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  • American Canoe Association
    Dedicated to promoting the health, social and personal benefits of canoeing, kayaking, and rafting and to serve the needs of all paddlers for safe, enjoyable and quality paddling opportunities. The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a member based, national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation (aka FUN!). Fredericksburg, Virginia
    http://www.americancanoe.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • American Dragonboating Association
    Welcome to Dragon Boat Racing in the Midwest! The sport of dragon boating is over 2000 years old with its origins steeped in tradition. The pageantry, the colors, the mechanics of dragon boating are educational and present a view into the past.
    http://www.americandragonboat.com/
    (Added: Mon Feb 03 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • American Rivers
    American Rivers is the leading conservation organization standing up for healthy rivers so communities can thrive. American Rivers protects and restores America's rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife, and nature. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters, with offices in Washington, DC and nationwide.
    http://www.americanrivers.org/
    (Added: Thu Nov 11 2010) - Report this link as bad!
  • American Whitewater
    Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission "to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely." American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission. Cullowhee, North Carolina
    http://www.americanwhitewater.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • East Coast Outrigger Racing Association (ECORA)
    ECORA is a network of outrigger canoe clubs spanning the Atlantic seaboard of the USA. Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing carries on globally in the rich culture and traditions of its birthplace. ECORA is a proud part of that history. Today ECORA thrives in nearly every coastal state from Maine to Florida, and welcomes interested paddlers to join an existing club or form a new one.
    http://www.eastcoastoutrigger.com/
    (Added: Tue Feb 04 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • ESKA - The Eastern Surf Kayaking Association
    The Eastern Surf Kayaking Association (ESKA) is the governing body for the United States East Coast Surf Kayaking Circuit. The ESKA is also the official sanctioning body that selects the United States East Surf Kayak Team which competes at the World Surf Kayaking Championships every other year. The ESKA hosts and/or sanctions many surf kayaking events on the East Coast of the United States, and does its best to promote the sport of surf kayaking in the United States.
    http://www.eskasurf.com/
    (Added: Sat Jan 09 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • European Canoe Association
    Although the International Canoe Federation ICF was formed in 1924 and canoeing as a sport appeared for first time at Olympic Games 1936 in Berlin, the European Canoe Association ECA was founded in 1993. Site has news, calendar of races, rules, results, and more.
    http://www.canoe-europe.org/
    (Added: Fri Jan 22 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • European Dragon Boat Federation
    The European Dragon Boat Federation is a Member of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) and recognised by the IDBF as the specific Governing Body for Dragon Boating in Europe. The role of the EDBF is to develop the sport of Dragon Boat Racing, in its modern era, and to ensure that festival based Dragon Boating retains its traditions and remains a sport and recreation to be enjoyed at all levels, by as many people as possible. This the EDBF seeks to achieve without too many unnecessary rules and regulations or too much officialdom.
    http://www.edbf.org/
    (Added: Thu Feb 20 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • FISA - The Official World Rowing Web Site
    Federation of Rowing Associations. Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron. FISA, the International Rowing Federation, is empowered by its member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing and manage its development. The primary mission of FISA is to promote rowing around the world, and make it a universally practised sport.
    http://www.fisa.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association
    The Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association was established in 1996 to provide the self-outfitted boating public with an advocate and a clear voice seeking to achieve fair access for the non-commercial river runner in Grand Canyon and the rivers of the Colorado Plateau region; to actively work in support of Wilderness designation for Grand Canyon National Park; and to seek reform of the commercial river concession industry and other outfitter concessions on our public lands.
    http://www.gcpba.org/
    (Added: Sun Dec 04 2005) - Report this link as bad!
  • Heroes on the Water
    Based in Texas, and operated as our flagship program, Heroes on the Water serves all military personnel who have been wounded, injured or disabled while serving on active duty, in the reserves or national guard. The primary goal of the program is to assist these injured service members with their physical and mental recovery by introducing them to the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. The program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Participants enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held at various locations around the country.
    http://www.heroesonthewater.org/
    (Added: Fri Dec 03 2010) - Report this link as bad!
