Paddle Sports Safety Course

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Course sanctioned by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators & recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard

In short, it means you can study in the knowledge that this course doesn't just meet national canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard standards, it exceeds them.

THE comprehensive canoe, kayak, & paddleboard safety course

Hop in or on, and stand up and cheer! If it's got a paddle it's in this course. Including everything stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Just be careful standing up in those kayaks and canoes, in fact we'll teach you how (or when not to). Push off and get started!

a canoe, kayak, and paddleboard

From getting there...

Safely & securely.

Getting there

to getting in & out...

Dry and upright.

Getting in & out

& getting around.

Balanced & surefooted.

Getting around

Everything from cockpit to keel in incredibly detailed illustrations

Don't just READ about it, SEE it! Boating education's industry leading illustrators bring the same detailed style and vibrant characters to life in a way that's the next best thing to being in a canoe, a kayak, or on your SUP (maybe even better). Check them out yourself!

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Do you also operate a boat with a motor?

Then you may be looking for an online course to get your boating license, known in most states as a Boater Education Card. Depending on where you live, your age, and the size of motor on your boat, your state may require you to carry a Boater Education Card. Visit® to find out if you need to take the course.

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Sign in & out and paddle at your own speed

From flatwater to whitewater, YOU SET THE PACE. Bear down and attack the course in one go, or set up camp and take it one leg at a time. It's all about you and your schedule, wherever you get an internet connection and have the time.Pick your path and start now!

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Paddlers love the course … and here's what they're saying:

There are many safety risks to paddling. So we are excited to have an online course that can help us get that kind of message out.

Sit back, relax, and let the fully narrated course take you downstream

Have the narration guide you, or turn it off and read on your own. The choice is yours. Get active and read yourself, or listen as the voiceover carries you through like a well timed tailwind. Kick your feet up and get started!

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