The American Kayaking Association's (AKA) primary focus is in providing the most current and relevant information regarding the sport of kayaking. As an American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Training Instructor, safety is essential, and is conveyed through Safety Training Courses, Instructional Videos and How to Guides covering the different types of kayaks, their use, and which may be best suited for you.
The AKA's main goal is to work closely with National, Regional and Local organizations in an effort to introduce educational outlets and tools, in order to better serve their communities by providing more accessible waterway and conservation workshops geared toward each unique environment, consequently creating awareness, stewardship, and economic growth within the community.
AKA also works with charitable organizations and has participated in fund raisers such as “Kayak for A Cure” and Children's Hospital Annual Duckie Races. In addition, the AKA has acted as water safety patrol for various festivals and events within the Central Ohio market. In conjunction with these charitable organizations, we have been able to raise funds for children's cancer research and raise awareness within the communities they serve.
However, we can't do it without YOU! The American Kayaking
Association has recently obtained it's EIN# - 501(c)(3) Certification and are currently accepting
donations. These donations will allow the AKA to widen its
reach through both education and volunteer work.
NOWFEST - Northern Olentangy Watershed
Paddle the City- Art Festival June 11-12th
HERO USA is proud to partner with MORPC on their great event series Riverfest!
Riverfest is a celebration of water, Ohio’s
greatest resource. The purpose of Riverfest is to educate the public
about the vital role waterways play in the region. By interacting with
waterways and offering canoe and kayak paddles, people of all incomes
and ages can develop a lifelong appreciation for this resource. Come
join us for a celebration of our region's water resources along the
Scioto River in Downtown Columbus. Riverfest will take place in
conjunction with the Columbus Arts Festival on June 11th and 12th from
12pm-4pm. Bring your family and friends and spend Saturday with us
canoeing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding along the Scioto River. On
Sunday, watch a decorated boat float or transform your self-powered
watercraft into a work of art by joining us for the inaugural MORPC
Columbus Arts Festival Boat Show.
AKA, was happy to provide water safety patrol for 166 paddlers most of which had never paddled before; without an issue.
Asian Festival - Dragon Boat Race - May 20th
A dragon boat is a twenty foot canoe with a decorative
dragonhead on the front and a tail on the back. A drummer sits facing
the paddlers and directs them with the beat of the drum. A steersman
stands in the rear and guides the boat with a long, wooden oar. The
paddlers sit two by two on ten benches. These individuals paddle the
stroke in unison to fly the dragon across the water. It is this
synchronicity that is the key to racing. Dragon boat racing is as
amazing to be a part of as it is to watch.
Dragon boat racing is a sport for all. This fact is not true in many other sports. It is the teamwork, the synchronicity that moves the boat. Muscle is good, but not nearly as good as paddling together with the correct technique. It is not uncommon to watch seemingly "weaker" teams win races. It is about paddling as one and having "heart".
Dragon boating is a sprint sport. Races are typically 500m. We will be racing 300m races at the Dragon Boat Race Event. You will explode off of the start line and power through the finish. The race will last about two minutes. "That's all?", you may say, but trust me, sometimes that is a very long two minutes. Besides that, you'll have a few chances to race.
Proposed site location: Olentangy River at Nationwide Blvd to the Scioto River Confluence
AKA's current project is located right here in our backyard in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio. Working in conjunction with Central Ohio Kayakers, The Ohio River Rat Society, along with other like-minded local kayaking organizations, and local business owners our goal is to build the first Whitewater Play Park in Central Ohio. This project is presently in its conceptual stages and needs your help. If you can volunteer your time, money and/or act as a referral source to those who can get the job done, your assistance is invaluable.
In The News - This Month's Featured Story
RIVERSPORT Adventures is your passport to the most exciting outdoor adventures in Oklahoma City. RIVERSPORT Adventure Parks are location downtown in the Boathouse District and at Lake Overholser on the west side of the city.
NEW for 2016 in the Boathouse District – RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center! The $45 million center opens May 7-8, but you can buy your pass now. We’re also adding three new high-speed slides you won’t want to miss!
You’ll find the SandRidge Sky Zip across the Oklahoma River, the SandRidge Sky Trail adventure course and Sky Slides, the Rumble Drop 80-foot free fall, and the Youth Zone – plus kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, climbing walls, an extreme water slide, cycling and more.
NEW for 2016 at Lake Overholser – new adventures including a double zip line, climbing wall, extreme swing and stunt jump. You’ll also find two newly renovated boathouses and on-the-water activities including kayaking, dragon boating, pedal boats and stand up paddle boarding.
RIVERSPORT Adventure passes help fund youth outreach programs as well as athlete development and training at the OKC Boathouse Foundation’s National High Performance Center, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site for both rowing and canoe/kayak. Thank you for supporting our athletes!