Empowering Paddlers

Empowering Paddlers

Empowering Paddlers – Sioux Falls Youth Outreach Program

Sioux Empire Paddlers fully believe that paddling education is a great way to make safer paddlers on our waterways and introduce a fun family activity for the community.  Kayaking can build self-confidence, teamwork skills, communication skills, and is great exercise.

This is why Sioux Empire Paddlers are proud to announce our new program called “Empowering Paddlers”. This program is very similar to our Kayaking for Kids program but Empowering Paddlers will provide free classes for children age 7-17.  These free classes will go over life jacket safety, parts of the boat, paddling skill training, what to do if you flip, teamwork, getting back to nature, and playing fun games on an individual and team basis. Sioux Empire Paddlers will provide kayaks made specifically for smaller paddlers, life jackets of all sizes to fit the paddler, short paddles with smaller shafts for easy handling and guiding, and a Certified ACA (American Canoe Association) Kayak Instructor.

Sioux Empire Paddlers have teamed up with a couple of entities in Sioux Falls South Dakota to find children ages 7-17 and that meet our criteria.  Counselors, teachers, social workers and local nonprofits will help us find children that wouldn’t normally have this opportunity and provide them with a certificate for a kayak class.  We will host these classes throughout the summer at local lakes and ponds. We will schedule classes around the students schedule to make sure we don’t leave anyone out.

Funding such a program will take some money and a village to help cover operation costs. We are looking for local business to sponsor students in our Empowering Paddlers Program. Businesses will have four tiers to choose from depending how many children they want to sponsor.  Besides the great benefit of providing a class for a child to learn new skills; we will also add small perks for that business.

Bronze Sponsor: $50.00-$249.99

Hatfield Roadhouse

Silver Sponsor: $250.00-$499.99


Gold Sponsor: $500.00-$999.99


Platinum Sponsor: $1,000.00+

Any amount is welcome!


Empowering Paddlers Sponsorship

ACA Paddle America Club