Flotilla 42, Rochester, New York

"A Paddler's Guide to Safety"


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, "A PADDLER'S GUIDE TO SAFETY", provides understanding equipment, legal requirements, what to do in emergencies, and more. The course developed by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in cooperation with the American Canoe Association. This is an onshore only class, taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  Date:   Tuesday, May 26, 2020
   Suspended due to COVID-19 Virus.

  Date:   Tuesday, June 30, 2020
   Suspended due to COVID-19 Virus.

  Date:   Tuesday, July 28, 2020
   Suspended due to COVID-19 Virus.

  Hours:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  Course Cost: $15.00

To register for a course date, Click here.


If you live in or near the Greater Rochester, New York area, Flotilla 42 offers safety courses for paddle sports enthusiasts.

  USCG Auxiliary
  Flotilla 42 (Charlotte)
  520 River Street
  Rochester, NY 14612

If you have any questions about Paddle Sports safety or training, contact the following the lead Flotilla Paddle Sports Instructor:

    Sue Lander, FSO-PAD:  slander@rochester.rr.com


  • Know Your Paddlecraft - 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.