow a trailer of boats every year from Houston, Texas to North Carolina for Carolina Canoe Club's annual "Week of Rivers". Two ladies who volunteer every day of that week of their vacation to lead beginner and novice boaters down rivers that they've never done before; runs that will likely form the most important lasting impression in those new boaters' minds of what paddling is all about for them for the rest of their lives. Two ladies that represent what ACA paddlers and paddlesports are all about to a whole new group of eager paddlers, year after year.
These ladies are Susan Eda and Pat Isley of Houston, Texas. Susan and Pat started attending Week of Rivers in 1987 after having been shown these rivers by other experienced paddlers in NC. The camaraderie and mentoring they experienced in this kind of paddling group was not lost on Susan and Pat. They quickly realized that they too could be a part of this never-ending chain and took up the role of mentor for a whole new generation.
Susan and Pat are both ACA and American Red Cross Instructor Trainers in Canoeing. Susan is also a Kayaking Instructor for both organizations. In Texas, they lead the Spring Woods Canoe Group, which is a group of volunteer instructors who teach canoeing, kayaking, and rescue skills to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the general public.
If those credentials don't qualify as "Paddling Heros", I don't know what can. You can probably find these heros in every ACA Paddle America Club across North America. I make it a point every year to thank them for what they mean to our club and our sport. Who are your paddling heros?
ACA Board of Directors and Secretary
River and Coastal Kayaking Instructor
Friday, April 16, 2010
Whether it's either of the two new ACA books, recent educational DVD's produced under U.S. Coast Guard grants, or apparel for the lake, coast or river, visit www.americancanoe.org and browse the new ACA Store.
There are even titles from industry leaders: Kent Ford, Ben Lawry, Janet Zeller, Charlie Walbridge and Cliff Jacobson!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
We are now located less than a block from the Rappahannock River adjacent to a new downtown park and boat dock.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Join ACA Director of Safety Education & Instruction Jeremy Oyen and ACA Board President Robin Pope at the 20th annual East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival.
For more information about ACA events across the country, visit our Event Calendar.
Friday, April 9, 2010
April 11-17, 2010
To learn about other programs that your ACA supports in regards to responsible use of our water resources, please visit: www.americancanoe.org/stewardship
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The ACA teams up with the American Red Cross:
Washington, DC [March 2010] – The American Red Cross and collaborating organizations – such as the American Canoe Association, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts – are now recruiting instructors nationwide for the new American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, which is designed for scouts, paddlers, hikers, other outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments.
Collaborating agencies seek instructors who will help meet training needs within their own organizations as well as that of others. With the course just released, the immediate goal is to develop widespread instructor capacity, which then can meet demand for the basic level training.
The new Wilderness and Remote First Aid course fills a real need across the country. Immediate care can help save lives and prevent serious injuries; and this course is an excellent means to help protect people who spend time outdoors for work or play.
Instructor candidates for this new program include scout leaders, canoeing and kayaking instructors, guides, camp directors, camp counselors, outdoor leaders, park rangers, teachers and adult youth leaders. Experience in the outdoors is recommended. Instructor candidates must be at least 17 years of age and have a valid basic-level certificate in Wilderness and Remote First Aid from the American Red Cross or equivalent training from another agency.
Any current American Red Cross instructor or instructor trainer in Emergency Response, Lifeguarding or Lay Responder First Aid/CPR/AED can easily bridge over to a Wilderness and Remote First Aid authorization through obtaining copies of the texts and participating in a few hours of online training. Red Cross instructors can find all the information they need and access to the online bridging course through the American Red Cross Instructor’s Corner (https://www.instructorscorner.org/RedCross).
A special class for new instructors is being conducted April 16-18, 2010 at Ft. Fisher North Carolina – For more information and registration, go to this website: http://preparednessandresponseconference.com Check it weekly for updates and news about this and other training.
The new 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives people the skills needed to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. The course includes training on:
· Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries
· Heat-Related Emergencies
· Altitude-Related Illnesses
· Allergies and Anaphylaxis
· Bone and Joint Injuries
· Wounds and Wound Infection
The course also offers enhanced content and topics to meet OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs—particularly important for occupational environments that are impacted by federal regulations.
The course is based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, which were developed by a joint task force involving Boy Scouts, Red Cross, and a number of subject matter experts from a number of backgrounds, including Wilderness Medical Society. Many of these same experts worked on developing the new Red Cross program. Further, it has been reviewed and/or supported by the American Camp Association, American Canoe Association, National Recreation and Park Association, and JCC Association.
To find out how you can become an instructor or participate in Wilderness and Remote First Aid training, contact your local Red Cross Chapter, go to www.redcross.org
To find out more about what the ACA is doing on your behalf, visit: www.americancanoe.org
Sunday, April 4, 2010
We'll be located less than a blcok from the Rappahannock River adjacent to a new downtown park and boat dock.
Friday, April 2, 2010
- Date: April 10-11, 2010
- Location: Fredericksburg, VA
- Venue: Rappahannock River
- Register: NOW!