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Spinal Immobilization in a River with...

Justin Padgett ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
Possible spinal injuries on the river can be a terrifying thought but, using the water to assist  your situation could make all the difference. Justin Padgett standing in the cold waters of the Tuckaseegee river demonstrates how to use water to assist in spinal immobilization. Head and neck injuries are serious when it comes to whitewater. As [...]

Shoulder Dislocation with Justin Padg...

Justin Padgett discussing shoulder dislocation
The dislocated shoulder is an injury that can happen to any boater and most likely will. If you have never had a dislocated shoulder that’s great. Maybe you don’t know anyone who has ever done it, again this is great news. The longer you boat the more likely you will have a dislocated shoulder or know someone who will dislocate th [...]

ISSU 4 of ACA Paddling Zine

ACA Paddle Zine

Treating Hypothermia with Tom Burroug...

Tom Burroughs ACA instructor
Treating hypothermia is a possibility that can affect every water sport enthusiast. Understanding hypothermia is important. Now that you’ve recognized the signs and symptoms it’s time to act. Do you have a “Duty to Act”, yes you do. You’re an outdoor professional and understand that this is a client or a friend a [...]

Understanding Hypothermia with Tom Bu...

Tom Burroughs Understanding Hypothermia
Hypothermia is something that can affect every water sport enthusiast. To deal with it you have to understand it. Tom Burroughs did an incredible job of explaining the character and symptoms of hypothermia on the banks of the Tuckaseegee river. During my time at the ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinic in Dilsboro North Carolina I was able to learn f [...]

Stories of Survival

American Canoe Association Video
This is a great video created for the ACA. Check it out.

Stand Up Paddleboards for Swiftwater ...

The middle section of the Youghiogheny always has action. I’ve spent nine years working on the Youghiogheny river and the middle section is the least traveled of sections for me. I know it ok but I just haven’t spent a lot of time on it. I fish it and bike along side of its banks and when relatives come in I take them down this [...]

Whitewater Festival: Ohiopyle Over th...

Ohiopyle ACA-PA Falls Fest Unit4media
Over the Falls Festival: Thousands of People, and Twenty Feet Thousands of spectators. Hundreds of boaters. Twenty feet of falling whitewater. August 22nd, American Whitewater held the 2015 Over the Falls Festival over Ohiopyle Falls. The park estimated around 10,000 spectators cheered on the brave boating souls. Over 200 paddlers from aroun [...]

Kayak Instruction: Three Rivers Paddl...

ACA PA TRPC Instruction Unit4media
A Casual Day of Kayak Instruction Be that flaming kayak looking amazingly awesome on a blogpost! Do you have your roll? Ready to master the drop? Then you should look into Three Rivers Paddling Club’s education sessions. Sunday, August 16th, Steve Barber, ACA-PA State Director, and the rest of his Three Rivers Paddling Club (TRPC) coho [...]

Kayak Instruction: Three Rivers Paddl...

TRPC Turkey Bash Unit4media Instruction
Turkey, Stuffing, and Beginner to Intermediate Kayak Instruction There was whitewater. There was camping. There was camaraderie. Three Rivers Paddling Club (TRPC) held their 2015 Turkey Bash Saturday August 1st to Sunday August 2nd. TRPC is a paddling group from the Pittsburgh area. They organize paddling outings and instruction, bringing b [...]