Document - House Testimony on Modifying Boater Safety and Education Requirements


Chair Ryu, Ranking Member Volz, and members of the Committee, my name is Thomas O’Keefe, and I am the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. American Whitewater is opposed to HB 1781. The data are clear: the most impactful way to address paddlesports fatalities and improve safety is to aggressively focus on encouraging more widespread use of personal floatation devices. We believe this can be accomplished through education and enhanced support of the Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program. This bill is a distraction and does not appropriately consider the extensive expertise in paddlesports safety among professionals in this field who live, work, and recreate in Washington State.


Testimony of American Whitewater on HB 1781 that would implement a paddle education card and education program for paddlesports.

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