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.

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The Paddlesports Industry Association (PIA) and the Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) have come together and developed an industry-wide marketing program to promote canoeing, kayaking, and rafting in North America.
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The Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) announced today that it has changed its name to the Paddlesports Industry Association.  The name change is the first step in the organization’s adoption of the recommendations put forth by the Paddlesports Industry Unification Workgroup (PIUW) to create a single trade association that represents the entire paddlesports industry.
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Wednesday, 13 December 2006 05:29

PPA and TAPS to Work Together, But Separately

TAPS - PPAThe Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) and the Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) spent the past year discussing unification of the Paddlesports industry into a new trade association. The TAPS Board of Directors met December 6 and 7 in a board retreat with the roposed unification as thefirst priority of discussions. The TAPS board voted unanimously to drop hose plans, but encouraged thetwo organizations to collaborate in Paddlesports promotion and egulatory issues.
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Professional Paddlesports AssociationFrom March 19 to 21, 2007, the Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) will host the second session of the National School for Paddlesports Business in Loudonville, Ohio. The school is designed to improve business management knowledge, skills, and abilities for paddlesports industry professionals.
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