The Cobscook Community Learning Center will be the site of a two-part U.S. Coast Guard Paddle Smart Safety course, conducted by Doug Gaither, USCG Reserve. The course will be offered on Saturday, March 8 and 15, 10:00am-12:00 pm.
It is important for paddlers to understand both basic boating safety and the safe handling of their craft. The American Canoe Association’s review of U.S. Coast Guard accidents indicates that a large portion of canoe or kayak accidents had operators with little or no paddling experience, lacked fundamental paddling skills, and were unaware of boating safety messages.
“Paddle Smart” is designed to be an introductory course to meet the boater education needs for operating a canoe or kayak. The course provides a wide variety of information, beginning with how to select the best paddlecraft for your intended use, how the shape of the paddlecraft effects performance, general information about paddlecraft and their maintenance, information to make your paddlecraft experience safer and more comfortable, tips on how to be a more courteous paddlecraft operator and navigational laws and regulations in our area.
The cost for this course is $20 per person, and includes all materials. For more information, visit www.cclc.me or call 733-2233. The CCLC is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott.