The American Canoe, Kayak, SUP, Raft, Rescue Association (formally the American Canoe Association) or ACA for short, is a nonprofit group that serves the paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling. In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, the ACA just produced an animated, memoir-style video short that confronts some of the challenging situations we paddlers face in pursuit of our sport. The new release, titled Stories of Survival, depicts three tales as narrated by the real folks involved in the original incidents. The nicely produced video provides valuable reminders to even the most experienced paddlers that despite careful planning and preparation, sometimes things go wrong on the water.
The ACA is the oldest and largest paddle sports organization in the United States, promoting all paddle sports including canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. The national organization sponsors more than seven hundred events each year, including safety education, instructor certification, waterway conservation and public information campaigns. The ACA, which also publishes the bi-monthly Paddler Magazine, has more than 50,000 members and 4000 paddling and rescue instructors nationwide. Currently in Texas, we have over 500 members that range from recreational canoe paddlers to sit-on-top kayak anglers.
As mentioned above, the organization was formally called the American Canoe Association but recently updated their official name to the ACA – Canoe, Kayak, SUP, Raft, Rescue in recognition of the growing number of paddling options available today. For more information on the ACA, click here: www.americancanoe.org
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