As a State with no mandatory education, Arizona actually has more students completing a NASBLA approved paddlesports course than the powerboat courses. We are now offering three classes a month all across the State and cannot begin to keep up with demand. Although putting on a paddlesports course is more labor/staff intensive, we find our instructors are more engaged and having fun in teaching.
If we go down the road to mandatory education for paddlers, we will need to find a stable revenue source for the NASBLA membership. In Arizona, we can only use USCG funds for our paddlesports activities, no funds from our watercraft revenue stream, and this funding source is very limited. The Paddlesports Committee would love to have you or one of your staff members join our merry band of paddlers to continue this discussion along with other paddlesports issues.Happy Paddling,Kim
I am a paddler. Knowing what I know about the Sportfish Restoration Act funds, I'd like to somehow contribute. Let me explain why.
When I launch my kayak, I am probably going to do so at an SRA funded launch site. If I experience an on water emergency, I will probably get help from someone using SRA funded equipment or an officer trained, in part, with SRA funds. I often see paddlers engaged in unsafe practices, such as paddling with no PFD on board and operating at night with no lights. Our enforcement teams need to attend these matters.
Paddlers and paddle craft are consuming an ever increasing amount of our SAR resources. Paddlers are consuming an ever increasing amount of our law enforcement effort. Paddlers are consuming an ever increasing footprint at our SRA funded launches. There is a rapidly growing need for paddle sports education like the kind of education the ACA provides. The ACA is a beneficiary of the SRA fund. I have found that when paddlers understand the big picture, they are more than happy to contribute. When they look at it as a program that they pay into and get back out of, rather than a revenue stream, it doesn't seem so onerous.
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Thank you for the well thought out note.
Given our experience here in Illinois with two boat registrations programs – how do you envision we should do a new one?
A sticker for each boat? At what cost? One year or multiple year's validity? Discount for multiple boat owners?
What does the owner need to do if s/he sells the boat respectively, what does the new owner have to do?
What is the cost to the state agency to administer this program: print, mail, internal administrative costs, etc
Instead of registering boats – register boat owners? A "paddling license?" that came up here too and was soundly defeated.
Maybe one way to reduce the SAR costs.....charge the paddlers for rescue or safety assistance.
If anyone has any suggestions, please do let me know. Thank you
Sigrid, Ohio and Iowa are two states that I know of that require paddle craft registration of some sort. I don't know if anyone from those states is among us. They'd be able to answer the questions. Since paddle craft registration would be an extension of current registration programs, some of the administrative costs are already covered.
Why did the registration programs fail in Illinois?