Paddlecraft Safety

Paddlesport participation has grown dramatically in recent years. Low entry costs, easy storage, less maintenance, and flexibility are some of the reasons many people have decided to become paddlers, compared to power or sailing craft. This has been the case on the Washington, D.C., waterways as well.

About 22 million Americans participate in paddlesports. Around 100,000 canoes and 350,000 kayaks are sold annually, according to industry figures.

However, growth in paddlesports been accompanied by safety issues as well. While boating accidents overall have decreased in recent years, the number of paddlecraft accidents and fatalities has increased. In recent years, over 30 percent of boating accidents have involved paddlecraft. 

Paddlecraft Safety Resources

Be Smart. Be Safe. Have Fun
 "Be Smart, Be Safe, Have Fun" is a beginner's guide to safer paddling.

Paddle Safe. Have Fun.
"Paddle Safe! Have fun!" is a paddling safety brochure published by the American Canoe Association.