Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Revised Event Calendar

Post your event to the ACA Event Calendar, it's an easy 1-page form.

Also, search for different paddlesports events by:

  • ACA Events

  • Adaptive Paddling

  • Competitions

  • Festivals & Symposiums

  • Instruction Courses

Simply hover over the Event Calendar tab in the left navigation.

Monday, August 29, 2011

New SEI Department Staff

Join us in welcoming Trey Knight to the Safety Edcuation & Instruction Department.

Trey Knight

Trey Knight - Education & Outreach Coordinator

Originally from Savannah, GA Trey earned his B.A. in Math at Mercer University and M.S. in Sport Administration from Georgia State University. Trey’s passion for the outdoors has led him all over the country. He has worked for Big Sky Resort in MT, as a raft guide for the NOC, a kayak instructor for High Country Outfitters, and has paddled in 11 states along the way. In undergraduate school at Mercer and Georgia Tech, Trey taught many outdoor sports including kayaking and rafting. While at Georgia State Trey served as the Program Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech. While at ORGT one his responspisibilities was to train instructors and leaders in 8 outdoor sports including, sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking and canoeing, and rafting. Most recently he was the Assistant Outdoor Adventure Director at a prominent boys camp in Western North Carolina, where previous to his administrative role he was the Head of Paddling. Trey has been a member of the ACA, AORE and AEE since 2007 and is a Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and Lifeguard. When not at work Trey will often be outdoors snowboarding, paddling climbing, geocaching, and trail running, often with his dog and fiance.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stewardship Grant Funds Still Available-- Apply Today!

Since 2002, the ACA has partnered with L.L. Bean to sponsor the Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Program.

Designed to encourage local and regional paddling clubs to engage club members and paddlers to volunteer in stewardship projects on waterways in their area, this program provides grants of up to $1,000 to help fund on-water stewardship initiatives.

There are still funds available for the 2011 year! The application is simple, so apply today to restore and protect your favorite paddling environments!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

August SEI Focus Released

The latest edition of the SEI Focus is now available online!

Highlights from this issue:

  • National Paddlesports Conference

  • SUP Summit Registration

  • ACA Instructor Audit Information

  • Online Forms

  • New Staff - Cate Huxtable

  • New ACA Prodeal Program - Nighthawk Canoes

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Important Dates

Read Now

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New ACA Merchandise

Need to correspond with club members, what about folks who participated in your recent skills course?

The ACA has just released full color, multi-discipline notecards. Order yours today.

Monday, August 22, 2011

ACA Stewardship Coordinator

Welcome to Cate Huxtable, the ACA's new Stewardship Coordinator!

A Fredericksburg native, Cate graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in environmental science and psychology. After graduating, she served as the Volunteer Coordinator with Friends of a Rappahannock, a grassroots conservation organization, through the AmeriCorps*VISTA program. As an avid lover of nature and a recreational kayaker, Cate is passionate about the health of our waters and working as an agent for stewardship and positive social change. She is excited to become a part of the ACA and to work with such a passionate group of individuals to preserve and protect paddling environments.

Contact Cate

Friday, August 19, 2011

NPC & SUP Summit Registration

Only a few weeks left to register for:

  • National Paddlesports Conference

  • SUP Summit

  • Reel Paddling Film Festival

  • ACA Annual Banquet

Join fellow paddlers in Louisville, KY September 30 - October 2, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Benefits of ACA Membership

Ever wonder what the benefits of beign associated with the nation's oldest paddlesports non-profit are?

It's much more than just your choice of magazine subscriptions (although Rapid Media's titles are pretty awesome!)...

Learn more about the Benefits of ACA Membership

Monday, August 15, 2011

SUP Instructor Certification Courses

Photo courtesy of CCPRC

Interested in becoming an ACA certified Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor?

Upcoming courses:


Charleston, SC

Louisville, KY



The ACA is recognized as the leader in paddlesports education and instruction.

Canoe, Kayak, Raft, SUP & Rescue

Take a course today!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Europe Paddlesports Conference

The 2nd annual ACA Europe Paddlesports Conference is taking place in Germany.


Pre-conference courses

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Level 2: Essentials of SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

Registration is now open, contact Raphael Kuner

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Early Bird Deadline Approaching

Inflatable PFD - Leash - Footwear - SMILE!

The deadline to get the reduced rate for both the National Paddlesports Conference and the SUP Summit is this Friday, August 12th.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Online Forms & Survey

We need your advice - fill out the quick (6 question) online survey.

Also, need to register or report a skills, assessment or certification course, the SEI Department now has more forms online.

Save a stamp - submit your registration and report forms through the ACA website!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Labor Day Paddle at Sugar Island

Just Paddle!

September 3-5, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

At Sugar Island on the St. Lawrence River in Canada.

This is a kayak-camping get together for ACA sea kayakers and their guests. We welcome clubs and indiviudals to join us.

Complete information available here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


The Great Salt Lake

That's right - the ACA will be at OR this Thursday through Sunday.

If you happen to be at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, please stop by the Paddle Zone and say hi to Wade, Chris and Cate (the ACA's new Stewardship Coordinator).

Monday, August 1, 2011

Your ACA Staff

Cireena, Jon, Candy, Rachel, Kelsey, Travis, & Ali

Photo by Chris

An after work paddle on the Rappahannock River, 1 block from the ACA National Office in Fredericksburg, VA.

Learn more about the folks who work everyday on your behalf to serve paddlers across the country.