Stand Up Paddleboarding Risk Management and Safety presentation

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This presentation was part of the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference in San Diego, February 2, 2013.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding Risk Management and Safety presentation

  1. 1. http://worldpaddleassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/as_surf_sup_crash_576.jpgSUP Risk Management & Safety Jose H. Gonzalez, Ed.D. REI Outdoor Programs Market Manager ACA-Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Trainer
  2. 2. Outline1. Introduction2. Before You Go3. Personal & Safety Equipment4. Towing Systems5. Rules of the Road6. Signals
  3. 3. Introduction• Stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are now no different than vessels in the eyes of the U.S. Coast Guard (Surfline, 2008)
  4. 4. Introduction (2)When outside surf orswim zones or bathingareas SUP’s are requiredto carry a:1. Lifejacket2. Whistle3. Flashlight, if out after dark
  5. 5. Personal abilities• Beginner • Flat water• Intermediate • Surfing• Expert • River
  6. 6. Environmental conditions • Managing the Surf Zone – Look for the channel – Time the waves – Be ready to bail – Be aware of other SUPers or surfers espn.go.com
  7. 7. Environmental conditionsTides and Tidal Flow1. Is there a rip current?2. What is the tide doing? Ebb? Flow?3. Will the water current be with or against you? http://youtu.be/wH_yg4hqoW84. Do you need shoes for the low tide on the way back?
  8. 8. Environmental conditionsWind1. Are you going with or against the wind?2. Are you prepared to finish the last miles kneeling? www.mountwashington.org
  9. 9. Personal & Safety equipment• Water• Layers• Extra paddle• Hypothermia kit• Knife• Repair Kit• Navigation tools• Extra food• Towing system• Communication (VHF)
  10. 10. SUP towing systems #1
  11. 11. SUP towing systems #1
  12. 12. SUP Towing systems #2
  13. 13. SUP Towing systems #2
  14. 14. SUP Towing Systems #3
  15. 15. Rules of the road & boat traffic “New Reels Catch Fish So Purchase Some”Rules for SUP/Kayaks 1. Not Under Command1. Be Aware 2. Restricted Ability to2. See and Be Seen Maneuver3. Law of Gross Tonnage 3. Constrained by Draft (Use Common Sense) 4. Fishing4. Know the Rights of Passage 5. Sailing vessel5. Know How to Avoid 6. Power driven vessel Collisions 7. Seaplane
  16. 16. Paddle Signals www.npmb.com
  17. 17. Questions? • Who is Ebb and Flow? • What are 3 required items every SUP must carry with them?

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