Proposed New Paddle Sport Safety Visuals

Proposed New Paddle Sport Safety Visuals

This slide set is approved for use in D1NR. This document was released by the DSO-PE D1NR on 19 FEB 2017 1 Paddle Sports Safety Canoes, Kayaks, Rafting, Paddle boards 2 Copyright 2017 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. Kayaker Death in Lake Stafford, NH November 2016

Kayak capsized in middle of lake High winds and extreme water conditions contributed to the drowning death of a 62-year-old woman 50 mph wind gusts 2 foot swells Cold water Emergencies can unfold in seconds 3 Paddle Sports Safety Canoes, Kayaks, Rafting, Paddle boards First District Coast Guard: 28 of 49

fatalities on paddle craft in 2016 75% of fatalities could have been prevented if a life jacket was worn! 4 Paddle Sports Safety Top Ten Practices 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Wear your lifejacket

Beware of cold water Take an on-water course Know the Rules of the Road Check equipment prior for wear or failure 5 Paddle Sports Safety Top Ten Practices 6. Know practices, ethics, conduct 7. Know your limits 8. Learn and practice rescue skills 9. Learn best practices 10. Plan and prepare for trip in advance

6 Essential Paddling Gear 7 Copyright 2005 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. Safer Paddling Videos at www.nasbla.org/SaferPaddling a Wh t If Life Jac

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k o Str 8 Paddle Sports Safety Essential Gear Wear Lifejacket & whistle, hat/helmet, sunglasses, sunscreen, proper clothing and footwear Bring Spare paddle VHF radio

Water & snacks Bailer or bilge pump Dry bag First aid kit Compass and chart Insect repellant Rescue gear Tow line PLB Knife 9 Paddle Sports Safety Other Safety Rules Never paddle alone Be a swimmer Inform someone of your plans

Learn to recognize and avoid potential hazards For low light, bring light/signal Add flotation to kayaks Get Vessel Safety Check 10 Coast Guard Searches for Possible Missing Kayaker* Cohasset, MA July 2016

Unmarked kayak was found adrift Unsure whether people were in distress Extensive search launched * From U. S. Coast Guard Digital Newsroom 11 Canoeing, Kayaking, Emergency or lost boat? Fill out sticker and attach to your paddle craft

Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, paddleboards Information on this sticker could: Lead to your rescue Return your property to you Save Coast Guard time and costs Stand Up Paddleboards When beyond swimming, surfing, or bathing area, paddleboard is considered a vessel Generally, wearing a life jacket and leash beneficial Life jacket in surf could be dangerous

Leash in swift water could be hazardous 13 Federal Regs on Paddle Sports Wearable life jacket for each person Whistle Visual Distress Signal if on coastal waters at night White light at night and periods of restricted visibility Hull Identification Numbers canoes and kayaks Abide with Pollution Regulations Follow Navigation Rules 14

Additional State Regs on Paddle Sports Life jackets must be worn: STATE VESSEL TYPE START END CT October 1 May 31

MA Manually propelled Canoe, kayak September 15 May 15 NY Pleasure November 1

May 1 VT Sailboard January 1 December 31 15 Additional State Regs on Paddle Sports Maine

Paddleboards must have visual distress signals on territorial waters between sunset and sunrise Exempt from life jacket requirements are licensed canoes owned by summer camps Vermont Persons under 16 years of age must wear a PFD while on board a sailboard 16 AGES THAT CHILDREN MUST WEAR LIFE JACKETS Federal Less than 13 years of age

CT, NJ, RI Less than 13 years of age MA, NH, NY, VT Less than 12 years of age ME Less than 11 years of age 17 Key Takeaways Wear your life jacket! Pay attention to what is happening around you!

Be visible! Communicate! 18 Copyright Statement QUESTIONS? 19 Following slide is intended for Introductory brief. It is included here for convenience. 20

Copyright 2005 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. Coast Guard Rescues Kayaker Portsmouth, NH January 2017 34 year old man capsized in mouth of River Winds 15 kts with 25 kt gusts 43 water Man was hypothermic not wearing a life jacket or wet/dry suit VERY LUCKY HE DID NOT DIE 21 Copyright 2005 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc.

REFERENCES www.nasbla.org/SaferPaddling BoatingCourses.us www.AmericanCanoe.org 22 Copyright Statement

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