Kayak Safety

Deadly Safety Fraud at Sea Kayaker Magazine






Updated September 23, 2011

This webpage is dedicated kayak safety, honest journalism and its' contribution to democratic principles in the United States and other countries. The facts presented here are largely confined to Sea Kayaker Magazine of Seattle, WA and not its' close neighbour in Seattle: Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Both Magazines have participated in outright lies about kayak safety (and by obvious extension the safety of all canoes and the most popular type of kayak, the safety of shorter and wider recreational kayaks), to prevent self-rescues of the public in both canoes and kayaks. I focus more on Sea Kayaker Magazine here at the moment because of its' sea kayak specialization, having published more details regarding kayak safety and  its' deadly paddle float fraud. You will note that according to Matt Broze below, "It is refreshing to have Matt's forthright assertion that sea kayaking is a dangerous sport, and that we are only "a capsize away from an emergency situation" (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. 2011, p.7). This cult endorses complete endangerment of American citizens and the lack of any reliable means of self-rescue for American citizens, through systemic lies.

As I stated in the Fax below: "The most common life threatening emergencies in canoes and kayaks did not escape the normal intelligence of human beings, even thousands of years ago. (Human lifesaving and kayak safety are clearly obvious.) Your Magazine and others like it, selling fraudulent safety instruction and safety advertising, create deadly public safety misinformation for profit. I understand that Sea Kayaker Magazine is in a competitive market and you would simply lose advertisers and go bankrupt if you did not publish the same deadly safety misinformation as Canoe and Kayak Magazine, for example. Canoes and kayaks kill far more innocent citizens in the U.S. and Canada per use hour than any road vehicles. But thankfully strong and honest consumer advocacy exists for vehicle safety. You and other members of your cult deliberately profit from lying to the American public, stealing their money for fraudulent instruction and endangering their lives. This action has killed hundreds of American children in kayaks and canoes. This is easily proven in a court of law: it is plain and obvious."

Note: For anyone not familiar with canoes and kayaks, any victim not able to get out of the water will die, even wearing a PFD or thermal protection. This fact has been known for thousands of years everywhere in the world. Sponsons were invented to provide a means of self-rescue that is inexpensive and foolproof enough to be entrusted with human life: transforming the canoe or kayak into a life raft in seconds to rescue victims immediately. Sea Kayaker Magazine and Mr. Broze have apparently enjoyed their part in denying American citizens any means to rescue themselves since 1993, providing Mr. Broze with deadly material to write "rescue articles" about, in the guise of "safety". Broze and this cult, briefly quoted in their forum below, are so brazen in their endangerment of American citizens that even vulnerable American school children are taught the impossible paddlefloat:  "...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), while denying American citizens knowledge of sponsons: "Sea Wings are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market today." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter 1993, p.34)

This is by far the largest deliberate consumer death scandal in the United States:
The death rate is far beyond what could be reasonably expected from such a small industry, a death rate far above the most dangerous vehicles on the road, in use hours. The US Coast Guard report 071-01 reveals: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type". In use hours, canoes and kayaks have a far higher death rate than the deadliest vehicles: Ford/Firestone had 200 deaths 1993-2000, (canoes and kayaks over 800 U.S. dead), but the Ford vehicles were far more numerous and were driven far more hours daily. Canoes and kayaks are far fewer, and are not paddled daily! They are much more deadly than any car when used.

This deliberate and brazen endangerment by Sea Kayaker Magazine and Mr. Broze, causing so many American deaths, is a very ugly truth. Sponsons, that have enabled human crossings of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in canoe and kayak, cannot be sold by anyone today, due to the deliberate and criminal lies by Sea Kayaker Magazine and Mr. Broze. I would recommend immediate subpoena by legal authorities of the listserver "Paddlewise", a hotbed of cult activity with regard to paddle float misinformation as well as complete misinformation regarding any type of sponsons, CO2 or 5 second 50 cent types. "Mens Rea" in this crime is important. The apparent intent is to create as much danger as possible in order to sell as much fraudulent instruction and expensive equipment as possible.

This fraud is different in intent from the recent fraud by American banks in that the safety of American lives is deliberately threatened, with many deaths. This same fraudulent practice has also caused deaths in Canada and the UK. Prosecutors in Seattle, Washington can determine "mens rea" from some of the posters below. They are now on best behavior below; "Paddlewise" is much more revealing of this cult behavior, especially with regard to libel and threats of bankruptcy toward anyone condemning their actions. Normal citizens cringe when thinking about school children knowingly exposed to expensive and deadly paddlefloat instruction. There is no "nice" way for anyone in the world to sell sponsons in the face of this cult exposed at Sea Kayaker Magazine. (I have had no commercial interest in sponsons for years. I am interested in saving lives and seeing that criminals are prevented from endangering American citizens for profit.) See the recent fax:  http://www.sponsonguy.com/DeadlyPaddlefloatFraud.html
 

I faxed the following to Sea Kayaker regarding yet another highly dangerous rescue documented in their Magazine. I then contributed this fax to their online forum regarding another recent story, "Storm Islands-August Safety Article", also highly dangerous and costing the taxpayer thousands of dollars as well:

"A recent fax to set the historical record here:

Dear Editor of Sea Kayaker Magazine:

Re: Michipicoten Island Rescue, SK October 2011

Your Magazine describes above yet another highly dangerous "rescue" costing taxpayers thousands of dollars, this time involving a large double kayak that the victims thought they could use to "rescue" themselves by using a paddlefloat and somehow pump themselves out. Your deadly mis-information left them with a flooded double kayak that could not rescue anyone; although Ed Gillett crossed the Pacific Ocean using sponsons for extra stability when his life demanded it, just like Hannes Lindemann crossing the Atlantic in a double canoe with cork sponsons in 1956. Your Magazine has sometimes printed truthful information regarding paddlefloats and sprayskirts and pumps that have left so many victims to die in the water with no hope of the flooded kayak rescuing them, (approximately 2,000 dead Americans in canoes and kayaks according to the US Coast Guard, since 1993 when you first truthfully published sponson information).

Sometimes your Magazine implies that they should have simply been able to perform an "Eskimo Roll"; although the Arctic peoples often failed to roll successfully and died in large numbers relative to their population. "However Reimer was an experienced sea kayaker...His Eskimo roll was not strong, so there was only his paddlefloat." "Hanging onto his upside-down boat, he lifted his paddle over his head. In spite of the rough seas, he waved it back and forth..." (Sea Kayaker, June, '01, p.54) Many Arctic peoples did not roll at all, and some even employed some kind of sponson concept. Note: "A capsized paddler who Eskimo rolls is still in the same conditions that capsized him or her in the first place, and with each roll he or she will take on more water, lessening the kayak's stability." Matt Broze, Deep Trouble, p.91 Today, the idea of transforming the flooded canoe or kayak into a life raft to paddle to safety, is clear and obvious, except for your published misinformation. Transform a canoe or kayak in emergencies simply, quickly and inexpensively into a liferaft, to paddle even fully flooded, the water acting as ballast for further stability; that is neutral buoyancy ballast, as in the concept by Archimedes. The most common life threatening emergencies in canoes and kayaks did not escape the normal intelligence of human beings, even thousands of years ago. (Human lifesaving and kayak safety are clearly obvious.) Your Magazine and others like it, selling fraudulent safety instruction and safety advertising, create deadly public safety misinformation for profit. I understand that Sea Kayaker Magazine is in a competitive market and you would simply lose advertisers and go bankrupt if you did not publish the same deadly safety misinformation as Canoe and Kayak Magazine, for example. Canoes and kayaks kill far more innocent citizens in the U.S. and Canada per use hour than any road vehicles. But thankfully strong and honest consumer advocacy exists for vehicle safety. You and other members of your cult deliberately profit from lying to the American public, stealing their money for fraudulent instruction and endangering their lives. This action has killed hundreds of American children in kayaks and canoes. This is easily proven in a court of law: it is plain and obvious.

I have created a simple fact page for lawyers in the U.S. and Canada who plan to sue participants in this canoe and kayak safety fraud that has killed thousands of victims since your article: "Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its advantages over the 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." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter, 1993)   Please read http://www.sponsonguy.com/Classactionlawsuit.html  You have tried to warn about paddle floats: "...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) "Sea Wings are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market today." Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter 1993, p.34 Today the victims in your Magazine article above could have purchased CO2 sponsons, simply pull a cord to inflate in emergencies, components of air bladder and CO2 inflator being the same as an inflatable PFD: very simple, lightweight, and less expensive than a wet suit or a drysuit. CO2 sponsons cannot be sold, nor any type of a dozen types of sponsons can be sold due to your malicious treatment of sponsons within your magazine and the cult at large: "There is even an interesting look at the development and vitriolic promotion of sponsons as safety devices for kayaks and canoes." p.53, Sea Kayaker Magazine, February 2009.

It is not all your fault. Sometimes you have printed the deadly truths about paddle floats; but you did not mention sponsons as a reasonable lifesaving alternative. Read Matt Broze in both Sea Kayaker Magazine and Paddlewise: "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 referring to needed sponsons stability in several places in "Deep Trouble"!

I shall fax this letter to you at Sea Kayaker 206-781-1141 today, September 2nd, 2011.

