Paddle Sports Safety Primer

Report
Paddle Sports:
An Introduction for Coast Guard
Auxiliarists
Don Goff, BC-BLC
March 2014
Agenda
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Some questions
Some facts
Some issues
What’s SUP?
Some answers for PE’s
Some answers for VE’s
Some answers for PV’s
Some answers for PA’s
Some more information
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A quiz!
How many people participate in paddle
sports (canoe, kayak, raft) annually?
A) 15 - 25 million
B) 25 - 50 million
C) 50+ million
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Quiz
How many people participate in paddle
sports annually?
C) 50+ million
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Another Question
Which paddle sport activity has the highest
level of participation?
A) Rafting
B) Canoeing
C) Kayaking
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Another answer
Which paddle sport activity has the highest
level of participation?
B) Canoeing (23 million)
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A Third Question
Which paddle sport activity has the highest
level of growth over the past decade?
A) Rafting
B) Canoeing
C) Kayaking
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A Third Answer
Which paddle sport activity has the highest
level of growth over the past decade?
C) Kayaking
Grew from 2 million to 14.7 million
participants in a 10 year period.
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Paddle Sport Participation
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Registered Vessels and Deaths
16,000,000
3500
14,000,000
3000
2500
10,000,000
Estimate more than
47,000 lives saved
since FBSA of 1971
enacted.
8,000,000
6,000,000
2000
1500
Deaths
Registered Vessels
12,000,000
Federal Boat
Safety Act of
1971 enacted.
1000
4,000,000
2,000,000
Registered Vessels
Linear Est Deaths
500
Annual Deaths
0
0
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Paddle Sports Deaths
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What’s SUP?
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Boats in Aisle Five
Many boats are sold by retailers who are not paddlers
Most boats sold without any instruction
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All Fun, but….
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How to Address the Problems
• Challenge: Connect with Paddlers
• Solution: Join the Community!
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Us—as often seen by Paddlers
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Addressing the Problem--PEs
Paddlesports America Course*
A seminar course:
– 4 Hours long
– Classroom only
– No exam
– Downloadable form
AKA “Paddle Smart America”
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Paddlesports America
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Paddlesports America is a safety course designed to attract the novice paddle
enthusiasts. This is a four-hour course.
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Topics:
– Know Your Paddlecraft - parts of a canoe and kayak; understanding
paddlecraft characteristics, e.g., basic types, hull shapes hull materials, lengths
and widths and weights; selecting your paddle for both canoe and kayak.
– Before You Get Underway - knowing capacity and how to file a float plan;
transporting paddlecraft; 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.
– Operating Your Boat Safely - how to enter and exit a canoe or kayak safely;
securing the paddlecraft and sharing the waterways with others; the U. S. Aids to
Navigation System (ATONS); learning about local hazards on waterways.
– The Legal Requirements of Boating -vessel registration, hull identification
numbers and who may operate a paddlecraft; unlawful operation; Homeland
Security restrictions; policies on alcohol and drugs. Life jackets; navigation lights;
sound-producing devices and visual distress signals; protection of environment
and what to do if in a boating accident. (State specific information may be added
at the end of this chapter.)
– Boating emergencies Minimizing the risk of drowning, capsizing, swamping or
falling overboard; emergency techniques; how to deal with cold water immersion
and hypothermia; understanding heat related illness; dehydration; handling
weather emergencies.
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2013 PE-Sector Baltimore
Mission Hours
as values
ABS
BS&S
GPS
NAVIGATION
OTHER
Paddlesports
America
SAILING
STATE
YOUTH
Public Education
Div 21
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
170.23
0.00
170.23
Div 22
Div 23
18.50 19.50
124.50 114.50
0.00
0.00
9.00
0.00
8.00 11.80
0.00
28.00
Div 24
Div 25
43.00 516.55
71.50 130.00
8.45
0.00
0.00
0.00
12.00 29.00
0.00
28.00
0.00 12.00
3.00
0.00
560.40 378.50 202.65 115.35
4.00
0.00 37.00 56.00
724.40 564.30 377.60 846.90
15.00
1,427.13
97.00
2,683.43
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Sector
Baltimore
597.55
440.50
8.45
9.00
60.80
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Addressing the Problem--VEs
7012A - Paddle Craft Vessel Safety Check:
Not much required,
but lots to talk about!
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Carriage Requirements
• Life Jacket
• Sound-producing device
• All around white light
(during periods of
reduced visibility)
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Optional, But Important
• Floatation
• Visibility
• Communications
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Flotation
• Your boat’s:
–Native buoyancy
–Added floatation bags
• Yours:
–Your life jacket—wear it
–Stay with the boat—it floats (a 16’
life jacket!)
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Visibility
Paddle
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Response Times
Response times at ¼ mile:
@60 mph—15 seconds
@45 mph—20 seconds
@30 mph—30 seconds
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Communications
• Distress signals
– Sound
– Visual
• Electronics
– Cell phones vs. marine radios
– DSC!
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Manage Risks
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Float Plan with a friend or relative
Alcohol and the Rule of 3s
Know your limits
Know your equipment’s limits
Know how to use your safety gear—
practice (at least annually)!
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Put your name and your home
telephone number on your boat!
John Doe
Home phone
Another phone-spouse cell
If you had your cell phone in the kayak, it won’t work wet!
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Orange Stickers
• Order from Boating Orders:
http://www.boatingorders.com/pacriffost.ht
ml (100 per person for free)
• ACA at: http://aca.siteym.com/store/ViewProduct.aspx?ID=1917
813 ($4.00 per 10 pack)
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Addressing the Problem--PVs
New set of “customers”:
• Outfitters and vendors e.g., REI, LL Bean,
Hudson Trail, Gander Mountain, etc.
• Commercial Tour Guides e.g., Adventure
Crafters School of Coastal Kayaking;
Outward Bound; Chesapeake Experience,
Inc., Potomac Paddlesports / Chesapeake
Kayak School, Canoe Kayak and Paddle
Company, etc.
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Addressing the Problem--PAs
• New materials at ANSC
– Brochures running out
– CDs and DVDs are still available
– Limited supply
– Posters at ACA web site.
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Clubs and Groups
MARYLAND:
• Chesapeake Paddlers Association, Inc.
• Greater Baltimore Canoe Club
• Monocacy Canoe Club
• Potomac River Paddlers
• Delmarva Paddlers
• Boy and Girl Scouts
• Camps
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The American Canoe Association (ACA) and the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary have signed a
Memorandum of Agreement to promote safety
among those who use kayaks, canoes and other
paddle craft.
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Paddle Craft Operator
Now authorized in D5S—coming soon to a
Sector near you!
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Questions?
• Contact me at: [email protected]
• More information about Paddle Sport
safety:
http://auxbdeptwiki.cgaux.org/index.php?title
=Paddlesports
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