Founded in 1880 by a group of 15 notable canoeists, to promote the safe enjoyment of paddlesports by persons of all ages and abilities and to bring the paddlesports community closer together. Today, the ACA has grown into the nation's largest and most active nonprofit paddlesports organization with 30,000 members and over 300 Clubs and affiliates across the United States and abroad.
Founded in 2007, Heroes on the Water helps warriors of the U.S. armed forces get back to life after military service. Through kayak fishing trips, they decompress, reconnect, and find a place to belong. With 62 chapters hosting recurring events, HOW is healing mental and physical scars of those who serve our country.
The organization serves to expand knowledge and awareness of all paddlesport-related activities —canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard— and encourages lifetime participation in the sport through delivery of long-term paddler development programs. Paddlesports North America provides classroom education and on-water training through a series of paddlesport modules developed by British Canoeing.
Founded in 2004, Team River Runner promotes health and healing of wounded veterans through adaptive paddlesports. We’ve grown exponentially, offering weekly paddling sessions in 51 locations in 31 states. We've placed an increasing emphasis on the development of leadership through clinics all over the US teaching veterans the necessary skills to become leaders in their respective TRR Chapters