American Canoe Association

Murder Method Called Safety

Approximately 2,000 Americans Dead in Canoes and Kayaks (U.S. Coast Guard BARD)
 
 
 

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Sea Kayaker Magazine mentions Sponsons for the first time since: "Sea Wings are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market today." Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter 1993, p.34:

A competent criminal attorney should have advised Mr. Matt Broze and Sea Kayaker Magazine, on behalf of Canoe and Kayak Magazine, not to mention sponsons at all, let alone on page 4 of Sea Kayaker Magazine, February 2012. (Ever since the very decent David Bookbinder left the American Canoe Association after I had advised him of the criminal wrongdoings that I had observed.) The U.S. Coast Guard after all used $26,000 of taxpayer money to conduct a survey regarding sponsons, at my request of a more effective action: "Federal Register/ Vol. 67, No. 232/ Tuesday, December 3, 2002/ Notices: Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study "Study conducted in conjunction with the CG Research and Development Center to study the efficacy of the use of sponsons in canoes and kayaks. ($26,171)"". At least the U.S. Coast Guard tried to appear that they were trying to save American lives, but not sure what to do with a well-organized and deadly cult, intent on the most deadly canoes and kayaks possible. That was all typical of broken Washington, D.C., especially during the reign of Bush II.

I have provided plain, clear and obvious evidence of deliberate endangerment and deaths of American citizens organized by Canoe and Kayak Magazine and Sea Kayaker Magazine, referring to the letter from Mr. Harrison that you can read in "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans", p.27, sold now on Amazon.com. This scam was organized within months of Mr. Harrison publishing: "I thought these were a better idea, and have turned my old paddle float bag into a camera case." (Dave Harrison, Editor in Chief, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, July 1993.) The death toll of dead Americans in canoes and kayaks is now around 2,000 on the US Coast Guard database.

Now, in the February issue 2012, p.4, above the "Freya Rides Again" article, after 18 years, Mr. Broze himself first mentions sponsons in Sea Kayaker Magazine: "a fixed outrigger paddle float or an inflatable sponson system will probably work best to stabilize the swamped kayak."!

When quoting a well-documented and very cruel liar like Mr. Matt Broze in Sea Kayaker Magazine, it is important to carefully include the entire context of his sponson reference, in case he is trying to amend his lies about sponsons over the past 18 years and 2000 American canoe and kayak deaths, in case he is trying to respond to his reputation in this webpage, FBI notification on  this webpage available by Google and so on:

     "The best stabilization is likely another kayak and kayaker or two, creating a solid raft by bracing across the deck and helping with reattaching spraydecks and pumping. If other kayaks aren't available to make a raft, a fixed outrigger paddle float or an inflatable sponson system will probably work best to stabilize the swamped kayak. If no paddle float or other stabilizing device is available, then the paddler must somehow be ready to brace all the while he is reentering, attaching the spraydeck and pumping.
    Once your kayak has been stabilized and pumped out, you should resume paddling only if that appears to be the best option. Staying in a stabilzed mode might be the best option if you are far from shore and the conditions are still beyond your paddling capabilities. Why risk having to capsize and pump all over again if you are well stabilized, relatively warm, and know that rescuers have been contacted and are on the way?"  (p.4, Sea Kayaker Magazine, February 2012)

These are the obvious points indicating that Mr. Broze and Sea Kayaker Magazine (and Canoe and Kayak Magazine) continue to deliberately lie, endanger and cheat American citizens, even today endangering Freya Hoffmeister in "Freya Rides Again" below Mr. Broze on p. 4, without sponsons or sponson knowledge, in extreme danger, solo around Cape Horn:

1. The idea of "another kayak and kayaker or two" risks more capsizes and even dangerous collisions in waves, damage to kayaks and human injury to limbs and bodies "bracing across the deck" instead of deploying 50 cent sponsons in 5 seconds like any 2 ten year old girls in the canoe pictures on this webpage or any kind of kayak. These girls (or any normal ten year old children) can rescue any other victims in the water, even obese or disabled adults, who only need to crawl over a gunwale, and be paddled to shore at about 2 knots. Mr. Broze and Freya Hoffmeister could either be rescued in seconds and paddled to shore by 2 ten year old children or rescue themselves with sponsons of course. Perhaps Mr. Broze is merely stupid since he does not acknowledge that water in the cockpit of a stabilized kayak is obviously stabilized by sponsons, as well as the kayak, transforming the water from a sloshing and destabilizing force to a heavy, non-sloshing, stabilizing force, in fact neutral buoyancy ballast like best-selling sailboats deploying water instead of lead for ballast, creating a sailboat that does not sink if holed like a lead ballast type. Perhaps Sea Kayaker Magazine and Broze are merely too stupid, incapable of understanding how canoes and kayaks work. Note that he does acknowlege the danger of swamped kayaks: "Until most of the water is pumped out, a swamped kayak is far more vulnerable to capsizing again because of the free water sloshing around inside. Because pumping takes so long, is tiring, and is often a two-handed operation, the paddler is especially vulnerable to capsizing again during this time if a kayak is not stabilized in some reliable way, a way in which the paddler won't have to pay constant attention to keeping the kayak upright during this long and critical period." (p.4)
     Broze seems to be aware that the paddle float will flip the victim over again without constant attention to the critical need of keeping weight levered toward the paddle float, balancing while pumping, let alone the critical capsizing danger while trying to retrieve the paddle and paddle float after the long and tiring pumping episode, and let alone sprayskirt and paddle float dangers: "...It has two fairly serious shortcomings: You can't seal the sprayskirt, and you can't keep both hands on the paddle while pumping." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, February 2003, p.29) "The most effective way of using a handheld bilge pump in rough seas is to lift the bottom of your PFD up and shove the pump down between the spray skirt and your belly. This way is slow and awkward, but you can pump with the spray skirt completely sealed. Practice it." (p.27, Sea Kayaker Magazine, June 2006.) Matt Broze, "Pumping Out after Paddle Float Rescue", Paddlewise, Wed, 20 Jun 2001 02:36:43 -0700: "...obviously there are going to be certain combinations of clothing and spraydecks that don't allow a pump down the front. Please try it and report back (if you don't knock yourself out and drown after hitting your chin)." The idea to shove the pump down the top of the sprayskirt requires unfastening the PFD, since the tops of sprayskirts normally extend some distance underneath the PFD. Mr. Broze in "Deep Trouble" (p.84) accepted limited culpability for misleading dead David Kelley with a paddlefloat "talisman", but negated this admission by not confessing the main paddlefloat dangers: impossible to pump out in real conditions, impossible to brace and retrieve the paddle behind the cockpit without re-capsizing; despite (presumably his co-authors) referring to needed sponsons stability in several places in "Deep Trouble"!

(It is good to have Mr. Broze mention sponsons now, 18 years late, in view of the letter, June 29, 2001, from the American Canoe Association, ACA Black, to be seen in my book Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans, pp. 13-14, that was reviewed on Amazon.com by a participating ACA whitewater and sea kayak instructor; lying to the Attorney General of Florida about sponsons and paddle floats. Florida has always had the highest canoe and kayak death rate in America. The Darlington School children listened to the cries of Clay McKemie and Sean Wilkinson, both 14 years old, screaming for help and dying in the night near Suwannee, Florida, February 2005, without either canoe sponsons or kayak sponsons; although they could have rescued themselves in 5 seconds with 50 cent sponsons like any 10 year old children. ACA Dillon won the Osama bin Laden Toilet Award that year, for "significant and conspicuously cruel numbers of deaths on American soil of American citizens or American schoolchildren".

Back then the ACA's own magazine "Paddler", together with Canoe and Kayak Magazine and Sea Kayaker Magazine were in full throat anti canoe and kayak sponsons howl, endangering as many Americans as possible and using the deaths to try to stampede more potential victims into fraudulent but profitable instruction schemes, with levels of certifications for practising levels of instruction fraud like a Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. This type of layered ponzi instruction scheme is practised in both Canada and the UK, with very significant death rates and profit, as well as great fun for those few who truly enjoy setting up and killing either adult or child human beings.)

2. "Another kayaker or two, creating a solid raft by bracing across the deck and helping with reattaching spayskirts and pumping" is a foolish and dangerous waste of energy in an emergency, obviously risking another capsize and putting even more lives in danger in the same conditions! Broze even acknowledges this reality (although a paddle float lever, deployed on only one side, rises in waves to threaten to flip the victim again, unless the victim manages to deploy body weight to counter-act the destabilizing force of the paddle float on the end of a paddle, obviously not  "well stabilized, relatively warm" compared to warming up paddling toward safety with sponsons, not knowing for sure if  "rescuers have been contacted and are on the way".) What do you do if no "rescuers have been contacted and are on the way"? Broze seems to be incredibly stupid, considering this point, but is he stupid enough to be not criminally responsible: ditto for the 2 magazines? Why deny victims sponsons, this is human lifesaving after all, like One former police officer (Dallas, Texas), saved by his own efforts about 10 miles off the coast of Texas, paddling through heavy seas to shore: "I am Austin Davis. My life was saved by your floats. [See article in Sea kayaker Dec 97] There was no way in my situation that any other means of recovery would have saved me or allowed me to get home upright in my hypothermic condition. Your opinion about the rolls and paddle floats mirror my real life experience. Thanks for the gear that saved my life. I hope the article in sea kayaker helps your cause." But Broze deliberateliy lies about paddlefloats and sponsons, deliberately not stating the obvious safety of  Paddling to Safety with Sponsons attached, warming up and "staying in stabilized mode", as his friend John Dowd, the original owner of Sea Kayaker Magazine pointed out 14 years ago. Instead, Broze leaves them to die, with no means to get to safety:  "Staying in a stabilized mode might be the best option if you are far from shore and the conditions are still beyond your paddling capabilities. Why risk having to capsize and pump all over again if you are well stabilized, relatively warm, and know that rescuers have been contacted and are on the way?"

     " In this book I would like to emphasize rescue techniques other than the Eskimo roll because a backup technique is mandatory...given that relatively few sea kayakers will ever roll successfully and because workable alternative techniques are too often neglected...The great advantage of the Sea Wing (sponsons) is that it leaves the paddler in a more stable position than before the capsize." (John Dowd, Sea Kayaking, 3rd edition, 1997, pp.90-95)

"basic, no nonsense...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities... It should be noted that within the North American civilian sea kayak industry there is some controversy...Sea Wings' direct competition with...the paddle float...the merits of Sea Wings...far outweigh those of the paddlefloat...During the IMKP 1994 we used Sea Wings with all our rescue boats as back-up flotation/stability for awashed kayaks needing assistance pumping out in heavy seas. In addition, IMKP's rescue kayak was fitted with Sea Wings on a permanent basis which allowed us to be far more stable in possible rescue operations...Sea Wings dramatically increase re-entry operations with capsized boats. Indeed, even with heavily loaded boats (those approaching 1000 lbs.) most paddlers can easily re-enter the kayak. However the most notable advantage of Sea Wings is with lightly loaded boats; ie, those kayaks which are far less stable (more tippy) than fully loaded boats. Recovery operations are far more difficult in these boats and most students have extreme difficulty in mastering the necessary techniques. This is compounded in heavy seas. Sea Wings offers an almost guaranteed method of re-entering a lightly loaded kayak even in heavy seas. Stability increase in heavy seas. Paddling in extremely heavy seas is difficult. Sea Wings offer the crews an additional method of dealing with such sea states. One of the most dangerous situations a detachment can find itself in is that of towing a disabled crew with full operational loads in heavy seas at night. The employment of Sea Wings dramatically increases the safety margin. In my opinion, this is one of the sponsons' most important contributions to MAROPS... As an historical footnote it should be noted that circumpolar kayakers (Greenlanders and Inuit) employed a similar sponson/ float for stability. It differed significantly though from Sea Wings in that it was free floating; i.e., there was apparently no harness system and stability came from pushing down on the float on the side of the kayak. In addition, during the late 70's and early 80's we employed a similar system with our commo boats. Waterproof bags were blown up and hand held to the sides of the kayak while communication was conducted. The point here is that the idea of some sort of support on the sides of the kayak for stability is very old and universal." Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation (10th Airborne, Fort Devens, MA)

     "The Paddlefloat is not really a rough water rescue. During trials I found the SEA WING (sponsons) ... very comforting. I paddled out to sea in rough, windy conditions...I was able to sit on my rear deck-not something I would normally do at sea...The rescue potential is obvious." (Derek Hutchinson, The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking, pp.104-111)

See the pictures of the dead American children, murdered in canoes and kayaks by the well-documented fraud and perfidy at Sea Kayaker Magazine and Canoe and Kayak Magazine:
http://www.sponsonguy.com/DeadlyPaddlefloatFraud.html

How would you feel this New Years and Christmas knowing any of the 2,000 American dead (a few hundred American children among them), lost forever, dying in terror, screaming in fear that they would never see their loved ones again. Ask these perpetrators. (There are strong connections within the American Canoe Association for this fraud to be an effective fraud. Even an ACA reviewer of my book discloses that.) Don't forget the thousands of brave Americans who were forced to keep quiet by the murderers, or face boycotts and bankruptcy. That was the essence of the letter from Dave Harrison, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, March 24, 1994, that you can read on page 27 of my book. Harrison wanted me to keep paying him thousands of dollars in sponson ads while his editorials and articles made misleading and dangerous statements regarding modern canoe and kayak sponsons.

Although I have not personally profitted from sponsons; I have been able to save many lives by steadfastly warning how dangerous canoes and kayaks are made by this anti-sponson scam, that Mr. Broze apparently is now re-thinking. I have been fortunate to have rec.boats.paddle to whistleblow on this largest consumer murder scam in the history of the United States. Years ago there were many wild and bloodthirsty posters, who encouraged people to risk their lives on whitewater stunts that killed Scott Bristow for example, on the Great Falls of the Potomac. In self-hatred some of these posters reported risking their own lives in similar stunts, or even telling people to paddle over waterfalls and dangerous rapids using sponsons. Naturally they hated any idea of sponsons and canoe and kayak safety. I have used RBP as a Public Health Initiative to save lives and improve society, making thousands of good friends in the process, throughout the world. Sponsons are not difficult to understand, and my success in saving lives is not complicated either: Simply focus on the goal and speak the truth.

Read this, send this to the FBI and refer grieving families to me. The year JFK was killed I was a YMCA canoe instructor and we had 2 canoe types, both heavy, but having superior entry and exit lines: the Chestnut and the Peterborough. We knew there were no canoe rescues like the paddling a flooded canoe to shore or canoe over canoe scams sold to victims today. Our YMCA program was similar to Bill Mason's ideas in concept: interior flotation. Today even police officers die in canoes and kayaks off-duty, every year in America. Some police officers might even be participating in the canoe and kayak fraud as off-duty instructors, unknowingly and confused. However the FBI administration will eventually see the problem. They are better able to respond to bank robberies, but they will eventually see the deliberate murders by canoe and kayak. Even Mr. Broze blinked.

