This week I am off to the American Canoe Association (ACA) Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Here is a bit of a peek into what I will be doing (if my nerves don’t get the better of me).
Joint Incident Management Program
- Group management and utilizing a variety of rescue resources with multiple crafts and a highly dynamic paddling environment. USCG will be participating.
- Taught by: Scott Brown and Don White
Fort Moultrie & Sumter Interpretive Kayak Tour
- Led by a Charleston Historic Interpreter, paddle and learn about Fort Moultrie – a series of fortifications built to protect the city of Charleston during the American Revolution, plus observe Fort Sumter – the sea fort which played a big role in two Civil War battles.
Coastal Navigation Clinic
- Learn the fundamentals of using a compass, understanding nautical charts, tidal and seabed features, and incorporating tide and surf forecasts while planning a coastal paddling trip.
- Taught by: Don White
Beach/Marsh Paddle Green Clean Up
- Enjoy a scenic paddle near Inlet & Swinton Creek, circumnavigating Little Goat Island, while using Paddle Green Bags to collect marine debris and make a cleaner and more beautiful place to paddle.
Greenland Kayaking Clinic
- Be taken back in time to the cold waters of the north, and learn about ancient paddling techniques, boat materials and designs, and the traditional narrow – bladed paddles used by early fishing cultures of the Arctic.
- Taught by: Fern White
I will also be attending the annual membership meeting that discuss changes in the ACA membership and outlook for the following year.
I look forward to bringing some of this information and my experiences to the blog in the following weeks. Until then… happy and safe paddle adventures!
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