Paddle Safe Kingston

          

 

Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community (KPSC) and the Limestone Boat and Board Club (LB&BC) partnered together to bring an exciting, new opportunity to the Kingston community in Summer 2016.

 

Kingston is known for its beautiful waterfront and its varied water activities, including being known as the fresh water sailing capital of the world. Unfortunately, many accidents have occurred involving watersports. Much of this is due to the lack of a structured safety program in place to educate community members on safe practices, enabling them to have basic survival skills in non-motorized watersports and swimming.

The Paddle Safe Kingston initiative was designed to offer Kingston & Area residents free half day (½ day) paddle boarding clinics for children and adults of all ages for free. The clinics offer an on-water practical component and a classroom based theory component.  Essential elements from national organizations are being integrated into the clinics including Paddle Canada’s (PC) PaddleSmart program and the Canadian Lifesaving Societies’ (CLS) Swim2Survive program. The education and on-water skills acquired from these clinics  give participants the skills needed to stay safe while on and near the water. The clinics started July 2016 and will continue throughout August and into September as well. 

Research and data collected by Paddle Canada and the Canadian Lifesaving Society has identified that over 450 deaths per year occur due to incidents related to recreational paddle sports and activities on and around the water. Education has been identified as an effective preventative measure for accident, injury and death on the water, as it provides people with specific knowledge and skills in paddling and water skills.

Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community and the Limestone Boat and Board Club are hoping that by providing access to these free clinics, they will be able to assist with reducing injuries and deaths on and around the water, while creating a healthy and stronger community that is confident in their skills and knowledge. 

This program was funded in 2016 by the Government of Ontario. 

 

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