• Home
  • Learn
  • Paddlesports Participation & Fatality Stats - Safety Series

Paddlesports Participation & Fatality Stats - Safety Series

Paddlesports Participation & Fatality Stats Infographic

Paddlesports participation & fatality stats

Paddlesports growth

Over the past three years, stand up paddling maintained the highest outdoor activity growth rate, increased participation an average of 26%. Kayak fishing (17%), whitewater kayaking (10%) and coastal kayaking (8%) also saw some of the biggest participation increases over this three-year period.

Don't be a statistic

Due to increased participation rates, the US Coast Guard has seen increased rates of paddling0-related accidents and fatalities. According to the US Coast Guard, the primary factors which lead to paddling casualties and deaths are:

  • Operator not wearing a lifejacket
  • Alcohol & drug use
  • Operator inexperience
  • Operator inattention
  • Hazardous waters and weather conditions

Related Articles

What is the main difference between a dry suit and a semi-dry suit? Why is there's such a big difference…

Learn how to stay comfortable on the water when fishing in the cold. When you stay warm and…

In this video, we're going to look at the best way to re-enter your kayak in case you flipped, and you…

Any re-entry type of rescue, whether a solo effort or assisted, can be taxing on the capsized…