Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Food Drive - Paddle on the Tuckaseegee River

The Dillsboro River Company will be hosting our annual food drive the first Sunday of June. This year's date is June 5th.

Donate 10 cans of food or dry goods per person and receive one rental of choice. We will be operating on a first come first serve bases.

We open at 10 am and the first boats go out at 10:30 and the last boat goes out at 3:30. All participants must be 4 years old or 40 pounds. (no exceptions)

All food will be given to the Community Table.
Last year we had 75 participants let's make it 100 this year!

For more info visit our website:


Shane Williams
828-586-3797 office

Monday, May 30, 2011

Race this Weekend

Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Va

Downriver canoe & kayak racing at it's best, from beginner to expert.

2 bands, lots of food, there's even a miniature wooden canoe race.

Proceeds support e3Kids International and the local Rescue Squad.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kayaking Book on your iPad

The ACA has partnered with Human Kinetics to offer the popular book Kayaking for you iPad and smartphones.

This electronic version of Kayaking provides you with instant access to 272 screens featuring 10 kayaking video clips, 89 photos, and 16 slideshows so you can see the progressive steps of a particular stroke or technique.

The ACA receives a royalty on every purchase from the Human Kinetics website.

Learn more...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Competition, Festival & Music

Hi fellow Virginia Paddlers!

Our annual race is coming up! This year the Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race will be a one day event. All of the excitement will take place on Saturday, June 4.

Don't miss it! We've partnered with E3 Kids International and are bringing some incredible things to Old Mill park on the first Saturday in June. E3 Kids has gotten some good food lined up. They'll also be putting on a wooden model canoe race and several other great activities for families and kids of all ages.

Besides the great new things that E3 Kids will have going on, we'll have our standard Marathon, Downriver, Sprints and Canoe Poling events. To round out the day, we have two great live bands (Decades Late and The Green Boys) and an awards ceremony that should be like none other. Gander Mountain is again sponsoring the event with some great gear giveaways for door prizes.

AND last but not least, we're bringing the GEAR SWAP back. So, pull out that skirt that doesn't fit anymore, the boat you never got used to and that spare paddle.

For more info visit
GRWCR.com. You can register online this year! The first one hundred racers get a t-shirt!

Jon Reed

Race Chair

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Raft Guides Needed

Hello, this is Andy, the training manager at Pocono Whitewater Rafting. We are currently running our training program for river guides and we would like to invite the subscribers of ACA to attend. We are a large rafting company in the pocono mountains of Pennsylvania. Almost all of our guiding is done from kayaks, safety boating for self guided rafts. We need to hire between 40-50 guides and there are many positions still available. Applications and more information can be found on our website www.poconowhitewater.com.

Thank you and we hope to see you all on the river soon!

-Andy Fogal

Training Manager
Pocono Whitewater Rafting

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Membership & Marketing Coordinator Position

The ACA is now accepting applications (cover letter and resume) for a Membership Marketing Coordinator position.

This position will remain open until filled.

Please email your cover letter and resume to (no phone calls please):

Christopher Stec

Monday, May 23, 2011

Anne Vetterlein announces retirement

Since 1989, ACA Membership Director Anne Vetterlein has been on the other end of the phone (and email) supporting, advising and helping ACA members from coast to coast.

Join us in celebrating Anne's 23 years (Yes, that's right, she's served ACA members for over 2 decades!)

Anne Vetterlein's Retirement Party

  • Date: Saturday, June 18th

  • Location: Fredericksburg, VA

  • Venue: Brock's Riverside Grill

  • Pre-Gathering: 6:15 on the outside deck

  • Dinner: 7:00pm

Please RSVP to cstec@americancanoe.org by Monday June 13th

If you would like to send Anne a note:

