Sam Fowlkes has been a leader in paddlesport for over 30 years. His involvement with the American Canoe Association began in 1977 when certified as a whitewater kayak instructor while working at Nantahala Outdoor Center as a guide and instructor. He has been an ACA whitewater canoe Instructor Trainer since 1981. He is presently an Instructor Trainer Educator in Swiftwater Rescue and Whitewater Canoe for the ACA. In addition Sam is an Instructor Preceptor for Rescue 3 International trained by Slim Ray. Sam is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and a former NC E.M.T. Educated at ECU, UNC-CH and WCU, Sam holds B.S and M.A.Ed degrees. Sam has been on the teaching faculty of Western Carolina University for the past ten years schooling students in water-based sports education. Sam’s other ACA leadership positions include: 12 years as Dixie Division Divisional Instruction Facilitator, 4 years as SEIC Vice Chair. He received the ACA Joe Pena Volunteer Award in 2002, voted David Mason volunteer of the year in 2004 from the Dixie Division and received the ACA Instructor of the Year Award in 2005. He is currently serving a second term in the elected position of Chair of the Safety, Education and Instruction Council and is a member of the Board Of Directors of the ACA. The lead swiftwater rescue IT for the whitewater symposiums 2004 and 2005 he has been described as one of the “contemporary leaders in swiftwater rescue education and program development.” Sam maintains his website: whitewater- rescue.com as a resource for rescue instructors and trainers. Favorite rivers: Chattooga, Ocoee, New, Gauley, Middle Fork of the Salmon + Selway.