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July 17 - 21, 2024

"This place will change your life"






Ashley Brown


Ashley is the recipient of the American Canoe Association 2019 Excellence in
Instruction Award. This award is presented annually to an ACA member for outstanding
contributions to paddlesports education and instruction. She earned the prestigious
Level 5 American Canoe Association Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking
Instructor Certification and is also an ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor Trainer, Canoe
Instructor, and L2 Standup Paddleboard Instructor.


Who am I?

Ashley Brown teaches Coastal Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Instructor
Development at the College of Charleston. She has developed these paddlesports
courses over the past decade to include Sustainability Literacy and a First Year
Experience course with a Biology class. Learning about sustainability and sharing it with
the students led Ashley to start a Master of Art at Prescott College in Outdoor Education
Leadership. She only has her capstone left before she finishes her degree.
Ashley shares her passion for teaching kayaking at all levels and challenging people to
test their limits while learning and having a ton of fun. She has been developing a
curriculum in Kayaking, SUP, and Instructor Development at the College of Charleston,
where Ashley serves as an Adjunct Professor.

Ashley serves as the past chair of the Coastal Kayak Committee which is part of the
Safety, Education, and Instruction Committee for the American Canoe Association.
Ashley loves to travel and has gone from Canada to Mexico and beyond, sharing her
talent and knowledge with clubs, groups, schools, outfitters, events, and symposiums.
Ashley lives in Charleston SC and enjoys welcoming guests from around the world to
paddle in beautiful Charleston waterways. One of her favorite venues is the “edge of
America”, the Atlantic Ocean off Folly Beach. She provides paddlers an opportunity to
have an exciting experience and widen their perspectives.

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