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Friday, February 24, 2017  
Posted by: Chris Stec
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Two amazing developments happened this month: 

1.Kelly was named instructor of the month by the American Canoe Association, like a boss (read her profile here in the ACA’s Paddle eMagazine) 

2.The ACA became an official Fearless Formosa Dragon Sponsor, our highest sponsorship level!

For both of these developments, we are incredibly humbled and grateful. In fact, we wanted to take some time to share how the ACA (not to be confused with the Affordable Care Act) has played a pivotal role in shaping us as paddlers and people (too cheesy already? Bear with us!). 

What is the American Canoe Association?

While a lot of Fearless Formosa followers are ACA instructors or students themselves, many of you likely aren’t familiar with the ACA. The ACA was founded in 1880 to organize and standardize paddlesports (including sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, surfski, and adaptive paddling). Put another way, the ACA:

•Trains and certifies paddling instructors by standardizing the best teaching theory and techniques
•Protects and defends access to waterways, coasts, and rivers
•Increases safety and awareness as more paddlers join the community
•Hosts key events and competitions that further cultivate the paddling community

It’s kind of like a combination of the Legal Bar Association and the Sierra Club, but for paddlers. Both Kelly and I have taught and taken many many ACA courses as well as instructor trainings. In fact -- Fearless Formosa would never have happened if Kelly and I hadn’t become friends in our 2013 Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking instructor development workshop!

We want to take a moment to share our stories with the ACA and how this organization has enriched our paddling practice and beyond.

Read the entire article from Fearless Formosa...


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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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