Safer Paddling

Your guide to Safer Paddling brought to you in partnership with the Watersports Foundation and United States Coast Guard.

Going paddling? Remember to ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET and be sure to file a proper Float Plan.

Life Jackets only work when you’re wearing them. This might sound like the most obvious statement you’ve…

Think for a minute. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve seen on the water lately? How about somebody’s…

For paddlers, understanding the limits of ability and equipment is extremely important. Too often,…

Rod, reel, hatchet? Check, check and check. Compound Bow? Double check – didn’t you see Deliverance?…

We’re all eager to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding this summer, but many people overlook a…

When shopping for an affordable recreational kayak, many people assume that any model will do, as long…

The Sea Tow Foundation facilitated the generous donation of nearly 800 brand new adult-sized life…

The world’s largest paid-circulation magazine, Reader’s Digest, recently published a paddling safety…

A frame grab from Sally Wallick’s video camera captures her rescue of a struggling and hypothermic…

When Christian Nelson’s kayak turned turtle 3 miles offshore, a friend’s cell phone was his only way to…

Getting back on your sit-on-top kayak isn't that hard - if you know how. That's why it's a great idea to…

This video shows an example of why you should never drink and paddle.

If you go to the box store for paper towels and end up with a kayak, make sure you also pick up a life…

Paddling is a fun and safe activity, especially if you pay attention to these common-sense rules --…

The view from Allen’s boat as he rushed to rescue two men from a capsized motorboat. Photo courtesy…

This Point Of View account shows the importance of staying sober while paddling. Some of the most…

This Point Of View account shows the importance of wearing a leash and life jacket when stand up…

When it comes to ensuring a child's safety on the water, no piece of equipment is more vital than a life…

This Point Of View account shows the importance of choosing the right clothing when paddling. No matter…

ORLANDO, Fla., June 22, 2021-- Throughout the country, boaters are expected to cruise to popular…

It was meant to be another boy’s trip, the latest in a tradition that stretched back more than two…

A cell phone in a waterproof pouch might have made the difference. Or if he’d chosen his paddleboard…

When a 17-year-old paddleboarder was swept out to sea, his survival depended on his cell phone and the…

Sigrid Pilgrim, director of the Illinois Paddling Council, an organization that represents the interests…