Letter to OPP Comissioner
Sent by Registered Mail
April 4, 2012
Dear Commissioner Lewis:
Re: Your Continuing, Deliberate and Deadly OPP Canoe and Kayak Safety Fraud
You have not replied to my registered letter of September 1, 2010 and you continue to allow the cruel killing Ontario citizens and Ontario school children in your deliberate canoe and kayak safety fraud. I refer you to my last letter instead of repeating it. Your OPP Marine Section Officer, Sgt. Brad Schlorff has been protected by the OPP while selling lies: fraudulent canoe and kayak instruction, denying citizens and school children any means to escape death in cool waters. This action has even endangered OPP officers and emergency personnel while trying to rescue canoe and kayak victims, as well as victims falling through thin ice! Sponsons have been recommended for years by the US Military Special Forces and a Newfoundland SAR group (over the Cormorant helicopter alternative). Official lies by your OPP regarding canoe and kayak safety endanger everyone, from your own family and neighbours, to every citizen of Canada and beyond. This is why the OPP should not lie or even tell "small" lies:
It is your duty not to allow anyone to lure Girl Guides or anyone else (500 dead Canadians) to their deaths. This is Murder. This will not magically go away. Tim
----- Original Message -----
From: Schlorff, Brad (JUS)
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 1:02 PM
Subject: RE: byers
Now that I'm part of your "murder clique" I'll not be providing you with any more info
B.R. (Brad) Schlorff T/S/Sgt. # 6087 Specialized Patrol Traffic & Marine Section Ontario Provincial Police 777 Memorial Avenue,Orillia, Ontario
L3V 7V3 (705) 329-6129
From: timingram [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 11:37 AM
To: Schlorff, Brad (JUS)
Subject: Re: byers
Brad. Let's please get this murder clique stopped now. I am well prepared for court now. Let's please stop these terrible killings of innocent people now. Thanks, Tim
----- Original Message -----
From: Schlorff, Brad (JUS)
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 10:11 AM
Subject: RE: byers
Tim - let me help you get your facts straight - Mr L'Ecuyer is a retired RCMP member
B.R. (Brad) Schlorff T/S/Sgt. # 6087...tario Provincial Police...329-6129
From: timingram [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 9:30 AM
To: Schlorff, Brad (JUS)
Court Records show that Sgt. Schlorff
actually accused me of threatening his life when I attempted to persuade
him to stop this deadly fraud by sending the OPP hundreds of pieces of
canoe and kayak safety information, like informing Crimestoppers, mainly
through email. The records show that I have sent the OPP hundreds of documents
as evidence, even an admission by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing
and Kayaking Association that they have no means of rescue, except
for sponsons, that are well known among the military and major authors
who do not participate in this obvious safety fraud, to profit from fraudulent
canoe and kayak instruction:
" In this book I would like to emphasize rescue techniques other
than the Eskimo roll because a backup technique is mandatory...given
that relatively few sea kayakers will ever roll successfully and
because workable alternative techniques are too often neglected...The
great advantage of the Sea Wing (sponsons) is that it leaves the
paddler in a more stable position than before the capsize." (John
Dowd, Sea Kayaking, 3rd edition, 1997, pp.90-95)
"basic, no nonsense...dramatically
and...capabilities... It should be noted that within the North
American civilian sea kayak industry there is some controversy...Sea
Wings' direct competition with...the paddle float...the merits of Sea
Wings...far outweigh those of the paddlefloat...During the IMKP 1994
we used Sea Wings with all our rescue boats as back-up flotation/
stability for awashed kayaks needing assistance pumping out in heavy
seas. In addition, IMKP's rescue kayak was fitted with Sea Wings on a
permanent basis which allowed us to be far more stable in possible
rescue operations...Sea Wings dramatically increase re-entry
operations with capsized boats. Indeed, even with heavily loaded boats
(those approaching 1000 lbs.) most paddlers can easily re-enter the
kayak. However the most notable advantage of Sea Wings is with lightly
loaded boats; ie, those kayaks which are far less stable (more tippy)
than fully loaded boats. Recovery operations are far more difficult in
these boats and most students have extreme difficulty in mastering the
necessary techniques. This is compounded in heavy seas. Sea Wings
offers an almost guaranteed method of re-entering a lightly loaded
kayak even in heavy seas. Stability increase in heavy seas. Paddling
in extremely heavy seas is difficult. Sea Wings offer the crews an
additional method of dealing with such sea states. One of the most
dangerous situations a detachment can find itself in is that of towing
a disabled crew with full operational loads in heavy seas at night.
The employment of Sea Wings dramatically increases the safety margin.
In my opinion, this is one of the sponsons' most important
contributions to MAROPS... As an historical footnote it should be
noted that circumpolar kayakers (Greenlanders and Inuit) employed a
similar sponson/ float for stability. It differed significantly though
from Sea Wings in that it was free floating; i.e., there was
apparently no harness system and stability came from pushing down on
the float on the side of the kayak. In addition, during the late 70's
and early 80's we employed a similar system with our commo boats.
