Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Low Head Dams, Also Known as "Drowning Machines"

Paul Malewski and two of his students, in 2016.
When ACA Kayaking Instructor Paul Malewski witnessed a child and his kayak get caught in a low head dam last summer, he knew he had to act fast. 

It was July 2015, and recent heavy rain had pushed the Grand River in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to a level three times higher than normal.

"The little boy was 10. He was a lake paddler and had never paddled in current. The river grabbed him so quick," Malewski said. "Without the training that I had received from the ACA I would not have had the confidence to do what I did."

The ACA National Paddlesports Instruction Program has been acknowledged as the "Gold Standard" of paddlesports education throughout the United States and several foreign countries. We strive to educate as many people as we can about safe paddling practices through skills courses, educational community programs, media outreach, youth programs, and more.

Learn more about the dangers of low head dams

...Then download the free Paddle Ready app to find an ACA instructor near you. 


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