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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk Management Considerations for events/classes.


ACA Affiliate Organizations have the option of requesting liability insurance coverage for properly registered on-water activities.  The insurance coverage for Affiliate Organizations is offered on an event-by-event basis.


This Insurance Program can also cover events such as festivals and races. For other great offerings for ACA affiliate members, please see the Affiliate Organization Benefits page.


ACA Affiliates must have current ACA membership. Join as the Clubs & Organizations membership type, here.


To better serve ACA Affiliates, a tiered dues structure has been created. For more information about which level is best suited to your group, contact the ACA membership department.

  • $125 - Affiliate Membership 
  • $500 - Green Affiliate
  • $1,000 - Paddlesports Partner
  • $2,500 - Waterways Partner
  • $5,000 - Supporting Partner
  • $10,000 - Sustaining Partner
  • $25,000 - Paddlesports Premier Partner 


Scheduling your Event

To request insurance through the ACA General Liability Insurance Policy, Affiliate members should review the ACA's Risk Management Requirements document and then submit the ACA Insurance Registration Form online.


Under the Affiliate Organization Insurance Program, each individual event requires a sanctioning fee of $25. An Insurance Registration Form received less than 10 days prior to the start of the event is subject to a $25 rush fee. If your event needs to name a third party such as a landowner or government agency as an "additional insured" under the policy, fill out the Additional Insureds portion of the Insurance Registration Form and we will provide an insurance certificate for the third party. The fee for each Additional Insured is $20.  All fees are non-refundable. 


Conducting your Event

The ACA's insurance program requires Affiliate Organizations to satisfy three requirements on the day of the activity:


  • The affiliate must conduct its activity in accordance with the ACA's Risk Management Requirements
  • Every participant must sign the ACA Waiver and Release of Liability form prior to participation in your program, or must have a current Waiver on file with the ACA:
  • Every participant must be an ACA member in one of the following categories:


Post-Event Reporting

Within 30 days of the completion of the event, the Affiliate Organization must submit:

  • All fees collected at the event (Ex: Event Memberships)
  • Copies of the signed ACA approved waivers (Adult & Minor) for non-ACA members who participated
  • Final Event Report Form (submitted online or via email)
  • Note: Final Event Report Forms received 60 days after the completion of the insured event are subject to a $25 late reporting fee


Affiliate Forms & Resources

  • Join the ACA as an Affiliate Organization   
  • ACA's Risk Management Requirements (PDF)
  • Insurance Registration Form (Online)
  • Pay for an event sanctioning fee (Online)
  • Additional Insured Request Form (Online)
  • Pay for an Additional Insured Certificate (Online)
  • Final Event Report Form (Online /  Excel)
  • ACA Incident / Accident Report Form (Word / PDF)
  • ACA Waiver & Release of Liability:
  • Print: Minor (Under age 18 at the time of registration) 


    For additional information, contact the ACA Insurance Coordinator



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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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