The 2017 National Paddlesports Conference is almost here!

By Ali Reddington, TVCC Secretary


Sponsored by the Nantahala Outdoor Center, the ACA’s 2017 National Paddlesports Conference is fast approaching.  Held in Wesser, North Carolina at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, this year’s event runs from October 18th – 22nd and includes a number of courses and levels of instruction.  These include, but aren’t limited to:

Level 3: Coastal SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

Level 3: Surf SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

Level 3: Whitewater SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

Level 4: Whitewater Rafting – Paddle and Oar Instructor Certification Workshop

Adaptive Paddling Workshop


Attendees will also get to attend the International Whitewater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Southeastern Downriver Championships!  Join the NOC as we host the oldest whitewater race in the Southeast!  Following the ACA National Paddlesports Conference, racers of all ages and boat types will race from the put-in at Wayah Road to the Founders Bridge at the NOC.

The ACA provides a range of recreational opportunities and has been established as one of the premier standards of paddlesports safety and education. As part of the ACA’s leadership role in the paddlesports community, we have initiated this conference to target all facets of the paddlesports community.  To learn more or register for this event, visit!



If you have any other questions or comments, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at secretary@tvccpaddler. com




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.