After another paddle boarder fatality last weekend, and an overall increase in SUP fatalities, folks are finally paying attention of safety.The Distressed Mullet, one of industry’s best online mags has a great piece on how to get the word out there about safety….

LEASHES, PFDS AND SUP EDUCATION

Here at Mullet Central, we try to maintain a Stoke Only Zone. It’s important to us to stay positive and stoked about all the things about paddling that make us so happy and keep us strong as a community. So what I am writing might seem like a departure.
And I might be preaching to the choir.
But honestly, there is something I am growing very weary of – writing, it seems like every other week or so, about another needless SUP-related drowning in a lake or river or otherwise benign-appearing body of water somewhere.   In fact, it seems to be getting to be so commonplace, I actually found myself worrying that I’m getting desensitized to these stories. The scenario is almost always the same:  paddle boarder falls off, gets into trouble, disappears underwater and is found a day or two later by search and rescue officials. The story always includes this sentence, “He/she wasn’t wearing a leash.” And/Or “his/her pdf was found on the board.”

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Don’t strap it, wear-it.  And get a more comfortable PFD
Need more info or to take our classes give me a holler..
Rob Casey
Seattle, WA USA
www.salmonbaypaddle.com
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