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2019 Special Report on Paddlesports & Safety (YouTube)


Animated Videos:

  • Top 10 Tips for Canoeing and Kayaking Safely
  • Top 10 Tips for Stand Up Paddleboarding Safely
  • Stories of Survival

Safety Minute Series

  • Canoeing Safety Minutes (YouTube)
  • Kayaking Safety Minute (YouTube)
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding Safety Minute (YouTube)
  • Kayak Fishing Safety Minute #1 (YouTube)
  • Kayak Fishing Safety Minute #2 (YouTube)


Paddle Smart WebTV Series:


  • Reducing Conflicts on Multi-Use Waterways Series
    • Paddling Etiquette Around Boat Ramps (YouTube)
    • Essential Gear All Paddlers Need to Carry on the Water (YouTube)
    • Paddling With Other Boat Traffic in Multi-Use Waterways (YouTube)
  • Youth Safe Paddling Series
    • If a child can confidently swim without a life jacket, do they need to wear a life jacket when canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddling? (YouTube)
    • How do I properly fit my child with a life jacket? (YouTube)
    • At what age can I take my child canoeing (YouTube)
    • At what age can my child start stand up paddling? (YouTube)
    • At what age can my child start kayaking? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about kayaking with Kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about canoeing with Kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about stand-up paddling with kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about paddling with Kids? (YouTube)
    • How do I keep paddling fun and safe for my kids? (YouTube)
    • What is the perfect spot to take my child paddling? (YouTube)
    • How do I get my child started with paddling? (YouTube)
    • What is the proper paddling gear for kids? (YouTube)
    • How to keep paddling fun for your kids? (YouTube)
    • If they’re wearing a life jacket, does my child need to wear a leash when stand up paddling? (YouTube)


  • Canoeing Series
    • Top 5 Canoeing Tips (YouTube)
    • Golden Rules of Canoeing (YouTube)
    • How to Get into and Out of a Canoe Smoothly (YouTube)
    • Proper Technique for Paddling a Canoe (YouTube)
    • Choosing the Right Canoe (YouTube)
    • Canoeing - Rules of the Road (YouTube)
    • What To Do If You Flip Your Canoe (YouTube)
    • How to Re-enter a Canoe from the Water (YouTube)
    • Canoeing - River Hazards & Safety(YouTube)
    • 3 Techniques All River Canoeists Should Know(YouTube)
    • Top 5 River Canoeing tips (YouTube)
    • Gearing Up for River Canoeing (YouTube)
    • How to Tandem Canoe (YouTube)
    • The Essential Canoe Strokes (YouTube)
    • Using Braces to Prevent Flipping (YouTube)
  • Kayak Fishing Series
    • Golden Rules of Kayak Fishing (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Shallow Water Kayak Fishing Tips (YouTube)
    • Choosing the Right Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
    • How to Get Back Onto a Sit-on-Top Kayak (YouTube)
    • How to Launch a Kayak in a Surf Zone (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Kayak Fishing Safety Rules (YouTube)
    • How to Choose a Good Kayak Fishing Spot (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Off Shore Kayak Fishing Tips (YouTube)
    • 3 Techniques Every Kayak Angler Should Know (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Ways to Customize your Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
    • Proper Technique for Paddling a Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
  • Recreational Kayaking Series

Stand Up Paddleboarding:

Other Videos:

  • 2019 Special Report on Paddlesports & Safety (YouTube)
  • Fundamentals of Life Jackets for Paddlers (YouTube)
  • Dressing Appropriately for Paddling: What to Wear (YouTube
  • What to Bring: Gear Essentials for Paddlers (YouTube)
  • Safer Paddling: How to Paddle Your Kayak (Youtube)
  • Safer Paddling: Plan Your Trip (Youtube)
  • Safer Paddling: What If I Flip? (Youtube)
  • Safer Paddling: Calling For Help (Youtube)
  • Reading the Rhythms of Rivers & Rapids (webpage
  • Life Jackets Float. Do You? (YouTube)
  • Rescue for River Runners - R3 (webpageYouTube)
  • Decide to Return (YouTube)
  • It's Your Turn - A Defensive Boating Primer (YouTube)
  • Coastal Kayaking - National Paddlesport Safety System (YouTube)
  • Whitewater Kayaking - National Paddlesport Safety System (YouTube)
  • Whitewater Rafting - National Paddlesport Safety System (YouTube)
  • SmartStart for Paddlers - A Paddlesport Safety Orientation (Vimeo)
  • Cold, Wet, and Alive (Part 1 / Part 2)
  • Cold Water Boot Camp (NWSC)

more Event Calendar

The 40th Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race

ACA Mission

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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