c/o Anne Vetterlein
108 Hanover St.
Fredericksburg, Va 22401


Friday, May 20, 2011

Monumental...by Dodge Havens

"You will be traveling through monumental country". It was the word "monumental" which caught my attention when reading Slickrock Expeditions owner and guide Burt Kornegay's email regarding a trip developed in partnership with the ACA. Now, I think I have been fortunate in my paddling experiences in my 58 years of life. I have paddled war canoes in Canada, outriggers in Hawaii, dragon boats in Hong Kong, sea kayaks in New England, and even a dugout canoe in the Brazilian Amazon. I have seen some spectacular scenery, but "monumental" sounded intriguing. Other aspects of the trip down the Lower Canyons section of the Wild and Scenic River called the Rio Grande also interested me. Although I have done a lot of paddling in my life, I have done precious little camping. What little camping I have done was not primitive or isolated - more of the "overnighter at a local park with my children when they were young" variety. I wanted to experience a real wilderness canoe/camping trip before I got too old, and I was afraid that time was fast approaching. The fact that this trip was sponsored by the ACA, and that ACA Chief Operating Officer Chris Stec and his wife Claudette, whom I had previously met and liked, were going gave me that little extra motivation to actually decide to do it.

The email from the ACA said only two spots remained...

California - Arizona - Nevada

For immediate release May 17, 2011

Tri-State Boating Safety Fair to Emphasize Life Jacket Wear
Kickoff event scheduled May 21, expanding into summer-long effort

LAS VEGAS — Boating officials from three states are again teaming up to stress life jacket wear at the eighth annual Colorado River Tri-State Boating Safety Fair. As in previous years, this event will feature a life jacket trade-in, free boating safety information, and opportunities to get boating questions answered. This year, boating safety officials are launching follow-up efforts to reach boaters all summer long up and down the Colorado River System.

Families will be given the opportunity to bring in their outgrown or unsafe life jackets to trade-in for brand new U.S. Coast Guard-approved ones (while supplies last). Boating professionals will also showcase inflatable life jackets as part of the national “Ready, Set, Inflate” campaign that coincides with the safety fair. After the main event, the three states have teamed up to provide information all summer long at www.BoatColoradoRiver.com and through targeted outreach efforts using social media.

“Social media is the future, and we know that the best way to reach boaters is where they live online,” said California Department of Boating and Waterway’s Acting Director Lucia C. Becerra. “Boaters want and need information to be safe, so we are going to provide it all summer long. We know that just the smallest reminder or piece of information can save a life.”

The sixth annual event will be held May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at London Bridge Beach Park, McCulloch Road, Lake Havasu City, Arizona. In addition to the life jacket trade-in, courtesy vessel safety checks will be offered to make sure that boats are ready for the 2011 boating season. Information will be distributed at twenty-seven launch ramps along the river and boating professionals will be on hand to answer any questions boaters may have.

Despite the wide range of information available, boating professionals will continue to emphasize life jackets first and foremost. “We’ve seen a decrease in fatalities in recent years, but too many people are still drowning for lack of wearing a life jacket,” said David Pfiffner, Nevada’s Boating Law Administrator. “We’re still seeing accidents on nice days in calm water where people simply drown, whether they go for a swim off a boat or accidentally fall over, a person can drown in seconds. We know that life jackets are the key to reversing these grim statistics.”

As part of the life jacket focus, boating officials will showcase new inflatable model life jackets. Although these devices have been around for years, too many boaters still think of life jackets in 30-year-old terms, as large, goofy looking, orange and uncomfortable, and that’s just not the case today. The new fanny pack and over the shoulder model inflatable life jackets allow the mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling, hunting or just sunbathing, and are much cooler in warmer weather. To further promote inflatable life jackets, the boaters and visitors on scene will be participating in the national “Ready, Set, Inflate” event at 1 p.m. that features boaters all over the U.S. inflating life jackets on the same day.

The lower Colorado River System is shared by three states, Arizona, California and Nevada. If taken as its own boating entity, the Colorado River System is the second most dangerous waterway in America, including the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. State lines artificially slice up the system, so the three states have gotten together to talk about the river holistically. While many laws are congruent, a few laws differ and can be confusing to boaters. Providing a forum to the millions of Colorado River boaters, to learn about the different boating laws, is crucial in reducing the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities that take place every year.

Visit BoatColoradoRiver.com for more information about the boating safety fair and the tri-state partnership.

Note to media: Before the event, call for story opportunities, press packets or fact sheets. On the day of the event, reporters should check in at the Media tent for media ride-alongs or to interview spokespersons. High resolution photos from prior years are available. More details are at www.BoatColoradoRiver.com.