Yours truly,
Tim Ingram
phone 705-549-3722"

Note that these 5 second CO2 Sponsons (with 80 lbs. buoyancy, 5 second inflation, and back-up oral inflation), are stowed in 2 tiny containers, A in above diagram. On canoes, these containers blend into the gunwales and weigh 1 lb. each. All CO2 sponsons are manufactured identically to Coast Guard approved PFDs. Of course the inflatable bladders can normally be much thicker and puncture resistant than the material in inflatable PFDs where weight is a more important factor in convincing people to wear them.
 
 

Online Forum of Sea Kayaker Magazine






This Sea Kayaker Magazine Forum is very interesting for its' cultish worship of Matt Broze who you will note above has been lying about public safety in sea kayaking for almost 2 decades. Broze witholds critical lifesaving information about paddle floats throughout his book "Deep Trouble" and lies about sponsons safety and kayak safety in his regular features in Sea Kayaker Magazine as you will note above: He either condemns or egregiously ignores the lifesaving qualities of any kind of sponsons, despite Ed Gillett using sponsons on a double Necky Kayak to cross the Pacific Ocean, the air sponsons on  US Coast Guard rescue powerboats, and despite sponson information published by U.S. Military kayaking experts as well as all major authors. "Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its advantages over the 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." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter, 1993) And these 1993 types were only the first type of sponsons that I had patented, primarily as documentation, at the U.S. Patent Office. This is not apparently sane thinking for Mr. Broze concerning human life, even for the lives of American school children, but Mr. Broze has a cult following, partly due to his "safety" articles in Sea Kayaker Magazine. In fact these articles always deny the victims any foolproof means to get out of the water, a means of self rescue that is easily achieved by using the most recently developed CO2 sponsons, or even sponsons similar to Pacific Ocean crossing sponsons used by Mr. Gillett.

Instead, Mr. Broze has perpetrated the Deadly Paddlefloat Fraud, so deadly and unworkable that he appears to hold human life in contempt in the above Paddlewise quote:  "...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. This would be apparent to Mr. Broze if he had tried to do what he tells others to try!

Mr. Broze has perpetrated the Deadly Paddle Float Fraud with the assistance of Sea Kayaker Magazine who have been fully aware of the lies and life threatening consequences since 1993.  When I spoke to him on the beach at Port Townsend WA during a TASK Sea Kayaking Symposium he looked like a cliche (accent egule missing on keyboard) cult figure with long hair and beard, demeanor to match. Google recent pictures of Mr. Broze.

Note that the founder of Sea Kayaker Magazine, selling it years before 1993 and a respected author, was not the only honest sponson advocate of the very first kayak sponsons to be marketed:

" 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)

"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 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.)

"It's simple, sponsons work, the paddlefloat doesn't." Nigel Foster, Coach, British Canoe Union

"Worked well in heavy winds off Welsh Coast." J.J. Ramwell, Sea Touring

"Sponsons Deliver Safety", Wavelength, Jan/Feb. 1993, p.5

"A Major Development in Kayak Safety", Anorak, Spring 1993, p.7

US Special Forces rangers evaluation after using the original 1993 sponsons with the military kayaking teams from 12 NATO countries. John Dowd and I were the two civilians invited to Fort Devens, MA.
"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." Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation

Incidentally, regarding rolling myths: Experts at the Greenland Rolling Championships use powerboats to save their own lives when they fail to roll and they consider a paddle float far more unreliable and dangerous, even in calm water. (Sea Kayaker, Feb. 2001, p.41)
 

In fact most Arctic people did not roll kayaks: "...Kayak roll in the Canadian Arctic, while not impossible, remains dubious." (E.Y. Arima, Inuit Kayaks in Canada: A Review of Historical Records and Construction. 1987, p.87) D. Zimmerly, QAJAQ, Kayaks of Siberia and Alaska, 1986: "If just one baidarka is caught in a storm, then two large inflated bladders are sometimes tied to its' sides. (Davydov 1814:203)" (p.34) :"...when a rider overturned...an inflated bladder...was extremely useful...because the rider could maintain himself on the water and get into the baidarka...(Veniaminov 1840:225-26)." (p.27) E.T. Adney and H.I. Chapelle, The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America, 1983, p.225: "Many skillful paddlers could not roll, and sometimes a highly skilled roller would fail to recover."
 
 

Diagnosing The Deadly Broze Paddle Float Cult






"Oh Timmy! Too bad he goes off on a radical tangent. He’s got a good product with strong safety merits and advantageous attributes in the many situations that would tax one’s strength with other rescue devices, including the paddlefloat/hand pump self rescue (which really requires some significant practice for use in rough seas). I’ve recommended sponsons in the past but it is
only one of many rescue devices with its own inherent demerits as well.

This person refuses to read the fax referring to Atlantic or Pacific crossings with sponsons, CO2 sponsons, or any other kinds of sponsons but seems to think sponsons are better "some how" to paddlefloats without explaining his reasoning. So why are American schoolchildren cheated of their money and even their lives, learning deadly paddlefloating:  "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)." What are the "many rescue devices" Americans should use???

Consummate seamanship is still one’s primary way to keep from having to use these devices in extremis, but at some point equipment and back-up devices, as most good boaters know, may be required for situations like unexpected heavy weather sailing, including the use of tow wraps. Sea anchors and drogues can work too for the mariner caught off guard but, these devices have disadvantages too (stress loads to vessel, twisting tethers, etc).

This specious point completely avoids the simple lifesaving requirement of allowing victims to get out of the water, as in the fax: "Today, the idea of transforming the flooded canoe or kayak into a life raft to paddle to safety, is clear and obvious, except for your published misinformation. Transform a canoe or kayak in emergencies simply, quickly and inexpensively into a liferaft, to paddle even fully flooded, the water acting as ballast for further stability; that is neutral buoyancy ballast, as in the concept by Archimedes. The most common life threatening emergencies in canoes and kayaks did not escape the normal intelligence of human beings, even thousands of years ago. Your Magazine and others like it, selling fraudulent instruction and advertising, create deadly misinformation for profit. I understand that Sea Kayaker Magazine is in a competitive market and you would simply lose advertisers and go bankrupt if you did not publish the same deadly misinformation as Canoe and Kayak Magazine, for example. Canoes and kayaks kill far more innocent citizens in the U.S. and Canada per use hour than any road vehicles."

Being the best mariner you can be is the only thing that stands the test of time. Making that an individual reality amongst the many types of vessels and gear and techniques and regional differences and approaches to personal safety isn’t something I can determine for someone else, only myself. One can share their recommendations and experiences. And mental stability helps.

Apparently this poster thinks he is mentally stable, although he apparently can't figure out what to tell anyone else about safety, only himself: yet he is highly opinionated toward others. More on his thinking behavior below.

Doug, I agree with you about Ingram's sponsons. After following the thread on Paddlewise, I decided to buy a set just to see for myself what this was all about. I found the sponsons themselves to be a quality product, but Tim's method of attachment to be problemmatic, so I rigged my wooden kayak with small permanent attachment points and set up my own rig to affix the sponsons to the boat. Worked very well--the gained stability is remarkable. Meanwhile, I continue to speculate on a better way of affixing the sponsons such that they could be swiftly deployed on a standard hardshell kayak without needing to affix hard, permanent attachment points.

God knows what exactly this poster agrees with since "Doug" is not able to "determine" anything except for himself (whatever that is). Nevertheless this person appears to be trying harder than Doug. He should re-read the fax and follow the link for pictures. Archimedes is taught to school children. Think about CO2 sponsons. Most people want to just pull a cord and save themselves, especially if they are less expensive than a wetsuit or drysuit. Why deny this to Americans and torture them with a paddle float instead?

But Ingram has chosen a confrontational, quasi-libelous full-attack mode on the entire small-boat world, with the results that anyone would expect. In my opinion, he is more interested in triumphing over his foes than in selling sponsons. Maybe small boat safety would be better served if he turned over his interest in sponsons to a neutral party, so that their merits could be more advantageously be exhibited.
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This poster apparently prefers to believe that Matt Broze and Sea Kayaker Magazine would be happy to have sponsons replace paddlefloats. That is untrue of course. But here we have it: Ask Matt Broze and Sea Kayaker Magazine if they want to promote sponsons now. I have had no commercial interest for years. I am interested in saving lives within an extremely high death "sport". Sponsons have been free to use by anyone in the world for many years. You don't need to pay me anything. Tell Matt to write stories about people rescuing themselves with sponsons like Austin Davis, 10 miles off the coast of Texas when his sailboat sank. Only a kayak, my old 1993 type sponsons, a kayak and no pump or sprayskirt because with sponsons you don't need to pump out: The water in the cockpit is neutral buoyancy ballast. Even more stability. (Sea Kayaker Magazine, December 1997.) Neutral buoyancy ballast is only one reason why sponsoned kayaks and canoes have crossed both Atlantic and Pacific. "It is refreshing to have Matt's forthright assertion that sea kayaking is a dangerous sport, and that we are only a capsize away from an emergency situation."

On Page 94 of "Deep Trouble" Mr. Broze says his paddle float may have killed David Kelley. But that statement in Deep Trouble was made years before Broze was still telling people on Paddlewise and elsewhere: "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)." Instead of sponsons, the obvious choice for lifesaving rescues if you value human life.

