Paddle Safe Week
The Washington State Parks Boating Program is leading a statewide effort to create a culture of safety around paddlesports because Washington’s diverse waterways require different skills, preparation and safety equipment.
Paddle Safe Week is a public safety campaign to remind paddlers about habits such as wearing a life jacket, never paddling under the influence, carrying the right equipment, knowing navigational rules and more.
help promote paddle safe week
For the fourth year in a row, Governor Inslee has issued a proclamation declaring July 23-29, 2022, as Paddle Safe Week.
Help us share the message of paddle safety. How? Be an influencer and leverage your media. Write a blog, create a video, post on social media, publish an article or share a message on your website. Following are resources to produce messaging:
- Customizable news release template (Word)
- Talking points (PDF)
- Social media posts with videos and graphics included (Word)
Find detailed safety tips for paddlers by visiting PaddleSafeWa.org.
Following are additional resources you can use to educate yourself and others about paddlesport safety.
- A Beginner's Guide to Safer Paddling (PDF)
- Paddling to be Seen (PDF)
- SUP Safety Tips (PDF)
- 'Weather' or not to Boat or Paddle (PDF)
- U.S. Coast Guard – Boating Safety Media Library
- BoatBeat Media Toolbox
- National Safe Boating Campaign
- American Canoe Association (ACA) Educational Resources
- ACA Infographics
- Online paddlesport course by Boater Exam (FREE)
- Online paddlesport course by Boat-ed & ACA ($29.50)
Phone apps (free)
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