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Youth Education CurriculumPS2 is a national research based educational curriculum designed to introduce elementary, middle and high school age youth to the joys and skills of paddling a canoe and/or kayak.  The curriculum emphasizes safety and skills and is designed for teachers and youth leaders who want to include paddlesport instruction in their programs.  There is a both a classroom component as well as an on-water module.  They can be taught as separate stand-alone units, or combined.

This curriculum was a joint venture of the ACA and the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR).  It was produced under a grant from the Aquatic Resources (Wallop-Breaux) Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • To date, over 225 Teachers and Educators have participated in the workshops
  • They averaged 92.9% on the post workshop test
  • 89% felt that they would be comfortable teaching the curriculum
Hope you are well. Just finished up 25 students on a kaying trip on the Mattawoman Creek in Indian Head Maryland. Last year I took 18 so we are slowing growing. We did have one student roll the kayak and we emptied the kayaking, flip it upright, and got him back in right in the middle of the creek!! Just like you taught us... Just wanted to say thanks again. Without you, we wouldn't have been able to have a program. The plan for next year is to do more students and have a fishing tournament after the trip on the local pier.
Take care,
Don Layton
Henry E. Lackey High

If you would like additional information about hosting a PS2 Workshop at your school or facility, please contact the Safety Education & Instruction Department.

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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