  • International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)
    The website of the IDBF - the worldwide governing body for dragonboat racing brings you dragonboat news, dragonboat events, rules and regulations. Whilst the IDBF was only formally constituted in June 1991, there has been traditional dragon boating in Southern China for over 2000 years. International competitions, for non-national crews, have been staged since June 1976 when overseas crews were invited, for the first time, to race in the traditional Hong Kong Festival Races. It is from this event and date that the Members of the IDBF accept and record that the 'modern era' ofdragon boating began.
    http://www.idbf.org/
    (Added: Mon Feb 03 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • International Rafting Federation (IRF)
    The INTERNATIONAL RAFTING FEDERATION (IRF) is about bringing the world of rafting together so we can all benefit from our interaction. This interaction may involve anything from competing at the World Championship level to being part of a local grassroots event in your home town. Or it could be that once-in-a-lifetime experience of going on a commercial raft trip locally or around the world, whether it be for 1 hour or 16 days. The IRF is in the forefront of raft safety worldwide. Through our various courses and certifications, we can ensure a global standard of guides while continually evolving raft techniques to keep everyone safer. The IRF is also about the environment and conserving the rivers we raft. It’s about educating others–at the whether local whitewater park or from just above Lava Falls deep in the Grand Canyon. The IRF is about bringing rafters together, from the most experienced guide to the new enthusiasts on their first trip.
    http://www.internationalrafting.com/
    (Added: Tue Jan 26 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • IVF - International Va'a Federation
    Originally the name of the federation was International Polynesian Canoe Federation (IPCF). Over the years it has become apparent that the term "Polynesian Canoe" did not take into account other Oceanian regions which can rightfully pretend to be also at the source of the outrigger canoe. This applied in particular to Melanesia and Micronesia. It has been discussed among the members of the federation what term could best reflect the designation of the canoe. The answer was evident and the members decided to adopt the name "Va'a" as the international designation for the outrigger canoe. Accordingly, the International Polynesian Canoe Federation (IPCF) was renamed "International Va'a Federation (IVF)". As the governing body of the international va'a sport, the IVF now counts more than 25 members and member areas. Papeete – Tahiti, French Polynesia
    http://www.ivfiv.org/
    (Added: Mon Feb 17 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • League of Northwest Whitewater Racers
    The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers is an all-volunteer group of paddlers in the Pacific Northwest. Under the auspices of the American Canoe Association, US Canoe&Kayak, and the Washington Kayak Club, the League organizes wildwater races and races and training clinics in whitewater slalom. Volunteers organize the races which are sponsored by local paddling clubs in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho and Montana. Seattle, Washington
    http://www.nwwhitewater.org/
    (Added: Sat Jan 09 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • National Organization for Rivers
    NOR is here to STOP and REVERSE the major loss of your public rights on rivers since the 1970s. Public rights are now being unlawfully denied on thousands of miles of rivers around the US. NOR has produced resources (handouts, posters, and a book) that deal effectively with this huge problem, by educating the public and government officials about existing law. NOR builds a bridge from the chambers of the U.S Supreme Court to the rivers in your state, explaining how the existing law applies today. Colorado Springs, Colorado
    http://www.nationalrivers.org/
    (Added: Wed Jan 29 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • National River Cleanup
    The nation's leading river advocacy organization is encouraging citizens to take part in the annual National River Cleanup Week. If you're looking for a hands-on way to help protect the rivers you love, then organize a cleanup or pitch in at a cleanup near you.
    http://www.nationalrivercleanup.org/
    (Added: Thu Apr 19 2007) - Report this link as bad!
  • National Rowing Foundation
    The National Rowing Foundation's mission is to support athletes who pursue excellence in the sport of rowing with the primary goal of promoting the United States' participation in international rowing competition, provide for the preservation of rowing history and manage the Rowing Hall of Fame.
    http://www.natrowing.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Northern Forest Canoe Trail
    Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the rich human heritage and diverse natural environment of the Northern Forest, by establishing and stewarding a water trail tracing historic Native American travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine.
    http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/
    (Added: Thu Apr 19 2007) - Report this link as bad!
  • Pacific Dragon Boat Association
    West Coast Dragon Boat Resource. Welcome to the Pacific Dragon Boat Association. We are one of four regional affiliates of the United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF). The USDBF is a member of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). We're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose primary purpose is to promote the sport of dragon boat racing and foster national and international dragon boat competition.
    http://www.pdbausa.org/
    (Added: Tue Jan 27 2015) - Report this link as bad!
