Paddlers and Kayakers in Dana Point Identified with Lanyardsposted: 7/17/2012
In an effort to inform paddleboard and kayak “newbies,” Dana Point Harbor officials and a group of Dana Point harbor users created the Human Powered Craft Guidelines program. The new program seeks to get rental companies to place a decal on their boards and kayaks, showing a directional map of the harbor along with Rules of the Road.
According to OC Dana Point Harbor director Brad Gross, the stickers -- along with the large sign posted at Baby Beach, depicting the rules and map -- have been a big step in the process of creating a safe harbor. A new program has been developed that should help boaters identify novice paddlers before trouble begins.
Both on Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends, a group of volunteer paddleboarders and kayakers acted as “beach ambassadors,” searching out novice human-powered craft riders to educate them on rules of the harbor and give them a lanyard to wear -- with a laminated tag that included the safe routes and a list of rules to check.
“With the lanyards on, the Harbor Patrol could then see that that particular person had been educated a bit on paddling,” Gross said. “It’s been really well received.”
In addition, boaters navigating the harbor channels will be able to identify the tag as well, and can act accordingly, knowing the paddler or kayaker is still learning the ropes.