Flotilla 33, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, is teaming up with UAA to present “Paddlesports America,” a safety seminar for novice canoers, kayakers and other paddlesports enthusiasts. The course begins with a 3-hour class Friday night in Eagle River, then continues the next morning with UAA instructors at the Wells Fargo pool.
Topics include basics such as understanding paddlecraft characteristics and vessel capacities, selecting the proper paddle and how to file a float plan. Paddlers will learn the proper way to transport the paddlecraft; conduct a pre-departure check; dress for a safe trip; load gear and their responsibilities when paddling with others. In a chapter called “Operating Your Boat Safely,” paddlers will learn how to enter and exit a canoe or kayak, be briefed on local hazards, learn to secure the paddlecraft and share the waterways with others.
Boating emergencies such as hypothermia, drowning, capsizing, swamping and falls overboard also will be covered. Legal issues such as life jacket and vessel registration requirements, unlawful operation, Homeland Security restrictions, alcohol and drugs, navigation lights, sound-producing devices, visual distress signals, environmental protection and what to do if in a boating accident, will be explained.
Advance registration is required by contacting: www.uaa.alaska.edu/continuinged, or calling UAA at (907) 786-6790. The course number is CES 006.
Event will take place on Friday, May 9th 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Location is at the University of Alaska Anchorage Chugiak-Eagle River Campus in Eagle River, Alaska.
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