Saturday, May 12, 2018

Paddlecraft Safety Training

Patrick Christopher
With injuries and deaths occurring among the rapidly growing number of paddlesports enthusiasts, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26 sponsored kayak safety training for members May 9 during its monthly meeting at its Sylvan Beach base.
The purpose of the training was to enable more Coast Guard Auxiliarists to reach out to the boating public to help ensure the safe and enjoyable use of kayaks and other paddlecraft.

This is “important information to keep us updated on the Auxiliary’s focus on this emerging area of concern,” noted Flotilla Commander John Conroy.

Oswego Flotilla 24 Staff Officer Patrick Christopher, a kayaker and paddlecraft vessel examiner, conducted the training. It included a safety checklist, such as checking for slow leaks, properly fitting hull caps, life jacket and emergency alert device such as a whistle.

The U.S. Coast Guard has tasked the Auxiliary with the recreational boating safety mission.
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