Friday, July 30, 2010

ACA on TV?

ACA Executive Director Wade Blackwood recently had a chance to speak on regional TV.

Not only was the ACA highlighted, but also Friends of the Rappahannock and our great home city of Fredericksbuirg, VA!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Excellence in Instruction Award

2009 Award Winner - Tom Lindblade
Nominate any paddlesports Instructor or Instructor Trainer for the ACA's prestigious Excellence in Instruction Award .
This national award is presented each year at the National Paddlesports Conference.

Previous recipients have included:

  • Tom Lindblade
  • Randy Carlson
  • Robin Pope
  • Gordon Black
  • Sam Fowlkes
  • Bruce Lessels
  • Greg Wolfe
  • Mike Aronoff
  • Pam Dillon
  • James Patton

Nomination Forms are available online:

Final deadline for all nominations is Monday, September 6.

2008 Award Winner - Randy Carlson

Monday, July 26, 2010

ACA National Paddlesports Conference

Experience the fall colors in western North Carolina...

and while you're there, join the ACA at the National Paddlesports Conference.
November 5-7, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

ACA's Annual Encampment

The ACA's Annual Encampment starts this Sunday, July 25 and runs through August 16.

Join other paddlers for all or part of this unique ACA member benefit.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ACA & New York City?

ACA's Camp Sebago
That's right, just a mere 45 minutes from Manhatten lies the ACA's Camp Sebago.

Managed by the volunteer's of the ACA's Atlantic Division, this is an ideal lake located in the Harriman State Park that is perfect for paddling , canoe sailing, fishing, and spending time with your family.

Plus, this is an exclusive ACA member benefit.

"My two year old son caught his first fish at Camp Sebago. We were sitting on the boat dock on the north side of the peninsula. My wife and I will never forget it." - Chris Stec, ACA Chief Operating Officer

Camp Sebago

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ACA National Paddlesports Conference

ACA National Paddlesports Conference - Asheville, NC
Looking to learn a new skill...

take an Instructor Update...

kayak by the Biltmore House maybe...

Join the ACA in Asheville, NC for the National Paddlesports Conference

Registration is now open.

Monday, July 19, 2010

NFCT 10th Anniversary

Join the ACA in celebrating the Northern Forest Canoe Trail's 10th Anniversary.

  • Where: Rangeley, Maine
  • When: This Saturday, July 24
In addition to the festivities, the ACA will be conducting two presentations. Join us for the day or the weekend!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

ACA Open Canoe Slalom Nationals and North American Championships

The American Canoe Association, in cooperation with host Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) and sponsor Subaru of America, will hold the 2010 Open Canoe Slalom Nationals & North American Championships August 6-8 in McHenry, MD.

For details on the event visit

ACA Members can participate in the Subaru VIP program and receive a discount when purchasing a new Subaru vehicle.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sebago Canoe Club

Paddling Club Event
If you have a human-powered boat, join the Sebago Canoe Club tomorrow, July 17th on Jamaica Bay!

Cost = FREE!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

ACA National Paddlesports Conference

Lake Fontana near Asheville, NC
Top quality educational sessions from paddlesport experts from coast to coast.
Registration is now open, but limited to the first 200 canoeists, kayakers and rafters...
  • November 5-7, 2010
  • Asheville, NC

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Paddling Club Award

2005 Award Winning Club
Nominate your paddling club for the ACA's Stroke of Achievement Award.

This national award is presented each year at the National Paddlesports Conference.
In 2005 the winning recipient was the Arkansas Canoe Club, yours could be next...

Nomination Forms are available online:
Final deadline for all nominations is Monday, September 6.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ACA teams up with the U.S. Coast Guard

ACA & USCGThe ACA has teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety to spread the word about canoeing and kayaking on America's waterways.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Annual Encampment

Annual Encampment on Sugar Island!

Each summer in late July and early August, Sugar Island Canoe and Kayak Club hosts an encampment for paddlers, sailors and all fans of the sport. The island comes alive activities for canoes, kayaks, sailboats, swimming, campfires all for children, young and old. The festivities range from stiff competition to leisurely paddles among the islands. Evening fun can be a quiet waterside time to listen to the loons and absorb the moon reflecting on the water or a challenging chess game beside the camp fire at main camp.

If you wish to mingle with people who have made canoesport their lives, then the Sugar Island Encampment is a great place to be. Life-long friendships are made and renewed each year during the encampment.

Camp opens on a Sunday afternoon. Opening ceremony begins with the raising of the flags. The cannon sounds for each flag that is raised, the Canadian Flag, the ACA Flag and the American Flag. In the evenings, at 8:00pm, the folks gather to share the days events as the flags are lowered. You can join in a friendly volleyball game or plan the next days paddle/sail with others on the island.

Sugar Island

Thursday, July 8, 2010

All Club Invitational

Calling all boaters in the New York City area!

Join the Sebago Canoe Club for the All Club Invitational.

  • When: Saturday, July 17

  • Where: Jamaica Bay

  • Cost: FREE!

What types of boats can participate? ANY human powered craft. Sebago has an 8' wide ramp leading down to a 30' dock that has a low freeboard. If your boat is larger and cannot fit down our ramp, you can launch from one of our neighbor s concrete boat ramps. We have the facility to launch any boat of any size and weight. The ONLY RESTRICTION is that to enter Jamaica Bay you have to go under a bridge with a 28' clearance at mean high tide. We ask that any person with a boat that cannot fit down our ramp should let us know so we can arrange for you to moor and launch at one of the adjoining clubs.

View the ACA Event Calendar for paddling opportunities across the country.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another ACA Member Discount

New ACA Member Benefit - CKS
A special thanks to the folks at Colorado Kayak Supply in Buena Vista!

ACA Members can now receive a discount.

For a list of other ACA Member discounts, click here.

Monday, July 5, 2010


Photo Courtesy of Samantha Ladd of Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures
Currently certified ACA Instructors and Instructor Trainers can get CASH BACK, (yes cash back) for any individual they get to join the ACA.

Help others learn about the benefits of joining America's oldest paddlesports organization, and put a little GREEN back in your wallet.

Learn more about this Instructor Incentive Program...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fireworks & Water

As you enjoy the 4th of July Weekend, remember to stay safe out on the water.

  • Alcohol and water don't mix

  • Wear your lifejacket
View the ACA's Top 5 Safety Tips

Friday, July 2, 2010

ACA Award Nominations are Online

ACA Annual Awards
Every year, the ACA recognizes individuals and organizations from across the country for their exemplary service to paddlesports at the ACA National Paddlesports Conference.

The annual ACA Awards are:
  • Legends of Paddling
  • Excellence in Instruction
  • Sanctioned Event of the Year
  • Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation
  • Joe Pina Volunteer of the Year
  • Stroke of Achievement
  • J.Henry Rushton

The 2010 ACA Award Nomination Forms are now available online at:

Join us in honoring those who have made a positive difference for paddlesports.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Paddling Clubs

Find a Club near you
Where to paddle?

Who to paddle with?

If you need answers to either of these questions, use the ACA's Paddle America Club look-up tool to find a paddling club near you.

Be safe, and enjoy your time on the water this summer.