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2012 Conference Highlights

2012 National Paddlesports ConferenceLocation: Charleston, SC

Keynote Presentations:

  • Jon Bowermaster  

Special Events:

  • Conference Presentations
  • SUP Ocean Surfing Clinic
  • Paddle America Club Social
  • Golden Nugget SUP Race
  • Inaugural BIC One Design SUP Race
  • 2 Paddle Green Events: SUP clean up of Shem Creek & a beech sweep with the Surfrider Foundation
  • SEIC Meeting
  • Silent Auction & Legends of Paddling Reception
  • Awards Ceremony & Banquet 
  • ACA Annual Membership Meeting


  • Over 175 Members, Paddlers, Instructors, Instructor Trainers & Instructor Trainer Educators
  • 25 Presenters
  • 27 States Represented
  • 3 Countries: Canada, Germany, Switzerland 

 Instructor Updates in:

  • Level 1: Introduction to SUP
  • Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing
  • Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking 
  • Level 2: Essentials of SUP
  • Level 2: Essentials of Canoe Touring
  • Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring 
  • Level 2: Essentials of River Canoeing
  • Level 2: Essentials of River Kayaking
  • Level 2: Essentials of Sit-on-Top Surf Kayaking 
  • Level 3: Essentials of Surf Kayaking 
  • Level 3: Coastal Kayaking
  • Level 4: Open Water Coastal Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking
  • Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing
  • Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue
  • Multi-Discipline Instructor Trainer Update Workshop 


"The conference has inspired me to become an even better instructor and IT!"

"Our high school students left the conference empowered to impact our local paddlesports community."

"This was the ideal venue for a paddling conference."

"I learned alot. Looking forward to water time tomorrow."

"The overall atmosphere and people made this event."

"SUP Surfing with the crew on Sat. afternoon followed by the killer Banquet was definitely the pinnacle!."

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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