The American Canoe Association conspired with Sea Kayaker and Canoe and Kayak Magazines within months of Mr. Harrison publishing: "I thought these were a better idea, and have turned my old paddle float bag into a camera case." (Dave Harrison, Editor in Chief, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, July 1993), to deny any reliable means to save human life upon capsize, to steal public money in a profitable fraud. The ACA magazine "Paddler" is now extinct but did publish similar safety lies for profitable fraud. In addition the American Canoe Association has also encouraged the most lethal use of whitewater kayaks to kill vulnerable young men like Scott Bristow, paddling over the Great Falls of the Potomac. Not a patriotic sacrifice, but a sad waste of human life and a poor, foolish example to American youth. The death toll of dead Americans in canoes and kayaks is now around 2,000 on the US Coast Guard database. See my new book: http://www.sponsonguy.com/AmericanCanoeAssociationMurderMethodCalledSafety.html


See these canoe/kayak death numbers on the US Coast Guard website (Office of Boating Safety). The American Canoe Association (ACA) uses different death numbers, and lobbies the USCG politically, to allow these deaths. (See the USCG document below. And pressure on the US Coast Guard to deny $25 CO2 sponsons to the US public. The Office of Boating Safety is very small, a half dozen civil servants in charge of canoe and kayak safety for the entire United States. They can be pressured, fired and replaced by any Washington Lobby group at any time.)

See http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/efficacy.htm
This study totally mis-states the findings of the US Military Special Forces Study* from Fort Devens, Massachusetts; although I find that the USCG has been generally more kind and compassionate to citizens than their Canadian counterparts. I have the original US military study above my computer as I write this, postmarked Fort Devens, MA 1994:

"basic, no nonsense...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities...", as above. They want rescue safety. I attended the Invitational Military Kayaking Symposium at Fort Devens*. The only other civilians invited were Canadian author John Dowd and the 2 top kayaking champions flown in from Thule, Greenland. The military kayaking teams from about one dozen NATO countries also attended this event and participated in the 200 mile ocean race. I have credentials established over the past decade with the Canadian Geological Survey, the US Coast Guard (including a study funded at nearly $27,000 US), and the Coast Guard of the United Kingdom, among others.
 
 

Although I understand these USCG employees' predicament, this study has deliberately contradicted the US Military KayakingStudy (10th Airborne, Fort Devens, MA) above, that maximizes survival of US soldiers; to favor the Murder Scam of the American Canoe Association (ACA).

I have thousands of pages of documentation for the ACA and other canoe and kayak lobby groups. I want to emphasize that Phil Cappel and others at the US Coast Guard have phoned me at home in Canada (knowing that I had been very upset, especially regarding the murdering of children for profit.)  I want it on record that there are decent citizens in the USCG. Homeland Security, that administers the USCG, does not work properly. Powerful lobby groups are to blame.

After New Orleans, problems are known to exist within Homeland Security (that now includes the USCG). In Canada, it is not much different. I find the US Coast Guard to be more responsive and compassionate toward their dying citizens. In Canada they are consistently cruel, stupid, and arrogant, (at least in the highest ranks); as would be expected from a Liberal government bureaucracy that has ruled almost without political opposition since WW1.

National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), part of Homeland Security:

"Phil Cappel* said that he didn’t know what a sponson was before the topic came up.  The report was to come up with what a sponson was and what they do.  They were not sure if it was something they should pursue. The USCG is coming to the Council to see if its (sic) worth the Coast Guard’s time and money to do more scientific research on sponsons. Canoes are unstable, and if people want to canoe you cannot make a canoe a rowboat 5’ wide.  Where do they go from here?
Randy Edwards agreed.  He said that they should pass this information onto the paddle industry and let them discuss this amongst their own ranks. Phil Cappel said the opportunity exists.  ABYC is working with Paddlesports to modify H-29, and that may be a place they could have discussion as to whether they should put sponson information...Eric Shepard asked whether the report should be released as is...Jo Moon said the report should be released because it has good information, as the listing of the historic patents.  If they were valuable, they’d already have been incorporated.*  The public does need to know that there are products available, but it is an industry issue through publications on how to canoe and kayak to release this information." (NBSAC minutes April, 2004, see USCG website). *foolish,misplaced trust since bogus safety instruction has always been the largest generator of cash. Apparently these people think Wall Street and normal business is completely honest without regard to profit too!

Note my underlining above, NBSAC minutes on the USCG website. The Public are left to be murdered for profit by the industry. About 90 Americans die agonizing deaths in canoes and kayaks annually. Over a dozen are American children!

These 2 boys from Darlington School died in PFDs because they were deliberately denied any means to get out of the water near Suwannee, Florida, when the safety boat had an entangled propellor, February, 2005:

Every Year Over One Dozen (some years over 2 dozen) children are tortured to death in cool waters, in the United States and Canada, for the fraudulent instruction profits of the American Canoe Association and some others.








There is No understanding in the above document of numerous other scams in Washington, or Enron, Worldcom, Tycos, etc. The canoe and kayak industry makes far more money on fraudulent and deadly instruction than the one-time sale of a canoe or kayak! Just look at the money trail here. They don't want rescue safety. They don't want $25 CO2 Sponsons. And the USCG National Boating Safety Advisory Council doesn't even consider the need to save these 90 deaths a year!

See my email to Phil Cappel and his reply later on in this book, about 600 agonizing canoe and kayak deaths ago. NBSAC and the USCG responds to the Washington lobby groups by giving funds. You will see American Canoe Association (ACA) rescue safety policy that tortures citizens to death in the chapters following, degrading the dead victims all the while.  Mr. Cappel* seems to be very decent and compassionate on the telephone, but he obviously cannot do anything about this. See his email and Jo Moon in the Minutes above. This is a fairly common response to the lobbying.

They are suckered by the ACA. Citizens die agonizing deaths, tortured in cool waters, in terror, thinking of loved ones whom they will never see again.

"Phil Cappel suggested leaving the item for the next meeting so they can see what comes from the ABYC standard for canoes and kayaks."... not support mandatory PFD wear on all boats... In this same study, 34 percent of the boaters surveyed said they would reduce or stop their boating if PFD wear were mandatory, but Dr. Mahoney doubts that boaters would really do it.  If mandatory PFD wear is passed, he will survey again to see how many actually stopped boating."
 
 

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This scandal is without precedent in any democratic country. The victims are in fact killed for the profits of the Canoe and Kayak Industry. Very small industry, very large cost to society. The kicker however, is that the victims die agonizing deaths. Drowning has been used as a torture for thousands of years. A Very painful torture, but not killing the tortured if they are allowed to draw a breath at the last moment. Of course the American Canoe Association prevents that Last Breath, for dollars. In the US, paddling occurs all year round, compared to Canada. Just look at these quotes from the USCG-funded, American Canoe Association's "Critical Judgment 2":

"From the figures in Table 10, it appears that fatalities were evenly divided between calm water and water classified as choppy, rough , or very rough by the USCG. It is likely that the majority of people in the U.S. who go canoeing or kayaking prefer to paddle on relatively calm waters, such as small lakes, ponds, and quiet rivers." pp.22-23...The majority of these fatalities had more than 10 hours experience (71 %) with just less than a third reporting more than 100 hours of experience (Table 13)." p.23...If we assume that on a any given weekend day, there are 10,000 canoes and kayaks paddling America's waterways, then there are 10,000*104=1,040,000 paddler days each year when people are at risk. In the last two years for which data are available, the average deaths per year was 87. The unadjusted risk per paddler day is .00008 or 8 fatalities per 100,000 user days." p.27

One user day has 24 hours maximum, so 1,040,000 user days a year equals 24,960,000 use hours. 87 deaths per 24,960,000 use hours equals 3.49 deaths per million use hours, according to ACA "Critical Judgment 2".

I had thought that USCG report 071-01, reporting .42 canoe/kayak Deaths per million exposure hours Was Far Too Low.

In the US, The American Canoe Association, lobbying and lying to the USCG, tortures at least 90 citizens to death annually, In Canada, the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association and the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association murder at least 25.

Murder Method:

Even if they wear a PFD, the victims will succumb to the cold water fairly quickly, even if the water is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. And even waters in Florida are not usually that warm. So the victims wearing a PFD soon lose the ability to hold their heads out of the water, and drown in terror, thinking of their loved ones whom they will never see again. Think of the 2 boys near Suwannee, Florida, February 26, 2005: Sean Wilkinson, and Clay McKemie, both 14, from the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. They spent their last minutes in terror thinking of their families, whom they would never see again. (The school had done this trip without problems the year before, using a power craft as a safety back-up.) But this year the propellor became entangled in a rope, and of course canoes are denied any means to allow the boys (wearing PFDs) to escape the water. If canoes had fool-proof $25 CO2 airbags, the boys would have escaped the water immediately, with no training or experience needed. Just like the 10 year old girls in the pictures above.

The American Canoe Association (ACA) has lobbied the US Coast Guard to prevent these $25 airbags since 1993. They are against any government regulation of their industry, as they plainly state (Pamela Dillon taking over from Jeff Yeager) in all recent issues of their magazine "Paddler". They have known about this rescue safety issue specifically for 5 years, as their attorney, David Bookbinder can attest. (He has now resigned, after attempting mediation with Gordon Black and myself over this issue, years ago.)

They don't want rescue safety:

"All national paddlesports organizations combined comprise just one percent of committed users and a tenth-percent of the total user group...To represent paddlers to regulatory agencies with legitimacy, an organization should represent at least 10 percent of the sport's committed users...The ACA is the paddlesport organization best placed ...to protect paddlers from paddlecraft registration, required education and mandated PFD use...protecting our sport from needless government regulation." (Paddler, Sept./Oct., 2003, p.84)

The canoe and kayak industry has no respect for human life (with a few notable exceptions), and tortures victims to death with fraudulent instruction that cannot save anyone, for dollars.

This is all very powerful stuff. But not powerful enough, apparently, to prevent what is essentially murder in the second degree, of  about 120 victims in canoes and kayaks annually, in the United States and Canada.

Statement:

A "Super-race" of canoeists and kayakers is supposed to exist, far superior to the victims, but in fact the super-race cannot rescue themselves or anyone else from the water using a capsized flooded canoe, unlike the 10 year old girls. To become a member of the "super-race", much expensive instruction must be purchased by the public; although it cannot save the purchaser in the water, no matter how "expert", or thousands of dollars spent, or years of practice. It is impossible to degrade these dead victims unless a "super-race" is fabricated, to whom the victims are "inferior". The super-race need not be an ethnic or racial entity, merely a group that is "superior" so the victims did not "measure up" and died due to their own failings. Until the level of degradation is significant, most people find it unpleasant and difficult to kill these otherwise completely innocent victims, of all ages and cultural groups. Also, society will not tolerate the killings until government propaganda has sufficiently degraded the victims so that their deaths, no matter how cruel and agonizing, no matter that they are the children of someone in Canada or the US, are accepted. The victims are to blame when they are sufficiently degraded.

Canoes and kayaks have always had the largest drowning death numbers, despite PFD use by 30-35% of dead victims since year 2000, in the United States. (US Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database, BARD). "A total of 105 canoeists and kayakers drowned in 1998. Canoes and kayaks have the highest fatality rate of all boat types ñ double the rate of personal watercraft and 4 times higher than open motorboats." (Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives, May 15, 2001, BOAT/U.S.)

US Coast Guard report 071-01: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type". This USCG figure may be far too low, considering the death statistics of the Ford/Firestone scandal, over a decade, with many more vehicles, many more use/hours daily, and only 200 deaths.

The human body loses body heat in water at a rate that is 25 times the rate of body heat loss in air. The rate of heat loss is much higher than 25 times if the water is moving around the body. In other words, if the water is not perfectly calm but is moving by even small amounts of current or small waves. Also, the top thermal layer of  "warm" water, even in the hottest days of Summer, does not extend far into waters that are deeper than one's own height. There are a multitude of books detailing the varying of water temperatures, from "warm" to "hypothermic" within a short period of time, including Doug Stanton's "In Harms Way": The tragic sinking of the heavy cruiser "USS Indianapolis", the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. history, July 30, 1945.

This is why death occurs so quickly in water. Hypothermia effects not only quickly cause the human mind to become impaired in judgment, but muscles are quickly affected. It is impossible to use hands and limbs normally after only a small lowering in body temperature.

The human body continues to lose heat if the victim does not quickly get out of the water. After the extremities lose heat, the body core becomes affected. The human heart will beat irregularly and eventually cannot sustain life. All of this happens very quickly. It is easy to search the Internet regarding hypothermia. All waters in North America kill quickly. Even waters in Florida kill quickly, where so many canoe and kayak victims die. Usually the victim dies of drowning, when the head can no longer be held out of the water, the victim weakened by hypothermia, despite the victim wearing a PFD. Recently 2 eleven-year-old Girl Guides died of hypothermia only because the PFDs worn over their clothing held their faces out of the water. (Otherwise they would have drowned since they became unconscious fairly quickly after suffering from hypothermia.) And on February 26, 2005, two young schoolboys died in nearly identical circumstances near Suwannee, Florida.  North American waters induce drowning from hypothermia effects quite quickly, even in the hottest days of the summer, since the water is so effective at lowering body temperature to fatal levels.

It is ridiculously easy to get victims out of the water so they can't die. Canoes and kayaks equipped with airbag sponsons are actually used by some Coast Guard and Lifesaving organizations around the world as rescue craft, to save the lives of kayakers and canoeists who have capsized. But canoe and kayak organizations are allowed to murder children for the profits of fraudulent instruction!

Even a member of the American Canoe Association's Hall of Fame, in the recent (2005) book "Expedition Canoeing" states: "The canoe-over-canoe rescue touted by the Red Cross and Boy Scouts is generally impossible to perform in a running sea. Far better to forget about the swamped canoe and gear and put your efforts into rescuing the paddlers" (p.202, Cliff Jacobson.) However most other authors point out that getting victims out of the water usually capsizes the rescuing canoes if they don't have stabilizing sponsons!  See the school canoeing and kayaking tragedies: Lyme Bay, Temiskaming, Darlington School, Balsam Lake, Camp McDougall, for a total of 32 dead children, dying in terror! About 20 American and Canadian children die agonizing deaths every year, according to USCG and Red Cross databases.

