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Sport offers individuals the chance to experience the joys of competition, teamwork and personal development. But the unfortunate reality is that athletes can also be vulnerable to situations of misconduct, from their peers and adults.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport works collaboratively with sport organizations to ensure a culture of safety through our awareness, education and training programs, so that every athlete is safe, supported and strengthened through sport.

Safe. Athletes are protected from emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Supported. Athletes enjoy welcome, respectful environments where diversity is actively embraced.


Strengthened. Every athlete thrives, on and off the field of play.



SafeSport PSA (Video)



Who Must Complete the Online Training:


As the National Governing Body(NGB) for paddlesports in the U.S., the following ACA members and other individuals who come in contact with athletes will need to adhere to the ACA's SafeSport Policy and complete the three(3) free online training modules:

  • Competition: Individual & Family Members
    • includes athletes (18 years and older) traveling to sanctioned national and international competitions
  • Officials & Judges
  • Coaches
    • any individual coaching a U.S. athlete
  • Professional medical personnel (outside of a hospital or doctor's office setting), including Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Physiologists, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, and Psychologists.
  • Competition Council
    • Competitive Discipline Committees
  • Volunteers Traveling with Teams (domestically & internationally)
  • Sugar Island Trustees
  • Camp Committee for Sebago
  • National Office Staff
  • Board of Directors


How to Complete the Online Training:

  • Click on the ACA SafeSport link here
  • Enter ACA Access Code
  • Create online profile
  • Complete all three training modules (approximately 1.5 hours)
    • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
    • Emotional & Physical Misconduct
    • Mandatory Reporting: Understanding Your Responsibilities
  • Certificates
    • you will receive a digital certificate for completing each of the three modules (sample certificate)
    • upon completing all three, you will then receive a SafeSport Trained Certificate (sample certificate)
  • Online Training FAQ (PDF)
  • Training is valid for two(2) years
    • If you took the training in 2016 or 2017, you need to re-take the new training as it has been updated as of November 6, 2017
    • Previous SafeSport online profiles did not transition over to SafeSport's new platform


ACA SafeSport Policy:

  • Additional ACA SafeSport Policies (forthcoming)



Report Abuse or Misconduct:


*Contact 9-1-1 Immediately if you're facing a life-threatening emergency. 


Sexual Misconduct

The U.S. Center for SafeSport handles ALL reports of sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Make a report to the Center if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power.

Contact Local Authorities
Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must also be reported to local authorities. Reports of abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities.


Contact the SafeSport Crisis Line

For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport crisis line for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. The SafeSport Helpline provides crisis intervention, referrals, and emotional support specifically designed for athletes, staff, and other SafeSport participants affected by sexual violence. Through this service, support specialists provide live, confidential, one-on-one support. All services are anonymous, secure, and available 24/7.

Reporting Other Forms of Misconduct

To report other forms of misconduct to the ACA, such as emotional or physical misconduct, bullying, hazing or harassment, please: 


Additional Information:


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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