Paddling

Using both a paper chart and GPS to navigate through Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, where most of the islands look the same

Paddlecraft navigation

Having a basic understanding of marine navigation allows paddlers to know where they are, where they are going and how to return safely. Paddlers can …

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Paddlecraft safety features come in handy when you need to perform a self rescue

Paddlecraft safety features

Most recreational power vessels under 20 feet must meet minimum flotation requirements set forth in the Federal Requirements for Boats. Paddlecraft are exempted from these …

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Paddlecraft can benefit from a vessel safety check

Paddlecraft vessel safety checks

As an experienced paddler and vessel examiner, I know that many paddlers don’t see themselves as boaters and rarely take boating safety courses. Paddle sports …

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Learn what to wear for cold water paddling

Cold water paddling

Water temperatures start to drop as we head into fall and winter. While paddling in cooler climes can be a lot of fun, paddlers need …

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Life jackets for paddlers

A life jacket, or personal flotation device, is the most important personal safety device for boaters, and all mariners should wear one while on the …

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Scoop rescue is used when someone has capsized and becomes incapicated or injured.

Capsize Recovery

Paddlers new to the sport or those occasionally renting a boat are focused on all the fun they will have exploring rivers, lakes, or the …

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Paddling with marine VHF

Paddling with marine VHF

“Paddlers do not think of themselves as boaters.” – A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats by the U.S. Coast Guard Because …

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