It is ridiculous to suggest that victims should wear expensive wetsuits and dry suits in case they fall in the water, since these victims risk dying of heatstroke (hyperthermia) while paddling in warm air! And if they don't suffer heatstroke they will be very uncomfortable. Most people won't spend hundreds of dollars to be this uncomfortable, especially when this cannot save their lives.  If they do not get out of the water they will die anyway; although the agony of waiting for some rescuer to find them will be prolonged. Hands will soon lose a  grip on the capsized canoe or kayak, making a body floating alone in a PFD almost impossible to spot from a moving boat. Dr. Warren Gould and his friend from boyhood Marty Dismukes died in the realtively warm waters near Pensacola, Florida tied together, to increase the chances of being spotted in time.

Some Coast Guard Rescue organizations and Lifesaving organizations around the world now use the most popular, short (about 10 feet long) "recreational" kayaks, with sponsons. These short kayaks have big cockpits that are awash during rescues, to provide neutral buoyancy ballast for greater stability. The flooded cockpit couples with the sponsons' buoyancy to provide much more stability than sponsons alone.

Years ago lifesavers used "sit-on-top" kayaks with built-in sponsons to get into rocky spots where normal Coast Guard Rescue Zodiacs could not go. (Nor helicopters with awkward slings, even if they were much more plentiful and able to arrive in time, since they risk crashing into cliffs, and risk losing rescue swimmers even if cliffs are not present.) However these "sit-on-top" kayaks do not have the stability of the short "recreational" kayaks, since there is no flooded cockpit to provide water ballast stability coupled with the sponsons. The "recreational" kayaks are much lower in the water too, making it much easier to clip victims to fore and aft decks. These kayaks are just a modern and much more effective means to save lives than the old surf boards or paddle boards that lifeguards used to rescue drowning victims years ago. (They only cost $500 fully equipped to save lives.) Obviously a paddle is a much more powerful means of propulsion, and the sponsoned kayak with water ballast is much more stable and effective at rescuing victims from the water.

The sponsoned recreational kayaks are carried in the Zodiacs. They rescue dying paddlers by by quickly attaching them to the flooded recreational kayak. Then they paddle back to the Zodiac, without risk of wrecking a Zodiac on the rocks. Pretty simple and inexpensive. Why not equip all canoes and kayaks with $25 US Coast Guard CO2 Sponsons at the factory - for a self-rescue Level Flotation Standard - US law for all small boats for nearly 3 decades? Less expensive than leaving victims in the water to die. Blame the lobbying of the American Canoe Association.

All modern countries have a Level Flotation Law for small boats under 20 feet long.

If you type "Level Flotation Standard" into Google, you will find within the Office of Boating Safety, Transport Canada website: "44. While floating in calm, clear water, the boat shall not list more than 30° with the weight redistributed."

You will eventually find the same law in Australia and the United States, for example:
USCG Level Flotation Standard  33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978  "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue."

So, you see, about 30 years ago the US Coast Guard realized that victims in the water needed to get out immmediately or they would soon die of hypothermia effects, even wearing a PFD. The Nuremberg Trials prosecuted 80 "cold water experiments" that were performed at Dachau and Auschwitz, among other places where medical experiments were conducted in Nazi Germany. The Luftwaffe were losing so many pilots in the water during the Battle of Britain that they conducted these very cruel "cold water experiments" to find out how to save these pilots. They soon started equipping aircraft with CO2 inflatable life rafts. And then, they stopped torturing people to death in cold water: only 80 prosecutions. (Google these experiments.) Spitfires and Hurricanes already had tiny inflatable life rafts in the cockpit. Same in the Pacific after Pearl Harbour, aboard American warplanes. This concept is very simple and universal, otherwise the victims will quickly die of hypothermia effects.

The amazing thing is that the most vulnerable craft to capsize, canoes and kayaks, were granted "safety exemptions" from the "safe platform", described in USCG Level Flotation Standard  33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978 under pressure by the canoe and kayak industry. You can read about this in the Preface to this book, on the US Coast Guard Website. Here is the link again:

http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/efficacy.htm      (Please Copy and Paste into your Browser if these Links are not "Live")

NB: This USCG Study totally mis-states the findings of the US Military Special Forces Study, 10th Airborne from Fort Devens, Massachusetts: "basic, no nonsense...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities"...etc.,

Why lie and kill 1,500 innocent North American citizens, since 1993? This is the power and horror of a lobby group: The American Canoe Association. This only works with a generous amount of Washington stupidity, irresponsibility and incompetence.

See below the pictures of canoes and kayaks with sponsons that are used to rescue other victims in the water who are not the original paddlers of canoes and kayaks. Even very young children can paddle such rescue craft while fully flooded, standing up. No previous experience or training, as any rescue safety should be.

Multiple adult victims can easily crawl into the canoe at once, since it is so low in the water. The little children can propel the craft at 2 knots while standing, although it weighs well over a ton with the water inside. (Normally they would sit on the seats, but these pictures demonstrate maximum stability as well as maximum flooding.)

The weight makes the canoe very steady in large waves due to the large amount of neutral buoyancy ballast aboard. And most of this water can be spilled out simply by leaning on one sponson! (Sponsons on open canoes are normally set equally and lower than shown. In these pictures, the only way to completely flood the canoe was by setting one sponson very high, so one gunwale was always underwater.)
 
 

Some of these facts are elaborated in "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims" by Tim Ingram. 2003. ISBN 1-4107-4568-6. Just type the title into the GOOGLE search box and you will see this book at all of the major online bookstores around the world.

This latest book that you are reading here however, is written 3 years later. This book has discovered facts that were only briefly touched on in the earlier book. The facts that are most disturbing are the deliberate acts of leaving innocent victims to die in the waters of the United States and Canada, with no means to escape death by hypothermia.

See the image of  two young girls below, 7 and 10 years of age, paddling toward the camera in a totally flooded open canoe. One of the CO2 sponsons is deliberately set higher, improperly, to allow total flooding. If both sponsons were set properly, like the lower sponson in the photo, much of the water would flow out of the canoe. It is normally impossible to contain this much water inside a canoe or kayak with sponsons. Almost all water is easily emptied by simply leaning on one sponson to spill it out!
Some canoe instruction actually states that it is possible to paddle a fully flooded canoe (or kayak) to shore! I have thousands of documents of evidence regarding this.
 
 
 

Of course, in this book they are not allowed to live: 1,500 innocent American and Canadian citizens. There is considerable motive for political cover-up in both countries!

Canoes and kayaks have always had the largest drowning death numbers, despite PFD use by 30-35% of dead victims since year 2000, in the United States. (US Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database, BARD). "A total of 105 canoeists and kayakers drowned in 1998. Canoes and kayaks have the highest fatality rate of all boat types ñ double the rate of personal watercraft and 4 times higher than open motorboats." (Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives, May 15, 2001, BOAT/U.S.)

US Coast Guard report 071-01: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type". This USCG figure may be far too low, considering the death statistics of the Ford/Firestone scandal, over a decade, with many more vehicles, many more use/hours daily, and only 200 deaths.

The human body loses body heat in water at a rate that is 25 times the rate of body heat loss in air. The rate of heat loss is much higher than 25 times if the water is moving around the body. In other words, if the water is not perfectly calm but is moving by even small amounts of current or small waves. Also, the top thermal layer of  "warm" water, even in the hottest days of Summer, does not extend far into waters that are deeper than one's own height. There are a multitude of books detailing the varying of water temperatures, from "warm" to "hypothermic" within a short period of time, including Doug Stanton's "In Harms Way": The tragic sinking of the heavy cruiser "USS Indianapolis", the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. history, July 30, 1945.

This is why death occurs so quickly in water. Hypothermia effects not only quickly cause the human mind to become impaired in judgment, but muscles are quickly affected. It is impossible to use hands and limbs normally after only a small lowering in body temperature.

The human body continues to lose heat if the victim does not quickly get out of the water. After the extremities lose heat, the body core becomes affected. The human heart will beat irregularly and eventually cannot sustain life. All of this happens very quickly. It is easy to search the Internet regarding hypothermia. All waters in North America kill quickly. Even waters in Florida kill quickly, where so many canoe and kayak victims die. Usually the victim dies of drowning, when the head can no longer be held out of the water, the victim weakened by hypothermia, despite the victim wearing a PFD. Recently 2 eleven-year-old Girl Guides died of hypothermia only because the PFDs worn over their clothing held their faces out of the water. (Otherwise they would have drowned since they became unconscious fairly quickly after suffering from hypothermia.) And on February 26, 2005, two young schoolboys died in nearly identical circumstances near Suwannee, Florida.  North American waters induce drowning from hypothermia effects quite quickly, even in the hottest days of the summer, since the water is so effective at lowering body temperature to fatal levels.

It is ridiculously easy to get victims out of the water so they can't die. Canoes and kayaks equipped with airbag sponsons are actually used by some Coast Guard and Lifesaving organizations around the world as rescue craft, to save the lives of kayakers and canoeists who have capsized. But canoe and kayak organizations are allowed to murder children for the profits of fraudulent instruction!

Even a member of the American Canoe Association's Hall of Fame, in the recent (2005) book "Expedition Canoeing" states: "The canoe-over-canoe rescue touted by the Red Cross and Boy Scouts is generally impossible to perform in a running sea. Far better to forget about the swamped canoe and gear and put your efforts into rescuing the paddlers" (p.202, Cliff Jacobson.) However most other authors point out that getting victims out of the water usually capsizes the rescuing canoes if they don't have stabilizing sponsons!  See the school canoeing and kayaking tragedies: Lyme Bay, Temiskaming, Darlington School, Balsam Lake, Camp McDougall, for a total of 32 dead children, dying in terror! About 20 American and Canadian children die agonizing deaths every year, according to USCG and Red Cross databases.

It is ridiculous to suggest that victims should wear expensive wetsuits and dry suits in case they fall in the water, since these victims risk dying of heatstroke (hyperthermia) while paddling in warm air! And if they don't suffer heatstroke they will be very uncomfortable. Most people won't spend hundreds of dollars to be this uncomfortable, especially when this cannot save their lives.  If they do not get out of the water they will die anyway; although the agony of waiting for some rescuer to find them will be prolonged. Hands will soon lose a  grip on the capsized canoe or kayak, making a body floating alone in a PFD almost impossible to spot from a moving boat. Dr. Warren Gould and his friend from boyhood Marty Dismukes died in the realtively warm waters near Pensacola, Florida tied together, to increase the chances of being spotted in time.

Some Coast Guard Rescue organizations and Lifesaving organizations around the world now use the most popular, short (about 10 feet long) "recreational" kayaks, with sponsons. These short kayaks have big cockpits that are awash during rescues, to provide neutral buoyancy ballast for greater stability. The flooded cockpit couples with the sponsons' buoyancy to provide much more stability than sponsons alone.

Years ago lifesavers used "sit-on-top" kayaks with built-in sponsons to get into rocky spots where normal Coast Guard Rescue Zodiacs could not go. (Nor helicopters with awkward slings, even if they were much more plentiful and able to arrive in time, since they risk crashing into cliffs, and risk losing rescue swimmers even if cliffs are not present.) However these "sit-on-top" kayaks do not have the stability of the short "recreational" kayaks, since there is no flooded cockpit to provide water ballast stability coupled with the sponsons. The "recreational" kayaks are much lower in the water too, making it much easier to clip victims to fore and aft decks. These kayaks are just a modern and much more effective means to save lives than the old surf boards or paddle boards that lifeguards used to rescue drowning victims years ago. (They only cost $500 fully equipped to save lives.) Obviously a paddle is a much more powerful means of propulsion, and the sponsoned kayak with water ballast is much more stable and effective at rescuing victims from the water.

The sponsoned recreational kayaks are carried in the Zodiacs. They rescue dying paddlers by by quickly attaching them to the flooded recreational kayak. Then they paddle back to the Zodiac, without risk of wrecking a Zodiac on the rocks. Pretty simple and inexpensive. Why not equip all canoes and kayaks with $25 US Coast Guard CO2 Sponsons at the factory - for a self-rescue Level Flotation Standard - US law for all small boats for nearly 3 decades? Less expensive than leaving victims in the water to die. Blame the lobbying of the American Canoe Association.

All modern countries have a Level Flotation Law for small boats under 20 feet long.

If you type "Level Flotation Standard" into Google, you will find within the Office of Boating Safety, Transport Canada website: "44. While floating in calm, clear water, the boat shall not list more than 30° with the weight redistributed."

You will eventually find the same law in Australia and the United States, for example:
USCG Level Flotation Standard  33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978  "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue."

So, you see, about 30 years ago the US Coast Guard realized that victims in the water needed to get out immmediately or they would soon die of hypothermia effects, even wearing a PFD. The Nuremberg Trials prosecuted 80 "cold water experiments" that were performed at Dachau and Auschwitz, among other places where medical experiments were conducted in Nazi Germany. The Luftwaffe were losing so many pilots in the water during the Battle of Britain that they conducted these very cruel "cold water experiments" to find out how to save these pilots. They soon started equipping aircraft with CO2 inflatable life rafts. And then, they stopped torturing people to death in cold water: only 80 prosecutions. (Google these experiments.) Spitfires and Hurricanes already had tiny inflatable life rafts in the cockpit. Same in the Pacific after Pearl Harbour, aboard American warplanes. This concept is very simple and universal, otherwise the victims will quickly die of hypothermia effects.

The amazing thing is that the most vulnerable craft to capsize, canoes and kayaks, were granted "safety exemptions" from the "safe platform", described in USCG Level Flotation Standard  33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978 under pressure by the canoe and kayak industry. You can read about this in the Preface to this book, on the US Coast Guard Website. Here is the link again:

http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/efficacy.htm      (Please Copy and Paste into your Browser if these Links are not "Live")

NB: This USCG Study totally mis-states the findings of the US Military Special Forces Study, 10th Airborne from Fort Devens, Massachusetts: "basic, no nonsense...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities"...etc.,

Why lie and kill 1,500 innocent North American citizens, since 1993? This is the power and horror of a lobby group: The American Canoe Association. This only works with a generous amount of Washington stupidity, irresponsibility and incompetence.

See below the pictures of canoes and kayaks with sponsons that are used to rescue other victims in the water who are not the original paddlers of canoes and kayaks. Even very young children can paddle such rescue craft while fully flooded, standing up. No previous experience or training, as any rescue safety should be.

Multiple adult victims can easily crawl into the canoe at once, since it is so low in the water. The little children can propel the craft at 2 knots while standing, although it weighs well over a ton with the water inside. (Normally they would sit on the seats, but these pictures demonstrate maximum stability as well as maximum flooding.)