The issue here is both posters are attempting to protect Matt Broze, who is documented here admitting: "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)." And "...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) And having read: "Sea Wings are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market today." Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter 1993, p.34. He has been promoted to his position by a small magazine that can Now choose to promote sponsons! Ask them, not for me. I hereby tell them they can do it without owing me anything. Do it for approximately 2,000 dead Americans in canoes and kayaks since Sea Kayaker started lying and promoting paddle floats and the deadly cult figure Matt Broze after 1993. See http://www.sponsonguy.com/DeadlyPaddlefloatFraud.html
 

Just a thought, lads and lasses, but perhaps the aquatic difficulties encountered by Beltran & Gottlieb on their Michipicoten paddle (SK Oct 2011) stemmed from the fact that they began their crossing at Le Petite Mort Rocks.  "The Little Death", as you may or may not know, is a popular French idiom for orgasm.  Unquestionably a marvelous place to linger, it is not a place from which one should voluntarily seek to depart.

On another note:  vitriol and bile selleth not the sponson...

This poster apparently thinks that sponsons could be sold too, but "nicely". So nicely ask Mr. Broze why he lied since 1993 about paddlefloating being so deadly to people, including dead David Kelley, impossible to pump out etc., obviously not to be trusted with human life:  "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)."

Hopefully Mr. Broze will just say that neutral buoyancy ballast and Archimedes wasn't taught at his high school and he realizes that he has made a terrible mistake. But now he wants to sell CO2 sponsons because the paddle float:"...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) "Sea Wings are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market today." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter 1993, p.34)

Good for Mr. Broze and Sea Kayaker! Finally. Note that any 2 ten year old children can clip on 50 cent sponsons in 5 seconds without any practice and then rescue any swimmers in the water who only need to swim over the gunwale and then are paddled at 2 knots to shore (normally sitting on seats but the kids have been standing up on the internet for 11 years so that Mr. Broze understands the flooded canoe is very stable. Sea Kayaker Magazine too.  Neutral buoyancy ballast.)

So please poster Nicely tell the American Canoe Association about 50 cent sponsons too. But be nice because they will lose a lot of money selling fraudulent instruction that doesn't work, just like paddle floats. But it is cheaper than an angry class action lawsuit. (Who would have thought Goldman Sachs and the bankers would ever be sued. American people do like the truth. It takes a while, doesn't it?)
See http://www.sponsonguy.com/DeadlyPaddlefloatFraud.html
 
 

Any two Ten Year Old Girls are able to rescue themselves without any instruction or practice (they just clip sponsons onto gunwales in an emergency, within 5 seconds, with 50 cent foam sponsons), then paddle a flooded canoe to shore at 2 knots, even standing up, but normally seated on seats. Both sponsons are normally clipped at both gunwales, like the left sponson, permitting self-bailing of most of the water by leaning to one side. In order to permit total flooding for this picture, it was necessary to clip one sponson 6 inces higher than the other, so water could flow over one gunwale. 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. The canoe weighs at least 2,000 lbs., flooded. Simple: Any suitable buoyancy, like 50 cent foam floats that are clipped onto gunwales in 5 seconds by any two 10 year old girls, who easily rescue themselves and anyone else. Very simple, cheap, 50 cents and a foolproof means of saving themselves, like the universal life rings around any waterfront.
 
 

Salient Diagnostic Quotes, Pre-Fax:
 
 

"I entirely share your view that it would be great if Matt (and many others) could join us here. Matt probably doesn't remember me from Adam, but he and I do go back a while, to the mid-1980s when I edited ANorAK, the Journal of the Association of North Atlantic Kayakers for a season or two, and we had several dealings with one another. It was during that time that we published Matt's Sea Kayaking Safety, and also had some of our best discussions on wetsuit/drysuit use, and the differences at that time between East Coast/Great Lakes views as opposed to Pacific Northwest/British views about dealing with the cold water threat. Those were the days...."
 

"Perhaps the Storm Island article opening salvo was simply to walk the reader down the path toward Matt’s notion that the paddle community reacts harshly to these incidents so as to mask their own collective and/or individual fears that this could never happen to them, or as he put it:

“Another factor may explain some of the harsh criticism. Experienced kayakers want to feel that they are, through their skill and expertise, in control of their fate. When skillful paddlers get into serious trouble it may threaten our confidence and make the ocean scarier place. To control our fear we may attack those involved as incompetent. Blaming the victim helps us regain confidence: We wouldn’t make such dumb mistakes. Distanced from those who got in trouble, we can go to sea with less apprehension. In reality we all make mistakes and must be prepared to recover from them, or summon help.”

I’d hate to second guess Matt, as I know that bothers him if I do, and I do respect him (remembering arguments we maintained in print decades ago through glacially slow newsletter exchanges whereupon when I look back now, I realize he was so right on so many points). However, putting aside other paddler’s inward, psychologically-based concerns for bad publicity, there is a legitimate concern – for bad publicity concerns – in the public’s mind. I think the concern IS so very, very valid. You have pointed this out here, in your letter, and on other forums and topics online. I’m not so sure Matt agrees or disagrees though.

Maybe the media backlash toward paddling incidents through the growing rec boat and kayak fisher paddling segments will eventually far overshadow incidents by the other categories of kayak paddlers (?) though it will take some keen reportage to start sorting out all the different types of paddle craft..."

"3) It is refreshing to have Matt's forthright assertion that sea kayaking is a dangerous sport, and that we are only a capsize away from an emergency situation. What is really new is his notion that there would be "a lot more" sea kayaking fatalities (and, I guess, accidents and rescues), if under-30 paddlers were out there on the water in force. I'd not ever considered looking at sea kayaking through this lens, but it sounds like Matt is saying something like I am: we need more maturity, more emotional stability, more experience, more knowledge, more judgement, more common sense, more simple caution and prudence out there on wide waters in our tiny, narrow, "tippy" cockleshells than maybe we have at present, and that we need to upgrade our expectations of responsible seamanship of ourselves and our peers. Is that the same thing as "shaming more extreme sea kayakers into limiting their freedom"? If people think it is, we've got problems.

Matt had better sell them sponsons right away because Matt here seems to admit there is no way to self-rescue any kayak (except of course sponsons, Mid Atlantic or Mid Pacific.)

In closing, I note that the Michipicoten Island rescue story in the same October issue raises some points of interest, for instance the thinking behind the purchase of the ACR PLB. Would the couple have considered repeating the crossing to & from Michipicoten had they not had the PLB? But that's a whole other subject."
 

"I personally put in my rescue practice; I'd often be found dumping solo offshore in conditions that would be a real emergency, maybe even life and death for many paddlers, capsizing and swimming on purpose so as to replicate a real life scenario should I blow a roll or scull recovery. That doesn’t fit into a prudent kayaker mariner profile but it did and will help you understand the dynamics and maybe be part of the reason you make it home for those so inclined to challenge these types of waters. I fear few paddlers really understand how important a commensurate rescue practice regime really is. I had to give up teaching paddle float rescues for our club because no one wanted to pump their cockpits dry as it was too much work and I too insistent that the self rescue wasn’t complete until one was under way, mostly dry, skirt attached, stable and headed for safety. Matt’s Safety Manual made this abundantly clear years ago making me realize my BCU re-enter and roll was only half the battle. By the way, those dump and pump sessions were on flat water with the clubbers – imagine these folks in rough conditions.

As for freedoms and limitations, it really doesn’t matter what you, me or Matt think, the vision and realization for kayak marinership and the requirement for ocean playboaters/ dangerous journey seekers to be prepared and trained properly for their expansive exploits is a matter born by the individual paddler. The individual paddler is sovereign both in life and actions. Carpe libertatem…Matt probably has it right. I’m just trying to find the right balance in all this Carl and maintain some responsibility. Matt is also right about stories like the Storm Island rescue helping us to become better mariners through these lessons learned, as once you are in a boat on the water, you are a mariner with all the implications that carries. That we must all agree on I think. So you are completly right too Carl."
 

I have to question this person's statements about his own mental stability above:  "I personally put in my rescue practice; I'd often be found dumping solo offshore in conditions that would be a real emergency, maybe even life and death for many paddlers, capsizing and swimming on purpose so as to replicate a real life scenario should I blow a roll or scull recovery. That doesn’t fit into a prudent kayaker mariner profile but it did and will help you understand the dynamics..."... etc.

So this poster seems to intentionally risk his life trying to be safe! But he appears to be well-respected by the other posters here; although the general public reading this may understandably think they are all nutters! It is typical cult behavior, compared to normalcy.
 

Many figures in this Sea kayaker cult seem not intelligent enough to think for themselves, and are easily victimized, finding self-importance following a figure like Broze, well-published and promoted by Sea Kayaker Magazine as advocating safety when in fact he has been effective in denying any kind of sponsons to 2,000 dead Americans, even Pacific ocean-crossing sponsons!
 
 

American Victims Murdered by Deliberate Safety Fraud






These 6 victims are representative of deliberate canoe and kayak safety fraud out of aproximately 2,000 dead Americans since 1993. (US Coast Guard BARD). In Massachusetts these young women died in recreational kayaks, Oct. 12, 2003:

1.

These young women died in recreational kayaks that do not have any kind of rescue equipment, not even the fraudulent paddle float, expensive sprayskirt and fraudulent bilge pump that cannot work down a sprayskirt and prevents use of the paddle to try to stay upright. However a Canadian Coast Guard SAR team in Newfoundland uses $600 recreational kayaks with sponsons to rescue victims from rocky surf near cliffs where helicopters can't fly, then paddle victims back to the rescue Zodiac powerboat (manufactured worldwide with air sponsons)!

