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As the nation's oldest and largest paddlesports non-profit, the ACA has built a strong reputation on making the world a better place to paddle through numerous Education, Stewardship, Exploration, and Competition initiatives. As a national organization, it can be difficult to know all the paddling issues in every state. To that end, the ACA State Directors have volunteered to bridge the gap between paddlers on the ground and the ACA.

The mission of the State Director Program is to increase the effectiveness of the ACA at the state level by:

  • Facilitating communication between paddlers and the ACA National Office
  • Fostering community responsibility in protecting and preserving paddling environments
  • Assisting others with acquiring the necessary skills to safely enjoy local waterways
  • Promoting paddlesport competition at the local and state level

The ACA needs your help to support all paddlers accessing America's waterways in a fun and safe manner. Everything we do is inspired by our passionate and dedicated members. Please consider nominating yourself for an Executive Council position in your state's upcoming state election.


2018-2019 State Election Timeline

  • November 1 - November 28 - Online self-nominations
  • January 3 - State elections open
  • January 17 - State elections close
  • February 18 - Newly elected Executive Council acceptance deadline
  • Late February - Conference call for all new State Directors
  • Early March - Conference call for all State Directors
  • March 1 - New State Directors introduced
  • March date T.B.D. - New State Director workshop
  • 2019 Date T.B.D. - Annual State Director meeting


For more detailed information about the State Director Program, please review the following documents: 


For additional information about the State Director Program, please contact Amy Ellis at the ACA National Office.

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