The weight makes the canoe very steady in large waves due to the large amount of neutral buoyancy ballast aboard. And most of this water can be spilled out simply by leaning on one sponson! (Sponsons on open canoes are normally set equally and lower than shown. In these pictures, the only way to completely flood the canoe was by setting one sponson very high, so one gunwale was always underwater.)

Some of these facts are elaborated in "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims" by Tim Ingram. 2003. ISBN 1-4107-4568-6. Just type the title into the GOOGLE search box and you will see this book at all of the major online bookstores around the world.

This latest book that you are reading here however, is written 3 years later. This book has discovered facts that were only briefly touched on in the earlier book. The facts that are most disturbing are the deliberate acts of leaving innocent victims to die in the waters of the United States and Canada, with no means to escape death by hypothermia.

See the image of  two young girls below, 7 and 10 years of age, paddling toward the camera in a totally flooded open canoe. One of the CO2 sponsons is deliberately set higher, improperly, to allow total flooding. If both sponsons were set properly, like the lower sponson in the photo, much of the water would flow out of the canoe. It is normally impossible to contain this much water inside a canoe or kayak with sponsons. Almost all water is easily emptied by simply leaning on one sponson to spill it out!
Some canoe instruction actually states that it is possible to paddle a fully flooded canoe (or kayak) to shore! I have thousands of documents of evidence regarding this.


 


 
 

You might think that the North American canoe and kayak industry would want to increase sales with real safety. Or even advertise canoes and kayaks as lifesaving boats! To say nothing of preventing hundreds of deaths annually, around the world. No. They do not want rescue safety.

The industry wants the most dangerous kayaks and canoes possible, in order to create a market for dozens of fraudulent rescues that have killed thousands in the United States and Canada. The money is in the instruction, not one-time sales!
Instructors are the "salespersons" for this fraudulent industry, i.e. this kayak, canoe is "really good" etc. The details of these actions are contained within this book. Lawsuits in Canada and the United States usually gain a berieved family only several hundred thousand dollars per death. This is a small sum for insurers to pay out. Families are usually so devastated by the deaths that lawsuits are fairly rare anyway. Families are also reluctant to expose the memories of their loved one to accusations that the death was the fault of the victim. They may be accused of "not enough practice", although no amount of practice is enough for such unreliable "rescues". Also, families are usually forced to "keep quiet" about any out-of-court settlement as a condition of payment. A word here about "practice":

If you think about it intelligently, anything that requires "practice" to save human lives is a sham. It is not a "rescue". Rescue simply works to get victims out of the water unconditionally. Otherwise human lives are needlessly risked and lost in huge numbers. Over 1,500 deaths in North America are attributable to this "sham", that is also a "scam", as documented in  "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims". The Level Flotation Standard has been law for small boats for nearly 30 years, to provide a rescue platform. (Canoes and Kayaks have been excluded from this law by fraudulent US Coast Guard "safety exemptions", that are further discussed in this book.)

The book on the Lake Temiskaming Tragedy, "Deep Waters" by James Raffan, (2002) specifically mentions "sponsons" (p.108), with regard to sponsons not being available to save 11 boys' lives in the Balsam Lake Tragedy.

But it neglects to mention that Bill Mason - the famous Canadian canoeist - condemned "canoe rescues" in his well-known book "Song of the Paddle",1988, p.126, after the 13 death Lake Temiskaming Tragedy in 1978: "canoe over canoe...I have since changed my mind..." In fact J. Raffan's "Deep Waters" documents that even the most time-consuming and detailed instruction cannot make safe canoe trips possible, as in the 13 death Lake Temiskaming tragedy. The only survivors swam to shore after seeing the "canoe rescues" did not work. The rest died in the water of hypothermia effects while wearing PFDs. Soon they could not keep heads out of the water, weakened by hypothermia, and they drowned.

Kayak "rescues" are just as deadly, as this book proves in later chapters. There were 23 canoe deaths in Canada 2004, and 3 kayak deaths. Kayaks are increasing in the death numbers, but generally they are less prone to capsize and flooding than canoes. They are decked to prevent less flooding than canoes. And the paddler sits lower, in a lower craft that is less vulnerable to winds that can quickly begin on any waters. Old nautical saying: "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes."  But any sprayskirt problems and the kayak will flood to become just as deadly. In fact sprayskirt entrapment is a deadly risk in itself: "Lorne...tried desperately...He tried pushing himself out with his arms...but it was as if bungie cords kept pulling him back into the seat. A strong man, he pushed with his legs but could not counter the hold of the sprayskirt..." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, April 2003, p.49). And kayaks cannot be pumped out, despite the rescue instruction scams instructions: Sea Kayaker Magazine, February, 2003, p.29)

Below is a picture of the 1987 sponsons (not the self-inflating CO2 gas sponsons), on a canoe. The 1987 sponsons have about half the buoyant force of the CO2 sponsons, since they have half of the volume. One more obvious point: The "ton of water" cannot sink this canoe to the bottom of the sea because water has "neutral buoyancy". However a ton of rock could sink the canoe to the bottom permanently, since rock "sinks like a stone", to use the old phrase. This is an simple point that is often overlooked by some enthusiastic canoe and kayak "experts" when they discuss ballast concepts. Any craft so prone to flooding as a canoe or kayak should never use ballast other than water. Water is plenty heavy enough. The canoe or kayak must always have strategically-placed positive flotation, as in the Level Flotation Standard, to provide a rescue platform; as required by law for all small boats for nearly 30 years. (It should be mentioned again: Canoes and Kayaks have been excluded from this law by fraudulent US Coast Guard and Transport Canada "safety exemptions", that are further discussed in this book.)

Just for comparison, check out the original 1987 sponsons on a typical sea kayak that was popular at that time.

But the $25 CO2 sponsons are much more powerful and require no training or experience:

This is a typical Coast Guard Rescue Zodiac below. US Coast Guard Zodiacs and Canadian Coast Guard Zodiacs have different markings but they are essentially the same boat. These powerboats have large air sponsons in order to accomplish for powerboats what sponsons do for canoes and kayaks. The Rescue Zodiacs have enormous secondary or final stability, resisting capsize at much greater angles of heel than any other type of open powerboat. They are also light and fast. You will notice that the Deep-V interior hull of the Zodiac (a brand name) is much heavier than the outer air sponsons that have huge buoyant force. The interior of a Zodiac therefore acts like the heavy flooded interior of a kayak or canoe equipped with sponsons.

The Zodiac is more stable with a heavy interior, rather than a light interior, just as a sponsoned canoe or kayak is more stable if it is heavier, flooded with water for example, rather than lighter. Pretty simple concept, but this is often lost on canoe and kayak instructors, who don't want canoe and kayak sponsons either. Fraudulent instruction that does not work could not be sold to the public if they could rescue themselves immediately with 5 second $25 CO2 sponsons.

You can see how easily a 10 foot recreational kayak (costing about $500 US with $25 CO2 sponsons built-in at the factory), is carried aboard the Zodiac. It is also obvious that it is very dangerous to take the Zodiac near rocks, endangering the entire crew, as well as being impossible to reach the dying victim(s) in the water. The 10 foot sponsoned kayak is easily paddled in among the rocks and breaking waves, to attach the victims and bring them to the mother craft. The sponsoned kayak remains very stable, flooded or not in rough seas, while bringing victims aboard rear or forward decks before paddling back to the Zodiac. By the way, the correct term for the Zodiac and the numerous other brands, is Rigid Inflatable Boat, RIB.


Old Town Recreational Kayak-Dirigo

This story is incredible in both the huge numbers of deaths, as well as the egregious negligence of very large and powerful government bureaucracies, that are supposed to protect the citizens from the nasty and deadly practices of others, who make a little money, or gain a little power from such practices. Police enforce most fraudulent activity that the government considers "criminal". However, police do not enforce many sections of the Criminal Code if there is not political pressure.

The U.S. is somewhat different than Canada; since no large human rights events have occurred in Canada. Canada is however racist toward their native peoples and many minorities.

Canoe and kayak instructors, and the canoe and kayak industry, tiny and insignificant economically, are very deadly killers, with the highest death rate in history per exposure hours.

N.B. There are decent Canoe and Kayak Instructors, who are able to step back and denounce their part in deadly canoe and kayak instruction, just as the experimental subjects in the famous Milgram experiments were often strongly disapproving of their own administration of very painful and potentially deadly electric shocks to the "victim".

(The distress of some experimental subjects was so great, upon learning that they could cruelly torture another innocent human being, that the experimental ethics committees at universities around the world no longer permit experiments similar to the famous Milgram psychology experiments.) However, there are individuals within canoe and kayak organizations who have no qualms whatsoever. They have full knowledge that they are potentially sending victims to their deaths, with no means of escape from the water, no matter how much practice, no matter how much instruction, no matter wearing a snugly fitting, properly adjusted PFD.

There are government officials (particularly in Transport Canada) who apparently also have no qualms about sending these victims to their deaths. In this context, society allows the killing of canoe and kayak victims, and even encourages the killing. The victims are blamed for their own deaths every time, despite the evidence that victims were denied any simple safety device to rescue them from the water. Sometimes the deaths are explained as a good thing; as "Darwins's Law" is only weeding out the unfit. You cannot find a story that is more sad than this one. Great numbers of preventable deaths, tremendous suffering, and many of these deaths are of young children, including Girl Guides and other schoolkids, dying agonizing deaths.

If you look at the public record, painful as it is, you will see that these dear little children are always, without exeption, being blamed at some level, even when they are described as just "unlucky".

Of course they were tricked by fundamentally unsafe canoes and kayaks that have no means to rescue anyone from the water. Over a century ago, when water transportation was much more common, canoes were sold with integral rescue sponsons. The sponsons of this book were only invented in 1987. (See references to earlier societal responses to canoe and kayak tragedies, later in this book.)  Today our culture is so sick that deadly canoe and kayak instruction, a "bait and switch" fraud scam, is allowed to be sold to Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, YMCA campers, and children in schools.

Some outdoor education specialist is always found to speciously agree that the deaths of the children were "tragic", but that the extremely risky use of canoes and kayaks is justified as a "character building" exercise.

The use of canoes and kayaks is just as valuable if they don't kill, as a character-building event. (If they have tiny, CO2 Gas Sponson containers, costing $25 each, concealed on each side in case of emergency. The canoe and kayak industry has been aware of this option for many years!)

Contrast this attitude with society's absolute intolerance for any vehicle defects causing death and injury. The Ford/Firestone scandal is just one example of this. Millions of dollars in damages in each case, versus a few hundred thousand dollars for each canoe or kayak death! But very few berieved families pursue wrongful death lawsuits for canoe and kayak deaths, unlike vehicular deaths. This is partly due to the perception that the victims "were asking for it" or "were to blame at some level". Nothing is more untrue. The victims were deliberately given the most dangerous watercraft possible, with no means to escape the deadly waters.

The US and Canadian Coast Guards made the Level Flotation Standard Law for all small boats in the 1970's. But canoes and kayaks were given "safety exemptions", or more correctly "murder licences". The first comment about the USCG Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study, at the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators' Boats and Associated Equipment Committee? (Check their website, click on this committee.)

"7. Review USCG study on supplemental flotation for non-powered craft... Snyder said none of these boats should sink. Boats under 20 feet with outboards must have level flotation why shouldn't paddlecraft?" Thank you Dick Snyder. A voice of commonsense America.There are many millions of others.

The Level Flotation Standard is pretty obvious. Otherwise victims cannot get out of the water and they die. Already 35% of the dead in canoes and kayaks are wearing PFDs. (2002, USCG BARD).
 



Some Good Stuff:

"I am Austin Davis. My life was saved by your floats. [See article in Sea kayaker Dec 97] There was no way in my situation that any other means of recovery would have saved me or allowed me to get home upright in my hypothermic condition. Your opinion about the rolls and paddle floats mirror my real life experience. Thanks for the gear that saved my life. I hope the article in sea kayaker helps your cause."

Austin was sailing a 26 foot sailboat that suddenly sank about ten miles off the coast of Texas. He was using a sea kayak with sponsons as a tender to his sailboat, deploying sponsons when he needed more stability to paddle supplies to the mothership.

Suddenly, after his sailboat sank, he was floating in heavy, breaking seas at night with only the kayak nearby. He was able to clip on and inflate the sponsons (that were secured to the cockpit) and fortunately he had tied a paddle to the kayak. So without a pump or sprayskirt (these items are nearly impossible to use in these conditions anyway), he was able to paddle the flooded kayak about ten miles in heavy seas to shore.

He bought his sponsons in 1994. Very few sponsons are sold every year. Only a few hundred pairs. One wonders how many other lives could have been saved if the public were not deliberately lied to.

Wayne Horodowich, apparently under pressure in 1994 from other instructors, reversed his very positive 1993 position on sponsons and condemned them as unworkable. I have all of the documentation. He had told me of pressure from other instructors, and general disapproval of sponsons while filming the "Performance Sea Kayaking Video", referred to in the ACA letter to the Attorney General of Florida. But I only found out who these people were, including the ACA, much later. This was after I had finally sent letters to all Attorneys General in all States in 2001.


New Lives Saved:

I receive annually dozens of remarkable commendations and references to lives saved. This one was published by Sea KayakerMagazine. They would like to see canoes and kayaks become lifesaving vessels, not instruments for agonized and terrifying deaths. But the advertisers want  instruction money. One-time sales of canoes and kayaks are a relatively small source of revenue.

Of course canoe and kayak instruction could include not only fail-safe and fool-proof rescue safety, but all kinds of courses in campcraft, survival, nature studies, geology, astronomy, weather-reading, philosophy, etc., etc. There is no end to lucrative canoe and kayak instruction. People need not be tortured and murdered to make a buck!

Schoolchildren do not deserve this stupidity, nor this incompetence costing their lives.

Burkevale School, Penetanguishene, Ontario, (a diligent "Safety Conscious" school), last year sent my Kathleen to Camp Kitchekewana in May, 2005. Not a bad YMCA camp: But it had a "certain reputation" at my YMCA Camp Nagiwa 40 years earlier, to wit: produces no worthwhile paddlers. This rumour was confirmed 30 years later, by my friend Tim Dyer, that canoeing back then at Kitchekewana was mainly "paddling the docks", i.e. kneel at dock while paddling the strokes. (No wonder no-one ever saw them on any canoe trips for at least a dozen years!)