  • Pacific NorthWest Outrigger Racing Canoe Association
    PNWORCA is the association for outrigger canoe clubs located in the Pacific Northwest. Clubs are located in Washington State, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. Individual clubs provide children and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities instruction in the techniques of outrigger canoe paddling. Everyone is welcome - no paddling experience is necessary. Whether you want to paddle recreationally or want to experience the fun and excitement of racing, there is a place for everyone.
    http://www.pnworca.org/
    (Added: Fri Feb 19 2010) - Report this link as bad!
  • Paddlesports North America
    Paddlesports North America promotes paddler education, safety and stewardship of the environment throughout North America. The organization serves to expand knowledge and awareness of all paddlesport-related activities —canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard— and encourages lifetime participation in the sport through delivery of long-term paddler development programs. Paddlesports North America provides classroom education and on-water training through a series of paddlesport modules developed by British Canoeing. The British Canoeing program is internationally recognized as the gold standard in paddlesport training. Paddlesports North America coaches deliver British Canoeing paddler and coach trainings and assessments, and determine achievement awards. The organization develops, encourages, trains and supports coaches to deliver these programs, and maintains all achievement records. The program is continually being refined around the needs of paddlers, and provides a balanced progression and support. Paddlesports North America encourages people of all ages and abilities to go paddling, stressing personal safety and respect for the environment. Lansing, Michigan
    http://www.paddlesportsnorthamerica.org/
    (Added: Mon Nov 23 2015) - Report this link as bad!
  • Professional Paddlesports Association
    The Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) is the premier trade association promoting paddlesports. PPA serves the paddlesports industry, including canoe, kayak and raft rentals, retailers, liveries, outfitters, manufacturers, and distributors. PPA members help outdoor enthusiasts experience the fun and joy of rafting, kayaking, and canoeing the lakes, rivers, whitewater, streams, creeks, bays and coastal waters in the United States and internationally.
    http://www.propaddle.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Qajaq USA
    Qajaq USA is the American Chapter of Qaannat Kattuffiat - the Greenland Kayak Association. We have members world-wide. Qajaq USA is one of only two affiliated "Qajaq" clubs outside of Greenland. Most "Qajaq" clubs are scattered among the small villages of Greenland and are a major impetus in keeping the local kayaking traditions alive. Qajaq USA is committed to supporting Qaannat Kattuffiat and their efforts to preserve, study and promote the traditions and techniques of Greenland kayaking while seeking to further the appreciation and development of Greenland-style kayaking in the United States.
    http://www.qajaqusa.org/
    (Added: Thu Feb 10 2011) - Report this link as bad!
  • Team River Runner
    Kayaking for Wounded Warriors and Their Families. Team River Runner (TRR), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, gives active duty servicemembers and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports. TRR has Local Chapters across the country. If there is not a TRR Chapter in your area, please Contact Us at our national office in Washington D.C.
    http://www.teamriverrunner.org/
    (Added: Thu Nov 11 2010) - Report this link as bad!
  • The New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association
    The New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association is an organization run by volunteers, dedicated to advancing the sport of canoe and kayak racing for paddlers of all skill levels. NECKRA seeks to support established and successful community boating programs to facilitate awareness of and interest in marathon and downriver racing.
    http://www.neckra.org/
    (Added: Mon Jan 27 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • United States Canoe Association
    Our aim is to encourage the growth of paddling as a recognized competitive sport and beneficial recreational activity through educational programs, conservation, safety, fitness, and participation in family and community life.
    http://www.uscanoe.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF)
    The USDBF is the governing body of Dragon Boating in the United States and a member of the International Dragon Boat Federation. The mission of the USDBF is "to promote the growth and development of dragon boating in the U.S. for fitness, recreation, and team building at all levels of competition." The United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the sport of dragon boat racing.
    http://www.usdbf.com/
    (Added: Fri Feb 21 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • United States Rafting Association
    The United States Rafting Association (USRA) is the governing body of raft racing in the United States. It works with the International Rafting Federation and other national governing bodies throughout the world to make sure the United States is represented in international competition. The USRA also strives to promote the sport of raft racing in the United States from a local level to a national level. Teams selected through the National Championship Series represent the United States in international competition. The USRA continually strives to grow the sport within the USA.