2. These 2 boys from Darlington School died in a canoe on a school trip near Suwanee, Florida when there was no means for them to get out of the water. The safety boat had an entangled propellor, February, 2005:
 
 

3. Coast Guard officials say 18-year-old Irena McEntee and 20-year-old Carissa Ireland, who had been missing since yesterday (May 16, 2010), were taken to Maine Medical Center this morning, where they were pronounced dead. The women had reportedly attempted to kayak from Peaks Island to Ram Island, a distance of about a mile. Their boats were found late Sunday, and Coast Gaurd officials said the women were unresponsive when they were found this morning.

4. Of approximately 2,000 dead in canoes and kayaks, a number of victims have been off-duty police officers: "The body of Detroit Police Officer Nabil Washington was recovered around 9:15 a.m. in Kent Lake in Brighton. A two-day search ended today after his body was pulled out of the water not too far from where Washington was believed to have drowned. Washington was kayaking with his 12 year-old nephew when their kayak capsized late Monday afternoon in the lake at Kensington MetroPark. Washington went after his nephew and pulled him from the lake, which can reach up to depths of 7 to 12 feet officials said. After saving his nephew by placing him on the overturned kayak, Washington disappeared underneath the waters... Washington is a four-year veteran of the Detroit Police 6th Precint. He was engaged to be married this fall and is expecting a baby girl with his fiance." (July 17, 2002.) Fraudulent safety is dangerous for all Americans! One former police officer (Dallas, Texas), was saved by his own efforts about 10 miles off the coast of Texas: "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."

The deadly paddle float fraud knowingly denies victims any means to self-rescue from any kind of kayak, including "recreational" kayaks, the cheapest and most popular form of kayak, that in fact also have very large cockpits and therefore no provision for use of working spray skirts. This fraud knowingly states that victims can pump out successfully using a pump and spray skirt in emergencies; when in fact according to Sea Kayaker Magazine and Mr. Broze above, victims cannot successfully pump out and rescue themselves in kayaks! The paddle float fraud also asserts there are many other self-rescue skills and safety devices in a "bag of tricks" that "knowledgeable kayakers" know about. This assertion also is fraudulent. There is no other reliable and safe means of self-rescue for any canoe or kayak, admitted by Mr. Broze in Sea Kayaker Magazine: Without sponsons there is no means to provide self-rescue stability when any canoe or kayak is flooded with water, and there is no practical means for victims to remove water from any canoe or kayak. This is acknowledged by the above quotes published in Sea Kayaker Magazine.

Sometimes in some internet chat forums some people have understood some of what I have said regarding Sponsons, called "sponsors" below to avoid inflaming cultists:

Re: Here's the coast guard press release

Posted By: John Monroe <jjmonroe99@netscape.com>
Date: Friday, 4 March 2005, at 3:22 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Here's the coast guard press release (Brian Nystrom)

: I hate to get into this again, but since you're still promoting this idea...

(It won’t be long Brian until I can test this out. I have been waiting anxiously all winter.)

: A) You haven't proven your idea yet and many of use have told you why it
: simply isn't going to work in a narrow kayak. It's a totally different
: animal than a wide canoe with foam sponsons on the gunwales.

(The different animal that has outside sponsors becomes the same animal when the kayak/canoe fills with water. The very same reaction takes place except the inside sponsors do not have as much leverage because they are closer together but it will still work. Think of it as an auto tire tube you are setting in, in the water. The tube becomes your sponsors and stabilize you even though they are very narrow in width. Now, instead of setting in an intertube you are setting in a flooded boat. The same forces are exactly the same.)

: B) It's a BAD idea to flood any boat in order to gain stability. Again, many
: of us have explained the reasons for this.

If it works and saves lives, why is it a bad idea? I had many explain why this concept wouldn’t work on my 26-inch wide kayak when I was building it. When it did work, the silence was deafening, and the new reason it works they said was because it was wider then normal. This has all been played out before and ended with positive results and I have no reason to believe it will any different this time. But I will be running the test to share with you and if it doesn’t work as planned I will tell you.

: C) The limited testing you've done with a wider boat has all been on dead
: flat calm water, which is not representative of the kind of conditions
: likely to cause a capsize. As many of us have told you, your technique
: will not only not work in rough water, it's very dangerous to be in a
: flooded, uncontrollable boat in rough water.

It was limited testing and that is the reason for the extensive testing this spring and summer. The man that drowned in the pond near me was in dead flat water. A dangerous death trap uncontrollable canoe is what most likely was the cause of his death.

: D) Bulkheads and/or float bags provide PROVEN floatation that works with
: PROVEN rescue methods. An emergency situation is no time to screw around
: with unproven ideas.

Brian what’s wrong with having proven rescue skill and having back up inside side floatation. More options are better then fewer ones. If you carefully read Sea-Kayaker/Deep Trouble you will find that many of the deaths and near deaths were kayakers with good kayaking skills where the float/paddle rescue wasn’t working because of high winds/waves, and they found themselves unable to stay in their unstable kayaks.

: E) Skill trumps gear every time. Learn to brace and roll and all of this
: fooling around with floatation is unnecessary.

Many people do not have the training or realize the dangers of kayaking/canoeing and are not trained, or have the proper equipment with them to be safe. The unfortunate youngsters that died off the Florida coast are axample as far as we know. That's the reason I had to get my 2 cents in.

John

Note that John's idea will work much better in a wider kayak, since he is putting sponsons within an already narrow kayak. It would work better within a wider, recreational kayak (plus hydrodynamic sponsons outside as in the SAR rescue kayaks,  or an open canoe that is normally even wider, plus flooded area that provides "Neutral Buoyancy Ballast". As below:

Re: Shop: increasing initial stability
By:Nick Schade - Guillemot Kayaks
Date: 5/5/2008, 9:34 am
In Response To: Re: Shop: increasing initial stability (PatrickC)
: I'm just wondering if a little flare and beam added to the sides equals
: greater initial stability while i'm fishing and if any tried it.

Initial stability is almost completely about waterline width and height of your center of gravity. If you are already as low as you can sit, all you can do is make it wider at the waterline. Foam swim noodles strapped onto the sides as sponsons would add a lot.

Flare will add secondary stability, which would probably be welcome, but it will do little for initial stability.

Another poster below understands some of the problem, but does not understand using 50 cent foam sponsons in proper placement to create a rescue kayak, due to so many hateful posts, with many lies regarding myself and sponsons on this forum, that this simple common sense and Coast Guard SAR endorsed information is not available. This is the danger to America from the cult endorsed by Sea Kayaker Magazine and Mr. Broze, the cult that is merely endorsed and used in other forums to endanger and kill Americans, even American children:

Re: I hate hearing about these incidents

Posted By: Jay Babina <mailto:jbabina@snet.net?subject=Re: I hate hearing about these incidents>
Date: Tuesday, 21 October 2003, at 1:12 p.m.

In Response To: Re: I hate hearing about these incidents (Randy Wright)

I don't think flotation is asking too much from these manufacturers.

Each year we have a rescue clinic in our CT Kayak Club. We flood a few Recreational Boats and even the very strong and skilled kayakers can't empty them. The paddlers who try to reenter them sink them. So even if a paddler makes a wrong decision in their paddlig plans, wouldn't it be nice if the boat would allow them to renter it without sinking it. It's almost common sense yet yet the manufacturers save a few bucks and sell boats that people die in. It's no diferent than auto safety or boating safety items.

It's not too much to tell manufacturers to pack some foam in there. If a paddler has no pfd on, It could save their life by keping them afloat just long enough for a rescue. At least there would be domething to hang on to.

It's true that ultimtely we're talking about decision making as you say. But if everyone made good, informed decisions, we wouldn't be having this link. So we do what we can to prevent things.

Sea Kayaker Magazine has not only denied sponsons to Americans buying sea kayaks, in their deadly paddlefloat fraud, they have denied American victims sponsons for any kind of recreational kayak or canoe: A total campaign against sponsons, even SAR rescue kayaks using recreational kayaks, a total ban on safety knowledge; to sell fraudulent safety for relatively narrow sea kayaks as well as shorter and wider recreational kayaks and canoes, the far more numerous and popular types of canoes and kayaks. Manufacturing maximum canoe and kayak death!
 

14. Re: Saftey and sponsons - Talking to Tim Ingram (message posted by Tim Mattson)
Size: 6 kb; Posted 7 Jul 2002
David, You can't trust anything that monster tells you. He has absolutely zero credibility. The man is dangerous. He distorts the truth to fit his twisted agenda. Take a look at his web site sometime. Its infuriating. He claims that most wide boats and sit-on-top kayaks have "built in" sponsons. That's ridiculous. Look up the definition of sponson some time. Its a platform extending off a boat (usually as a gun platform) or inflatable chambers attached to a boat. He's redefining the word to fit

In fact almost all sit-on-top kayaks have built in sponsons; otherwise they could not be used for fishing. Almost every folding kayak in history has used internal sponsons, including the Klepper kayaks that have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and have allowed survival by paddlers in hurricanes (both Romer in 1928 and then Lindemann in 1956). This hate-filled poster above not only spreads dangerous lies, his dangerous talk, that is widespread within the Sea Kayaker Magazine cult, Paddlewise cult, and the American Canoe Association instructor cult, is used by Canoe and Kayak Magazine to sell death to Americans for profit.
 