The Colorado River Tri-State Partnership promotes safe and knowledgeable recreational boating on the Colorado River through
the combined educational and enforcement resources of Arizona, California and Nevada.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rapid Media Digital Subscriptions

If you subscribed to a digital issue of one of Rapid Media's 4 magazines as your ACA member benefit, an email with the link has been sent.

For those members who requested a print version, they'll be mailed soon.


Miniature Canoes for a Great Cause

Support e3Kids International buy purchasing a miniature wooden canoe kit.

And, if you happen to be in Fredericksburg, Va on June 4th, race it as part of the Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race!

Think pinewood derby (from your Scouting days) meets river race.

Learn more...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SEI Focus - May 2011

The May edition of the SEI Focus is now available online.

This monthly newsletter highlights Safety Education & Instruction information for ACA Instructors, Instructor Trainers, Paddling Clubs and Affiliates.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Regional Paddlesports Race in Virginia

1 day, 1 big event, lots of food, racing, and 2 bands!

  • June 4th

  • Fredericksburg, VA

  • Rappahannock River

T-shirts to the first 100 online registrations

There's even a miniature wooden canoe race.

Proceeds support e3Kids International and the local Rescue Squad.

Monday, May 16, 2011

World Record Attempt - This Weekend


Flashback 10 years ago….gas prices were $1.72, number one song was “All for You” by Janet Jackson, “Shrek” was the top movie, and Cleveland Metroparks set a new Guinness Book of World Record with 776 canoes and kayaks held together to form a giant raft on water at one time! Seven years later, Inlet, New York broke the record with 1,104 boats, and Pittsburgh holds the current record set June 2010 with 1,800 boats.

In a little over two months, Cleveland Metroparks will attempt to RECLAIM the Guinness Book of World Records with the “Canoe & Kayak Challenge” on Saturday, May 21 at Hinckley Lake in Hinckley Reservation.

With that being said, representatives from Inlet, New York have called to wish Cleveland Metroparks good luck, but to also be made aware that they plan on challenging any record Cleveland Metroparks might set, as they plan to set a new record in September 2011. So, Cleveland Metroparks needs your help to not only break the record, but to set the record so high, that other cities will need hundreds more to just even tie the record!

Don’t just read about history, help make history with Cleveland Metroparks.

Registration information is available at the official website: canoeandkayakchallenge.blogspot.com

Friday, May 13, 2011

1 Week Left

Applications due by Friday, May 20th.

Position Title: Stewardship Coordinator

Department: Stewardship & Public Policy Department

Department Overview:
The Stewardship & Public Policy Department manages all aspects of the ACA’s grassroots efforts to provide appropriate access to clean water on America’s rivers, lakes, streams, bays, coastlines and oceans. This department coordinates a range of water based clean ups throughout the country, from freshwater rivers to the marine environment as well as providing funding and support to local and regional paddling clubs. In addition, this department represents the ACA in a wide range of local, regional and national public policy initiatives that have a direct impact on paddlesports and the various paddling environments.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vermont River Trip

Paddle Through the Heart of Vermont on the Winooski River Sojourn

Montpelier, VT - Friends of the Winooski River is hosting the 4th Annual Winooski River Sojourn June 21-26, 2011. This six-day paddling trip down the Winooski River draws participants from across the Northeast to canoe or kayak through Lake Champlain’s largest tributary watershed. The trip begins in Marshfield, just downstream from the Cabot Headwaters and ends at the mouth of Lake Champlain in Burlington. Each day participants experience new aspects of the river from narrow, winding channels on day one to wide, flat gentle flows on day six, along with breathe taking views.

The Sojourn is a guided river tour led by kayak and canoe instructors as well as an expert Vermont naturalist. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the birds, mammals, fish and plants of the Winooski as well as the geologic history of the watershed during daily presentations. In addition to natural history, paddlers will also get to experience some of the great food offerings of Central and Northern Vermont including Red Hen Bakery, the Cider House and On the Rise Bakery as well as Cabot Cheese.

