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The ACA provides a range of recreational opportunities and has been established as one of the premier standards of paddlesports safety and education. As part of the ACA's leadership role, we have initiated this swiftwater rescue conference to target all facets of whitewater rescue for the paddlesports community.


Swiftwater Rescue Conference

  • Date: October 13-15, 2017
  • Location: Pacific Northwest - Mill City, OR     
  • Venue: Santiam River, OR
  • Facilities:
    • Fishermans Bend Recreation Site
    • North Santiam State Recreation Area
  • Registration: now open online!
    • Proceeds benefit the ACA's Safety & Rescue Program
    • Only 100 spaces will be available
  • Cost: $225


Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)

*This is in addition to the conference.


Pre-Conference: Level 4: SWR - Instructor Development Workshop (IDW)

  • October 10-12, 2017
  • 3 days
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Cost: $225
  • Level 4: SWR Instructor Criteria (PDF)
  • Register online


Post-Conference: Level 4: SWR - Instructor Certification Exam (ICE)

  • October 16-17, 2017
  • 2 days
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Cost: $150
  • Level 4: SWR Instructor Criteria (PDF)
  • Register online

Car Pooling & Room Sharing

  • If you are interested in sharing travel expenses with other paddlers, please fill out the online form here.


Sponsors for 2017:

Presenters for 2017:

  • To see current presenter bios and photos please click here
  • The submission for presentation proposals was April 3, 2017.  If space is still available, and you are interested in presenting, please contact ACA SWR Conference Chair, Aaron Peeler


  • The prestigious Higgins & Langley Memorial Fund presented Robin Pope & Sam Fowlkes with their Special Commendation Award for founding this SWR Conference in 2013.

Additional Highlights

  • Challenging on-water sessions for paddlers of all experience levels
  • Learn from a list of who's who in swiftwater rescue
  • Educational sessions for fire and rescue personnel 
  • High quality land and water educational sessions
  • ACA Safety & Rescue Instructor Updates
  • and much more...

Partner Appreciation


A special thanks to the following partners of the 2017 ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference:

Landmark Learning Esprit


Previous Swiftwater Rescue Conferences:

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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit 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, exploration and recreation.

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