Paddle Lost at Night
Here’s a sample of a recently taped paddle. Note my company sticker is on the blade which you can apply via a perm marker. The sticker helps people contact me when I leave my paddles at the beach.
The white tape also helps you spot your paddle before you drive away.
Put your Phone Number on your Paddle
Most folks lose paddles because they leave it behind and drive away. I saw it happen twice last summer when friends left their $400 carbon paddles in the beach parking lot. Because I recognized the paddles, we were able to call them to retrieve it. Neither paddle had an ID on it.
Always put your name and phone number on your paddle. Use a Sharpie to write the info down. Or if you’re in business like me, then put your company sticker on the paddle (and board).
Coast Guard Requirements for ID on your Gear
The US Coast Guard does require that you ID all your gear. When they find a drifting kayak or sup and have to assume the worse and launch a rescue.
Often, the kayak or sup was drifted off by a high tide, storm surge or broken line. In the summer of 2019, the Coast Guard found three sea kayaks floating in Puget Sound.
Turns out, the owners camping on Blake Island didn’t pay attention to the tide levels and hadn’t secured their craft to driftwood or similar. Meanwhile the CG had launched a full on search.
Simply put your name and phone number on all your gear, including fins. Apply white or a bright colored electrical tape on your leash so you don’t walk off without it
Here’s more Night Paddling Tips.