NRS e-News Safety Source
Life Jackets & Other Gear
Dry Wear Latex Gasket Emergency Field Repair - Using Tear-Aid - Type A for latex gasket field repair.
NRS, Sunscreens and You – New sunscreen regulations and your health.
Let's Stop Senseless Loss of Life – The vital importance of wearing a life jacket when boating.
Flotation, Flotation, Flotation –Thinking about Sinking – For safety, add flotation bags to your touring kayak.
When the PFD Fits... Wear It! Part II – Tips on getting the best fit for your PFD.
How Sun Protection Works – Details on how sunscreens work and how they are tested.
A Drysuit Doesn’t Make You Bulletproof - Your drysuit is only one piece of your boating safety system.
Cold Water Gear - Commonsense guidelines for choosing your cold water protection.
Rescue Vests Aren't For Everyone - Cautions about wearing and using rescue PFDs.
The Fine Nine - Preparing yourself to prevent or recover from on-the-water emergencies.
Rescue Bag Basics - Basic instructions on using a Rescue/Throw Bag.
Your Second Most Important Safety Item - The importance of wearing a life jacket (PFD) when boating.
Lend Me Your Ear – What you need to know about Kayaker's Ear, a serious boater health hazard.
How to Stay Warm When Boating – Team paddler shares winter warmth advice.
How We Lose Heat & How to Stop It – Four heat loss mechanisms and how to protect yourself.
Winter Boating Safety Tips – NRS Boaters give advice on staying safe in cold water conditions.
'Tis The Season – How to outfit yourself for cold water boating protection.
Too Much Heat or Not Enough of It - Info on heat exhaustion and making a hypothermia wrap.
Cold Water Layering - Layering for Cold Water Boating
Cold Water Protection and Hypothermia - Charlie Walbridge on the dangers of hypothermia and how to protect yourself.
Nutrition & Hydration
Boaters and Dehydration – Body fluid loss can lead to serious consequences. How to recognize it and prevent it.
What's in the Water – Excellent resource on microorganisms in backcountry drinking water.
Backcountry Food Handling & Hygiene - Tips on avoiding food and hygiene related illness.
Fueling the Fires Within - Nutrition needs for cold weather boating.
Kids & Dogs
Boating Safety for 'Man's Best Friend' - Tips on safely boating with your dog.
Boating Safety for Infants & Younger Children - Tips on safely taking your kids boating.
Kids Safety - Safety tips for taking kids boating
Training & Skills
Preventing Shoulder Injuries –Some helpful tips on preventing boater shoulder injuries.
Avoiding Foot Entrapment – Description of this common hazard and how to avoid it.
Safety and Rescue Discussion Group - Charlie Walbridge and NRS folks discuss safety and rescue training.
NRS Swiftwater Training - Photos of NRS Spring 2008 safety training.
Educate Yourself & Trust Your Own Judgment - Build your confidence by increasing your boating skills.
First Aid Training - Preparing for Medical Emergencies when Boating.
Coming Back Is Mandatory - Learn the limits of your skills and equipment and stay safe.
Sea Kayak Safety Starts at Home - Expert Roger Schumann gives tips on preparing for safe sea kayaking adventures.
Protect Yourself - Protecting yourself from sun, bad water, plants and animals
Rafting Safety Put-in Talk - Give a good rafting put-in safety talk
High Water Wisdom - High water brings more dangers to your boating. Learn tips to avoid them.
Riding the Flood - The dangers of high water boating and how to avoid them.
High Water Safety Guidelines - Boating safely in high water conditions.
Whitewater Fatalities Report – Please read and pass it on.
File a Boater's Trip Plan – Trip Plan form can help rescue personnel find you.
That Time Mike Almost Drowned – Dramatic whitewater safety video.
Delusions in Appalachia – A near fatal accident teaches a kayaker a valuable safety lesson.
Whitewater Accidents Reported to AW – January-June 2010 – Summary of whitewater accidents, first half of 2010
2008 Whitewater Boating Fatalities – Charlie Walbridge on American Whitewater boating fatality statistics.
River & Rapid Difficulty Ratings - Describing the Class I-VI and Class 1-10 Ratings.