New DVD Focusing on Paddlesports Safety to be Distributed to Industry

During September 2006, over 1300 paddlesports industry outfitters, renters and retailers will be receiving a complimentary copy of the all-new National Paddlesports Safety System (NPSS) DVD.
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Springfield, VA) – During September 2006, over 1300 paddlesports industry outfitters, renters and retailers will be receiving a complimentary copy of the all-new National Paddlesports Safety System (NPSS) DVD. The NPSS was developed as a resource to promote safe and enjoyable paddling through a partnership between the Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA), and the American Canoe Association (ACA) and funded by a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard.

"We are extremely grateful to the ACA and the Coast Guard for their support of this project," said PPA President Mike Prom, "This new DVD will be an important tool for educating our guests about responsibility on the water."

The DVD includes the greatly anticipated new "customer" video to replace the 13-year old National Livery Safety System video, The new video, entitled, Be Safe While Paddling With Us: A Guide to Paddling, is a risk management tool designed to educate paddlesports customers.

The DVD also includes four additional videos.
• Whitewater Kayaking: Targets sit-on-top, inflatable and decked kayaks in Class II water. Topics include equipment preparation, defensive and aggressive swimming, dealing with rocks and identifying and avoiding strainers, dangerous hydraulics and foot entrapment.

• Coastal Kayaking: Targeting sit-on-top and decked kayaks, this video addresses several hazards including tidal currents, strong wind, cold, fog, wave action and other traffic issues.

• Whitewater Rafting: Addresses rafters in 4 to 6-person rafts in Class II whitewater without a guide. Topics include preparing for cold water, PFD use and fit, pulling passengers back into a raft, and navigating around rocks.

• Staff Training: Aimed at the seasonal staff of commercial paddlesports providers, this video informs staff about the risk management issues involved in paddlesports business.

The DVD is available for $65 (member price) plus shipping and handling by contacting the PPA at ppa@propaddle.com or by calling 703-451-3864 x 24.

The Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) is the premier trade association fostering paddlesports business. PPA represents the industry's top canoe, kayak and raft renters and outfitters, retailers, manufacturers, and sales distributors. PPA's mission is to improve the value and profitability of paddlesports business. Additional information about PPA is available online at www.propaddle.com.
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Contact: Julie Phillips-Turner
Phone: 410-490-0033
E-mail: julie.turner@propaddle.com

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