Parents were assured that all "certified safety" requirements were in effect, etc., for the school trip. Knowing what I know, the statistical likelihood of a "very serious incident" was high. Any capsize could result in fatal consequences in a few minutes, and scarring for life of the survivors. Like other school canoeing and kayaking tragedies: Lyme Bay, Temiskaming, Darlington School, Balsam Lake, Camp McDougall: 

My daughter admitted that the sternsperson in her canoe was a high school student returning to help out, who had no canoeing expertise whatsoever. Consequently the canoe followed a ragged course. And the availability of a powerboat, motor immediately responsive to an emergency was not clearly in evidence. Kathleen resented my safety questions, as is normal for the age group and consensual group process. But clearly there was no running powerboat capable of rescuing any number of students from the chilling waters. And they had no idea how fast this emergency can happen in these cold waters! Seconds! Nor had they any training. (Not that canoe instruction would help. Schoolchild Fraud Murderers sums that up.) Many schools make this sort of dangerous foray every Spring. It is only a matter of time. Statistically, this water tragedy, in exposure hours, is far greater than any other school fatality possibility.


From Sea Kayaker Magazine, December 2005, p.7 "More Lessons to Learn":

"After reading "Crossing the Line," an account of a capsize by one of a pair of paddlers (SK ,Oct. '05) I thought there were more lessons to be learned than those listed by author John Kraske. Kayakers should never go out just half-way equipped. The author's intention was just to stay in the lee, but when there are waves somewhere out there, there is always the risk that paddlers will go out to them for a nice kick of adrenaline or to test their skills.

Each boat should be fully equipped even if only a flat-water trip is planned. One ill-equipped boat or irresponsible behavior of just one member, as Kraske pointed out, can put the group at risk. If an inexperienced kayaker capsizes, he or she might need time to recover mentally and physically.

According to Kraske, his paddling partner, Chris, already started getting unfocused in the first dip in the cold water. Only after
failing several times to keep Chris upright, Kraske decided to connect the two boats to provide a stable platform. But even if he had had T-handles for the two-piece spare paddle, I believe it would have been quite difficult for him alone to keep the raft under control and to steer it into the lee of  the islands four miles across the channel.

In 2001 my wife and I were on a Swiss Lake on a November day (water temperature about 54 degrees F.) during a strong south wind paddling in a small wind-protected bay. We had been kayaking for less than a year. We were dressed in Lycra wet suits. I went out farther from shore until I was caught by the full storm. It was fun to play in the waves, but my paddling experience for such a situation was nil.

When I decided to paddle back into the bay, I capsized. I still don't know how I toppled. It was so fast that I had no chance to react. I effectively got back into the boat with the paddle float, but when I tried to take the paddle float off, I capsized again. This time I felt the cold, and with it came panic.

I waved to my wife for help. She had gone ashore and got back in her kayak and paddled out to help me. Even with her help, I was not able to get back into the boat. We were both worried that she would also capsize. After failing to get back into the boat, she tried to pull me and the boat toward the shore, but the waves pushed us further out of the lee. For a moment, I considered abandoning the boat and swimming to shore, but all that I'd read recommended staying with the boat.

I had a set of inflatable sponsons aboard. I had considered them complicated and time-consuming, but I installed them. Although my fingers were very numb in the cold, I managed it somehow. With my last bit of energy, I got back into the boat and started to paddle with my wife against the wind and back into the bay.

The paddle float helped me get back aboard, but when I removed it, I lost the extra stability I needed to have after I'd been in the cold water. Judging by my experience and that of Kraske and his partner, a rescue technique should do more than get the capsized kayaker back into the boat. It should also stabilize the casualty while keeping the others mobile enough to get everyone back to shore."

Fridl Schlaepfer, Hoelstein, Switzerland

Note: $25 CO2 Sponsons are not "complicated" or "time-consuming". They require no training or experience at all. Just pull a cord, like inflatable PFDs or life rafts, to get out of deadly waters immediately. The families of 1,500 recently dead North Americans, and 120 victims about to be tortured to death in 2006, want this simple, built-in, fail-safe and fool-proof rescue safety.


Some Bad Stuff:

OPP Schlorff is a long-standing member of the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and Transport Canada's CMAC. He helps them ensure the most deaths possible from canoes and kayaks. Perhaps the motive is to simply ensure budget funds, that have been severely cut during the Chretien years. Schlorff also has links to U.S. members of the head office: National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), including their favoured member, the American Canoe Association; so torture and murder of both American and Canadian children can be perpetuated. See the documentation through the book. I have thousands of pages more. These organizations also exist as "social gatherings" to perform the function of ego-stroking, award-giving and congratulations for saving lives; when in fact the documentation shows maximum numbers of painful deaths are extracted from canoes, kayaks, and PFD trickery: Transport Canada teaches putting PFDs on in the water, suggesting that this is a reliable safety practice in emergencies; while at the same time advising the public to always wear one. (The PFD is taught to be put on in the water, by almost all Canadian school boards, accounting perhaps for the much higher Canadian rate of death.)

An RCMP officer was killed June 3, 2005 when he sank immediately on patrol of Lake Okanagan wearing heavy boots and
other equipment, sufficient to sink anyone immediately, and preventing anyone from putting a PFD on in the water (as
recommended by Transport Canada's "Safe Boats" (safe-boats.pdf): "Children should be encouraged to wear their lifejacket or PFD at all times. They should learn how to put them on in the water." p.47. This contradictory and deadly misinformation is
repeated in the Transport Canada MTAC Safe Boating Study Guide:  "To put on a PFD in the water, follow these procedures:

   · Spread the device open with the inside facing up out of the water
   · Rotate the PFD so you are looking at the neck opening
   · Put both arms through the arm holes
   · Lift arms over the head
   · Position the device around your upper body
   · Fasten the device to fit snugly"  (http://www.boaterlicences.com/online_coursepfd.htm)

Virgil Chambers is the head of the NSBC and he has telephoned me here at home. Virgil admits that the American Canoe Association has no rescue safety: no means to escape the deadly waters. But he told me that it was up to the USCG to enforce safety. They just go along. Virgil seemed like a "nice enough guy"; but obviously not intelligent enough to realize that the ACA, having no rescue safety, means many innocent people die. About 90 adults and children in the U. S. and about 25 adults and children in Canada.
 
 

From: timingram [mailto:timingram@isp.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:03 AM
To: pdillon@americancanoe.org
Subject: USCG DEAD

Re: Cruel Torture and Murder by The USCG's National Boating Safety Advisory Council

Only 2006 years ago a famous person under torture stated: "Forgive them Father for they know not what they do!" But NBSAC knows they are permitting ACA Dillon and the American Canoe Association to torture to death American Children and Adults, by putting their heads in cool waters.

Chairman Muldoon threatened the American Canoe Association with "removal of safety exemptions", (NBSAC Minutes, October 2002), that permit canoes and kayaks to kill US citizens, by not having The Level Flotation Standard for small boats, about 300 dead, tortured American Children and Adults ago:

The Level Flotation Standard for small boats is nearly 3 decades old, to provide a rescue platform so people don't die in the water: US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978."

The first comment about the USCG Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study, at the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators' Boats and Associated Equipment Committee, is a control:

"7. Review USCG study on supplemental flotation for non-powered craft... Snyder said none of these boats should sink. Boats under 20 feet with outboards must have level flotation why shouldn't paddlecraft?" Thank you Dick Snyder. A voice of commonsense America. One of many.

Here is some Degrading Propaganda (Osama bin Laden would be happy with this infidel's stupidity), from the USCG:

Dear Richard:

You are now off the list.

The question is: Why do you endorse putting the Heads of American Children in cool waters, as I have written below, to die? Whereas any 10 year old girls can easily rescue themselves and others in seconds, without instruction or experience... This has been well-known for many years.

Who is "reckless if not evil"? Denying these children (and innocent adults) a means to save their lives, dying in pain and terror, to make money for the American Canoe Association. See the pictures of the schoolboys in Florida. Who is evil, killing Americans and their children for profit?

You were never in charge of this murder racket so please just become a decent citizen, and please be aware of the power of your Degrading Propaganda below: "hurting the work, image and progress that real safety advocates are trying to promote."

Your words degrade the grieving families of the boys, as well as new US victims about to die this week and the next. Degrading Propaganda is necessary to perpetuate this evil, that has been continuing for years. This is the largest murder/torture scam in the history of the United States.

Remove Degrading Propaganda and this scam cannot continue; since law enforcement officials will quickly see numerous criminal charges, from criminal fraud to murder in the second degree, due to "wilful and reckless disregard for the value of human life".

Tim Ingram

 ----- Original Message -----

From: Kanehl, Richard

To: 'timingram@isp.com'

Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 10:00 AM

Subject: off your email list

Per the latest Office of Boating Safety org chart @ http://www.uscgboating.org/about/orgchart.htm , I am no longer in that office. Nor do I have any boating safety responsibilities.  Please take me off your email distribution list.

Also, I vehemently disapprove of your suggestions to put anyone's head in a toilet.  Instead of being a advocate of water safety, your language and calls-to-action are reckless if not evil.  Please stop hurting the work, image and progress that real safety advocates are trying to promote.

Again, take me off your email list.  I can not help your cause and will consider any further correspondence to be harassment which I shall forward to Coast Guard Investigative Services (police).

Richard Kanehl

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From: timingram@isp.com [mailto:timingram@isp.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8:53 AM
To: Kanehl, Richard
Subject: BIN LADEN SCAM

American Canoe Association Wins Osama bin Laden Award for Torturing American Children to Death!

The ACA tortured Clay McKemie and Sean Wilkinson, both 14 years of age from Darlington School, Rome, Georgia, to death near Suwannee, Florida. Both boys were wearing PFDs according to the ACA Murder Scam Program. But of course they were prevented from getting out of the water with $25 CO2 sponsons; despite the fact that any 10 year old girls in the world can rescue themselves and others without previous experience or instruction. (See pictures of the girls on links below.) These boys died agonizing deaths, in great pain and terror, knowing they would never see their families again. Their cruel torture to death by the American Canoe Association has won The Osama bin Laden Award for the ACA.

American Specialty Insurance Wins the Osama Toilets Award for Conspicuously insuring the ACA's Torturing to Death of American Children!

You will notice http://www.canoekayaksafety.com    Copy and Paste if this link is not live.

Free online 300 page book:

Canoe and Kayak Criminal Rescue Safety Scam: 1500 Canadian and American Adults and Children Die Agonizing Deaths Since 1993

You will notice that I have been very fair in the book to Chairman Muldoon (canoe and kayak safety exemptions), Jo Moon, Phil Cappel and the rest. After New Orleans no-one expects much from Homeland Security or the US Coast Guard, torturing American children to death in canoes and kayaks, to make the American Canoe Association happy.

See Milgram's explanation for this desire to please, in the book (http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterseven.html). Copy and Paste if this link is not live.

Eventually Google will have this book at the top of numerous lists including "USCG safety", "canoe safety" etc. And anyone reading this book will see that the USCG might as well be led by the Arabian Horse Breeder, chosen by the White House to head up the protection of New Orleans.

American citizens will tolerate much. But they will not tolerate the water torture of their children in canoes and kayaks. Not even 2 children, let alone a dozen. The American people are not stupid, unlike NBSAC.

This email is sent to you regarding the details of the drowning tortures, inflicted on about 90 citizens in canoes and kayaks annually, in the United States alone. This email will eventually be sent to a new chapter in the book: The Osama bin Laden Awards to Americans who Torture American Children to Death. The ACA insurance company is now in the running.

But in the running now for top prize is Pamela Dillon of the American Canoe Association. You can observe what NBSAC does to American children by grabbing Dillon at the next NBSAC meeting and dragging her to the nearest toilet. Hold her head underwater for 60 seconds. Time this immersion carefully. You could cause serious brain damage for a longer duration, since oxygen to the brain is impaired by this experiment. (This is what happened to the 11 year old Girl Guides, picked up by the USCG helicopter too late. Hypothermia impaired heartbeat and blood flow to the brain.) Those kids did not drown, unlike the schoolboys in Florida, wearing PFDs on a school trip February 2005; whose heads eventually could not be held up out of the water, due to hypothermia effects on the neck muscles, brain functions, etc., as they died in terror thinking of their families they would never see again. How about the other kids from the Darlington school who witnessed this torture of classmates, with the full approval of the US Coast Guard and NBSAC?

Make certain that ACA Pamela Dillon does not get too much chance to draw a good breath of air, and then plunge her head into the toilet again. The American Canoe Association has done this recently to over 1000 American citizens who suffered agonizing deaths, in terror of never seeing loved ones again. NBSAC and Homeland Security endorses this torture of American citizens. See the pictures.

ACA Dillon may suffer a little brain damage from this experiment, (since her heart may pump a little less blood to her brain under this stress.) But this brain damage will not be noticed at the American Canoe Association since she will still be able to walk and talk; unlike the victims, EVEN AMERICAN CHILDREN, victims of the American Canoe Association and NBSAC.

Dillon is a member of NBSAC, despite her record. NBSAC and the US Coast Guard will benefit from witnessing Dillon's torture in a toilet of the Marriott Hotel, at the next NBSAC meeting. This "brings it all home" to the stupid people at NBSAC, regarding what they actually do to US citizens and their loved ones. Like the famous Milgram psychology experiments at Yale.

NBSAC is torturing some beloved American citizen to death this week. Unlike Dillon, who gets to walk. (Calculate this: about 90 canoe and kayak deaths in BARD annually, divided by the number of weeks in a year, 52.) If you can't do this, ask one of the USCG Admirals who went to college. It is pretty simple.

Maybe some decent State Attorney's office will investigate this egregious murder and torture of Americans and their kids. GOD knows that I have warned you often enough for many years.

Apart from the sheer cruelty and deliberation of these murders, this is the largest murder scandal in the history of the United States. This is history, as any US judge is well aware. History cannot be changed. Re-written, but not changed. I wonder if the journalists at the Washington Post know this. Or are they chasing another story without real world consequences, that everyone forgets in a day.

If you phone me to ask for my help, I shall give it freely: Allow Americans to escape the water without previous experience or instruction, like the 10 year old girls in the pictures of the book. It is pretty simple! Don't torture them for profit with expensive American Canoe Association Murder Instruction. (No judge or jury in America can save themselves with that either!)

I would be pleased to meet you in any court. Most Americans are not as stupid as NBSAC, nor as sadistic as the American Canoe Association.

Tim Ingram, phone me at 705-549-3722

P.S. This is going on the internet to be read by millions. And someday this week you will be torturing some American just like ACA Dillon, although innocent and decent instead; perhaps an American child, choking in pain and terror, through your efforts. You are continuing to make history.








