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Animated Videos:

Paddle Smart WebTV Series (webpage):


  • Reducing Conflicts on Multi Use Waterways Series
    • Paddling Etiquette Around Boat Ramps (YouTube)
    • Essential Gear All Paddlers Need to Carry on the Water Carry (YouTube)
    • What to Know About Paddling with Boat Traffic in Multi Use Waterways (YouTube)
  • Youth Safe Paddling Series
    • If a child can confidently swim without a lifejacket, do they need to wear a lifejacket when canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddling? (YouTube)
    • How do I properly fit my child with a lifejacket? (YouTube)
    • At what age can I take my child canoeing (YouTube)
    • At what age can my child start stand up paddling? (YouTube)
    • At what age can my child start kayaking? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about kayaking with Kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about canoeing with Kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about stand-up paddling with kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about paddling with Kids? (YouTube)
    • How do I keep paddling fun and safe for my kids? (YouTube)
    • What is the perfect spot to take my child paddling? (YouTube)
    • How do I get my child started with paddling? (YouTube)
    • What is the proper paddling gear for kids? (YouTube)
    • How to keep paddling fun for your kids? (YouTube)
    • If they’re wearing a lifejacket, does my child need to wear a leash when stand up paddling? (YouTube)


  • Canoeing Series
    • Top 5 Canoeing Tips (YouTube)
    • Golden Rules of Canoeing (YouTube)
    • How to Get into and Out of a Canoe Smoothly (YouTube)
    • Proper Technique for Paddling a Canoe (YouTube)
    • Choosing the Right Canoe (YouTube)
    • Canoeing - Rules of the Road (YouTube)
    • What To Do if You Flip Your Canoe (YouTube)
    • How to Re-enter a Canoe from the Water (YouTube)
    • Canoeing - River Hazards & Safety(YouTube)
    • 3 Techniques all River Canoeists Should Know(YouTube)
    • Top 5 River Canoeing tips (YouTube)
    • Gearing Up for River Canoeing (YouTube)
    • How to Tandem Canoe (YouTube)
    • The Essential Canoe Strokes (YouTube)
    • Using Braces to Prevent Flipping (YouTube)
  • Kayak Fishing
    • Golden Rules of Kayak Fishing (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Shallow Water Kayak Fishing Tips (YouTube)
    • Choosing the Right Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
    • How to Re-enter a Sit-on-top Kayak (YouTube)
    • How to Launch a Kayak in a Surf Zone (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Kayak Fishing Safety Rules (YouTube)
    • How to Choose a Good Kayak Fishing Spot (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Off Shore Kayak Fishing Tips (YouTube)
    • 3 Techniques Every Kayak Angler Should Know (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Ways to Customize your Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
    • Proper Technique for Paddling a Fishing Kayak (YouTube)

Stand Up Paddleboarding:

Other Videos:

  • Fundamentals of Lifejackets for Paddlers (YouTube)
  • Dressing Appropriately for Paddling: What to Wear (YouTube
  • What to Bring: Gear Essentials for Paddlers (YouTube)
  • Safer Paddling: How to Paddle Your Kayak (Youtube)
  • Safer Paddling: Plan Your Trip (Youtube)
  • Safer Paddling: What If I Flip? (Youtube)
  • Safer Paddling: Calling For Help (Youtube)
  • Reading the Rhythms of Rivers & Rapids (webpage
  • Life Jackets Float. Do You? (YouTube)
  • Rescue for River Runners - R3 (webpageYouTube)
  • Decide to Return (YouTube)
  • It's Your Turn - A Defensive Boating Primer (YouTube)
  • Coastal Kayaking - National Paddlesport Safety System (YouTube)
  • Whitewater Kayaking - National Paddlesport Safety System (YouTube)
  • Whitewater Rafting - National Paddlesport Safety System (YouTube)
  • SmartStart for Paddlers - A Paddlesport Safety Orientation (Vimeo)
  • Cold Water Boot Camp (NWSC)

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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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