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Introducing the NEW ACA Educational Resource for Youth:

Kids Go Paddling A Safety Guide for Young Canoeists, Kayakers,

Stand Up Paddleboarders and Rafters 

This booklet focuses on the five main topics relevant in paddlesports safety, called the L.I.F.E.R. Principle.

L - Life Jacket

I - Immersion

F - File a Float Plan

E - Evaluate Your Venue

R - Return Safely

This booklet covers the basic principles behind paddling, such as an introduction to the forward stroke, various sweep strokes, and draws.

The booklet also covers various paddlecraft that youth may encounter: Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, and Rafts!

Throughout the booklet, there are a variety of games to check for understanding of key principles and topics while keeping the youth and families engaged.

This booklet helps to further inform individuals about paddlesports and the pertinent information paddlers need to know before they go.  

With this resource, we can help create a more conscious paddling community and help further safe paddling practices. So, please help the ACA by creating lifelong paddlers that follow the L.I.F.E.R. Principle!

If you would like to order this booklet, please click on the appropriate link:


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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