13. Great posts... (message posted by David)
Size: 5 kb; Posted 7 Jul 2002
Very eloquent, nicely clarifies the issues around sponsons, appreciate the input. : I had a long talk with Tim Ingram yesterday, asking him all about sponsons. : He is very nice on the phone, speaks quite calmly, listens well. I rather : enjoyed our conversation. He certainly doesn't strike me as someone who : flies off the handle, at least in person. : He invented them in 1992, based on his studies of military flotation devices, : he is a walking encyclopedia on this subject. Most military ops

"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)
 

Sea Kayaker Magazine has not only denied sponsons to Americans buying sea kayaks, in their deadly paddlefloat fraud, they have denied American victims sponsons for any kind of recreational kayak or canoe: A total campaign against sponsons, even SAR rescue kayaks using recreational kayaks, a total ban on safety knowledge; to sell fraudulent safety for relatively narrow sea kayaks as well as shorter and wider recreational kayaks and canoes, the far more numerous and popular types of canoes and kayaks. Manufacturing maximum canoe and kayak death!

These murderous lies are systemic as well as grossly misleading: For example: Experts at the Greenland Rolling Championships use powerboats to save their own lives when they fail to roll and they consider a paddle float far more unreliable and dangerous, even in calm water. (Sea Kayaker, Feb. 2001, p.41). World champions cannot trust their lives to the Eskimo Roll! And certainly not a paddle float! But the "...Kayak roll in the Canadian Arctic, while not impossible, remains dubious." (E.Y. Arima, Inuit Kayaks in Canada: A Review of Historical Records and Construction. 1987, p.87) D. Zimmerly, QAJAQ, Kayaks of Siberia and Alaska, 1986: "If just one baidarka is caught in a storm, then two large inflated bladders are sometimes tied to its' sides. (Davydov 1814:203)" (p.34) :"...when a rider overturned...an inflated bladder...was extremely useful...because the rider could maintain himself on the water and get into the baidarka...(Veniaminov 1840:225-26)." (p.27) E.T. Adney and H.I. Chapelle, The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America, 1983, p.225: "Many skillful paddlers could not roll, and sometimes a highly skilled roller would fail to recover."

Widespread condemnation of the paddle float does not just exist occasionally at Sea Kayaker Magazine: "...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) "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).

This safety fraud not only steals thousands of  dollars from Americans for "safety instruction"; but also completely denies the published truths about sponsons, that obviously for the first time, in the words of these major experts, created real and truthful safety and rescue:   "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), "Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its advantages over the 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." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter, 1993), and "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." Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation, " 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), "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) These words are not surprising, considering 2 Atlantic crossings by sponsoned kayaks, both crossings encountering hurricanes. The stability and safety advantages of sponsons or sponsons-like floats were obvious, even to Arctic peoples 2,000 years ago: 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 evidence of this deadly fraud, stealing so much money from Americans, and canoes and kayaks being so deadly to Americans, about 2,000 deaths since 1993, is obvious to the FBI.
 
 



 
 

Seattle Division FBI Headquarters
1110 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2904
(206) 622-0460 (24 hours)
E-mail: Seattle.fbi@ic.fbi.gov

Dear FBI:

Re: American Dead on 9/11 3,000 but 2,000 Americans Killed Since 1993 by Canoe and Kayak Cult

Today, September 9, 2011, you are watching the safety and security of the American people. When you are less busy, please read http://www.sponsonguy.com/DeadlyPaddlefloatFraud.html
 

1. In America today it is a criminal offense to deliberately lie to American citizens to endanger them and cause a very high rate of death. Fraud, the art of deliberate deception for unlawful gain, is within your purview; especially when this fraud is so deadly to American citizens. In Seattle today you have 2 magazines that operate with the American Canoe Association and numerous small cults of instructors in America to endanger and kill large numbers of Americans in canoes and kayaks for their own personal profit, and sometimes for their own personal gratification, as "superior" somehow to the dead victims.

2. The two Magazines in Seattle deliberately deceive canoe and kayak victims regarding self-rescue: The Most Important Safety Information, saving their own lives! In an extremely dangerous and expensive Coast Guard Rescue of 2 kayakers, Sea Kayaker Magazine still recommends paddle floats (Oct. 2011, p.48), despite publishing that paddle floats cannot rescue victims, since kayaks cannot be stabilized sufficiently or pumped out using paddle floats and sponsons that stabilized kayaks sufficiently to cross Atlantic and Pacific oceans, making kayaks more stable than before the emergency that resulted in capsize! The 2 magazines in Seattle first published the truth regarding canoe and kayak self-rescue, agreeing with all major authors and the US Military Special Forces Kayakers: "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), "Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its advantages over the 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." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter, 1993), and "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." Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation,
" 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), "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)

3. The FBI knows that Magazines and any media have tremendous power to control the American public, who often assume that magazines are honest. Especially with regard to Public Safety! How could they dare deliberately endanger and kill American children in canoes and kayaks? Sea Kayaker Magazine and Canoe and Kayak Magazine deliberately lied in order to sell as much fraudulent instruction as possible, and as much expensive equipment as possible, that cannot rescue anyone from the water. US Coast Guard database shows about 2,000 dead Americans due to this fraud, but is unaware of the systemic lies to perpetrate this deadly fraud. The death toll continues as all Americans and even children within American schools are deliberately endangered and killed. Conduct FBI interviews of Sea Kayaker Magazine first, due to far more published information regarding sponsons and the paddle float fraud: Ask them why they decided to first tell the truth about sponsons, then lie and endanger the lives of their readers. This same decision occurred within the same 3 months at Canoe and Kayak Magazine:  "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). I have letters and details regarding this fraud and 2,000 American deaths.

4. For anyone not familiar with canoes and kayaks, any victim not able to get out of the water will die, even wearing a PFD or thermal protection. This fact has been known for thousands of years everywhere in the world. Sponsons were invented to provide a means of self-rescue that is inexpensive and foolproof enough to be entrusted with human life: transforming the canoe or kayak into a life raft in seconds to rescue victims immediately. Anyone not constantly wearing a PFD around canoes and kayaks, even on a hot day when wearing a PFD is uncomfortable, is at risk of death. For any victims, having fallen into the water, sponsons can transform any canoe or kayak into a life raft: "Any two Ten Year Old Girls are able to rescue themselves without any instruction or practice (they just clip sponsons onto gunwales in an emergency, within 5 seconds, with 50 cent foam sponsons), then paddle a flooded canoe to shore at 2 knots, even standing up, but normally seated on seats." This extremely simple, inexpensive and foolproof rescue has been denied to Americans, a rescue enabling crossings of both Atlantic and Pacific by canoe and kayak. Instead canoes and kayaks have been used to murder 2,000: A hateful action that approaches the hateful killing of 3,000 on 9/11.

5. Without sponsons there is no reliable and safe means of self-rescue for any canoe or kayak, admitted by Mr. Broze in Sea Kayaker Magazine, regarding the paddle float:"...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) "Sea Wings are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market today." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter 1993, p.34) Without sponsons there are no means to provide self-rescue stability when any canoe or kayak is flooded with water, and there are no practical means for victims to remove water from any canoe or kayak. This is acknowledged by the quotes published in Sea Kayaker Magazine: Sponsons have enabled multiple crossings by canoe and kayak of the Atlantic Ocean, even through hurricanes, and one Pacific Ocean crossing. In fact the historical evidence suggests that sponson-like floats of mammal skin were the main type of rescue device for the canoes and kayaks of the ancient native peoples. There was no paddle float: Mortality rates were already too high for native peoples to use such a plainly unworkable concept. They were not stupid nor did they have fraudulent magazines tricking them into deliberately endangering themselves by buying fraudulent and expensive instruction and devices. Sea Kayaker Magazine has not only denied sponsons to Americans buying sea kayaks, in their deadly paddlefloat fraud, they have denied American victims sponsons for any kind of recreational kayak or canoe: A total campaign against sponsons, even SAR rescue kayaks using recreational kayaks, a total ban on safety knowledge; to sell fraudulent safety for relatively narrow sea kayaks as well as shorter and wider recreational kayaks and canoes, the far more numerous and popular types of canoes and kayaks. Manufacturing maximum canoe and kayak death!

6. This safety fraud not only steals thousands of  dollars from Americans for "safety instruction"; but also completely denies the published truths about sponsons, that obviously for the first time, in the words of these major experts, created real and truthful safety and rescue:   "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), "Once you have the Sea Wings fitted and adjusted, its advantages over the 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." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Winter, 1993), and "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." Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation, " 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), "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) These words are not surprising, considering 2 Atlantic crossings by sponsoned kayaks, both crossings encountering hurricanes. The stability and safety advantages of sponsons or sponsons-like floats were obvious, even to Arctic peoples 2,000 years ago: 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 evidence of this deadly fraud, stealing so much money from Americans, and canoes and kayaks being so deadly to Americans, about 2,000 deaths since 1993, is obvious to the FBI.

7. Please read the above webpage and contact me soon, when the anniversary of 9/11 is not quite so pressing. If the FBI allows this organized cult to continue to profit from deliberately endangering American citizens, your efforts regarding 9/11 threats to citizens are diminished: The FBI will have endorsed the deliberate killing of 2,000 Americans and the deliberate blaming of them for their deaths for not purchasing more lies, fraudulent instruction, and useless but expensive equipment that prevents their self-rescue in any canoe or kayak. You will note that I have saved the life of one American police officer and I continue to try to save American citizens. I have details of the attempt by the Attorney General of Florida to gain more evidence against this cult, to try to lower the high rate of canoe and kayak deaths in that state. Thank you.

