Paddlesports Resources

ACA | Canoe – Kayak – SUP – Raft – Rescue

aca_logoThe ACA National Paddlesports Instruction Program has been acknowledged as the “Gold Standard” of paddlesports education throughout the United States and abroad. The ACA has developed a wide variety of curriculum, trainings, and resources to serve paddlers of any skill level and discipline. To take advantage of these great tools and opportunities, begin by finding an ACA certified instructor:

  • Search for nearby instructors using the ACA Paddle Ready App; it’s free in the App Store or Google Play. The app also includes useful features such as instructional rescue videos, surf and tide forecasting, river gauge levels, safety and gear checklists, accident reporting forms, float plans, and more!
  • The Paddle Smart Web TV Series is designed to provide you with the need to know information required to make smart decisions and stay safe on the water. The series cover the paddlesports disciplines of Stand Up Paddleboarding, Recreational Kayaking and Kayak Fishing and each series consists of 12 episodes that are entertaining and to the point.
  • Use the ACA website to find instructors all over the country – include a skills course in your next vacation or locate instructors for family and friends out of state.
  • Need more assistance? Contact the ACA Safety Education and Instruction Department to ask more questions and get expert guidance.
  • Paddlesports Safety Online CourseAn online paddling safety course, brought to you by the ACA and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Paddlesports Standards and Best Practices

Paddlesport Safety / Educational Videos

Paddling groups

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