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State Director Program - Overview
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As the nation's oldest and largest paddlesports non-profit, the ACA has built a strong reputation on making the world a better place to paddle through numerous Education, Stewardship, Exploration, and Competition initiatives. As a national organization, it can be difficult to know all the paddling issues in every state.  To that end, the ACA State Directors have volunteered to bridge the gap between paddlers on the ground and the ACA.

The mission of the State Director Program is to increase the effectiveness of the ACA at the state level by:

  • Facilitating communication between paddlers and the ACA National Office
  • Fostering community responsibility in protecting and preserving paddling environments
  • Assisting others with acquiring the necessary skills to safely enjoy local waterways
  • Promoting paddlesport competition at the local and state level

Nominations for State Executive Council positions will be accepted until September 19, 2014. Watch your email for a link to your state's nomination form! If you would like to assist your State Director in helping paddlers and waterways in your state, please feel free to nominate yourself, or nominate someone else who might be a good fit. State Executive Council elections will be held in October 2014.

State Executive Council Positions


  1. STATE DIRECTOR.  The State Director shall preside over meetings of the State’s Executive Council and follow the responsibilities as outlined in the State Director-ACA Partnership document.
  2. DEPUTY STATE DIRECTOR.  The Deputy State Director shall perform the duties of the State Director when absent.  In the event of a resignation or removal, the Deputy State Director shall assume the remainder of the State Director’s term.
  3. STATE TREASURER/SECRETARY.  The State Treasurer/Secretary shall coordinate with the ACA National Office on the disbursement of funds and provide appropriate written reports when applicable.

Optional (Some State Directors have chosen 1 or more of the following positions for their Executive Council.)

  1. STATE EDUCATION DIRECTOR.  The duties of the State Education Director shall be to assist paddlers and organizations with locating certified instructors and classes, and promoting safe and enjoyable use of the state’s waterways.
  2. STATE STEWARDSHIP DIRECTOR.  The State Stewardship Director shall promote community responsibility through the ACA’s Stream to Sea Initiative, communicate pollution issues in your state to the ACA National Office, and work with local groups to identify waterways in need of clean-ups. 
  3. STATE COMPETITION DIRECTOR.  The State Competition Director shall be responsible for developing, organizing, and promoting paddlesport competition throughout the state in cooperation with other local and state organizations.
  4. STATE PUBLIC POLICY LIAISON. The State Public Policy Liaison shall be responsible for monitoring access or regulatory issues at the city, county or state level and informing the State Executive Council and ACA National Office.
  5. STATE YOUTH DIRECTOR. The State Youth Director shall be responsible for outreach to schools, local organizations and paddling clubs to create programs that encourage participation of young people in paddlesports. 
  6. STATE ADAPTIVE PADDLING DIRECTOR. The duties of the State Adaptive Paddling Director include creating programs that encourage adaptive paddling participants, and working with other organizations to encourage more adaptive paddling opportunities.
  7. STATE EVENT/TRAINING COORDINATOR. The State Event/Training Coordinator shall be responsible for coordinating and/or supervising statewide paddlesports events, maintaining a database of all state instructors, and working with other state and local organizations to provide coordinated promotion of paddlesports activities.

For more detailed information about the State Director Program, please review the following documents: 

The ACA needs your help to support all paddlers accessing America's waterways in a fun and safe manner. Everything we do is inspired by our passionate and dedicated members.

For additional information about this program, please contact Amy Ellis at the ACA National Office.

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