We saw this alert today:
“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.”
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.