Professional Paddlesports Association LogoThe Professional Paddlesports Association just announced a new program called the 9th Grade Paddle Pass. As the name implies, it is a program aimed at introducing students in grade nine to paddling by allowing them to get out on the water for free up to ten times throughout the 2011 paddling season.

I think it is an amazing program idea and it’s perfect for introducing kids to the sport just as they are old enough to get seriously hooked.

The only downside I can see to the program is that there are currently only two outfitters onboard and they are located in Ohio and Missouri. It’s only the first year so low numbers are a bit to be expected though I’m surprised that there isn’t a larger group of paddling schools and outfitters onboard for the initial launch. Here is hoping that more sign on to the program soon.

If you are thinking of taking advantage of the program, you have until June 22, 2011 to get your application in.

More info: paddlepass.com

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