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Many beginning paddlers don't even know the
ACA exists , let alone trains paddlers in USA.
If retailers merely gave potential customers
info from the ACA on where to get instruction
the number of water related deaths would drop.
The USA is surrounded on 3 sides by ocean, and
has countless creeks, streams, rivers and lakes.
Paddling is a LEARNED skill, just like golf.
Millions hack at it and think they know.
A lifetime is spent learning about nature.
Putting a tush in a cockpit doesn't make that
person a kayaker/canoeist anymore than putting
a tush in airplane makes that person a pilot.