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Marcel Bieg

Department: Western States Outreach
Title: Western States Outreach Director & Grant Manager
Phone: 540-907-4460 x116

In August of 2015, Marcel joined the ACA team as the Western States Outreach Director. Marcel lives in Eugene, Oregon. In addition, Marcel will also oversee a grant for a new ACA educational WebTV Series.

Marcel has been instructing and guiding for over 15 years from Alaska to the Florida Keys. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Marcel holds a M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato along with Several Instructor Certifications from the AMGA, ACA, AIARE, LNT, ACCT and the PSIA. Marcel has a wide range of experience in the outdoor field and has been employed in several outdoor professions including Higher Education, U.S. Military, K12 and Expedition Education. Marcel is also part of several non-profit organizations that focus on Resource Protection and Outdoor Education. He holds numerous ACA certifications, including Instructor Trainer in Whitewater Rafting and Whitewater Kayaking. He is also a certified Instructor in SUP, Surf Kayak, Coastal Kayak, a Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and he holds the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement.

“I owe so much to paddle sports; my character, passions, personality, relationships and even my life. I have always believed in a balanced life so for me if I owe something or someone one I better make good on it. This may be by repaying my teachers by continuing their teachings, honoring a mentor by becoming a mentor, or simply trying to convey the joy I have felt within an activity to others who could grow their lives through the activity.

This is why I became involved with the ACA. I wanted not only to provide people the opportunity to learn to paddle, but ultimately learn to grow as people, individuals and within their community. The best way for me to do this and insure success for these individuals is learning how to properly teach them. The ACA has provided me with the tools to be a paddle instructor and the rest of my education has provided me with the knowledge to be a reasonable life instructor. Together I have been able to use paddle sports as the mechanism for growth.

I feel so much passion is missing in our world and country today due to several factors. I believe art, dance, science, and nature can all aid in reviving some of this passion. Paddle sport is my main instrument in reestablishing this idea and love for life. And insuring that I am teaching to the highest standards of quality has aided in planting this passion in so many students; many of which I would have never connected with without the guidance of the ACA.”

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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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