Your truly,

Tim Ingram,
phone 705-549-3722
 
 


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Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans *Pic*

Posted By: Geoffww <geoff@seapaddler.ca>
Date: Saturday, 9 August 2003, at 8:01 p.m.

In Response To: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans *LINK* (Robert Woodard)

I think some of the responses here about Tim's crusade over rolls and paddle floats are pretty ignorant. Tim is no doubt handling his battle all wrong. Instead of saving lives by getting his product out into the marketplace he instead chooses to fight with words and numbers. His website is grossly inadequate regarding getting the Sea Wing into the hands of paddlers. Both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard Rescue Service endorse sponsons and the Sea Wing in particular. There was a kayaker fatality near the Queen Charlotte Islands BC many years ago. A group of 10 members in a tour entered into rough seas. All the kayaks were equipped with the Sea Wing sponson and paddle floats. There were multiple capsizes and two paddlers were swept away from the main group by the waves. One was suffering from acute hypothermia and one was already dead from hypothermia and drowning when the Coast Guard arrived. There were many failings by the head guide and one in particular stated the Coast Guard investigators was that the sponsons should have been deployed prior to getting into the rough water to give the novice paddlers stability during the crossing. It would have prevented the capsizes and saved a life. Sponsons are not only a means of easy re-entry but also keeps you highly stable while remaining installed during the rest of the rough voyage that capsized you in the first place. How many rolls can you do before you get tired? Remember not everyone who slides into a cockpit is built like Arnold. Everyone's fatigue threshold is different. Perhaps after 3 hours of steady paddling and suddenly being in rough water the average person could roll once or twice with a fully loaded kayak. The use of a paddle float in rough water with sharp peaks and valleys is a joke. Rolling is not the panacea of self rescue that some of you condescending snobs think it is. Some of you need to do some soul searching and are in a real need of an attitude upgrade. Who gives a damn what the correct statistics are we are talking about the deaths of people who are out to have fun and sadly don't come home. If Tim strongly believes that what he is doing is right then God bless him. What are doing?

Cheers
 
 
 

Messages In This Thread
 

Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans *LINK* (views: 1220)
Robert Woodard -- Tuesday, 29 July 2003, at 10:11 p.m.
Re: must , not,,,,,respond (views: 779)
LeeG -- Tuesday, 29 July 2003, at 10:41 p.m.
Re: must , not,,,,,respond (views: 706)
Bert -- Tuesday, 29 July 2003, at 11:16 p.m.
OK (views: 696)
Mick -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 2:58 a.m.
Re: OK (views: 663)
Robert Woodard -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 6:01 a.m.
Re: OK (views: 615)
Bert -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 8:20 a.m.
Huge sums of cash. Anyone seen it? (views: 627)
Shawn Baker -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 11:16 a.m.
Re: Huge sums of cash. Anyone seen it? (views: 487)
charles w -- Friday, 8 August 2003, at 3:29 p.m.
Big seas OK?? (views: 670)
Randy Knauff -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 2:26 p.m.
Re: must , not,,,,,respond (views: 600)
Robert Woodard -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 5:56 a.m.
Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans (views: 655)
Ian Johnston -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 3:32 a.m.
Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans (views: 599)
Eric -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 5:53 a.m.
Book Scam Kills 100's of Kayak Enthusiasts (views: 628)
Malcolm Schweizer -- Wednesday, 30 July 2003, at 7:06 p.m.
Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans *Pic* (views: 748)
Geoffww -- Saturday, 9 August 2003, at 8:01 p.m.
Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans (views: 557)
LeeG -- Saturday, 9 August 2003, at 8:37 p.m.
Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans (views: 517)
Ian Johnston -- Saturday, 9 August 2003, at 8:40 p.m.
Re: manners (views: 499)
LeeG -- Sunday, 10 August 2003, at 7:59 a.m.
Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans (views: 560)
Nick Schade - Guillemot Kayaks -- Sunday, 10 August 2003, at 10:30 a.m.
Re: Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1,000 Americans (views: 530)
Mick -- Monday, 11 August 2003, at 2:03 a.m.
Sponsons should be defended, but their marketer? (views: 566)
Shawn Baker -- Tuesday, 12 August 2003, at 11:39 p.m.
LOL, Here we Go Again.......LOL (views: 587)
David -- Sunday, 17 August 2003, at 8:55 p.m.
So in other words... *LINK* (views: 520)
Brian Nystrom -- Monday, 18 August 2003, at 1:58 p.m.
Re: So in other words... (views: 472)
Shawn Baker -- Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 12:03 a.m.
Re: So in other words... (views: 445)
Brian Nystrom -- Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 12:14 p.m.
THx, had never heard of voyageur..... *NM* (views: 411)
David -- Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 3:47 a.m.
Re: THx, had never heard of voyageur..... (views: 457)
Brian Nystrom -- Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 12:19 p.m.
Re: THx, had never heard of voyageur..... (views: 478)
Shawn Baker -- Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 3:47 p.m.
Oh yes, the little devils are in my red gear bag (views: 462)
David -- Wednesday, 20 August 2003, at 3:44 a.m.
Re: Oh yes, the little devils are in my red gear b (views: 447)
Shawn Baker -- Wednesday, 20 August 2003, at 10:29 a.m.
Re: Oh yes, the little devils are in my red gear b (views: 399)
David -- Thursday, 21 August 2003, at 12:05 p.m.
Re: Oh yes, the little devils are in my red gear b (views: 375)
Shawn Baker -- Thursday, 21 August 2003, at 12:35 p.m.
David, email me. *NM* (views: 400)
Shawn Baker -- Thursday, 21 August 2003, at 6:03 p.m.
Re: LOL, Here we Go Again.......LOL (views: 493)
Shawn Baker -- Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 12:03 a.m.
Re: LOL, Here we Go Again.......LOL (views: 446)
David -- Tuesday, 19 August 2003, at 3:49 a.m.
 
 

Cult Values:

The above poster was brave enough, or confident enough, or patient enough to state the obvious to this internet based cult; but the post was not so unusual, since even this cult has general respect for John Dowd: "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)

Of course this is the point of sponsons, "it leaves the paddler in a more stable position than before the capsize." This is what enabled canoe and kayak crossings of the Atlantic in hurricane season, and the Pacific crossing to Hawaii by Mr. Gillett. In emergencies, canoes and kayaks must be "in a more stable position than before the capsize." The paddle float leaves the paddler in a less stable position than before capsize, denying even the ability to brace, paddle or pump-out, and Mr. Broze states:  "A capsized paddler who Eskimo rolls is still in the same conditions that capsized him or her in the first place, and with each roll he or she will take on more water, lessening the kayak's stability." (Matt Broze, Deep Trouble, p.91) If Mr. Broze were honest he would admit that perpetual rolling to save themselves is a lie: Experts at the Greenland Rolling Championships use powerboats to save their own lives when they fail to roll and they consider a paddle float far more unreliable and dangerous, even in calm water. (Sea Kayaker, Feb. 2001, p.41).

This cult is wilfully blind to the reality of sponsons: Just imagine if the canoe and kayak industry could boast every canoe or kayak as a superior rescue vessel! The Canadian Coast Guard SAR group uses $600 recreational kayaks because million dollar helicopters cannot rescue victims in rocky surf near cliffs. The only question they had for me was why are sponsons not generally used on canoes and kayaks. This is not rocket science. I told the cult that it was advantageous to sell canoes and kayaks as superior water rescue vessels, (even superior ice rescue vessels, given the dangerous antics now performed in ice rescues by fire and rescue personnel), whether using 50 cent 5 second sponsons or CO2 sponsons, simpler and less expensive than inflatable PFDs. SAR groups, police and fire departments worldwide could say: "Jesus Christ that victim is drowning out there, Better call in a sponson canoe or kayak!" Of course any canoe or kayak on the scene today just adds more victims risking death to any emergency; no matter what "experts" may be paddling them. The "experts" are likely to be cult members in good standing.

The cult wants the most dangerous canoes and kayaks so they can spin endless lies about paddle floats and rolls that showcase their particular talent: Unfortunately this talent is not common sense, but is representative of a common statistic in criminality, that criminals are in fact generally lower in IQ than the general population.

Another rational perspective on this phenomenon is the Republican Party platform while President Obama asks: "Why should Warren Buffet should pay less income tax than his secretary?" No, the Republicans (most of whom are not billionaires, not even millionaires, except in their dreams), want no fair taxation, even for their own benefit. Similarly the canoe and kayak cult wants no safety, even though the victims may be their neighbours' children or even their own children or grandchildren. They live on in peaceful retirement, holding on to their own delusions like so many veterans of the SS, or other criminal cults throughout history. The Republican platform is not so unusual in US history, spiting noses to cut off faces or vice versa. The wish for the most dangerous canoes and kayaks gives the cult a Fraudulent Opportunity to say how those victims could have rescued themselves. Many figures in this cult seem not intelligent enough to think for themselves, and are easily victimized, finding self-importance following a cult, well-published and promoted by Sea Kayaker Magazine and other small, cult publications: as advocating safety when in fact they have been effective in denying any kind of sponsons to 2,000 dead Americans, even Pacific ocean-crossing sponsons! Plain and obvious, cruel and deady fraud.
 
 

Sponsons
on
 Coast Guard Rescue Boats
The picture below shows a Coast Guard Rescue Boat with Large Sponsons
Please wear your lifejacket or PFD.

