This New App is a Life Saver for Paddlers

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Paddle Ready is a new app designed for paddlers who want to maximize their fun and safety on the water! Free on the App Store and Google Play, Paddle Ready allows you to:

  • Complete a float plan and email it to your friends
  • Find an ACA Instructor or Course near you
  • Get real-time river forecasting (surf and tidal coming soon) and general weather forecasting
  • Search for Boating Organizations and Offices by state
  • Have Paddle Safety Checklists for various paddling environments at your fingertips
  • Use the Safety and Rescue How-to Videos to keep your knowledge current
  • And more!

Paddling offers a great way to keep physically fit, experience adventure, and spend time with family and friends in the great outdoors. Whether kayaking on a lake, rafting down a river, stand up paddleboarding in the ocean, or canoeing down a stream, more than 50 million Americans participate in paddlesports each year. But with the influx of novice paddlers on all types of waterways, comes an increased risk of accidents and fatalities. Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards were involved in nearly 20% of all boating-related deaths last year (U.S. Coast Guard 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics). The ACA, with funding from the U.S. Coast Guard, created the user-friendly Paddle Ready app to empower individuals like you with the right knowledge, equipment, and support necessary to have more fun on the water while staying safe.


The ACA’s National Paddlesports Instruction Program is recognized as the gold standard in paddlesports education throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries. Paddle Ready is the newest addition to the ACA’s ongoing campaign to develop, produce, and disseminate a wide range of safety, education and instruction programs to serve the millions of people who participate in paddlesports annually. This convenient app will benefit new and experienced paddlers alike.

Heather Herbeck

Use Paddle Ready to inform your family and friends where you’ll be paddling, check the conditions of your favorite routes, learn more about inflatable life jackets, brush up on your safety knowledge, and so much more.


For those who are new to the sport, the app also makes it easier to connect with local ACA-certified instructors and get involved with the paddlesports community at both a state and national level.

Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the FREE Paddle Ready app today!


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