Joshua Hall of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission recently was named the 2012 recipient of the American Canoe Associationís Excellence in Instruction Award.

Hall was honored at the awards ceremony and banquet, which was held at the Tides Folly Beach hotel in conjunction with the National Paddlesports Conference and SUP Summit.

Each year, the American Canoe Association recognizes a select group of individuals and organizations who have illustrated exemplary leadership, service and dedication to paddlesports.

Hall serves CCPRC as outdoor recreation program manager, is chairman of the ACAís Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Committee, and is a member of the Safety Education and Instruction Council.

In the winter of 2010, Hall spearheaded the process of developing a nationwide curriculum for instructing SUP, and created a pilot program for certifying instructors.

The program was soon approved by the ACA, and instructors across the country began seeking official certification.

According to the ACA, Hallís educational and instructional contributions to the association and paddlesports as a whole have been exemplary. In addition to developing the curriculum, Hall has taught a significant number of skills courses and instructor certification courses for both coastal kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, and served as mentor for instructor trainers nationwide.