The outdoors community has been positively quaking with excitement to get outside and get on the water. The liquid kind, not the frozen kind. My Twitter and Facebook feeds have been full of posts and pictures by people just itching to shake off what seemed like the longest winter ever and dip their paddle in lakes and rivers. I’ve seen my tweeps launch their canoes all over the province, giddy with excitement. Giddy I tell you! I’ve been living vicariously through those posts. And happily, most of the pictures I’ve seen have included people and their canine co-pilots wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFD).
Unfortunately, not everyone wears a PFD when they get in a boat. And that sucks. You know why? No matter how great you are at paddling or how wonderful you are at swimming, accidents happen. And sometimes, accidents are really, really bad. Did you know that, according to the Ontario Provincial Police, eight out of 10 people who die in the water are NOT wearing their PFDs? That is a sad, sobering and scary statistic.
So, time for the talk. The PFD talk.
A bunch of us in the outdoor community have been talking about PFD’s lately. A friend of mine sent me this awesome poster to help get the message across about wearing a PFD. I’m sharing it with you because it handles “the talk” way better than I do. And, even though the reason for the PFD talk is a serious one, we can still have some fun Spreading The Word Across The Nation For A Little PFD Education!
So help spread the word and lead by example. Share this post. Wear your PFD when you get into a canoe or a kayak or any other kind of boat. And make sure you kids and dog are wearing one, too. Because I really want you to come back safe and sound from all of your adventures on the water and tell us all about them.