Paddler & Moderator
- May 15, 2005
Coming soon for you?
Rep. Lovick says pros outweigh cons with regards to his proposal of a license requirement and safety course for kayaks and paddleboards.
That's a big assumption.Enforcement notices kayaker(s) paddling along, PFDs on, looking competent. Enforcement does nothing.
The situation in WA may be much different, but I don't see many stories in BC of kayakers drowning or needing rescue. In a different discussion, I mentioned the stats that showed of all the rescues in the Victoria Rescue Coordination Center region over a few years there were none that involved kayakers.Net result over time, fewer stories about "kayakers" drowning or getting rescued.
SSSSHHH! If Parks Canada with their 'protect parks from human use' and Coast Guard/SAR ("We are understaffed and underfunded; please don't distract us from rescuing all those hikers and skiers") get together we will really be in trouble.improved 'safety' numbers can be easily achieved by figuring out some way to reduce overall usage . . . wonder what that self-fulfilling prophecy could be?