Paddle Sports Safety

Paddle sports (canoe, kayak and SUP) are a great way to explore the inland and shore side waters of Sandwich. With the increase in popularity we have seen an increase in calls relating to paddle sports. We have found that boaters purchase a vessel and are excited to get on the water but don’t have the necessary safety equipment. A life jacket and audible signaling devise (whistle) are required. Life jackets are required to be worn from September 15th to May 15th. Click here is a free course which is good for new and experienced paddlers.

We also have “If found Contact” stickers in the office. Feel free to stop by and pick one up. Every time a kayak goes adrift it generates a response from the Harbormaster¬†and the USCG searching for someone in the water. Having a sticker can enable us to identify and find the status of the owner quickly.

 

Boating Safety Course 

Highly recommended for new boaters! For classes check the Massachusetts Environmental Police webpage. Participants must be above the age of 12 in order to take the test.