Chris Stec – Prevention

Chris-Stec-&-son-AndrewIntroducing Chris Stec

Christopher Stec, Chief Operating Officer American Canoe Association (ACA)

From south Louisiana to western North Carolina to Virginia, Chris has been affiliated with paddlesports in a variety of ways.

Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of the ACA, Chris worked as a Program Director at a prominent summer camp, a raft guide for the Nantahala Outdoor Center and in the ACA’s Safety Education & Instruction Department.

Chris holds the following paddlesports certifications:

  • Instructor Trainer Educator for Whitewater Canoeing
  • Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
  • Adaptive Paddling Endorsement

A love for competition has allowed he and his wife to place at regional and national downriver races in tandem canoe.

Chris has served on various committees for the National Safe Boating Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the PFD Manufacturers Association. He is also a lifetime member of American Whitewater.

In addition to articles published in several magazines, including poetry, Chris has contributed to two books and was also one of the writers of the revised Boy Scouts of America Canoeing and Whitewater Merit Badge Pamphlets.

Chris lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wonderful wife and two children. When not in the office, he can probably be found either paddling or fishing with his son and daughter on a section of the local Rappahannock River.

Presentation topics:

Prevention (we all talk about it, now let’s work on it!)

We all know that the best accident on a river is the one that never happens, join Chris Stec from the American Canoe Association and actively take part in a presentation tailored specifically for any whitewater trip leader.  Whether you lead beginner or intermediate paddlers, whether they’re your friends or part of a club trip, this session will provide practical, ‘real life’ experience on the art of preventing a normal river mishap from deteriorating into a disaster.  This presentation will start in the classroom, then head outside to the edge of the river.   

How to get Liability Insurance

Whether you’re starting a small paddlesports instruction business, volunteering with a local paddling club, or teaching your friends, join Chris Stec from the American Canoe Association for a discussion on this ever present topic in our industry.  From an overview to specific details, learn more so that you can make a more educated decision before you take folks out on the water.

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