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Thursday, February 27, 2020  
Posted by: Cathlyn Huitt
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As we look ahead to a fun and active paddling season, we would like to remind you of the education & training policies required by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.  The U.S. Center for SafeSport works collaboratively with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and ACA to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants in our sport.

As the National Governing Body (NGB) for paddlesports in the U.S., all ACA members should be aware of and follow ACA’s SafeSport policies as documented in ACA’s SafeSport Handbook.


Furthermore, adult members who have regular contact with or authority over minor (younger than 18) athletes must complete the 90-Minute SafeSport Core online training module. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Adult Competition Member Athletes (18 years and older) traveling to sanctioned national and international competitions
  • Officials & Judges
  • Coaches 
  • 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 and Discipline Committees
  • Volunteers traveling with teams (domestically & internationally)

If you fall into one of the aforementioned categories and have not yet completed the online SafeSport training, please do so at your earliest convenience.


Register here and enter the ACA Access Code: CWDC-RNFK-77PV-KU9J


For those who completed the core training module more than 1 year ago, please complete a 20 minute refresher training module by logging into the training portal on the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s home page:


You will not need the access code for the refresher training.


If you have difficulty with the SafeSport training website or technology, please call their technical support desk: 720-676-6417 or contact


For additional information regarding Education and Training, and the Prevention policies (i.e., One-on-one interactions, massages and rubdowns, social media communication, locker rooms and changing areas, local travel, and team travel) please visit: and view the ACA SafeSport Handbook.


Some important components of the handbook include:


One-on-one Interactions - Page 23

Massages and Rubdowns - Page 25

Social Media and Electronic Communications - Page 31

Locker Rooms and Changing Areas - Page 33

Local Travel - Page 34

Team Travel - Page 35


We thank you for your cooperation with this very important initiative.




Cathlyn Huitt

Athlete Safety and Compliance Manager

ACA | Canoe – Kayak – SUP – Raft - Rescue

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