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2009 Conference Highlights

Olympic Gold Medalist Joe JacobiLocation: Fredericksburg, VA

 

Keynote Presentations:

  • Valerie Fons (Explorer, Guinness Record Holder, "Teach me an Ocean")
  • Joe Jacobi (1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, Executive Director - USACK)

Special Events:

  • Conference Presentations
  • Paddle America Club Social
  • Adaptive Paddling track
  • Legends of Paddling Reception
  • Canoe Poling Clinic
  • Traditional Kayaking Skills Endorsement
  • Canoe Rolling Clinic with World Champion Eli Helbert
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Paddle with ACA Board and Staff
  • National Office Staff Presentations
  • SEIC Meeting
  • President's Reception
  • Silent Auction
  • Annual Banquet & Awards
  • ACA Annual Membership Meeting

Attendance:

  • Over 100 Members, Paddlers,Instructors, Instructor Trainers & Instructor Trainer Educators
  • 23 Presenters
  • 3 ACA Pro Schools
  • 29 States Represented 
  • Instructor Trainers from Austria

 Instructor Updates in:

  • Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing
  • Level 2: Essentialsof Canoe Touring
  • Level 2: Essentials of River Canoeing
  • Level 3: River Kayaking
  • Level 3: Coastal Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing
  • Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue
  • Multiple Instructor Trainer Updates

Testimonials:

"Congratulations and great job on the weekend… you guys have really raised the bar for SEI and the ACA! Looking forward to next year in WNC already!" – Steve from South Carolina
 

"The ACA did such a great job - you should be extremely proud of what you've accomplished this year." -National Safe Boating Council

"The conference was really good...and we especially appreciated the opportunities to share the Adaptive Paddling track." – Janet Zeller, U.S. Forest Service National Accessibility Manager

"Definitely worth the time and expense to come for a second year." - Laurie from New Hampshire

"I want to thank you for putting on another great conference in Fredericksburg, this year." - Bruce from Ohio

"Great job! The conference was a delight as much as it was inspiring and informative: a hard combination to beat, indeed." - Ed Council, Executive Director: Paddlesports Industry Association

"As a non-paddler, I thought you all did a really great job offering sessions that were also related to other topics." - Rachel from Virginia

"Summery: Great Conference, Excellent value!!! Wonderful people." - Robert from North Carolina

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