"In talking with paddlers around the country and on our discussion boards, we found that the novice paddler is often overwhelmed with what they need to know for a safe paddling experience," says Bill Reynolds, President of PaddleDogNation.com, "so we worked with a team of paddling experts and instructional designers to create 'The Beginner's Guide.' It uses plain language and answers most of the questions new paddlers have. It is a quick read, too. Someone can read it in less than an hour."
The Beginner's Guide to Canoe & Kayak Paddling covers everything a novice paddler needs to know:
- Paddling terms and jargon,
- Paddling gear, both essential and optional,
- How to pack your boat,
- The fundamentals of paddling,
- Basic safety tips and issues, and
- How to care for and maintain your boat.
National Safe Boating Week is May 19 - 25, and the ACA and PaddleDogNation.com have set a goal of "a million free downloads in May," as part of a coordinated effort to raise awareness of safe canoe and kayak paddling. "Death should not be a part of a fun-filled family paddling experience," says Reynolds, "according to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 500 people drowned in 2005 during boating excursions; and many of those can be prevented through education and training."