Learning To Never Paddle Impaired—The Hard Way

Salty Jefferson says, “Leave the bubbly back on shore!”

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As a United Stated Coast Guard nonprofit grant recipient, the Water Sports Sports Foundation produces paddling safety outreach materials and distributes them through boating and paddling media providers.

Paddlesports currently has an inordinately high rate of accidents and deaths that for the past five years has been increasing, while power boating stats have been decreasing during the same period.

The goal is to create heightened public awareness of safer paddling making paddlesports safer and to ultimately reduce the total number of paddlesports-related deaths annually.

Salty Jefferson explains how you should never paddle impaired.
Image: Water Sports Foundation/YouTube

Speaker 1: This is the best day ever! Hailey, Hailey let’s go paddling right now!

Speaker 2: Are you sure that’s a good idea?

Speaker 1: Right now!

Salty Jefferson: I learned that lesson the hard way!

Speakers 1 & 2: Paddling legend Salty Jefferson!

Salty Jefferson: One night, I thought it would be a good idea to take out this gal I was seeing, Tonya. I loaded up the canoe with everything we needed: roses, candles, even some of that fine canned champagne. She leaned in for the kiss, but we flipped. Tonya didn’t make it. But from that day forward I never paddled impaired again.

Paddle Sober And Smart
  • Never mix alcohol and paddling. Coast Guard and state BUI (boating under the influence) laws apply to all vessels. This includes canoes, kayaks, SUPs and rafts.


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