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Safety Tips by Tom Watson

Weekly Paddling & Safety Tips

Capsize Recovery - Rolling

Safety Tip 024 - Capsize Recovery - Rolling

Capsized Kayaker Assist

Safety Tip 023 - Capsized Kayaker Assist

Bracing Strokes

Safety Tips 022 - Bracing Strokes

Loading/Unloading Your Boat

Safety Tip 021 - Loading/Unloading Your Boat

Primary/Secondary Stability

Safety Tip 020 - Primary/Secondary Stability

Paddling Footwear

Safety Tip 019 - Paddling Footwear

Emergency/Ditch Kits

Safety Tip 018: Emergency/Ditch Kits

Being Seen At Night

Safety Tip 017: Bring Seen At Night

Staying Visible by Day

Safety Tip 016 - Staying Visible by Day

Group Paddling

Safety Tip 015 - Group Paddling

Paddling Solo

Safety Tip 014 - Paddling Solo

Float Plans

Safety Tip 013 - Float Plans

Confronting Obstacles While Paddling

Safety Tip 012 - Confronting Obstacles While Paddling

Reading Rivers

Safety Tip 011 - Reading Rivers

Deploying a Throw Line

Safety Tip 010 - Deploying a Throw Line

How To Coil A Throw Rope

Safety Tip 009 - How To Coil A Throw Rope

Painter/Bow Lines

Safety Tip 008 - Painter/Bow Lines

Hand Signals for Paddlers

Safety Tip 007 - Hand Signals for Paddlers

Stirrup Strap Re-entry

Safety Tip: 006 - Stirrup Strap Re-entry

"Swim-On" Cockpit Re-Entry

Safety Tip: 005 - "Swim-On" Cockpit Re-Entry

FootBracing/Rudder Control

Safety Top 004 - Foot Bracing/Rudder Control

Protecting Your Hands

Safety Tip 003 - Protecting Your Hands

Paddle Floats - Self-Rescue/Re-Entry

Paddle Floats - Self-Rescue/Re-Entry

Life Jackets - Proper Sizing & Fitting

Life Jackets - Proper Sizing & Fitting

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