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. Who is the ACA? The ACA & YOU!
1880: Established on August 3 rd by twenty-three notable canoeists on Lake George, NY 1903: Purchased Sugar Island in Canada 1927: Incorporated in NY 1944: Women given the right to vote in ACA 1978: ACA Slalom & Wildwater Teams win World Championships! 1980: Susan Chamberlin is the first woman to be elected Commodore 1990’s: Clean Water Act enforcement (24 cases) 2004: Strategic Tenets of the ACA defined 2008: Founded the National Paddlesports Conference 2010: Rapid Media becomes official magazine partner ACA History The ACA & You!
Safety Education & Instruction Council Learn to Paddle Initiative Youth Development Program Extensive Paddlesports Safety Education Information National Leader in Paddlesports Education & Instruction Courses: Skills, Assessments, Certifications Education The ACA & YOU!
Established 1972 4,500 certified Instructors – 250 certified Instructor Trainers Canoe (Touring & River) Kayak (River, Coastal, Surf) Raft Safety & Rescue Adaptive Paddling Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Estimated 809,000 students taught annually ACA Instructor Certification Program The ACA & YOU!
Water Trails Database L.L.Bean Stewardship Grants Local, Regional & National Initiatives Founding Member - Outdoor Alliance Enhance water quality Support local waterway access projects Stewardship The ACA & YOU!
Supported 1,400 events in 2011 Promote paddlesports events across the nation Sanctioned over 200 races Provide insurance for club events and festivals Support the development of new initiatives for paddlesports recreation opportunities Recreation The ACA & YOU!
FreeStyle Canoeing Canoe Sailing Canoe Poling Open Canoe Slalom Collegiate Canoe & Kayak Championship Race Series Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver Competition The ACA & YOU!
Paddlesport participation is at it’s highest levels in the history of the sport. The paddlesport community needs to expand it’s entry level education opportunities for paddlers. Paddlesports Participation The ACA & YOU!
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SUP, Kayak, & Canoe Courses Race Instructor Certification Workshops Educational Sessions Family Paddling Trips Keynote Speaker Reel Paddling Film Festival Silent Auction ACA Annual Membership Meeting Fun! National Paddlesports Conference Charleston, SC November 2 - 4, 2012