The SCPIA represents Paddlesports Outfitters, Tour Providers, Instructional ACA Schools and Information on Retail and Rental Purchases as well as information on safety and where to paddle in South Carolina.  Click on theMembers page for more information! 

Executive Board of Directors:  2017

Chair:  Barry Frick / River Rats Canoe & Kayak Rentals & Tours

Vice Chair:  Kathie Livingston / Nature Adventures Outfitters, Inc. 

BOD Member at Large:  Paul Laurent / Black River Outdoors

​Executive Committee: 2017 
President:  Jeff Atkins / Level 4 ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor  and Level 2 SUP Instructor

Vice President:  Hughes Page / River Rats Canoe & Kayak Rentals & Tours 
Secretary:   James Tillman Bradley / Level 1 ACA Kayak and Adaptive Paddling Instructor
​Treasurer:  Ralph Earhart / Kayak Charleston

For reservations on Classes and more info at Paddlefest

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Camp or Cabin overnight @ Santee State Park:


Promote safety, preservation, education and opportunities in the South Carolina Paddlesports Industry and to promote growth of Paddlesports recreation and business; To provide a unified voice for action; advertise and promote paddlesports recreation and opportunities to the public; provide professional development opportunities for individuals who work in the paddlesports industry; ensure fair governmental policies that support the growth of the paddlesports industry; support the collection, tabulation, and distribution of statistical data on the economics of the paddlesports industry; maintain friendly relations among members of the Association; promote environmental stewardship; and conduct all other activities necessary in the furtherance of the interests of the paddlesports industry.

PaddleFest 2017!​

At Santee State Park
Saturday, July 22nd, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Catfish Friday Paddle:  5 to 8 p.m. 

Registration Required: 803-974-1262
Quickstart Your Kayak (3 hours) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.   $30 each
Flatwater Kayak Safety & Rescue ( 3 -4 hours)  9 a.m. - 12:30 / 1 p.m.- $40 each 
Quickstart your SUP (Jeff?) 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
Kayak rolling demonstrations watch for free! 
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Poplar Creek Wood Duck Trail Guided Paddle $40 / adults and $30 / kids includes all gear and guide(s). 

No Registration Required to enjoy and sign up and enjoy these activities

the day of the festival! 
Kayak Races:  
Adult Obstacle Race:  1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Kids Obstacle Race:  2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Kids Kayak Races:  
Ages 10 - 12:  11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Ages 13 - 15   11:30 a.m. - 12 noon (12:15 p.m.) 
Prizes awarded including Cabin stay at the park, Guided Kayak

Tours, cooler with extras and more! ! 

Learn to Kayak – Canoe – Paddleboard
Self and Assisted Rescues, Strokes and Techniques, Rolling Demonstrations, Kayak Races & Games for the whole family!  $5 each to try one out!
Camp or Cabin sites available at 803-854-2408

Sponsored by:
The South Carolina Paddlesports Industry Association

Supported by: 


Kayaking - Canoeing - Paddleboarding - Rafting

​Tours - Rentals - Instruction - Retail Sales - Paddling Trails - Events - Advocacy

South Carolina Paddlesports Industry Association