This three-hour safety seminar is for novice canoers, kayakers and other paddlesports enthusiasts.
To register and pay the $25 fee in advance, go to the Active.com Web site. The course can readily be located by typing in the key word “Paddlesports.”
Topics include basics such as understanding paddlecraft characteristics and vessel capacities, selecting the proper paddle and how to file a float plan. Paddlers will learn the proper way to transport the paddlecraft; conduct a pre-departure check; dress for a safe trip; load gear and their responsibilities when paddling with others. In a chapter called “Operating Your Boat Safely,” paddlers will learn how to enter and exit a canoe or kayak, be briefed on local hazards, learn to secure the paddlecraft and share the waterways with others.
Boating emergencies such as hypothermia, drowning, capsizing, swamping and falls overboard also will be covered. Legal issues such as life jacket and vessel registration requirements, unlawful operation, Homeland Security restrictions, alcohol and drugs, navigation lights, sound-producing devices, visual distress signals, environmental protection and what to do if in a boating accident, will be explained
Flotilla 3-3, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
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