US Coast Guard
"Release No:071-01

May 24, 2001

BOSTON -- The Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander formally announced the beginning of a four-year operation aimed at reducing the-more-than 700 boating fatalities each year... Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type. Most of these are due to drowning."

Dear First District USCG Headquarters:

Your initiative regarding instruction for canoes and kayaks must understand that such instruction is misleading and unsafe.

"Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type. Most of these are due to drowning." US Coast Guard release # 071-01

This is over 15 times the fatality rate of Ford Explorer vehicles per million hours of exposure, in the Ford/Firestone scandal with 178 US lawsuits now pending!

Most deaths now indicate that drownings occur After a paddler, wearing a PFD, becomes unconscious due to hypothermia, because they can't get back into a canoe or kayak. Sponsons are a PFD for these craft, transforming them into a "LIFE RAFT". Capsized paddlers (unwisely) not wearing a PFD compare to swimmers able to crawl out of deep water onto a swimming raft. If they can get out of the water, they will not die of hypothermia and drowning.

Please read below:

       Re: Paddle Smart and Proposed Massachusetts Legislation

I thought you might want to know about the terrible fatality record for canoes and kayaks using "traditional" safety such as expecting everyone to "Eskimo" roll, paddlefloat, "canoe over canoe" etc. As described below:

       Re. Misleading Canoe and Kayak Safety/Deceptive Marketing

You can see below that canoe and kayak instruction actually increases the risk of injury or death, simply because such instruction neglects commonsense emergency sponsons (12 different models to adapt to all safety requirements).

Any public exposure to this issue, like exhaustive CBC radio coverage regarding the 2 schoolchildren dying on a school trip, would be helpful. Few sports have killed as many people as "traditional" canoes and kayaks, per numbers of craft, due to instructor profits.

I have covered the Coast Guards for years, CPSC, FTC and all departments of the Attorney General in all states. This is simple "bait and switch" criminal fraud at best. Or a scandal killing over 5 times Ford/Firestone, in the same time frame, since 1993. All to the profit of instructors.

The best-selling kayaks by a long way (sold at retailers like Costco and Walmart) are sit-on-top kayaks, used on both rivers and the sea. You may not know that these types of kayaks far outsell traditional decked kayaks, but have a much lower fatality rate, despite being taken by novice and expert, far offshore or down rapids.

These kayaks look like fat, thick surf board with recesses for seat and legs. They are so user friendly, novices use them immediately. They are the preferred boat at all major resort hotels around the world: Cheap and inherently safe. They go far offshore. Divers use some models to carry heavy scuba tanks, then perform as a dive platform. Some are as fast to paddle as conventional decked kayaks.

The reason for the far superior safety record is the built-in sponsons on the sides of the craft. They are less likely to capsize and allow people to simply climb back on if they tip, like a surf board.

In contrast, expert paddlers in "traditional" canoes and kayaks have a death rate AT LEAST equal to complete novices, due to misleading and deceptive instruction described below.

In contrast, traditional kayaks trap people with sprayskirts or they hit rocks on rivers upside-down. Far from shore without sponsons, kayaks and canoes are flooded and are almost impossible to rescue in the same capsizing conditions that have not disappeared. They simply flood and recapsize, even tipping a rescuer alongside, without the emergency stability of sponsons.

Ironically, since there are no canoe and kayak instruction programs for the sponsoned kayaks (they are so user-friendly), the fatality rate for those taking instruction is many times higher than those without instruction, paddling with either built-in or emergency sponsons described on www.sponsonguy.com

Instructors at the YMCA and other reputable organizations know that rolling and paddlefloating instruction is unreliable and dangerous to their kids.

Check the above website and you will see that "traditional" misleading instruction is a big money maker, causing far more needless deaths than you would expect from such a small paddlesport industry. (Over 5 times the numbers of the Ford/Firstone scandal since 1993, when the first tire deaths were brought to court, and sponsons were first available and advocated in major magazines.)

The story potential is very large. Canoes and kayaks are familiar boats around the world.  I receive complaints from Europe to Australia about the ridiculous, misleading and deceptive selling of paddlesports.

I hope you can suggest some ways to alert the public to this issue.

Thank you.

Yours truly,
Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ont. L9M 1Y2

----- Original Message ----- From: oldguy (Tim Ingram) <mailto:oldguy@csolve.net (Tim Ingram)>

To: emailago@atg.wa.gov <mailto:emailago@atg.wa.gov>

Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 1:18 PM

Subject: Misleading Canoe and Kayak Safety

Dear Sir or Madam:

Re: Misleading Safety Information/Deceptive Marketing: Canoe and Kayaks

This public safety issue has resulted in hundreds of needless deaths in the US recently.

It speaks for itself, since the American Canoe Association in its' magazine "Paddler" acknowledges that fewer than 20 % of the public can "Eskimo roll" in a swimming pool.

I am registering a complaint with your department regarding the 2 major canoe and kayak magazines, and the American Canoe Association.

1. Canoe and Kayak Magazine

Primedia Inc.

10526 NE 68th Street, Suite 3, Kirkland WA 98033

www.canoekayak.com <http://www.canoekayak.com>

2. Sea Kayaker Inc.

7001 Seaview Ave. NW, Suite 135, Seattle WA 98117-6009

www.seakayakermag.com <http://www.seakayakermag.com>

3. American Canoe Association

7432 Alban Station Blvd., Suite B-232, Springfield, VA 22150

www.aca-paddler.org <http://www.aca-paddler.org>

Both magazines and the ACA have been misleading the public with regard to canoe and kayak rescues since 1993, when both magazines first published articles acknowledging the superior safety of kayak sponsons. Please see www.sponsonguy.com <http://www.sponsonguy.com> regarding the 1993 reports. I have original copies.

After the sponson reports these magazines were attacked by manufacturers, instructors, and advertisers who wished to continue teaching Eskimo Rolls and Paddlefloat Rescues in kayaks, that do not work reliably for most of the public, expert or novice.

The fundamental problem was that sponsons were so simple that most of the public could rescue themselves without much instruction or practice. There are now 12 different 20 second models, closed-cell foam, oral and gas cartridge inflatable sponsons.

These models adapt to the differing safety needs of all paddlers, and quickly fit to all of the different canoe and kayak designs. They offer differing levels of stability, ease of deployment and ease of re-entry. They can be as inexpensive as $5 for foam sponsons.

These magazines and the ACA refuse to teach use of these sponsons and advocate instead: rolls, paddlefloats and other rescue ideas that are not safe because they do not provide emergency stability.

The instructors and manufacturers think they will lose income. However, it is obvious that weather reading, realistic paddling skills, and risk management are more appropriate subjects than rescues that don't work.

As an example of misleading safety information, Canoe and Kayak Magazine states in Kayak Touring 2001, p.53: "There are many solo rescues available to kayakers, the Eskimo roll being the most famous and effective. It's also the hardest...An outrigger rescue with a paddlefloat..."

This is an obvious untruth. The "hardest" rescue is not the most "effective" since it is obviously is the least reliable. Few "expert" kayakers claim to have a roll reliable enough to trust their own lives. The ACA teaches this as a rescue, intended to save human life.

The paddlefloat rescue is extremely misleading and deadly, even to physically fit and very experienced kayakers. For example, in a recent issue of Seakayaker:

"However Reimer was an experienced sea kayaker...His Eskimo roll was not strong, so there was only his paddlefloat."

"Hanging on to his upside-down boat, he lifted his paddle over his head. In spite of the rough seas, he waved it back and forth..." (Sea Kayaker, June, '01, p.54)

If he were able to wave his paddle so easily, he could have easily clipped on sponsons in 20 seconds.

This man was killed by paddlefloat instruction, like hundreds of others, around the world since 1993. The ACA teaches this as a rescue, intended to save human life.

From the website www.sponsonguy.com <http://www.sponsonguy.com>

20 Second Sponsons

These are simply sponsons pre-inflated and secured on the back deck of kayaks.

So after capsize you simply clip on the nearest sponson (each Fastex clip near a sponson end, then shove the remaining sponson under the boat and clip it on.)

A 10 year old child can turn any ACA instructor into a FOOL in 20 seconds.

Clip, clip, the Fastex buckles and any kayak or canoe is stable enough to paddle fully flooded, to safety. The paddler gets warmed immediately. And the body core is out of cold water in 20 seconds. Plus Re-capsize protection.

1. The Instructor is still in the water.

2. The instructor denies the public re-capsize protection, even in a fully flooded canoe or kayak that can be paddled in 20 seconds.

3. The instructor kills people this way.

I have communicated steadily with both magazines and the ACA since 1993, pleading with them not to continue this misleading safety approach, that has such deadly results.

Recently a YMCA camp took a grade 6 class from Elliott Lake, Ontario in kayaks. Most were capsized in a sudden wind. Only by chance was a large powerboat alerted nearby. It radioed ahead so 3 ambulances were waiting at the nearest road to treat the children for hypothermia, shock etc.

Without sponsons no group of guides can safely rescue clients because they simply recapsize with no means of emergency stability. There are many deaths in canoes and kayaks in Canada and the US, as a result.

Twenty schoolchildren were rescued in Tampa Bay, Florida by the US Coast Guard, and treated for hypothermia. In the UK, 4 schoolchildren died, resulting in convictions for manslaughter.

YMCA camps and Boy Scout troops acknowledge their children are not safe with canoe and kayak safety instruction. However, majority use of misleading and deceptive safety instruction forces them to follow, despite reservations.

