Workshops Promote Safety on the Water
Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community (KPSC) and the Limestone Boat and Board Club (LB&BC) have partnered together to bring an exciting new program called Paddle Safe Kingston to the Kingston community.
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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 has been designed to offer Kingston & Area residents free half day (½ day) paddle boarding clinics for children and adults of all ages. 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 will give participants the skills needed to stay safe while on and near the water.
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. The clinics are open to people of all ages. They are a great way to get active, spend time with family and friends, and learn a new sport. No experience is necessary. This program was made possible by funding received from the Government of Ontario.
The clinics will be taking place throughout the months of July and August at the Matthew J. Dawe Memorial Royal Canadian Legion # 631, 4043 Bath Road, Kingston, Ontario. For more information please visit either the KPSC website (www.kpsc.ca) or the LB&BC website (www.limestonebbc.com). Participants must register online at www.limestonebbc.com prior to attending a clinic.