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  • Remember to dress for immersion

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    Keep Kayak Fishing Safe -Dress for Immersion

    Bob is a kayak fishing enthusiast who loves gear. He wants every advantage he can get on the water, but sometimes he forgets that what he wears is important too. One simple choice makes all the difference for Bob. Choosing to dress for immersion makes your…

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  • Bring a buddy when out on the water

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    How to Paddle a SUP Safer: The Buddy System

    It may seem adventurous to go out on the water alone, but this leaves you without help when something does go wrong. Having a paddling buddy allows you both to enjoy a safe trip, and gives you the support you need should something happen. Practice safe SUP…

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  • Always wear your lifejacket.

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    Keep Kayak Fishing Safe - Wear your Lifejacket

    This is Ted. Ted is a kayak fishing enthusiast. For Ted, efficiency and speed always come first, but this leaves Ted unprepared for his kayaking experience. One simple choice makes all the difference for Ted. Just grab your PFD before heading out onto the…

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  • An overhead shot of a man paddling a standup paddleboard

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    How To Paddle A SUP Safer: Don't Paddle Impaired

    There are few things better than relaxing after a long day and having a few drinks with friends. But paddling impaired is dangerous. Take Jeffrey from this video for instance. Jeffrey is a SUP enthusiast, but he also crumbles under peer pressure. When…

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    How To Paddle A SUP Safer: Dress For Immersion

    Everyone likes to look cool. But don't let your desire to be cool overweigh your need to be safe. When paddling a SUP, be sure to dress for immersion. Looking cool is not near as important as staying dry when you inevitable fall off your standup paddleboard.…

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  • Two men eating hotdogs under an umbrella

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    How To Paddle A SUP Safer: Check The Forecast

    So you're a SUP enthusiast. We get it, we are SUP enthusiasts too. But, like Sterling in the video below, it is easy to be so excited to get to the water that you forget to check the weather. Make sure you practice safe SUP techniques. Check the weather…

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  •  An overhead shot of a river

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    How To Paddle A SUP Safer: Wear A Leash And PFD

    This is Randall. Randall is a standup paddleboard enthusiast. But Randall gets easily distracted. We know, like Randall, you are a standup paddleboard enthusiast. You want to pack your camera, Go-Pro and all the other cool accessories to make your trip the…

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  • Man paddling a yellow stand up paddleboard

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    Video: Water Safety with Kai Lenny

    Maui-resident Kai Lenny, seven-time stand up paddle board champion and all around professional waterman, joins the United States Coast Guard to promote water safety from sunny Honolulu, Hawaii. Lenny addresses the viability and ease of lifejacket use and…

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  • A SUP paddler paddling in calm water.

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    How To Paddle A SUP Safer: Know Your Limits

    We all know the feeling, you are the proud owner of a new kayak or SUP. You want to get on the water immediately. But you have to be careful to not get in over your head. You have to know your limits. When you take your SUP out for it’s first test run, you…

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  • A group of kayakers paddling near a barge.

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    How To Share The Waterways

    As summer gets closer and more boats are hitting the water, it is important for everyone on the water to be aware of others sharing the waterway. The United States Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 04-17, a shared waterway alert. “This Safety Alert…

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  • A stranded kayaker calls for help over a radio on a rock beach.
  • A stranded kayaker calls
  • Paul Kuthe demonstrates how to deal with a flipped kayak.
  • Paul Kuthe navigates a busy harbour on a kayak.
  • Paula and Kate Kuthe give tips on how to plan a safe and enjoyable kayaking trip.
  • It's important for new paddlers to be smart, be safe, and have fun.
  • Learn the basics of paddling a kayak with Paul and Kate Kuthe.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard requires all paddlers to carry a whistle or sound-signaling device.
  • Paddlers are faced with all types of weather. Dress properly to stay warm and comfortable.
  • Paul Kuthe paddles a sit-on Kayak on the ocean.

About

As a United Stated Coast Guard nonprofit grant recipient, the Water Sports Foundation produces paddling safety outreach materials and distributes them through boating and paddling media providers. Paddle sports currently has an inordinately high rate of accidents and deaths that for the past five years has been increasing, while power boating stats have been decreasing during the same period. The goal is to create heightened pulbic awareness of safer paddling making paddle sports safer and to ultimately reduce the total number of paddle sports related deaths annually.