At 90 miles in length the Winooski River flows from Cabot to Lake Champlain traversing a wide variety of landscapes including agricultural land, forested areas and some of Vermont’s largest urban centers. It passes through three spectacular gorges including the Middlesex Gorge, the Lime Kiln Gorge and the Essex Dam Gorge - the former and latter are present day hydro power generation sites. The Winooski River Sojourn offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore one of Vermont’s most important rivers.

Participants can choose to paddle for a single day or all six days. Food, camping and transportation are included for multi-day paddlers. Food and morning transportation is included for single day paddlers. Single days start at $55/person except Sunday, which is $30/person. The six day trip is $330/person.

Friends of the Winooski River is a non-profit dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Winooski River and it’s tributaries. We work throughout the 1,080 square mile watershed to protect habitat, stabilize stream banks and improve water quality. We are also committed to providing people with access and opportunities to enjoy the river. To learn more about our work visit http://www.winooskiriver.org/Sojourn

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ACA Intern - Pro School

Former ACA Intern Chris Smith from Miami, FL recently landed with ACA Pro School - Potomac Paddlesports.

From their email announcement:

Join us in welcoming the latest addition to Potomac Paddlesports' "Team Awesome", Chris Smith. "Smyth" has relocated from Miami to help coordinate our new and improved group and corporate outing programs. Chris' extensive research on our behalf has already shown how paddling can increase productivity, performance, and profits-for us! If you're interested in getting your team out on the water for a much deserved break with during the week, please get in touch with Chris by calling 301-881-2628 or emailing him at info@potomacpaddlesports.com.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Only a few spots left...

on the exclusive 'Members Only' Bahamas Sea Kayaking Excursion.

That's right, if you're an ACA member, you can join the ACA staff on this incredible excursion in June.

In cooperation with the host organization, you will be able to paddle with representatives from the ACA National Office, creating a better connection with those working daily on your behalf. In addition, a percentage of each registration fee goes directly to support the on-going efforts of the ACA on behalf on all paddlers to fulfill our mission of Education, Stewardship, Recreation & Competition.

Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas

Paddle the beautiful Southern Exuma Cays, the most beautiful place on earth, on our kayak adventure! Seven mile paddle days between secluded beaches await adventurists and relaxers alike. Snorkeling, shelling, fishing, and bird watching are just some of the daily activities that await you on the adventure you'll remember forever.

This excursion is a guided island to island sea kayaking adventure in the Exuma Cays. First and last nights' lodging, dinner the night before and all meals and beverages while camping are included, as well as boats, camping and snorkeling gear, round trip airport transfers and internal transportation, and services of O.I.E staff.

Dates: June 11-18, 2011

Cost: $1,395.00 per person

Registration: Contact Out Island Explorers (goexuma@outislandexplorers.com / 256-365-5686)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

College Race on the Mississippi?

That's right, colleges and universities from across the country are invited to attend the

  • Midwest Canoe & Kayak Collegiate Championships

Race details:

  • Sauk Rapids

  • St. Cloud, MN

  • September 2-4, 2011

Start planning now.

Additional information...and registration

Friday, May 6, 2011

New ACA Job Opening

Position Title: Stewardship Coordinator

Department: Stewardship & Public Policy Department

ACA Mission:
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation.

Department Overview:
The Stewardship & Public Policy Department manages all aspects of the ACA’s grassroots efforts to provide appropriate access to clean water on America’s rivers, lakes, streams, bays, coastlines and oceans. This department coordinates a range of water based clean ups throughout the country, from freshwater rivers to the marine environment as well as providing funding and support to local and regional paddling clubs. In addition, this department represents the ACA in a wide range of local, regional and national public policy initiatives that have a direct impact on paddlesports and the various paddling environments.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

ACA Members Contribute

News Release

For Immediate Release

SIERRA Editor in Chief: SIERRA Advertising Director:
Bob Sipchen (415) 977-5542 Kristi Rummel (608) 435-6220
bob.sipchen@sierraclub.org kristi.rummel@sierraclub.org

Sierra Magazine’s 6th Annual Paddling Issue The Biggest Yet

San Francisco, CA – Sierra Magazine and the Sierra Club once again show their support for the paddlesports industry in the May/June Sierra Magazine – the 6th Annual Paddling issue. The special paddling section of the magazine is written by industry leader, Darren Bush – the owner of Madison, Wisconsin’s Rutabaga, the country’s largest paddlesports retailer, and Canoecopia, the country’s largest paddlesports consumer show. Darren’s article is about the joys and lessons learned when paddling solo and with a partner.

