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These safety brochures are provided through American Canoe Association (ACA) and are an excellent resource for getting the most out of your paddling experience through information and training. We share the same goals that emphasize respect for the sport and always recommend training for all paddlers.
Safety is key for your enjoyment of paddling. It is the most important thing to understand before you get going. Many states also have a variety of laws related to the safe operation of your kayak and required accessories, such as a PFD (life jacket) and sound device.
Learn to Paddle
Paddling America's waterways can be relaxing, rejuvenating, even exhilarating. But it also comes with responsibility for you, your paddling partners, other resource users, and the environment.