I have been informing the US government regarding these deadly matters for about a decade. I provided the head of the Office of Boating Safety, US Coast Guard, with the US Military Kayakers' Sponson Study, Spring 1994. This study was conducted by the US Special Forces Military Kayakers of the 10th Airborne. I attended their Symposium at Fort Devens, near Boston. They invited the Military Kayak teams of about a dozen NATO countries. US Military forces try to keep their soldiers as safe as possible. It is no surprise that they found sponsons to be a far superior safety or rescue device than anything else for canoes or kayaks. The US Coast Guard had these findings in 1994:

"basic, no nonsense...dramatically increase...safety and...capabilities... It should be noted that within the North American civilian sea kayak industry there is some controversy...Sea Wings' direct competition with...the paddle float...the merits of Sea Wings...far outweigh those of the paddlefloat...During the IMKP 1994 we used Sea Wings with all our rescue boats as back-up flotation/stability for awashed kayaks needing assistance pumping out in heavy seas. In addition, IMKP's rescue kayak was fitted with Sea Wings on a permanent basis which allowed us to be far more stable in possible rescue operations...Sea Wings dramatically increase re-entry operations with capsized boats. Indeed, even with heavily loaded boats (those approaching 1000 lbs.) most paddlers can easily re-enter the kayak. However the most notable advantage of Sea Wings is with lightly loaded boats; ie, those kayaks which are far less stable (more tippy) than fully loaded boats. Recovery operations are far more difficult in these boats and most students have extreme difficulty in mastering the necessary techniques. This is compounded in heavy seas. Sea Wings offers an almost guaranteed method of re-entering a lightly loaded kayak even in heavy seas. Stability increase in heavy seas. Paddling in extremely heavy seas is difficult. Sea Wings offer the crews an additional method of dealing with such sea states. One of the most dangerous situations a detachment can find itself in is that of towing a disabled crew with full operational loads in heavy seas at night. The employment of Sea Wings dramatically increases the safety margin. In my opinion, this is one of the sponsons' most important contributions to MAROPS. "  Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation

The Military use of the long, narrow 1987 sponsons is similar to the current use of sponsons on 10 foot recreational kayaks, as a rescue boat for Canadian Coast Guard and other Lifesaving organizations. The US Special Forces equipped 4 kayaks with these sponsons to act as safety/rescue vessels during an open-ocean 200 mile race up the coast of Maine. All of the NATO kayak teams competed against one another. I am not sure who "won". But I don't think that is as important in these Military exercises, as much as teamwork and the accomplishment of a program in the most effective and safe manner possible. After all, these exercises are designed to train and test Military forces to be at the very top level of achievement. It was a pleasure to spend time with these soldiers. Their level of respect for human life was inspiring, and in complete contrast to the dishonest and money-grubbing behavior that is usually seen at commercial kayak symposiums, to sell deadly paddlesports.

I also communicated with the US Coast Guard (Mr. Rouncevelle), and the Coast Guards of Canada and the UK after 4 sixteen-year-old students died in England on a school trip in kayaks (There was one conviction for manslaughter of these 2 boys and 2 girls, the infamous "Lyme Bay Tragedy". See the letter to me in "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans" as found above, from Captain D.C.S. Thompson, Principal Marine Surveyor of Her Majesty's Coast Guard in the United Kingdom, now the MSA after Margaret Thatcher's governmental reforms.) The boys and girls wore PFDs and the trained guides were able to get them back into the kayaks, but they just re-capsized again, suffering from hypothermia effects and fear; since kayaks are always tippy anyway without airbag sponsons. They just kept re-capsizing until they died.

Typically for these tragic events, the water was not actually very rough; only relatively small wave action was present. The sea was relatively calm. And of course it only takes one capsize to cause death, unless the victim can easily get out of the water, and stay out. Then other group members, stopping to remain together, begin to capsize too. The only way to prevent this is with sponsons that create a Level Flotation Standard (a rescue platform like a life raft to save victims.) The British press quite rightly expressed outrage over this tragedy and the lack of safety for schoolchildren on these outings. One guide was convicted of manslaughter. We have not yet seen this quality of outrage in the United States or Canada regarding the recent deaths of students in Massachusetts or Girl Guides in Canada. The British Press has had an outstanding human rights/public safety record for centuries, in comparison.

The letter from the Principal Marine Surveyor in the UK Coast Guard, (MSA), Captain D.C. S. Thompson, is found on page 22 of  "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims".

Many of the details of the US Coast Guard Canoe/Kayak Sponson Study are provided in the previous book above, that can be obtained at most major online bookstores around the world. Type the title into the Google search box.

The USCG's National Boating Safety Advisory Council published their October 2002 minutes on the USCG Office of Boating Safety website, indicating that they would consider "removal of exemptions", that in fact permit canoes and kayaks to kill US citizens, by not having The Level Flotation Standard for small boats:

"Captain Evans then moved on to Ms. Moon’s concerns from the Professional Paddlesports Association (same address as the American Canoe Association, ACA) on what they are doing to address the canoe and kayak fatalities. He said that the staff would contact the PPA to seek this information and have them address the Council at the next meeting if desired."

(Note Jo Moon's endorsement of the Paddlesport Industry, i.e. American Canoe Association (ACA), being entitled to decide on safety sponsons/airbags in April 2004: 150 dead Americans later.) They were suckered again, despite Chairman Muldoon's threats below:

"Chairman Muldoon said that they are very strongly considering requesting the removal of exemptions because of their lack of interest in the Council."

Chairman Muldoon and the Council should insist on  NO safety exemptions  if they want to save lives! Already 35% of the canoe/kayak dead were wearing PFDs (2002). Innocent citizens need the Level Flotation Standard for Canoes and Kayaks after more than 1,500 dead in canoes and kayaks!

Between these minutes and the April 2004 minutes, about 150 Americans, including children, died.

The Level Flotation Standard for small boats is nearly 3 decades old, to provide a rescue platform so people don't die in the water: US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978."

The ACA has been granted Safety Exemptions from 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978, from the beginning.

See this reference at: http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/efficacy.htm
(And note the complete misrepresentation of the US Military Kayaking Study, as stated throughout this book.)

The American Canoe Association and the canoe and kayak industry apparently prevented The Level Flotation Standard for Canoes/Kayaks (sponsons) in the '70's:

"Sponsons work well...Coast Guard evaluated mandated side flotation for these boats in the mid-seventies...to create a stable rescue platform." Charlie Walbridge, author of  "River Safety Report, American Canoe Association". ("Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims", p.135)

I want to say first that I have the highest regard for the people at the Office of Boating Safety, US Coast Guard. You can just type the last half dozen words into Google or any search engine to find them. Although they seem to have the highest regard for human life and duty; I am convinced that they are being prevented from saving lives in canoes and kayaks, against their wishes. There are far stranger and deadlier plots afoot in Washington D.C. So let's just leave that story at this point: They do want to save lives. If they did not they would not have gotten federal funding for the Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study, as Captain Evans calls it in the Federal Register/ Vol. 67, No. 232/ Tuesday, December 3, 2002/ Notices:

Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study

"Study conducted in conjunction with the CG Research and Development Center to study the efficacy of the use of sponsons in canoes and kayaks. ($26,171)"

I found that I could communicate easily with the Office of Boating Safety, USCG, right from the very beginning. I am sure Mr. Cappell would not mind my publishing this first email:

Dear Phil:

Thank you for your kind reply. The main intent of my message I guess is that
the free market system does not permit better ideas; it never has. Seat
belts in cars were not freely adopted but legislated, and neither were life
jackets until coast guards in each country legislated them. I applaud your
efforts and might point out that life jackets will now increase in use
dramatically, just as seat belt compliance is nearly double over that 5
years ago.

I don't expect you to do anything at this point. I merely point out that
organizations are now pushing unrealistic safety expectations on the public,
who are not capable apparently of understanding that rolls don't work
reliably for experts who have had years of constant of rolling practice.
This is human nature. The Titanic is ready to happen again, in some form all
over again.

I don't see myself as a business man, but rather as an educator. The US
sponson patent is infringed upon occasionally. However the main value of the
patent is to prevent enthusiastic inventors/borrowers from endangering
people with half-baked ideas. It can deliver a uniform safety standard like
the "Level Flotation Standard" for small boats, at 20$ per kayak in
economies of scale. (But manufacturers won't buy that, anymore than seat
belts were welcomed by GM.) I really feel I must do some thing to protest
the deaths and near deaths of schoolkids, many in the Georgian Bay area
alone.

In a way, sponsons are like life jackets for canoes and kayaks: strategic
flotation to get people out of the water and towed or paddling to safety.
Not much cost for a child's life. In closing I would appreciate any
suggestions, or any forwarding of this information to the Coast Guard
information structure. I fear many people thinking about kayaks and canoes
are not aware of more rational safety ideas. (My family and I enjoyed a tour
of your cutter Bramble, recently docked a couple of miles from here.) Great
ship and we learned a lot.

Yours truly, Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: Cappel, Philip <PCappel@comdt.uscg.mil <mailto:PCappel@comdt.uscg.mil>>
To: <timkayak@bconnex.net <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net>>
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 3:24 PM
Subject: RE: canoe and kayak safety sponsons
 

> Mr. Ingram,
>
> The Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety is concerned about the number of
> canoe and kayak deaths that occur annually and we have several initiatives
> underway to attempt to reach this special class of recreational boaters to
> educate them on the hazards of canoeing and kayaking. Our thrust in this
> area, as it is for all recreational boating, is to convince these
   "special" boaters to wear life jackets. We can save many more lives each year if
   all boaters would wear effective life jackets.
>
> I'm not really sure as to what help you are asking the Coast Guard to
> provide in your e-mail but it appears that you want some declaration as to
> the unsafeness of all other self-rescue methods/devices for capsized
canoes and kayaks and an endorsement of your product as the only safe method of
> recovering from a capsized canoe or kayak. Unfortunately you will not
find any such declaration or endorsement forthcoming from the Office of Boating
> Safety. While we encourage the development of any and all devices that
may
> improve boating safety we do not endorse particular products and we would
> not discourage boaters from using any means available to help them effect
> self-rescue.
>
> If your product is clearly superior to all other self-rescue devices then
> the free market system should certainly convince boaters to purchase your
> product.* I wish you well in your endeavor.
*a very naive view of the marketplace since the more difficult and more instruction required, the more profit. These people are in business, just like Wall Street. Truthful advertising is very rare, even in government circles.
>
> Phil Cappel
> Chief, Recreational Boating Product Assurance Division (G-OPB-3)
> Phone: (202) 267-0988 Fax: (202) 267-4285
> E-Mail: pcappel@comdt.uscg.mil <mailto:pcappel@comdt.uscg.mil> <<mailto:pcappel@comdt.uscg.mil>>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: timkayak@bconnex.net <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> [ <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net>
> <<mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net>> ]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 12:47 PM
> To: Cappel, Philip
> Subject: canoe and kayak safety sponsons
>
>
> Dear Mr. Cappel:
>
> I have researched canoe and kayak safety for well over a decade. As you
> would probably agree, simple emergency stability for flooded kayaks and
> canoes in order to rescue victims from cold water, is the most foolproof
> safety.
>
> Unfortunately the American Canoe Association (a very fine organization)
and others, recommend instruction for children and adults that is misleading.
> Rolling omits the fact that few experts worldwide claim a "bomb-proof
roll", even after years of instruction and practice. This is not safety for the
> public. Paddlefloat inventor Matt Broze (associated with Sea Kayaker
> magazine) states the roll is failure-prone due to dozens of variables...
> water different from pool practice, "loaded kayak", any changes at all
from pool practice in fact.
>
> However he regards the roll as superior to the unfortunate paddlefloat
> rescue, that suffers from even more variables, causing failure .
>
> "To use a paddlefloat, a certain amount of instruction and practice is
> needed. But with Sea Wings, I simply told my volunteer how to snap the
four buckles, inflate the sponsons, and climb back aboard...without any
problems. Even my larger, less agile friends were able... whereas a paddlefloat,
even in calm conditions, is not...something everyone... How often have you
seen...only to capsize again...trying to free their paddle from the bungies..."
(Seakayaker, Winter '93, p.34)
>
> A group of school kids on a trip without sponsons cannot be stabilized
> adequately. Each boat needs emergency sponson stability. Four students
have already died "rafting up" in the UK.
>
> Young children, (carefully supervised for dangerous weather hazards etc.)
> can easily deploy Sea Wing sponsons in 2 minutes. Sponsons were used by
> experts crossing the North Atlantic (partway), Lake Superior, Bering
Strait, Bay of Fundy, Cape Horn, Beaufort Sea, etc. (These crossings would be
> suicide to undertake with a roll and paddlefloat, and are not recommended,
> even though much safer with sponsons.)
>
> People deserve the best safety. Unfortunately The American Canoe
Association (a fine organization) has not yet recommended sponsons. Even worse I fear
> that they instruct children in rolls and paddlefloats, that have already
> killed many adults. Of course no expert can rescue heavy, loaded open
> canoes or kayaks by lifting them out of the water to empty them. And the
> capsizing conditions haven't gone away, just like with rolling and
> paddlefloat myths. The stability of canoes and kayaks must be tranformed
by sponsons.
>
> Denial of sponson safety for kayaks and canoes, at $20 for each $2000
kayak, (the patent allowing economies of scale at 40,000) is indefensible,
legally or otherwise, and kills people.
>
> It is obvious that strategic buoyancy attached and inflated in 2 minutes,
> even by young children, can permit paddling of a flooded canoe or kayak to
> safety, with body core out of cold water to escape hypothermia deaths.
>
> (see <http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/danger.html>
> <<http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/danger.html>> )
>
> In 1994 I corresponded with Rear Admiral Roncesveilles, head of the US
Coast Guard, and his counterparts in the UK (Capt. Thompson) and Ms. Kathi
> Sandiford (Canadian Coast Guard).
>
> Capt. Thompson wrote to me after 4 school children were killed in the Lyme
> Bay tragedy, (the powerboat did not arrive in time). More recently 2
guides were only able to bring to shore one lad at a sports camp on Lake Rosseau
(2 hours north of Toronto.) The other lad died. A group of school kids on a
> YMCA trip were treated by ambulances that were waiting, after a large
> powerboat happened upon the scene and called by radio for help, while
> plucking the kids from the water.
>
> The authorities did not act due to the extreme feelings among so-called
> "experts" who want to teach dozens of different rescues, apparently in an
> exhaustive effort to market their imaginations. All of these many rescues
> confuse the public regarding practicality and reliability. All of these rescues cannot stabilize
canoes and kayaks so paddlers don't recapsize and die.
>
> One comprehensive rescue that stabilizes kayaks and canoes, SPONSONS, has
> the best chance of reliable public safety.
>
> It is important to recognize authors Harrison, Dowd, Hutchinson, Stuhaug,
> Ramwell, Foster; and the magazines: Sea Kayaker, Wavelength, Atlantic
> Coastal Kayaker, and Anorak ("A Major Development in Kayak Safety"), who
> were finally forced by advertising revenues to forget rescue safety (after
> first heartily endorsing sponson superiority for over 2 years.)
>
> See "history" link <http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/index.html>
> <<http://www.bconnex.net/~timkayak/index.html>>
>
> Canoe and Kayak Magazine's Beginner's Guide, Year 2000 offers confused
> advice: wide kayaks can be "dangerous" and narrow kayaks can be
"dangerous" while admitting that wider sit-on-top kayaks offer stability and
performance advantages. (They don't Acknowledge SPONSON buoyancy built into all sit on
> top kayaks for stability in both large waves and calm water!
>
> Sponsons are the major safety development in the history of canoes and
> kayaks. This is due to the BALLAST/BUOYANCY COUPLE: the inevitable water
> inside a kayak or canoe after capsize, (that is exhausting and sometimes
> impossible to remove), stabilized by SPONSONS, and becoming neutral
buoyancy water ballast.
>
> The heavy weight lowers canoes and kayaks in the water, reducing exposure
to winds and breaking waves, as well as facilitating reentry.
>
> In 1956 Dr. Lindemann crossed the Atlantic in a heavy dugout canoe with 10
> inch wide cork sponsons nailed to the hull. Inevitable water inside added
> more water ballast. In 1957 he crossed in a wide, heavy Klepper kayak
having built-in sponsons, filled with drinking water and food ballast. Only
> sponsons permitted survival.
>
> Dr. Lindemann, a physician, made his trips to save lives, by publicizing
the dangerous idea of drinking seawater for survival in life rafts. Now
> instructors advocate no sponsons for survival in canoes and kayaks,
> resulting in needless deaths among children and adults.
>
> The American Canoe Association and others are not aware that rolls,
> paddlefloats and dozens of other rescue myths and delusions create serious
> risks to public safety, and do not constitute common sense knowledge of
> safety facts.
>
> I hope you can help. (The US special forces military evaluation is
somewhere in the USCG information system.)
>
> Yours truly,
>
> Tim Ingram