The May/June issue also features Sierra’s 5th annual paddling sweepstakes featuring a travel adventure from Caravan Vacations, a complete paddling outfit from NRS, an Advanced Frame sport kayak, a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and Adventure Kit, a Werner kayak paddle and a set of SeaLine dry bags. To enter, go to www.sierraclub.org/paddlesweeps.

Additional paddling-related editorial includes an article on the fight to protect the Flathead river and surrounding valley in northwest Montana -- and reviews of eight new kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard models by Eugene Buchanan and Dave Shively.

About Sierra Magazine: SIERRA is the official publication of the Sierra Club, the exclusive media sponsor of Canoecopia - the largest paddlesports expo in the U.S. - and a member of the America Canoe Association, Conservation Alliance, Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition, and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Green River Event

5th Annual Green Spring Bash!

Free Whitewater Trips, BBQ, Beer and Live Music

  • When: This Saturday, May 7th, 2011

  • Event is open to the public

  • Reservations are required for all trips: call 800.335.1530 or Contact Green River Adventures to book ASAP

  • Where: Our New Outpost - 111 E Main St. Saluda, NC 28773

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:30 am – Upper Green River Rush (1/2 Day) High Adventure

  • 9:00 am – Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking (1/2 Day Lesson)

  • 12:00 pm – Massages by Averee Savage

  • 1:00 pm - Stand Up Paddle Boarding (1/2 Day Lesson)

  • 1:00 pm – Test Drives by Prestige Subaru

  • 1:00 pm – Lower Green River Adventure (3 hr trip) Family Friendly

  • 2:00 pm – Lower Green River Adventure (3 hr trip) Family Friendly

  • 6:00 pm – Dinner by Green River BBQ 6:00 pm – The Broadcast takes the stage

Did you know that ACA partners with GRA and ACA members receive a discount?!?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How to Renew Online

How to Renew your ACA Membership:

  • Log in to the ACA website with your username and password

If your ACA membership has expired, this message will appear on the screen:

  • Your current membership has expired. It expired on

  • Click on: Securely renew your membership now

  • Select your membership from the drop down menu.

  • If you are a member of a Paddle America Club, enter the appropriate Promotional Code to receive your discount:

  • Check your contact information and make any corrections.

  • Click on the “Submit Securely” button and proceed to payment area.

If your membership has not yet expired, you will be taken to the Manage Profile Page.

  • Scroll down the page to Account History at the bottom of the page.

  • Click on Membership

  • A page will come up with your name and membership expiration date.

  • Click on: Securely renew your membership now

  • Select your membership from the drop down menu.

  • If you are a member of a Paddle America Club, enter the appropriate Promotional Code to receive your discount:

  • Check your contact information and make any corrections.

  • Click on the “Submit Securely” button and proceed to payment area.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Kayak or Raft with the ACA in Idaho

Experience the ever changing Salmon River with heart pounding white water, wild waves and deep holes. These roller coaster rapids are great rides, with thrills and excitement to get your adrenaline going. Relax in the calm water between the rapids. Catch your breath, enjoy the scenery from steep granite cliffs to grassy meadows. Join in family fun activities, hot springs, water fights and volleyball on the beach. Enjoy a pampered existence with attention to detail, gourmet cuisine, calm deep pools for relaxation, swimming or fishing. Surround yourself with the beauty of wilderness mountains and a canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon. Camp on white sandy beaches sheltered by giant ponderosa pines. Be dazzled by a star filled sky. Arrangements can also be made to paddle a kayak or canoe on this excursion.

  • Dates: August 13-17, 2011

  • Cost: $1,477.00 per person

  • Registration: Contact Action Whitewater Adventures ( guideinfo@riverguide.com / 800-453-1482)