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SWR Conference - Recap

Sunday, October 11, 2015  
Posted by: Chris Stec
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ACA Hosts 2nd Swiftwater Rescue Conference 

October 9-11, 2015
Dillsboro, North Carolina

The ACA hosted the second Swiftwater Rescue Conference on the Tuckaseegee River in Jackson County, North Carolina from October 9-11, 2015. 

The conference featured a series of on-land and on-water safety and rescue educational sessions taught by professionals from across the country, including Justin Padgett of Landmark Learning, Mike Mather of Mather Rescue, Jim Coffey from Canada, Aaron Peeler of the U.S. National Whitewater Center and many others. 

Participants traveled from as far away as New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Idaho to attend the conference. Paddlers from Canada, Switzerland and Germany were also in attendance.

The ACA would like to acknowledge local ACA-certified Instructor Trainer Educators Sam Fowlkes of and Robin Pope for serving as Co-Chairs of this safety & rescue training event.

For more details about the conference, please visit:


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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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