Summertime is always busy for a kayak instructor

“Nice work, if you can get it,” “You’re living the dream” and other phrases are frequently uttered when I tell folks that I am a level 2 river kayaking instructor with the American Canoe Association (ACA).

For me, it’s a privilege to play a role in helping educate folks on how to stay safe while paddling our Ozarks streams.

The ACA was formed in 1880, when 24 canoeists vacationing on Lake George and Lake Champlain in New York State called for a convention of canoeists to gather to discuss the state of canoeing at that time.

Buffalo National River staff listen to a safety briefing before floating from Tyler Bend to Grinder’s Ferry as part of an ACA River Kayaking Skills Assessment course on June 19. 

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