Please contact me as soon as possible since the numbers of deaths are growing.

Sincerely,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada L9M 1Y2


Coast Guard Rigid Inflatable Rescue boats, with sponsons above, are now the rescue safety standard in the world. Super-high secondary (or final) stability is due to big air sponsons. Rescue safety on the slopes of big breaking waves is created by the buoyancy power of air sponsons. The Coast Guard rescue inflatable slides sideways on the wave slope  due to the FORCE of GRAVITY (i.e. surfing). Without sponsons the lower gunwale would dip, catch, and capsize would occur.

Unfortunately some Canoe and Kayak "experts" are confused, interpreting the above images incorrectly because they forget THE LAW OF GRAVITY. Canoes and kayaks are shallow-bodied craft, that easily slide sideways by sculling or draw strokes, let alone the powerful Force of Gravity!

Sponsoned canoes and kayaks slide down steep wave slopes Sideways, with capsize much less likely than with narrow kayaks.

Warning 1
The popular sea kayaking FAQ (Leigh, Aug. 6/00) states:
" Final (or secondary) stability is the ease with which the boat tips all the way over. High final stability is desirable for any boat, but it may take some time to develop the balance and skill to take advantage of it."

This is ignorance on a grand scale: secondary or final stability defined as a lack of stability when leaning a kayak or canoe! This is the exact opposite of the secondary stability of Coast Guard Rescue Safety Sponsons, and basic science taught in elementary schools and universities throughout the world!

Ignorant FAQs on stability of canoes and kayaks kill people. Todd is a nice guy but his contributors sometimes become a little crazy in their enthusiasm.

A breaking wave hits sideways, to force sponsoned canoes and kayaks sideways, and surf down the wave slope under the Law of Gravity. Like Coast Guard rescue boats. Kindergarden kids can understand the Law of Gravity. Boats are not filled with helium to reduce the Force of Gravity. Naval architecture recognizes that canoes and kayaks are shallow bodied vessels, like Coast Guard Rescue boats, and behave differently than deep-keeled vessels on the slope of big breaking waves.

(Sculling and draw strokes move canoes and kayaks sideways, easily, like the Force of Gravity.)

Please be careful if some "expert" says "wide sponsoned kayaks and canoes" are less stable in waves than "narrower, unsponsoned ones". They don't understand the Force of Gravity and twist reality toward their own religious beliefs (that may also have commercial benefits, making money  by teaching such dangerous ideas.) This kills people.

Ignorance is common in the commerce of kayaks and canoes, where the idea apparently is to make as much money as possible by mysterious instructional beliefs, even if a few schoolkids are killed.

Warning 2
Some instructors mislead paddlers to think that canoes and kayaks must always be leaned over in order to turn, and sponsons therefore prevent turning and normal paddling. Of course this is ridiculous and infringes on the U.S. patent " Kayak Safety Sponsons", by misrepresentation. Any canoe or kayak can be turned by sweep strokes and steering strokes without leaning. Sponsoned canoes and kayaks can be turned more easily in emergencies because bracing strokes to prevent capsize are not needed, thanks to sponsons.

Warning 3
Gear-centred rescue safety equipment like PFD's are safer, i.e. more reliable than swimming to remain afloat, or get to shore.

Likewise sponsons are more reliable because flooded capsized canoes and kayaks are stabilized enough to paddle to safety.

It is noted that Coast Guards of all countries favour gear-centred rescue safety that is much less likely to fail than skill, technique, or human strength in emergencies. Inflatable PFDs over swimming, for example. Sponsons stabilize unique Coast Guard Rescue Boats. All lifesaving organizations follow gear-centred rescue safety, instruction logic.
"Unlike ships, sea kayaks depend to a great degree upon the crew's efforts to maintain an upright condition and therein lies one of the problems with extremely narrow boats - the risk of capsize increases with fatigue, injury or lack of attention. To avoid this problem the boat must have enough stability to forgive paddler lapses when temporarily inactive or physically unable to remain upright." J.W.

Rescue safety confusion is extremely dangerous, as I explain in a letter to three companies below.


August 7, 2000

David Bookbinder
General Counsel
American Canoe Association Inc.

Dear David:

Thank you for your kind threat of a lawsuit. Please advise the ACA committee that truth is not libel. However it would be interesting to watch your best Harvard team challenge the LAW OF GRAVITY as well as common sense. I repeat that the ACA advocates unsafe ideas, however unintentionally, as rescue instruction, instead of sponson rescues for canoes and kayaks. ACA failure to teach this honest safety to the public is negligent and hurts people.

Please Read Carefully the Formal Legal Announcement Below, To: Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Seakayaker Inc. and Paddler, Affiliated with American Canoe Association Inc.

The buoyancy power of sponsons means stability in rescues of flooded canoes and kayaks. Without sponsons they re-capsize in capsizing conditions. Look at the recent Coast Guard rescue of 20 schoolkids and 6 instructors capsized on an outing in Tampa Bay, Florida. In the U.K. 4 students died. Trained guides cannot stabilize groups reliably without sponsons.

ACA instruction has no mention of sponson stability in rescues, during re-entry of open canoes and kayaks, or during the process of paddling or towing to safety in capsizing conditions. Your notion of paddling flooded canoes and kayaks to shore is tragically misleading. Victims simply recapsize the unstabilized craft. This idea has killed hundreds over the years.

Your rescues that lift loaded canoes over the gunwales are not only impossible for most people, but threaten to kill the unstabilized rescuers by capsizing them, adding to the numbers of victims. Many Experts are among the victims, dying in cold water while packs are removed from capsized canoes, that are then theoretically emptied over the gunwales, then the heavy packs are retrieved and reloaded, all in capsizing conditions. Would you trust your family's lives to this safety?

Kayaks are notoriously ill-served by ACA paddlefloat ideas:

"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." (D. 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

The paddlefloat is dangerous to paddlers after capsize because they have no paddle to brace with, to remain upright while struggling to retrieve the paddle, which is behind them in the capsizing conditions. They simply recapsize.

Sponsons permit re-entry into a much more stable boat, ( belly-up on kayak after deploying sponsons, rotate into seat, and paddle to safety.) No capsizing while trying to pump out, fit sprayskirt, or other risky tricks in capsizing conditions. Paddlefloat retrieval from behind the cockpit risks unacceptably dangerous recapsizes.

 "...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)

"Hand pumping a narrow kayak after a capsize presents some practical balance problems, since it requires the use of the hands both for pumping and balancing. Tricks such as using the pump with one hand while bracing with the paddle across your shoulder and down the other arm cannot be relied on in rough conditions. Emergency sponsons deployed early in the emergency make far more sense." p.38 (J. Dowd, Sea Kayaking, 3rd edition)

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

"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..."  (B. Huszar, Seakayaker, Winter '93, p.34)

Dave Harrison spoke out first in Canoe (Now Canoe and Kayak), July '93, (see site instructions "Safety#1"), 6 mos. ahead of Seakayaker in Winter '93, and he was the first West Coast reviewer: "I thought these were a better idea, and have turned my old paddle float bag into a camera case."

Later, in his book "Sea Kayaking Basics": "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 mentioned sponsons in "DEEP TROUBLE" in 1997 out of legal liability. The legal risk disclaimer in that book is the largest ever seen.

Legal Risk Warning

Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Seakayaker Magazine, American Canoe Association Incorporated, and Paddler Magazine are here notified of negligence toward public safety and common sense rescues of canoes or kayaks. Canoe and Kayak, and Seakayaker magazines at first endorsed sponsons as superior safety, then responded to industry pressures to libel my idea of  sponsons, that created a perceived threat to instructors, sales of paddlefloats, expensive drysuits, and expensive paddles broken by paddlefloats.

On a humourous note (Seakayaker, June 2000, p.5), Ralph Diaz warns Kevin Whilden about "dangerous" use of his $400 drysuit. Kevin replies defensively that capsizing without his dysuit closed is dangerous, but he obviously is more worried about dying of heatstroke, "cooking himself", if he wears it properly. If both Ralph and Kevin used sponsons properly, they would be much safer, without risking heatstroke. But they would miss their names in magazines debating specious points that cannot save schoolkids at a YMCA camp. Kids cannot afford $400 drysuits and kids don't want to die of heatstroke either. The industry model sells an endless range of so-called safety products, while libelling sponsons, the simplest means to make canoes and kayaks safer.

Not only are the magazines and the ACA apparently endangering kids who could never afford $400 drysuit "safety", they are confusing the public about a host of unreliable safety options. Patented sponsons can use economies of scale to equip every 40,000 kayaks and canoes with sponsons (including a model with twice the righting arm of the below-pictured kayak sponsons), at a cost of $20 each boat. A child's life is worth $20 to the ACA I hope, and to the magazines.
This is the point of U.S. patents: knowledge to benefit society,  assuming ethical behavior in industry.

The industry sales of inappropriately narrow kayaks in particular, to the general public who are not in top physical health, immediately requires new sponson models with more stability power and safety, as well as the famous SEA WING model, with many human lives to its' credit.
 

Stow pre-inflated on rear deck, to attach in 20 seconds!

Paddle Normally to Safety with a flooded Cockpit.
More steering and propelling strokes are possible, and Fewer Bracing Strokes are Necessary, Due to Sponson Stability in Emergencies.

(A stable canoe with a "ton" of water sloshing inside).


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