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Boating Program leads statewide effort to increase paddlesports safety


OLYMPIA – July  27, 2017 – With eight weekends left of summer and warm, dry weather in the forecast, Washington State Parks’ Boating Program wants paddlesports enthusiasts to be sure they understand boating laws and risks before they head out on the water.

According to a 2015 report from The Outdoor Foundation, paddlesports use increased 14 percent between 2010 and 2014. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities also has increased with the rise in popularity of canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP) and other small craft. Last year’s Recreational Boating Accident report data sho...

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