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We saw this alert today:

Washington state sees uptick in stand-up paddleboard deaths

“SEATTLE — Three people using stand-up paddleboards have drowned in western Washington this year and the Coast Guard says many who use the small vessels are not aware that they’re required to wear or carry life jackets.

The Seattle Times reports all three people who drowned were not wearing life jackets.”

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This isn’t a commentary on their deaths, what they did or did not do. This is simply a reminder that our sport is inherently unsafe and to prevent accidents, injury and death, make educated decisions. Some have been in rivers, so a blanket “wear an appropriate leash” might not apply.

Again, this doesn’t come from a place of perfection, but from experience. Safe paddlers are happy paddlers.

Here are some really helpful safety articles we’ve posted in the past that can help you navigate some of the hazards you will face on the water:

Cold Water Safety is No Joke

Ocean Safety is Ocean Safety – No Matter Where You Are

Safety: It Doesn’t Stop With SUPs

SUP Safety: One Paddle Shop’s Perspective

Safety Squeaky Wheel Alert: Know How to Swim and Wear Your PFD!!

Summertime Paddle Safety Reminder: Safety Never Gets Old

John Beausanghttp://www.paddlemonster.com
Writer, Small Business Owner Father, Husband, Paddler, Surfer Sixers & Eagles Fan Proudly Independent Publisher, @distressdmullet Co-Founder @Paddlemonster

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