    http://www.usaraftassociation.com/
    (Added: Fri Jan 22 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • USA Canoe & Kayak
    USA Canoe/Kayak functions as the national governing body (NGB) for the Olympic disciplines of canoe and kayak racing. USA Canoe/Kayak is affiliated with the International Canoe Federation. A non-profit corporation recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, USACK is charged with the mission of developing, selecting, supporting and training those athletes who will successfully represent the United States in the Olympic Games, Pan Am Games, Goodwill Games, World Championships and other major international competitions.
    http://www.usacanoekayak.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • USA Canoe/Kayak
    A member of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak is the national governing body for the Olympic sports of Flatwater Sprint and Whitewater Slalom as well as the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe. USA Canoe/Kayak is also the U.S. member of the International Canoe Federation and the Pan American Canoe Federation. Other paddling sports sanctioned by USA Canoe/Kayak include Dragon Boat, Freestyle, Marathon, Surfski, Wildwater, Outrigger, Polo, Canoe Sailing and Stand Up Paddleboard. The Mission of USA Canoe/Kayak shall be to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and other international competition; and to promote and grow paddlesports in the United States.
    http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Canoe-Kayak.aspx
    (Added: Sat Feb 01 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • USA Canoe/Kayak
    A member of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak is the national governing body for the Olympic sports of Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom as well as the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe. USA Canoe/Kayak is also the U.S. member of the International Canoe Federation and the Pan American Canoe Federation. Other paddlesports sanctioned by USA Canoe/Kayak include: Dragon Boat, Freestyle, Marathon, Surfski, Wildwater, Outrigger, Canoe Polo, Canoe Sailing and Stand-Up Paddleboard. USA Canoe/Kayak offers athletes the opportunity to win Olympic medals in up to 16 events, the sixth most of any sport.
    http://usack.org/
    (Added: Tue Jan 26 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • USRowing
    USRowing is a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing selects, trains and manages the teams that represent the U.S. in international competition including the world championships, Pan American Games and Olympics. More than 16,000 individuals and 1,100 organizations strong, USRowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition. USRowing membership reflects the spectrum of American rowers – juniors, collegians, masters and those who row for recreation, competition or fitness.
    http://www.usrowing.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • WomenCAN International
    WomenCAN International is an international group of women and men dedicated to creating racing and development opportunities for women in Olympic Canoeing. OUR MISSION: To inspire and enable women to achieve equality and excellence in Olympic canoe racing by developing a complete range of development and racing opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. And, to promote and support paddling for recreation and as a way of life.
    http://womencanintl.com/
    (Added: Mon Feb 02 2015) - Report this link as bad!
  • Wooden Canoe Heritage Association
    The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, Ltd. (WCHA) is a non-profit membership association devoted to preserving, studying, building, restoring, and using wood, wood-canvas, cedar strip and birchbark canoes, and to disseminating information about canoeing.
    http://www.wcha.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • World Kayak Federation
    Our purpose is to develop and safeguard whitewater kayaking as a recreational activity and as an athletic endeavor. Our efforts are focused on the development of whitewater parks, events, and raising the standards for whitewater kayaking instruction and instructor certification.
    http://www.worldkayak.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • World Paddle Association
    The World Paddle Association (WPA) was launched in the spring of 2010 by two paddling enthusiasts who just wanted to see the sport grow in the proper direction. With the rapid growth of Stand Up Paddling and the need of direction and focus with this young sport we felt there was a need to assist in the rules and guidelines for the competitive SUP events in the United States. The ultimate goal of the WPA is to provide a global standard for competitive Stand Up Paddle events leading to better experiences for all parties involved. The WPA is all paddlers that give input and want to help in the future growth of all Stand Up Paddle sports. We look forward to the continued input from those that have the passion to provide a better experience.
    http://worldpaddleassociation.com/
    (Added: Sun Dec 22 2013) - Report this link as bad!
  • World Rowing
    The Official website of FISA, the international rowing federation. Latest world rowing news, comprehensive live coverage from top international rowing events, rower biographies, FISA contact information, world rowing calendar, videos, photos and much more. The World Rowing Federation, FISA (from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron) is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 142 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing.
    http://www.worldrowing.com/
    (Added: Thu Feb 26 2015) - Report this link as bad!
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