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2008 Conference Highlights

Senator John WarnerLocation: Fredericksburg, VA


Keynote Presentations:

  • Randy Carlson (ITE in Whitewater Kayaking, Whitewater Canoeing & Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking presented: Making Connections with Natural Forces through Adventure Sports)
  • Norm Bellingham (3 time Olympian, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, COO of the U.S. Olympic Committee)

Special Events:

  • Award Presentation to U.S. Senator John Warner
  • Paddle with Slalom World Champion John Lugbill
  • National Office Staff Presentations
  • SEIC Meeting
  • President's Reception
  • Silent Auction
  • Annual Banquet
  • ACA Annual Membership Meeting


  • Over 50 Instructors, Instructor Trainers & Instructor Trainer Educators
  • 12 Presenters
  • 4 ACA Pro Schools
  • 22 States Represented

 Instructor Updates in:

  • Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing
  • Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking
  • Level 3: Coastal Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing
  • Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing (Upgrade)
  • Level 4: Open Water Coastal Kayaking
  • Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue
  • Multiple Instructor Trainer Updates


"Very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk to ACA staff and Board members.”

"I did not expect such a great banquet.!

"Loved the sharing of teaching techniques, gamesand maneuvers."

"I was initially dubious about attending as I consider myself a volunteer, but I found the conference amazing and enjoyed the networking and overall experience."

"The educational sessions on Friday were very well done."

"It was nice to interact with so many like minded paddling souls."

"Great to get on the water with other IT and ITE's!"

"I thought the whole conference was very well run.The staff was great.”

"This was a great opportunity for getting Instructors and staff from the National Office together."

more Event Calendar

5/25/2018 » 5/27/2018
ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2

5/25/2018 » 5/27/2018
Marathon World Cup

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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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