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Paddling Club of the Year award winner - GCA

Monday, December 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Stec
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Presented to one or more ACA Affiliated Clubs each year for superior performance and program development.

Georgia Canoeing Association, Inc. originated in 1968, largely due to the efforts of Bill Crawford and Horace Holden, who felt a club should be formed to provide a common outlet for canoeist, whether novices or experts, as well as safety and paddling instruction. The club has grown from a handful of people to several hundred families and individuals and has expanded to include decked boats as well as canoes.

GCA membership consists mainly of people from Georgia and adjoining states who share the common objectives of exploring, enjoying and preserving the recreational waterways of America, particularly those in the Southeast. We utilize man powered craft and firmly believe in maintaining the wilderness character of our waterways through determined conservation efforts. One of GCA’s most critical endeavors is to promote proficiency and safety on moving water through instruction, publicity and cooperation with other outdoor clubs. 

The GCA is active throughout the year with scheduled trips from February through November, as well as impromptu trips during the frigid months. Many trips are on moderate whitewater (the Etowah, Toccoa, ect); there are a few float trips (no rapids) and some trips to truly wildwater (sec IV of the Chattooga, Ocoee) which are guaranteed to challenge the most expert paddler. 

In 1969 the GCA organized the first whitewater slalom race in the Southeast on the Nantahala River in North Carolina over the July 4th weekend. This Southeastern U.S. Canoe and Kayak Championship race has become a major annual event and attracts paddlers from all over the country. IN 2018 it celebrated its 50th anniversary!

Finally and of considerable importance is the club’s very active role in ecological and conservation activities and mapping of rivers.



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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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