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What's in the Water

Excellent resource on microorganisms in backcountry drinking water.

Skills & Tips, Safety

U.S. Coast Guard Regulations for Stand Up Paddlers

SUP is great fun, but do you know what you need to have and do to be legal on the water?

Trip Planning, Safety

SUP Surf Techniques and Etiquette with Nikki Gregg

NRS athlete Nikki Gregg shares the skills and insider knowledge you need to safely and successfully ride waves in the surf.

Skills & Tips, Safety

SUP Safety

Standup paddle boarding is really a very safe sport, but since you're out on the water, there are a few things you need to do to keep it that way.

Skills & Tips, Safety

SUP Board Flip Rescue with Nikki Gregg

This important SUP Board flip rescue technique allows you to rescue an unconscious, unresponsive or physically compromised victim using your stand up paddleboard as an aid.

Safety

Sunscreen Labeling Revisions

How the new FDA sunscreen regulations affect your health.

Safety

Stretching Exercises for Paddlers

Stretching is essential for preventing muscle strain as well as healing injuries.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT)

A New Tool for Outdoor Enthusiasts - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking! (SARSAT)

Safety

Safety and Rescue Discussion Group

Charlie Walbridge and NRS folks discuss safety and rescue training.

Safety

River & Rapid Difficulty Ratings

Describing the Class I-VI and Class 1-10 Ratings

Trip Planning, Safety

Riding the Flood

The dangers of high water boating and how to avoid them.

Safety

Rescue Vest Aren't For Everyone

Cautions about wearing and using rescue PFDs.

Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 9: Self Rescue

This video shows whitewater kayakers and canoeist the basic techniques for self rescue. It discusses how to swim to safety and how to avoid dangerous foot entrapment in moving water.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Some helpful tips on preventing boater shoulder injuries.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Preparing for Cold-Season Boating

How to outfit yourself for cold water boating protection.

Trip Planning, Safety

Overcoming Fear

Suggestions for overcoming the fear produced by a scary swim.

Safety

Let's Stop the Senseless Loss of Life

This helps reinforce the need to wear life jackets, especially when boating in cold water.

Safety

Lend Me Your Ear - About Kayaker's Ear

What you need to know about this serious boater health hazard.

Safety

How to Understand River Flows

Understanding river flows

Safety

How to Stay Warm When Boating

Team paddler shares winter warmth advice.

Safety

How to Safely Fall Off a SUP Board

This video shows the best way to land in the water and different techniques for climbing back on the board, rescuing your paddle and standing back up on the SUP board.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How To Prevent Boating Injuries

Body conditioning, proper technique and equipment prevent injury.

Safety

How to Make a Flip Line

Also called a "guide belt," this piece of webbing and locking carabiner make a valuable boater's tool. Whether you're kayaking, rafting or canoeing you'll find multiple uses for this easy-to-build webbing sling.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Launch Your SUP Board in the Surf Zone

Surfing your board in ocean waves is great fun. This video gives you the basic pointers for paddling out through the incoming waves.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Choose the Right Life Jacket

In this video, we go over the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters and help you choose the right life jacket so youll be comfortable wearing it the entire time youre on the water.

How To Choose, Safety

How Much Risk Should Boaters Take?

Life is about balancing risk and reward, and so is boating.

Safety

File a Boater's Trip Plan

Trip Plan form can help rescue personnel find you.

Safety

Don't Boat Without Number Two

The importance of wearing a life jacket (PFD) when boating.

Safety

Cold-Water Layering

Layers allow you to add and remove pieces to match changing conditions, and help your body maintain a safe, comfortable temperature. These layers fall generally into three categories: base layers, insulating layers and outer layers.

How To Choose, Safety

Cold Water Protection and Hypothermia

Walbridge on the dangers of hypothermia and how to protect yourself.

Safety

Boating Safety's Five Golden Rules

No matter what kind of boating activity you participate in, these five “golden rules” will go a long way toward ensuring that your trips on the water end safely.

Safety

Boating Safety for Infants & Small Children

Tips on safely taking your kids boating.

Trip Planning, Safety

Avoiding Foot Entrapment

Description of this common hazard and how to avoid it.

Safety

Adventure Medical Kits from NRS

Medical supplies grouped together in clear, resealable waterproof bags. Medical kits made specifically for camping, backpacking, and paddling

Safety

ABCs of PFDs

PFD selection and Coast Guard Approval Ratings for PFDS

Safety