Since this past March when we had a recreational kayaking fatality on Lake Michigan near Port Washington, Wisconsin, I have been working with three other American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors to develop a website with safety information for paddling. The website, www.PaddleSafely.com, has been up and running for awhile, but I haven’t been publicizing it since I felt like it still needed some tweaking to improve the look and ease of navigation. Well, I just found out about another recreational kayaking incident on Lake Michigan that occurred yesterday off Montrose Harbor in Chicago. Luckily, the kayakers were rescued safely. Unfortunately, this never should have happened in the first place because these guys should never have taken their boats out onto Lake Michigan in the first place.
While I doubt that these kayakers would have viewed www.PaddleSafely.com under any circumstances, I have decided that I can’t wait until the website is “pretty.” It’s time to start encouraging people to take a look and get the information that they are not receiving when they purchase inexpensive rec kayaks at big box stores and other outlets other than paddle sports specialty shops. If you know someone who has a recreational kayak, or if you yourself own recreational kayaks, please check out the information on www.PaddleSafely.com and spread the word to those friends and family members who need to know this information, as well. Please excuse our dust. The website is still under construction, but I think you’ll still find important information.
Let’s get the word out and stay safe on the water!