ACA Conference in Charleston, South Carolina

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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