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The ACA provides a range of recreational opportunities and has been established as one of the premier standards of paddlesports safety and education. As part of the ACA's leadership role, we have initiated this swiftwater rescue conference to target all facets of whitewater rescue for the paddlesports community.


Swiftwater Rescue Conference

  • Date: Fall 2021
  • Location: Requests being accepted     
  • Venue:TBD
  • Facilities: TBD
  • Registration: opens summer of 2021
    • Proceeds benefit the ACA's Safety & Rescue Program
    • Only 100 spaces will be available
  • Cost: $TBD


Sponsors for 2021:

  • If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 ACA SWR Conference, please contact the ACA office.

Presenters for 2021:

  • If you are interested in presenting, please contact ACA SWR Conference Chair.


  • The prestigious Higgins & Langley Memorial Fund presented Robin Pope & Sam Fowlkes with their Special Commendation Award for founding this SWR Conference in 2013.

Additional Highlights

  • Challenging on-water sessions for paddlers of all experience levels
  • Learn from a list of who's who in swiftwater rescue
  • Educational sessions for fire and rescue personnel 
  • High quality land and water educational sessions
  • ACA Safety & Rescue Instructor Updates
  • and much more...


Previous Swiftwater Rescue Conferences:

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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