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Modules and Lessons

  1. Paddling Basics:
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. BASIC TYPES OF PADDLE CRAFT (NON-MOTORIZED BOATS)
    3. SUP BOARD BASICS: ABOUT SUP BOARDS
    4. SUP BOARD TYPES
    5. PADDLING TERMINOLOGY: THE CANOE
    6. PADDLING TERMINOLOGY: THE KAYAK
    7. STAND UP PADDLING TERMINOLOGY
    8. PAIRING YOUR WATER VENUE WITH THE CORRECT SUP GEAR
    9. BOAT CAPACITIES
    10. SUP BOARD CAPACITIES
    +5 more lessons
  2. Boating Equipment
    1. LIFE JACKETS AND PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDS)
    2. LIFE JACKET/PFD TYPES
    3. TYPE I: OFFSHORE LIFE JACKET
    4. TYPE II: NEAR-SHORE BUOYANCY VEST
    5. TYPE III: FLOTATION AID
    6. TYPE IV: THROWABLE DEVICE
    7. TYPE V: SPECIAL-USE DEVICES
    8. MAINTAINING YOUR LIFE JACKETS
    9. MAINTAINING INFLATABLE FLOTATION DEVICES
    10. TESTING YOUR LIFE JACKETS
    +3 more lessons
  3. Trip Planning and Preparation
    1. CHECKING LOCAL WEATHER AND WATER CONDITIONS
    2. USING YOUR LOCAL WEATHER AND WATER REPORTS
    3. IDENTIFYING DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS
    4. STAYING SAFE IN STORMY WEATHER
    5. TANDEM TROUBLE
    6. CHECKING FOR LOCAL HAZARDS
    7. FILING A FLOAT PLAN
    8. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
    9. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE FOR SUP BOARDS
    10. TRANSPORTING YOUR PADDLE CRAFT
    +5 more lessons
  4. Safe Boat Operation
    1. THE PADDLER'S ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITIES
    2. PADDLER SKILL LEVEL
    3. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
    4. THE NAVIGATION RULES: DISCLAIMER
    5. THE PADDLER'S NAVIGATION RULES
    6. HOMELAND SECURITY MEASURES
    7. AIDS TO NAVIGATION
    8. THE LATERAL SYSTEM
    9. THE FOUR MAIN TYPES OF LATERAL BUOYS:
    10. ‘RED RIGHT RETURNING’
    +17 more lessons
  5. Emergency Preparedness
    1. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
    2. CAPSIZING AND FALLS OVERBOARD
    3. HOW TO RESPOND TO A CAPSIZING EMERGENCY:
    4. PADDLER RESCUE TECHNIQUES
    5. RESCUE TECHNIQUES FOR STAND UP PADDLERS
    6. THE 'REACH-THROW-ROW-GO' RESCUE SEQUENCE
    7. USING THROWABLE RESCUE DEVICES
    8. COLD WATER IMMERSION AND HYPOTHERMIA
    9. THE IMPACT OF COLD WATER IMMERSION
    10. HYPOTHERMIA
    +12 more lessons

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