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2009 Conference Highlights

Olympic Gold Medalist Joe JacobiLocation: Fredericksburg, VA


Keynote Presentations:

  • Valerie Fons (Explorer, Guinness Record Holder, "Teach me an Ocean")
  • Joe Jacobi (1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, Executive Director - USACK)

Special Events:

  • Conference Presentations
  • Paddle America Club Social
  • Adaptive Paddling track
  • Legends of Paddling Reception
  • Canoe Poling Clinic
  • Traditional Kayaking Skills Endorsement
  • Canoe Rolling Clinic with World Champion Eli Helbert
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Paddle with ACA Board and Staff
  • National Office Staff Presentations
  • SEIC Meeting
  • President's Reception
  • Silent Auction
  • Annual Banquet & Awards
  • ACA Annual Membership Meeting


  • Over 100 Members, Paddlers,Instructors, Instructor Trainers & Instructor Trainer Educators
  • 23 Presenters
  • 3 ACA Pro Schools
  • 29 States Represented 
  • Instructor Trainers from Austria

 Instructor Updates in:

  • Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing
  • Level 2: Essentialsof Canoe Touring
  • Level 2: Essentials of River Canoeing
  • Level 3: River Kayaking
  • Level 3: Coastal Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing
  • Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue
  • Multiple Instructor Trainer Updates


"Congratulations and great job on the weekend… you guys have really raised the bar for SEI and the ACA! Looking forward to next year in WNC already!" – Steve from South Carolina

"The ACA did such a great job - you should be extremely proud of what you've accomplished this year." -National Safe Boating Council

"The conference was really good...and we especially appreciated the opportunities to share the Adaptive Paddling track." – Janet Zeller, U.S. Forest Service National Accessibility Manager

"Definitely worth the time and expense to come for a second year." - Laurie from New Hampshire

"I want to thank you for putting on another great conference in Fredericksburg, this year." - Bruce from Ohio

"Great job! The conference was a delight as much as it was inspiring and informative: a hard combination to beat, indeed." - Ed Council, Executive Director: Paddlesports Industry Association

"As a non-paddler, I thought you all did a really great job offering sessions that were also related to other topics." - Rachel from Virginia

"Summery: Great Conference, Excellent value!!! Wonderful people." - Robert from North Carolina

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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