Mr. Cappell was instrumental in ordering the Kayak/Canoe Sponson Study in early 2002. He has always impressed me with a sense of humour and an honest, staight-forward style. *I think that he originally did not understand that the USCG grants to the American Canoe Association prejudiced the safety of citizens, since the ACA has used over $100,000 in USCG grant money annually to advertise their expensive instruction that is both fraudulent and deadly. The US Coast Guard in fact endorses the deadly ACA instruction. This USCG endorsement is often printed on ACA literature. The ACA has also deliberately prevented the widespread use of sponsons, as the evidence in my previous book, the ACA letter to the Attorney-General of Florida, clearly shows.

I believe that Mr. Cappell and most of the US Coast Guard now realize that the American Canoe Association sells the most deadly and Expensive instruction possible: Time-consuming and Expensive, with no provision to rescue victims from the water, where they die. Mr. Cappell and the US Coast Guard also realize that simply wearing a PFD is not good enough to save lives, already their statistics show that some years up to 35% of the dead in canoes were wearing PFDs. Just imagine how many lives could be saved if they could get out of the water in 5 seconds with $25 CO2 sponsons!

These 2 boys from Darlington School died in PFDs because they were deliberately denied any means to get out of the water near Suwannee, Florida, when the safety boat had an entangled propellor, February, 2005:

Every Year Over One Dozen (some years over 2 dozen) children are tortured to death in cool waters, in the United States and Canada, for the fraudulent instruction profits of the American Canoe Association and some others.

Save both those wearing PFDs and those who are not, as well as any other victims dying in the water: Fishermen, hunters, swimmers, those who have accidentally fallen in. Of course most city waterfronts have devices prominently displayed, like poles and lifesaving rings, to get victims out of the water. These victims are not wearing PFDs when they fall into the water near a city waterfront! Most people who need to be saved from the water are not wearing a PFD, on a stroll around a waterfront park, for example. Most victims struggle on the surface for variable lengths of time. Time enough to climb aboard a 5 second  $25 CO2 gas-sponsoned canoe or kayak.



 

Friday, June 16, 2000 11:02 AM I sent the below:

Dear Phil:

I might point out that http://www.sponsonguy.ca/ now has
a sequence of pictures that show how flawed canoe and kayak safety is.

Asking instructors to adopt something better than paddlefloats etc. is like
asking a tobacco company to admit that schoolkids don't need their product.
The market system is not rational. Governments interested in health and
safety operate regularly to adjust markets. REI, the largest outdoor
retailer in the world sold sponsons online in 1997, but was threatened by
economic boycott from clubs and instructors invested in memories of their
own instruction.

Coast Guard approval (however tacit) of mainstream canoe and kayak safety,
results in the YMCA, Red Cross etc. reaching millions of schoolkids who are
misinformed about safety.

Public perception among police and other public safety agencies is that
things must be OK if the Coast Guard and other agencies do nothing. What
chance does a class of schoolkids have on an outdoor education experience?
They are misled at a fundamental level about their safety.

Just an update. The pictures are powerful. Most kids can use sponsons the
first time, just tell them how to clip them on and inflate. No
circumstantial balancing instruction as with rolls and paddlefloats, (open
canoe rescues are even more specious.)

Thanks for your consideration.

Tim


Friday, August 25, 2000 11:19 AM the below went out to a newsgroup including all coast guard and canoe and kayak organizations in North America, as well as in Europe and Australia:

Hi Everyone:

Here is the Aug.25, 2000 update. Just part of the duty as responsible citizens living in an organized society.

In a few months, when the industry complies with safety standards, a model will be available that simply clips to the middle thwart of any canoe, like the bottom-most photo on the index page. That is 3000 lbs. of water in a big expedition canoe, paddled by little ones. All we need are the Halkey-Roberts oral and gas inflators, the radio frequency welding press, the 400 denier polyurethane-coated nylon, and most importantly, the ethical co-operation of the ACA and others to stop killing people.

(Deployment time on the big white canoe is about 10 seconds without gas inflation, because canoes have room to stow pre-inflated sponsons for immediate deployment. Kayaks take about 60 seconds with oral inflators only. Kayaks with gas inflators, that also require oral inflators, like Coast Guard approved PFDs, take about 10-20 seconds deployment time.) And then you paddle to safety with re-capsize nearly impossible. It is all very simple... I hate it when kids die in a canoe or kayak at YMCA camp simply die because the industry is stupid... If waterfront safety has any weak link, it only takes a few minutes for that link to end in death, sooner or later. I now send a weekly mailing to all authorities in the world. Sometimes a little self-deprecating humour is helpful. But this is too serious a problem for levity of any form now. I have been speaking to coroners in Canada for years...So far the ACA and others have not protested against the obvious truth printed on the website: "once the American Canoe Association and other companies decide to stop killing people through commercial greed, stupidity, and ignorance...Sadly again the industry does not realize that deprecating sponsons and preventing access by the public to sponsons, infringes on their civil rights to better safety. Grieving families are usually reluctant to punish such turpitude..." End of Quote.

You can see for yourself: http://www.sponsonguy.ca/index.htmlor simply search "kayak safety" or "kayak sponsons" for the Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Sponsons website. It's right at the top of the page... Many in the ACA agree with me, they are not so stupid; but they allow fools to control the ACA just to keep their jobs, or something.

Thanks for listening,
Tim


Friday, September 08, 2000 9:37 AM

Hi Everyone:

Re: Firestone/Ford Deaths, Canoes and Kayaks

Thank you for your kind emails and phone calls.

This September, media and politicians attend to fewer than 100 deaths in North America associated with tire defects over about 8 years. This is statistically small, given so many millions of miles daily by millions of the same tires on millions of vehicles. But human lives have high value.

Over a 100 lives are lost in canoes and kayaks in the U.S. alone, every year. Ignorance is a major cause, due to marketing and instruction policy. Canoe and Kayak safety instruction is radically flawed! They focus on constant practice of highly skilled techniques involving Balance and Fortune. Change any one of dozens of variables and the experts cannot Eskimo roll. In fact no credible experts can be found with a 100% reliable roll. Yet they all agree the roll is more reliable than a paddlefloat, which makes a victim more unstable, with no paddle to brace for stability; as well as leaving insurmountable flooding and pumping dangers.

Safety instruction teaches what is most likely to fail! Highly refined and circumstantial skills that most people can never master anyway!

In contrast please see http://www.sponsonguy.com/index.html or just use any search engine for "kayak safety". The Sponsons website is at the top, (click on the index page) and scroll down to the bottom for the NEW big white canoe pics.

Sponsons in these pics contain 10 human puffs of air each. Contained in a system with a minimum 500 lb. test strength, sponsons 26" X 10" diameter. These sponsons (patented and patent pending), are not yet in production due to lack of industry co-operation. The cost per 40,000 kayaks and canoes is $20 at the factory. Not too much for a human life in a $3000 kayak or canoe!

(Deployment time on the big white canoe is about 10 seconds without gas inflation, because canoes have room to stow pre-inflated sponsons for immediate deployment. Kayaks about 60 seconds with oral inflators only, and stowed on the rear deck like 5,000 year old Bering Sea double floats. The double floats were common into the 19th century among the Greenlanders and the Aleut, according to European reports. Anthropologists agree that rolls were unknown in the Canadian Arctic, where only very wide kayaks or harpoon floats were used for safety.)

The YMCA recently discovered that they almost killed a group of schoolkids, who were only saved by timely treatment from several ambulances that a motorboat called, after finding all the kids in the water, guides unable to rescue them. Just like 20 kids in Tampa Bay, Florida; unrescued by 6 instructors but saved by Coast Guard and private interventions, then treated for hypothermia. About 7 years ago 4 students died in the UK because the powerboat didn't get there in time. Of course without sponsons no kids or adults can be reliably saved. They just recapsize in the same conditions. You need a much more stable kayak or canoe in emergencies, like the 12 deceased kids on Temiskaming, north of here in ''78. Please wake-up everyone. Take a look at Firestone and Ford now. A U.S. senator charges 2nd degree murder, due to prior knowledge etc. The media and politicians can point just as accusingly at canoeing and kayaking when circumstances warrant.

Even the Canadian Canoe Museum associates are at severe risk of death due to mistaken information. They don't know that floats were historically used on their Haida canoe for stability in waves. Otherwise the hull shape of dug-out canoes is quite unstable. That's why Polynesians had outriggers, and the Pacific Northwest tribes had floats.
If you don't understand kayaks and canoes, you can't teach safety.

The whiteman's (european) attitude was distorted from the start by ignorance and greed. The canoe and kayak industry has many fine people: instructors may not resemble figures in the car or tobacco industries, for example in lifestyle values. However a competitive economic system will always force the ethical (and intellectual) bottom line downward in any business, if safety costs anything at all.

This is without factoring in the jock "macho" mentality, identified in numerous studies as contributing to death and injury. And Whitewater canoeing and kayaking concepts are distinctly different from 5,000 years of aboriginal intelligence in canoes and kayaks. They are usually close to shore on rivers, or surfing waves. If it is a big, wide river, then sponsons are necessary to get safely and reliably to shore.

Thanks for listening, Tim


Tuesday, September 19, 2000 8:29 PM:

Dear Jim:

I have clearly described to you how your job requires continuing education. It is important that you and the ACA understand how Seakayaker and Canoe and Kayak function like Firestone Ford. They negligently endanger the public with paddlefloats while clearly understanding that they don't work in waves. Every one of Derek Hutchinson's books says the same! And the culprits are attempting a cover-up at the expense of public lives.

It is in their own print that sponsons clearly are superior, as Derek states too. And the US military kayakers. Even Kent Ford questions the paddlefloat. Read his book. Read what I sent you carefully, like your apparently more reasonable colleagues at ACA.

This is in the interest of public safety. If you want to perform a responsible job at ACA, you will read what the ACA, Red Cross, YMCA, gov't and the BAR are reading too. The media mailing list is different.

I hope you can understand your responsibility.

Thanks, Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> To: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 5:36 PM Subject: Re:
PLEASE REMOVE MY ADDRESS FROM YOUR MAILING LIST!!!
I BELIEVE YOU ARE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO COMPLY.
Jim Seymour
Director of Programs and Special Events
American Canoe Association
703-451-0141, ext. 13

----- Original Message -----
From: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> To: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 3:42 PM Subject: Re:

Dear Jim:

At ACA programs, you are going to need to know everything in every update. Continuing Education is very important. Don't worry, it can't hurt.

Thanks, Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> To: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 2:44 PM Subject: Re:
PLEASE REMOVE MY ADDRESS FROM YOUR MAILING LIST!!!
Jim Seymour
Director of Programs and Special Events
American Canoe Association
703-451-0141, ext. 13

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Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 9:45 AM

Re: FirestoneFord CanoeKayak Deaths

Thanks Everyone:

It's good to get all your positive feedback. In the past 8 years, 88 U.S. fatalities with Ford Explorers and Firestone tires. But over 1000 Canoe and Kayak Deaths in the U.S. in the same period. Almost all are preventable deaths. Not Isolated Circumstances.

Firestone Ford would be free today but for one small town Texas lawyer and one judge, who allowed access to confidential company files showing 2 Florida lawyers and an 8 year long process ongoing. This quickly revealed the Scandal; not Isolated
Circumstances, but systematic cover-up. Otherwise the judge's action would not have been pivotal.

The canoe and kayak industry is tiny compared to Ford Firestone, and millions of people don't paddle millions of canoes and kayaks millions of hours daily. Over 1000 deaths is quite a high number for a tiny group! Over 100 deaths every year according to the U. S. Coast Guard. It is a remarkable achievement. It's hard to achieve death figures that high.

It wasn't always this way. The canoe and kayak industry did have great spokespersons:

Dave Harrison, then editor-in-chief, Canoe and Kayak magazine: "There are two advantages of the sponsons over the paddlefloat: first, you have support on both sides of the boat, not just the paddlefloat side; and second, you have a paddle to
use and a stabilized boat once you are back in the cockpit...The deflated sponsons are kept under the rear deck lines with one corner attached to the hull. To put into use, a second corner is attached (by means of male-female fastex clips), the other sponson is passed under the hull, and the two other corners are attached. The tubes require about ten puffs to inflate them-and now you have a kayak you can stand up in."

George Gronseth and Matt Broze finally mentioned sponsons in "DEEP TROUBLE" in 1997.

