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African American outdoor associations encourage participation in watersports

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Many groups like The African American Outdoor Association (AAOA) encourage and support increasing fitness, health, and wellness for the African American community through vigorous outdoor activities. Part of The AAOA’s mission is to convince African Americans that outdoor recreation can combat high rates of heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.

All forms of outdoor recreation are encouraged, from hiking, cycling, climbing, to backpacking and camping. The following associations prefer various forms of watersports like canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and even scuba diving.

Some of these organize programs in several states across the country. According to Heru-Ka Abu, the founder and director of Journey Outdoors “We conduct activities in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Alabama, Colorado, South Dakota, and California.” In addition, “We receive inquiries about forming branches across the country. This year we plan to do just that. If you are interested in bringing Journey Outdoors to your neck of the woods contact us and we will get the process underway as quickly as possible.”

Here is a short list of some of the clubs and associations that promote watersports

  • The African American Kayakers
  • Journey African American Outdoor Sports Association or Journey Outdoors
  • The National Association of Black Scuba Divers
  • Kayak the Potomac
African American Kayakers
African American Kayakers

African American Kayakers

African American Kayaker is dedicated to all of us that love to get out on the water, enjoy life and kayak. If you are a beginner, intermediate or expert kayaker feel free to share your thoughts, knowledge and adventures.

Some benefits of kayaking are:

Weight Loss
Stress Reduction
Back, Chest, Stomach, Arms and Toning

Athletes, people looking to get into shape, have fun and enjoy the outdoors are perfect kayaking



Journey Outdoors, as we are popularly known, promotes and facilitates participation in outdoor recreations activities for everyone.

We do – hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, skiing, roller blading, camping, sailing, backpacking, car camping, rock climbing, spelunking (caving), running, horse-back riding, white-water rafting, tubing, rowing, kite flying, fishing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and more.

Journey Outdoors provides outdoor recreation opportunities through membership, experiential education and expeditions.

We Offer – clinics, workshops, classes and a variety of support services.

We Offer –activities for the beginner and the experienced; for all age groups and for all fitness levels.

Our Goal – is to make outdoor recreation activities available and affordable to everyone.

Through Journey Outdoors We Are:

The Never Ending Journey of Discovery
The Never Ending Journey of Discovery

The Never Ending Journey of Discovery

Although kayaking seems to be a sport for the young, it is still a lifelong sport that anyone enjoys. It is a sport anyone can enjoy, because it is not about strength or even about ability. It is about the desire to travel the everyday. It is about discovery

WOW! What Are You Waiting For?
WOW! What Are You Waiting For?

WOW! What Are You Waiting For?

It is a sense of freedom that I never experienced before. Now I only wish that I could Kayak every day and convince everybody what a great thrill it is. It really is like entering another free of all the stress and worry of that other life.

Bill Pinkney Sailing Solo
Bill Pinkney Sailing Solo

Bill Pinkney Sailing Solo

In June 1992, Bill Pinkney became one of the first black men to sail solo around the world.
His 22-month-long voyage covered 27,000 miles and took him around the five southern capes, including Cape Horn at the tip of South America, one of the most difficult sailing passages in the world. When he arrived at Boston Harbor, after having successfully circumnavigated the globe, Pinkney became the fourth American to achieve this feat.
A Chicago native and former public relations executive, the 56 year old Pinkney sailed on a 47-foot cutter named The Commitment – his commitment to his dream of sailing around the world solo, and to the schoolchildren who followed his voyage via computer and television. The sailboat, which was designed for a seven-person crew, had been specially outfitted so he could handle it alone. Pinkney had originally planned to sail an easier route, through the Panama and Suez canals, but another sailor convinced him his trip would be considered more significant if he sailed the more difficult southern route around the five capes.




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