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The ACA is proud to continue the growth of the Paddle Smart WebTV Series. This series was made possible by generous grant funding provided through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is administered by the United States Coast Guard. The goal of this video series is to reduce paddlesport related accidents by providing immediate knowledge through short  and focused instructional videos.


Are you a beginner that is excited to get on the water for your very first time, or perhaps an intermediate paddler that has never taken any formal paddlesport training? If so then please checkout the following Paddle Smart Web TV Series. These video series are designed to provide you with the need to know information required to make smart decisions and stay safe on the water. The series cover the paddlesports disciplines of Youth Paddling, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Recreational Kayaking,Coastal Kayaking, Canoeing, and Kayak Fishing. Each series consists of 12 to 15 episodes that are entertaining and to the point. Now sit back and enjoy the ACA Paddle Smart WebTV Series.


 For more fun and educational videos, visit the ACA Youtube Channel.


  • Reducing Conflicts on Multi Use Waterways Series
    • Paddling Etiquette Around Boat Ramps (YouTube)
    • Essential Gear All Paddlers Need to Carry on the Water Carry (YouTube)
    • What to Know About Paddling with Boat Traffic in Multi Use Waterways (YouTube)
  • Youth Safe Paddling Series
    • If a child can confidently swim without a lifejacket, do they need to wear a lifejacket when canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddling? (YouTube)
    • How do I properly fit my child with a lifejacket? (YouTube)
    • At what age can I take my child canoeing (YouTube)
    • At what age can my child start stand up paddling? (YouTube)
    • At what age can my child start kayaking? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about kayaking with Kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about canoeing with Kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about stand-up paddling with kids? (YouTube)
    • What do I need to know about paddling with Kids? (YouTube)
    • How do I keep paddling fun and safe for my kids? (YouTube)
    • What is the perfect spot to take my child paddling? (YouTube)
    • How do I get my child started with paddling? (YouTube)
    • What is the proper paddling gear for kids? (YouTube)
    • How to keep paddling fun for your kids? (YouTube)
    • If they’re wearing a lifejacket, does my child need to wear a leash when stand up paddling? (YouTube)


  • Canoeing Series
    • Top 5 Canoeing Tips (YouTube)
    • Golden Rules of Canoeing (YouTube)
    • How to Get into and Out of a Canoe Smoothly (YouTube)
    • Proper Technique for Paddling a Canoe (YouTube)
    • Choosing the Right Canoe (YouTube)
    • Canoeing - Rules of the Road (YouTube)
    • What To Do if You Flip Your Canoe (YouTube)
    • How to Re-enter a Canoe from the Water (YouTube)
    • Canoeing - River Hazards & Safety(YouTube)
    • 3 Techniques all River Canoeists Should Know(YouTube)
    • Top 5 River Canoeing tips (YouTube)
    • Gearing Up for River Canoeing (YouTube)
    • How to Tandem Canoe (YouTube)
    • The Essential Canoe Strokes (YouTube)
    • Using Braces to Prevent Flipping (YouTube)
  • Kayak Fishing
    • Golden Rules of Kayak Fishing (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Shallow Water Kayak Fishing Tips (YouTube)
    • Choosing the Right Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
    • How to Re-enter a Sit-on-top Kayak (YouTube)
    • How to Launch a Kayak in a Surf Zone (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Kayak Fishing Safety Rules (YouTube)
    • How to Choose a Good Kayak Fishing Spot (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Off Shore Kayak Fishing Tips (YouTube)
    • 3 Techniques Every Kayak Angler Should Know (YouTube)
    • Top 5 Ways to Customize your Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
    • Proper Technique for Paddling a Fishing Kayak (YouTube)
  • Recreational Kayaking
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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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