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Frequently Asked Questions about the Database Upgrades:

In July of 2014, the ACA database was restructured and enhanced to better serve our members! 

What upgrades were implemented?

   *Several membership types were consolidated
          (aka easier to choose from!)
   *The number of steps to join or renew was reduced
   *It is now easier to sign up family members
   *There is now an auto-renewal option available

Will dues or prices change?
The current Membership dues and pricing structure did not change.

Will I still need a promotional code to receive my PAC membership discount?
The PAC promotional code is no longer required. Under this enhanced system, the PAC discount will automatically be applied during the PAC Individual or PAC Family membership 'join' or 'renewal' process.

Are there still discounts for Seniors and Students?
Senior and Student membership rates are still available, but they are now applied as a discount rather than a separate membership category. Because they are age-based rates, the discount will be applied automatically during the payment portion of the registration process according to the birthday listed on your profile.

What is the new auto-renewal option?
The auto-renew feature will automatically charge your credit card upon your yearly membership renewal date.  If you choose this feature, it can be disabled at any time in your membership profile or by calling the National Office. 

If I select an auto-renew option, how do I cancel that auto-renew feature in the future?
Login to your ACA account, go to the 'Manage Profile' page, then in the 'Invoicing, Payments & History' section, click on 'Memberships'. Click on the red X next to the future-dated invoice to remove the auto-renew feature. A sample screen shot.  Or, you can contact the ACA Membership Department, and we can change your membership settings. 

How do I determine which membership to choose?
Memberships have been assigned to three main categories:

  • Individuals & Families – for a single individual or an entire family
  • PAC Individuals & Families – for individuals and families who are members of current Paddle America Clubs
  • Clubs & Organizations – for Affiliates, Pro Schools, Paddle America Clubs, Manufacturers, Retailers, Outfitters, Liveries & Guides

Once you have chosen the appropriate category from the list above, you will then be able to select your specific membership type during the next part of the registration process.

What if I want to become a certified ACA Instructor?
If you are interested in becoming a certified ACA Instructor, please choose one of the various individual or family membership types (except the Introductory membership).  Upon successful completion of your Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW), the National Office will then transition your currently selected membership type to the 'Instructors & Families' membership type.  Upon becoming certified as an ACA Instructor, there is an additional Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC) annual dues payment of $25.

What if I am already a current ACA Instructor?
If you hold a current ACA Instructor certification, your membership type was changed to 'Instructors & Families'.  If you are a student, a senior, or a member of a PAC, you will still receive that discount.  The discount will show up in the payment screen during the renewal process.  Your annual SEIC dues($25) will also show up in the payment processing screen.  Your current Instructor certifications, assessments and endorsements were not changed or altered during this process.  When it is time to renew your membership, please select 'Instructors & Families' as your membership type.

What if I am a current Instructor Trainer(IT) or Instructor Trainer Educator(ITE)? 
If you hold a current ACA Instructor Trainer or Educator certification, your membership type was changed to 'Instructor Trainer/Educators & Families'.  If you are a senior, or a member of a PAC, you will still receive that discount.  The discount will show up in the payment screen during the renewal process. Your annual SEIC dues($75) will also show up in the payment processing screen. When it is time to renew your membership, please select 'Instructor Trainer/Educators & Families' as your membership type.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the ACA Membership Department.

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