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P.O. Box 925516
Houston, Texas

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American Canoe Association
Texas State Meeting and Training Event
March 19-20

Everyone is invited – Hear/Discuss what the ACA is doing in Texas
Meetings, Demos and Lunch are all FREE – please register in advance
Updates and Skills Classes at special rates
(Click HERE for Event Flyer)

When:  March 19 - 20, 2011

Where: McKinney Falls State Park, McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin
Google Maps Link:
From Interstate 35 take exit 228. Drive east on E Wm Cannon Road. Turn left on McKinney Falls Parkway and left into the park. There is a $5 per person entry fee without a state park annual pass.
Why:   Hear what our national organization is currently doing to support paddlers and promote paddling in our region. Voice your ideas on how the ACA can improve access and opportunities in our state. Share how you are willing to help make it happen.

Also:    Breakout discussion groups -- Topics include: Starting a division-wide traveling rendezvous; New ACA disciplines and how to get involved; Getting grants; Starting a state-wide Adaptive Paddling Workshop; Members networking forum; SEIC Policies, EEC and FA/CPR requirements
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding -- newest ACA discipline -- Demo by Austin Paddlesports
  • Orientation to Paddle Safe Paddle Smart -- Teach PS2 in schools, at camps
  • Instructor Updates—L1 & L2 River Canoe, River Kayak; L2 & L3 Coastal Kayak
  • Skills classes – SUP, L2 River Canoe and River Kayak, L2 & L3 Coastal Kayak; ARC Basic First Aid and Adult CPR
Updates, short skills courses and FA/CPR are only $45 – Updates require meeting attendance. Sunday full courses are just $95. At-the-door registration for classes is only if space available
Register and make course payments on line
Please update your ACA (and SEIC) membership before the meeting
Saturday lunch provided by Austin Canoe and Kayak is FREE to all meeting participants who register in advance. A catered dinner will be available Saturday night at 6:30 PM for $15 per person.

Event Schedule

9:00     Stand Up Paddleboarding Demonstration, Onion Creek near Smith Visitor Center
10:00   ACA State Meeting, Dining Hall
12:00   Lunch by Austin Canoe and Kayak and Break-out Sessions
1:00 – 5:00 PM  Instructor Updates, PS2 Orientation and Skills Review Classes
           ($45 each.  Pre-register)

6:30     Dinner (catered dinner will be available for $15)
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM  PS2 Orientation at Mc Kinney Falls SP
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM  SUP Quickstart at The Expedition School, Austin
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM   L2 River Canoe and River Kayak skills classes at Mc Kinney Falls SP 
                                   L2 and L3 Coastal Kayak on Lady Bird Lake if conditions are appropriate
                                   ARC Basic First Aid and Adult CPR at The Expedition School, Austin
Advance registration and payment is required for all courses. A small portion of your fee pays event expenses; event instructors are paid with remainder. A full refund will be made for any courses that don’t meet a 3 person minimum participation or if conditions cause cancellation.
Overnight Accommodations
Some nearby hotel options:
Super 8 – 4 miles --3120 Montopolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744, 512-334-4130
Best Western – 6 miles -- 1805 Airport Commerce Drive, Austin, Texas, 78741-4538, 512-386-5455
Staybridge Suites – 6miles -- 1611 Airport Commerce Drive, Austin, TX 78741, (512) 389-9767
Camping with water and electricity $16 per site, 8 people per site Contact the park (512)-243-1643 or Central Reservations (512)-389-8900
Screen Shelters with fans, electricity, hot & cold water sink and 8 bunks are available to share with others. Bring your own mattress and bedding. $40 per shelter. Costs will be divided between occupants. Contact Cutter Aquatics (817) 354-6853

Want more information?
Can you help? Volunteers are needed to help with meeting logistics.
Can you help teach a class or update? Instructors will be paid.
Contact Barb Cutter 817-354-6853

Mailing Address:
American Canoe Association
Safety Education and Instruction Department
108 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Contact Name: Jeremy Oyen
Telephone Number: 540-907-4460 x105

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