Saturday, 14 April 2007 19:16

What was the cost of that data breach?

Data LossFor those of you out there who own a paddling/guide school, you collect lots of personal information including registrations, waiver/medical forms, payment information, etc. That information really ads up.
Saturday, 14 April 2007 17:00

Make it Click

Wear your seatbelt!
Wear your seatbelt!
It's funny about risk. We spend so much time focusing on being safe while being out on the water. We plan out the day, tell a friend where we are going (hopefully), wear a pfd, and practice rescues. All because we feel that if we didn't then we would be unsafe and that would be risky.

I'm not knocking it at all. Keep doing it. The funny thing is that I often see these same people who spend a lot of time minimize the risks on the water and completely forget about the statistically dangerous risk of just getting to the put-in. Driving there is way more dangerous then your entire day trip.

I'm still amazed at the number of people who don't wear seatbelts. I don't want to sound like your mother but...

You need to read this blog write-up. Novelist Jim Macdonald - who is also a paramedic, wrote a stark grisly piece on why you should wear your seatbelt. Yes, it is graphic.

Saturday, 14 April 2007 08:17

Tow Tether for Rec. Boats

Northwater Tow Tether North Water has a really interesting new product out on the market this year. They have developed a really simple tow tether specifically for recreation boats. It looks like a really simple solution for getting back to the dock of a small lake or towing your kids around.

Here is the description form the site:

This tow tether is built for flat water towing. Attach it to the grab-loop of the towed boat and deck lines within reach of the rescuer. The unique attachment system can be used as a rip-away quick release from both ends. Made from 15' of easy to see, floating 1" webbing and comes in a high visibility reflective bag.

I'm sure that people out there will think that towing should only be done with a safety release towline but we all know that the people paddling in rec. boats will never go out and buy a towline so the industry might as well make something a step up form that horrible yellow braided line that I often see being used...
Thursday, 12 April 2007 19:23

White Hulls in the Wind

White Kayak Hull

I saw this photo today in an article about a kayak rescue on Lake Washington, Seattle. It is was taken from a helicopter's video footage right after the rescue. Two summers ago I interview a search and rescue operator about what kayakers can do to make rescues easier for SAR techs. One of the things he mentioned is to add some colour to white hulls as they usually just look like a whitecap in the wind.

Do you have experience with SAR? Let us know what you think. Is it an accurate statement?

Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:00

Look into my eyes


I found an interesting article that talks holding eye contact with hysterical citizens as one of the most effective methods police officers can use to calm people down.

It completely makes sense of course if you stop to think about it. I remember one time paddling out with a group of friends. A member of the group froze up when we came to some chop and she promptly flipped. Trying to get her to calm down wasn't working until I got her to look at me in the face. That took her eyes off the waves and she calmed down right away.
ConfluenceI just heard some really disturbing news. It seems that during the first week of April, a crack pipe or a crack pipe or other sort of drug paraphernalia was found on a desk in the production area of Confluence Watersports.

Confluence Watersports owns many of the key industry brand names including Wilderness Systems, Perception, Dagger, Wave Sport and Mad River Canoe.

Nobody is talking but the full details are kind of sketchy at this time. They are not sure if it serious or a bad April fools joke gone horribly bad. Here is where things have gone crazy. Confluence has an insurance policy that makes them do immediate drug testing on the employees. If they don't do the testing on everybody then the policy is terminated.

So far it seems that almost 60 folks are no longer employed at Confluence though about half of them refused to take the test on various grounds and were thus terminated. The other half failed the drug tests.

Again, nobody is talking but if I hear more, I will post it on the site. The story was broken by SNEWS.

EDIT: I added a question mark to the title because too many people were complaining on other boards that I was making a statement of fact that hasn't been proven. Several news reports talk about a found pipe not used for smoking marijuana...Eveybody happy now?


Monday, 09 April 2007 12:38

There has to be a better way...

I was directed to this fantastic video. Probably not the safest or most efficient method to get up the river but pretty funny indeed.

As one person put in the comments box on youtube, "Excavator on a barge, that's a paddlin!".
Sunday, 08 April 2007 17:09

Playing in the Race

Running the flood in the Race on Long Island Sound in sea kayaks.

Sunday, 08 April 2007 17:06

Playing in the Rock Gardens

Sea kayaking towards Winter Harbor from Schoodic Point. Playing in rock gardens.

Sunday, 08 April 2007 17:04

Napatree Point Kayak Surf Session

Long boat kayak surfing at Napatree Point, Rhode Island.

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