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OP PADDLESMART 2009 Recreational Boating Safety Pulse Op “WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET, 9 out of 10 Drowning Victims don’t”. Over 50% of all recreational boating fatalities are in non-motorized vessels 80% are the result of Fall Overboard/Capsizing & Sudden Cold Water Immersion

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OP PADDLESMART 2009

Recreational Boating Safety Pulse Op

“WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET,

9 out of 10 Drowning Victims don’t”


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  • Over 50%of all recreational boating fatalities are in non-motorized vessels

  • 80% are the result of Fall Overboard/Capsizing & Sudden Cold Water Immersion

  • In  90%  of those fatalities, people were notwearing life jackets

  • Kayaking is the fastest growing sport over  the past 10 year period


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Increased Life Jacket Wear

Sudden Cold Water Immersion


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   1 APRIL  2009

Thru  1 NOVEMBER 2009

  • Maximize the opportunity to get the word out


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  • Target Launch Sites

  • Target Dealerships

    • Request they include or highly suggest the sale of a Life Jacket with EVERY Paddlecraft

    • Have them include our Paddlesmart info Packett with every sale

  • Focus on New Boaters

  • Target Impulse Buyer


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  • Paddler Interaction

    • Vessel Safety Checks

    • Cold Water Immersion

    • Survival Time Discussion

    • PFD Requirements

    • Paddlesmart Packet Distribution !!!


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Information Packets:

  • Safe Boating Tips

  • Smart Start for Safe Paddling

  • Paddler’s Safety Checklist

  • Off-Season Boating Cold Shock & Hypothermia

  • Paddle Safe! Have Fun

  • PADDLESMART Bumper Sticker

  • Kayak/Canoe Ownership Stickers

  • Federal Requirements for Paddlecraft


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FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PADDLE CRAFT

(AS OF 23MAY08) (Presented in a single sheet format has been added to your packet)

The following items are required minimum equipment for paddle craft:

PFDs: 1 TYPE I, II, III, OR V LIFE JACKET IS REQUIRED FOR EACH POB.

TYPE V MUST BE WORN IAW LABEL DIRECTIONS

CHILDREN UNDER 13 MUST WEAR PFD (IF THE STATE HAS ESTABLISHED WEAR

REQUIREMENTS THEY TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS)

SOUND PRODUCING SOME MEANS OF MAKING

DEVICE: AN EFFICIENT SIGNAL IS REQUIRED.

VISUAL DISTRESS IF OPERATING BETWEEN SUNSET

DEVICE: AND SUNRISE MUST CARRY A VDS

SUITABLE FOR NIGHT USE – EITHER 1

ELECTRIC LIGHT (FLASHLIGHT) OR 3

COMBO DAY/NIGHT FLARES

NAVIGATION IF OPERATING BETWEEN SUNSET

LIGHTS: AND SUNRISE, 1 WHITE LIGHT (FLASHLIGHT ACCEPTABLE)

OR NAV LIGHTS FOR A SAILING VESSEL

ANCHORING LIGHTS: NOT REQUIRED UNLESS ANCHORING

IN/NEAR A NARROW CHANNEL/FAIRWAY – 1 ALL AROUND WHITE LIGHT


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Distribution of Ownership Stickers:

Explain Their Importance

  • If your Paddlecraft is found, it can be returned to you

  • A simple phone call can alert if you are OK, or separated from your paddlecraft and in need of assistance


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D1 2008 Statistics & Success

There was a slight decline in the First Coast Guard District Recreational Boating and Paddling fatalities in 2008

There were 55 fatalities in 2008

as compared to 58 in 2007

Of the total 55 fatalities in 2008 only one person, a 3-year old girl on a 16’ capsized sailboat, wore a life jacket


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2008 Statistics & Success cont.

In looking at only Paddlesport Fatalities

D1 had a total of 23 in 2007

and 14 in 2008

A reduction of 39.13%  

No one was wearing a life jacket


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D1 2008 Statistics & Success cont.

Breakdown with type of Paddlecraft

15 Canoe fatalities in 2007 vs.

10 in 2008 - a one-third reduction

8 Kayak fatalities in 2007 vs.

4 in 2008 - a fifty percent reduction


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Instructions on completing and returning the 2009

Operation Paddlesmart Semi-Monthly Summary Report

  • Appoint a Project Manager for your unit

  • The Project Manager will submit a Semi-Monthly report to the Cape Office via email to

    Attention Bob Nolan @ [email protected]

  • Have the report sent by the 14th and 28th of each month, April through 1 November

  • Paddlesmart Materials shipped in early March at a quantity of 50

    Additional quantities can be ordered for special events by contacting COMO Belmore via email at [email protected]

    Additional Report Forms can be found at: http://a013.uscgaux.info/OPPS_09.htm


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