United States Power Squadrons®

For Boaters, By Boaters™

Paddle Smart MaterialsPADDLE SMART

Encompassing everything from paddleboards to canoes and kayaks, paddleboats make boating affordable and accessible for everyone.  USPS training helps you do it safely.  Based on a compendium of information from the paddling community, this seminar prepares you to boat safely on small lakes, streams, and rivers. The seminar kit includes an attendee workbook for note-taking and reference. “The Complete Sea Kayaker’s Handbook” by Shelly Johnson and “Introduction to Paddling – canoeing basics for lakes and rivers” by the American Canoe Association are optionally available.

What's Included?
  • Risks
  • Safety
  • Paddle craft “language”
  • How to select a paddle craft
  • Necessary equipment
  • Life jackets for paddlers
  • Paddles
  • Optional equipment
  • Helmets
  • Cold water protection

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