"I am Austin Davis. My life was saved by your floats. [See article in Sea kayaker Dec 97] There was no way in my situation that any other means of recovery would have saved me or allowed me to get home upright in my hypothermic condition. Your opinion about the rolls and paddle floats mirror my real life experience. Thanks for the gear that saved my life. I hope the article in sea kayaker helps your cause."

"Basic ocean equipment (sponsons) in view of the significant safety margin..." U.S. Military Kayak Evaluation, (10th Airborne, Special Forces.)

"SEA WINGS (sponsons) are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market...Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its' advantages over a paddlefloat become clear. To use a paddlefloat, a certain amount of instruction and practice is needed. But with Sea Wings, I simply told my volunteer how to snap the four buckles, inflate the sponsons, and climb back aboard...without any problems. Even my larger, less agile friends were able...whereas a paddlefloat, even in calm conditions, is not...something everyone...How often have you seen...only to capsize again...trying to free their paddle from the bungies..." (Seakayaker, Winter '93, p.34)

Please see http://www.sponsonguy.com/ or just use any search engine for "kayak safety". The Sponsons website is at the top, (click on the index page) and scroll down to the bottom links "stories", "history", "paddlefloats" etc.
Now the industry is becoming a death cult.

Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. '99, pp. 48-55 unintentionally endangers poor Doug with a paddlefloat: Doug tries to inflate it. "Getting up onto the deck can be difficult enough let alone once it is deployed." "A strong gust...almost throws me back into the cold water. [I] struggle to secure the outrigger" "...difficult to get the other blade under the first web strap...the kayak has spun around." "Each wave now lifts the [float]." "I am in constant danger of flipping over especially." "It takes a long time to [pump out]... [There was a] rather precarious moment of removing the paddle from under deck rigging... There are limits...your kayak can come crashing down on you...it is easy to submerge the float or even break the paddle." "The most difficult moment associated with the use ... comes once your kayak is pumped out and you are ready to go. In order to retrieve the paddle-float paddle, you must reach outward and backwards to detach the arrangement...try to time...between wave crests."

Doug has been using the paddlefloat for 17 years. And he practices regularly, and the local Coast Guard auxiliary picks him up.

Seakayaker, Oct. 2000 p.48 advises Joel to practise his paddlefloating more. John Swift couldn't write finer satire. April 10, 2000 Bryan: "I made an attempt to use a paddlefloat...after failed attempts...Thanks to my surfing experience...my (body core) temperature...86 degrees. (Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Aug. 2000, p.21.)
The good news: In large conomies of scale, sponsons for every $3000 kayak and canoe leaving the factories cost $20 pr. Coast Guards around the world can hardly lose with this legislation. Don't worry about the industry, they want sponsons now. They can spell "class action" and "one thousand deaths". They want to keep the rest secret now, like FirestoneFord.

Thanks again everyone, this is a real chance for all those schoolkids, and the summer camps that could not afford sponsons otherwise.

Tim



U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard Safety Recognition, Sept. 27/00

Thank you all for your kind patience and great support over the flurry of mailings yesterday. Now the US and Canadian Coast Guards, at the highest levels, are considering adding $20 sponsons to every $3000 dollar canoe and kayak. This is the only means to stabilize flooded canoes and kayaks to keep people out of deadly cold water and permit them to paddle to shore. People pay about $10 for the line required by law on all canoes and kayaks. The $20 sponsons (equipped at every factory by every manufacturer) mean every flooded kayak and canoe is stable enough (in less than 60 seconds on the newest models) to actually throw the rescue line to other swimmers and rescue them too!

The flooded canoe or kayak becomes a rescue boat itself, instead of a helpless wallowing log.

Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. '99, pp. 48-55 describes the killer paddlefloat: "Getting up onto the deck can be difficult enough let alone once it is deployed. A strong gust...almost throws me back into the cold water. [I] struggle to secure the outrigger...difficult to get the other blade under the first web strap...the kayak has spun around. Each wave now lifts the [float].I am in constant danger of flipping over especially. It takes a long time to [pump out]... [There was a] rather precarious moment of removing the paddle from under deck rigging... There are limits...your kayak can come crashing down on you...it is easy to submerge the float or even break the paddle. The most difficult moment associated with the use ... comes once your kayak is pumped out and you are ready to go. In order to retrieve the paddle-float paddle, you must reach outward and backwards to detach the arrangement...try to time...between wave crests." And then Doug is all set to capsize again, in the same conditions that haven't suddenly disappeared, not in 17 years.

Doug says he has been practising this for 17 years. And the Coast Guard Auxiliarly picks him up near Victoria, B.C., as well as other paddlefloatiers who are noticed by binoculars from shore. Spotters enjoy it, like birdwatching, noting models and colours. And they save lives.

The canoe and kayak industry did have a great safety concerns and great commonsense initially:
Dave Harrison, then editor-in-chief, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, July, '93: "There are two advantages of the sponsons over the paddlefloat: first, you have support on both sides of the boat, not just the paddlefloat side; and second, you have a paddle to use and a stabilized boat once you are back in the cockpit...The deflated sponsons are kept under the rear deck lines with one corner attached to the hull. To put into use, a second corner is attached (by means of male-female fastex clips), the other sponson is passed under the hull, and the two other corners are attached. The tubes require about ten puffs to inflate them-and now you have a kayak you can stand up in."

(Newest sponsons models, not the $25 CO2 sponsons, require a single strap and only 2 clips, with 60 seconds inflation time, or none, plus more than twice the righting lever, even on large wave slopes. Ask a trained naval architect, US educated in preference to UK, thanks to Froudian fallacies. William Froude was an important and misunderstood 19th century scientist.)

"I am Austin Davis. My life was saved by your floats. [See article in Sea kayaker Dec 97] There was no way in my situation that any other means of recovery would have saved me or allowed me to get home upright in my hypothermic condition. Your opinion about the rolls and paddle floats mirror my real life experience. Thanks for the gear that saved my life. I hope the article in sea kayaker helps your cause."

"Basic ocean equipment (sponsons) in view of the significant safety margin..." U.S. Military Kayak Evaluation, (10th Airborne, Special Forces.)

"SEA WINGS (sponsons) are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the
market today...Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its' advantages over a
paddlefloat become clear. To use a paddlefloat, a certain amount of instruction and practice is needed.
But with Sea Wings, I simply told my volunteer how to snap the four buckles, inflate
the sponsons, and climb back aboard...without any problems.
Even my larger, less agile friends were able...
whereas a paddlefloat, even in calm conditions, is not...something everyone...
How often have you seen...only to capsize again...trying to free their paddle from the
bungies..." (Seakayaker, Winter '93, p.34)

"Basic ocean equipment (sponsons) in view of the significant safety margin..." U.S. Military Evaluation.

"The Paddlefloat is not really a rough water rescue. During trials I found the SEA WING (sponsons) ... very comforting. I paddled out to sea in rough, windy conditions...I was able to sit on my rear deck-not something I would normally do at sea...The rescue potential is obvious." (Derek Hutchinson, The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking, pp.104-111)

"I have seen enough people floundering with paddle-floats in even one-foot seas that..." G. Ruta, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Oct.'98, p.4

"...using the paddlefloat...it's much harder than it sounds..." (D. Stuhaug, Kayaking Made Easy, 1st ed., p.114)

"...paddlers debate its' (paddlefloat) effectiveness in rough conditions." ( K. Ford, Kayaking, p.85)

"Rear Admiral" Rounsevelle, Chief, Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch, U.S. Coast Guard, deserved great credit in phone conversations and by letter, as well as Ms. Sandiford of Canada and Captain Thompson of the UK.after the terrible Lyme Bay tragedy, taking the lives of 4 students on a school trip. The conditions were not overly rough and they were within a couple of miles of shore. Nevertheless the 2 trained guides could not keep the kids and teacher out of the water. A fishing boat noticed an empty kayak and soon located the teacher, a guide, and 6 kids in the water: able to hold together as a group but only one guide was in a kayak according to reports.

Why permit paddlefloats to be taught at YMCA camps etc. when they kill adults. Paddlefloats cannot stabilize flooded kayaks, and groups of schoolkids cannot all be rescued by adults when the wind suddenly arrives. Why would you not include $20 sponsons using economies of scale, with every $3000 canoe and kayak. Why would anyone deny a school board that safety option.

All departments of the Attorney-General in every state and province, most consumer protection agencies, and most trial lawyer associations expect the Coast Guard to ensure proper safety legislation. Adding 50 feet of line ($10) as required gear for canoes and kayaks this year is good. But $20 sponsons, the only way to stabiliize a flooded kayak or canoe, and get to shore, would obviously be even more useful. All Red Cross, YMCA, and Coast Guard PFD programs are gear focused because safety gear make for the safest rescues. So it is for narrow boats as vulnerable as kayaks and canoes. If you want to see pictures, simply search "kayak safety" and the sponson website should be there (make sure you link to the "index" page, if you are not there already).

Who is comfortable leaving a group of schoolkids with paddlefloats on a schooltrip? They have no way to save thenselves in open canoes either, without sponsons. Just think about the last sad minutes or hours they have spent, hoping to see mom and dad again. Adults writing about praying to see their families again, like Doug above, is bad enough. But the trust of those dying children should give everyone pause. Throughout history seafaring people have put the very highest value on human lives. The canoe and kayak industry is not doing that. Ultimately they will be convinced to mend their ways, through reasonable legal arguments. But the Coast Guard is the first line of recourse in our civilization. Patent protection permits large economies of scale that eliminate the need for distribution and retailing profit margins, handling charges and stocking costs. All manufacturers making $3000 canoes and kayaks can afford to add $20 sponsons. The departments of the attorney general in every state and province, and all legal advisors tell them they can't afford not to.

Thanks again, Tim


Dear Jim:

Thanks for replying. Please understand that safety does not sell in the context of programs and organizations that are practising as a cult. You can understand that this is commonsense. Talk it over with everyone at ACA. The magazines are talking it over right now.

Essentially everyone must decide whether they can afford to practise as a cult, or practise honest, commonsense safety. I don't think anyone can afford not to change from current cult behavior. But that is ultimately a legal and moral decision for every individual, or that decision will be made eventually by "the law of the land." I don't want cult members hurt. They are mostly "tree huggers", like myself (or yourself).

However, I certainly am obligated morally and legally to speak the truth. And I want everyone associated with canoes and kayaks to realize what is happening, and how they are affected. As I said before, people make mistakes as human beings. Everyone has bad safety habits.

And everyone has the potential to make better choices in the future. I am merely pointing this out.

Thanks for your good natured response. (I would have to vote for Al but he certainly is not a lot of fun.) Canadians are having an election too. We have to vote for a guy who is worse than Al.

Take care, Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Seymour <mailto:jseymour@acanet.org> To: Tim Ingram <mailto:timkayak@bconnex.net> Sent: Monday, October 23, 2000 9:55 AM Subject: Re: Fundamental Canoe and Kayak Safety for Schools and Camps: Legal Rights and Moral Obligations

Hey Tim, People might actually read your rhetoric if you just sell your product and stop flaming their program and organizations.


----- Original Message -----

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Sent: Monday, October 23, 2000 9:05 AM Subject: Fundamental Canoe and Kayak Safety for Schools and Camps: Legal Rights and Moral Obligations
 

Dear: Directors of the Trade Association of Paddlesports
Folks at Canoe and Kayak Magazine (Ralph, Glen etc.)
Folks at Sea Kayaker Magazine (Chris, George, Matt etc.)
Folks at Atlantic Coastal Kayaker (Jay, Ken etc.)
Folks at other magazines and information services

Re: Canoe and Kayak Safety for Kids and Adults: Legal Rights and Moral Obligations
Was:Death by Paddlefloat, Seakayaker,Oct.2000, p.48, Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, Aug.2000, p.21

Thanks a lot for your kind support. I know this issue has bothered most of you for many years. Cults are usually quite dangerous, combining irrational ideas with high emotional investment. Angry and irrational people are bad news.

Every canoe and kayak should be a potential life raft; not a potential death trap. And always wear a PFD, just like a car seatbelt. Sea Kayaker and Canoe and Kayak among all of the others, tried to set this right in 1993. The cult won (just follow the money trail.)

(See website clippings: Search "kayak safety", and you will soon find http://www.sponsonguy.com/ , make sure you are on "index" page.)

Look at those 4 dead school children in the UK back then. The waves were not very large. If they had used the popular, wide, sit-on-top surfing kayaks with big, fat, sponsons, they would be alive today. Just imagine what the parents, teachers, and the citizens think about this scandal now! Some Canoe and Kayak "experts" in the UK (and elsewhere) still declare that narrow kayaks without sponsons are more stable in waves. Incredible isn't it? Cults are like that, to reasonable society.

Just look at those big built-in sponsons on the surf kayaks, and read the magazine clippings about stability and the paddlefloat. In the US, 20 kids were treated for hypothermia after a school trip on Tampa Bay. Canada let a YMCA camp nearly wipe out a school class in the same conditions as the UK students. You would think "experts" would be embarrassed to appear so "stupid." Not if the money trail rewards them. They take their rewards from the cult. Rational, outside society does not count to them.

Camps and schools can't afford $400 dry suits for everyone. Who would want to induce heatstroke in so many kids anyway? We want canoes and kayaks to be a positive experience for kids. Kids are smart. If they don't want to be cooked on a school trip they can find a good lawyer for their civil rights. (Also, they still need to be rescued from cold water, even in dry suits.) Without sponsons this is impossible.

Canoe and kayak safety means canoes and kayaks are stable in emergencies, even flooded with water. Paddle to safety; at least get out of the cold water. (Nature's power to flood canoes and kayaks exceeds human power to prevent same). Do not bet human life on hand held pumps, sprayskirts and blind faith. These ritual beliefs have killed enough. Cult safety.

The "experts" who say wide kayaks and canoes are not as stable in waves, by the way, have forgotten an important mathematical figure in their graphs. It is the Law of Gravity. That is why the most stable surfing kayaks have big built-in sponsons. And smart expedition paddlers, who know that there are limits to their skill, strength, and endurance, always wear a PFD and carry sponsons.

I hope all of the magazines and information services are now co-operating efficiently to ensure the legal rights of paddlers to canoe and kayak safety. Sponsons can be included with every $3000 canoe and kayak at the factory, for $20 using economies of scale of 40,000.

Just like seat belts in cars.

Remember, a smart kid can ask why his dead friend didn't have $20 safety gear. The answer had better be good, not "junk math". The teachers, The schools, The Red Cross, The YMCA, The Churches, and the Entire Society could be very angry too. Just like the UK. Negligence is a big word. Bigger than any cult.

We can turn things around fast. We cannot afford to support a cult, legally or morally.

Thanks a lot, Tim

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