Wednesday, July 1, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard Commends ACA Instructor for Kayak Safety Program

Jane Bales is an ACA member, Coast Guard Auxiliarist, ACA Certified Kayak and SUP Instructor, Organizer of the Greater Albuquerque/Santa Fe Kayak Meet Up, and Co-Founder of Kayak New Mexico, Inc (a non profit organization building courage, confidence, and character, one stroke at a time, through adaptive kayaking programs for children and adults with developmental or physical disabilities or life-threatening medical conditions).

Bales was recently awarded a Letter of Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant for her work as a Public Education Instructor for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Bales' work involved teaching the Coast Guard's Auxiliary Kayak Safety Program.

In addition to volunteering for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Bales has led more than 90 single and multi-day trips involving more than1,000 people on rivers and lakes in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah as an assistant organizer and organizer of the Greater Albuquerque/Santa Fe Kayak Meet Up. Bales also volunteers as Treasurer and Kayak Instructor for Kayak New Mexico, Inc.

Bales works full-time as a Computer Forensic Examiner and Quality Assurance Manager for the federal government and is looking forward to retiring in 5 years! Bales' passion is getting people out on the water in a safe and fun way.

Check out her letter of commendation below:

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