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Paddle sports like canoeing and kayaking are the fastest growing segment of recreational boating. Now, there is a course available to address the unique needs of this audience.
The course is “A Paddler’s Guide to Safety,” developed by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in cooperation with the American Canoe Association.
The course objective is to provide the information anyone needs to become a more knowledgeable and safer paddler.
This is a hour and a half seminar with no textbook or final exam. Paddlecraft Safety Tips, Safety Equipment Checklist, and Rules of the Road will be distributed to participants.
Class Length: 1 and 1/2 hour.
The cost is $10.00
For more information, go to http://www.boatcourse.org/paddlecraftsafety.htm
To Register, got to; http://www.boatcourse.org/registration.htm
COURSE CURRICULUM TOPICS INCLUDE:
• Know Your Paddle craft - parts of a canoe and kayak; understanding paddle craft characteristics such as basic types, hull shapes, hull materials, lengths and widths and weights; selecting your paddle for both canoe and kayak.
• Before You Get Underway - knowing your paddle craft's capacity and how to file a float plan; transporting your paddle craft; conducting a pre-departure check; dressing for a safe trip; loading gear in a canoe or kayak; storing paddle craft; the responsibilities when paddling with others.
• The Legal Requirements of Boating - vessel registration, hull identification numbers; unlawful operation of paddle craft; policies on alcohol and drugs; state/federal equipment requirements including life jackets; navigation lights; sound-producing devices and visual distress signals; state-specific information may be added.
• Boating emergencies ... What to do - minimizing the risk of drowning, capsizing, swamping or falling overboard; emergency techniques; how to deal with cold water immersion and hypothermia; situational awareness.