Downeast Paddle Smart Safety Course

Posted Dec. 18, 2013, at 7:16 p.m.
Last modified March 10, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott, Maine

For more information: Valerie Lawson; 207-733-2233; cclc.me

Saturday, March 8 and 15, 10:00am-12:00 pm

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 $25 per person, and includes all materials. For more information, visit www.cclc.me, or by calling 733-2233. The CCLC is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott.


Douglas Gaither is a retired Lt. Col., U.S. Army and later retired from a second career in Business Applications Programming. He has just completed two years as Flotilla Commander for the Eastport Flotilla of the USCG auxiliary, and Squadron Commander and District Commander for U.S. Power Squadrons. Along with his military honors, Douglas is Director of the board for the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Duration: 2 two-hour sessions

Date, Time: Saturday, March 8 & 15, 10:00am-12:00pm

Class fee: $25.

Ages: Older Teens-Adults