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Propeller safety advocate dies It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of staunch boating safety advocate, Marion Irving De Cruz. Marion passed away on the afternoon of May 18, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Known to many as “Emilio’s Mom,” Marion was a longtime promoter for boat propeller safety. […]


The American Canoe Association has launched the Paddle Smart WebTV Series, made possible by grant funding through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The goal of this video series is to reduce paddlesport-related accidents by providing immediate knowledge through short  and focused instructional videos. The series covers stand up paddleboarding, recreational dayaking and […]


Traditional paddlesports, such as kayaking or canoeing have been identified as one of boating’s less safe activities. This fact was first noticed in statistics from the United States Coast Guard’s Boating Accident Report Data for 2014. An alarming number of accidents and deaths were being attributed to paddlesports. Further analysis proved a trend showing that […]

Jimmy Blakeney of BIC SUP surfs in the ocean with a straight leash. Photo by Ben Thouard

The Diversity of SUP With approximately just under three million people in the United States trying Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) in 2015, paddlers have integrated SUP into literally all of our nation’s waterways. From SUPing on calm inland lakes to challenging whitewater rivers to miles offshore in the open ocean, board materials and human skills […]


The American Canoe Association has recently undertaken a project, funded by a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, that focuses on creating sustainable paddlesports education for underserved and underrepresented communities. Led by ACA Education & Outreach Coordinator T.J. Turner, this grant project will allow the ACA to increase its current capability to conduct on-water […]

New BLAs

Brian Schaffer North Dakota Originally from Canadensis, Pennsylvania – a small community in the northeastern part of the state – Brian Schaffer is now the boating law administrator for North Dakota. He joined the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in December 2015, filling the BLA position vacated when Nancy Boldt retired. Previously, Brian had […]

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Sign up for a webinar to learn about new media toolbox Every day, media around the nation report on recreational boating stories, but sometimes the articles and headlines only tell half the story. Reporters likely miss prime opportunities to impart safety information because they don’t have the tools readily available to know the latest statistic […]