Waterproof bags were blown up and hand held to the sides of the kayak
while communication was conducted. The point here is that the idea of
some sort of support on the sides of the kayak for stability is very
old and universal." Invitational Military Kayak Paddle 1994 Evaluation
(10th Airborne, Fort Devens, MA)
"The Paddlefloat is not really a
rough water rescue. During
trials I found the SEA WING (sponsons) ... very comforting. I paddled
out to sea in rough, windy conditions...I was able to sit on my rear
deck-not something I would normally do at sea...The rescue potential
is obvious." (Derek Hutchinson, The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking, pp.
Some of the information that I sent to the OPP referred to the famous Milgram psychology experiments at Yale University. Dr. Stanley Milgram was inspired by the Nuremberg Trials, and searching for answers about the loss of his family to the Nazis, proved that about 65% of any normal population could be rather easily persuaded to render electric shocks to a victim in an experiment, even to the point of death. In countries such as Apartheid South Africa, universities conducting the Milgram experiment found the figure closer to 85%. The Milgram studies used to be taught at police colleges as well as all introductory university psychology courses, for obvious reasons. The OPP has engaged in extremely cruel treatment of Ontario school children in cold waters, even to the point of death in this canoe and kayak fraud. The Nazis conducted extremely painful cold water experiments at Dachau and Auschwitz and today this data are still used by researchers in human hypothermia because the data are so accurate, human life or human pain having been no concern to Nazi science. (Prof. Hayward, University of Victoria.)
Sgt. Schlorff has not only accused me of a crime I did not commit (i.e. threatening his life), he has slandered me and libelled me throughout his career in the OPP, and this false information against me remains in OPP records, despite my obviously very polite attempts to engage Sgt. Schlorff to do his lawfully duty as an OPP officer. I can tell you that most OPP officers off the record are appalled by these actions, as well as the deliberate OPP policy to make canoes and kayaks as dangerous as possible: possibly to increase the OPP marine budget for rescues, many of which involve capsized canoes and kayaks, or simply to protect Sgt. Schlorff and the OPP from embarrassment. Despite my sending to the OPP hundreds of documents regarding this fraud in a systematic way, like informing crimestoppers, the OPP eventually falsely arrested me, claiming that I had libelled the canoe and kayak and governmental organizations that had supported this deadly fraud! However, the OPP could not produce any evidence that I had libelled anyone in hundreds of documents of this plain and obvious fraud. In fact the OPP has proved to themselves that they could find no evidence that I had libelled anyone. The OPP in fact has proved through their investigation that I only spoke the truth about this canoe and kayak safety fraud, leaving innocent Canadian citizens and Canadian children dead in cool waters. The truth here is plain and obvious. I even showed in emails what line of questioning the OPP detectives should pursue with perpetrators to stop this criminal scam! I even used comparisons with water tortures used since the Spanish Inquisition and Nazi Germany to impress upon the OPP how horribly these Canadian schoolchildren die (drowning is painful, like terminal waterboarding), as a result of OPP repeated and deliberate refusal to do their duty! You might find these pictures and text useful: http://www.sponsonguy.com/OPP_Commissioner.html
I have many emails and letters from Canadian politicians of all stripes concerning this fraud. Former Premier Danny Willams had his Attorney General Jerome Kennedy write to federal Attorney General Nicholson regarding this canoe and kayak safety fraud. Both Premier McGuinty and John Tory have written supportive letters and emails to me. This is a very deadly, plain and obvious fraud. I have even saved one former police officer (Dallas, Texas), saved by transforming his kayak into a "fast life raft" when his large sailboat suddenly sank, to paddle through heavy seas about 10 miles off the coast of Texas to shore: "I am Austin Davis. My life was saved by your floats. [See article in Sea kayaker Dec 97] There was no way in my situation that any other means of recovery would have saved me or allowed me to get home upright in my hypothermic condition. Your opinion about the rolls and paddle floats mirror my real life experience. Thanks for the gear that saved my life. I hope the article in sea kayaker helps your cause." This criminal wrongdoing has been so obvious to every Justice of the Peace or Judge whom I have approached that they all have recommended conducting a private prosecution. Apparently even the best-crafted private prosecutions do not proceed very far, although it would seem any judge or jury of reasonably prudent citizens can easily see this fraud and the horribly cruel deaths of Ontario school children, as well as adult citizens.
You and the OPP, Commissioner Lewis, have acted illegally, dishonestly, and apparently, criminally, at all times toward me. You have defamed my character repeatedly while endangering Ontario citizens and school children through blatant lies. Killing dozens of innocents left to die in the waters; although 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. You have prevented sales of the sponsons, once recognized worldwide by all major authors who are not involved in the fraud. For example, the OPP telling me to sell these sponsons while endorsing and promoting the canoe and kayak instruction fraud that makes sponsons worthless! I have hundreds of documents of evidence of this OPP perfidy against me. "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. "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). 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)
You and the OPP, Commissioner Lewis, continue to endanger citizens and allow school children to be defrauded and killed by bogus canoe and kayak instruction that you and the OPP endorse; while continuing the longstanding OPP defamation of myself. You and the OPP have ruined my family financially as well as destroying my reputation. I am left with no recourse but to engage a legal means to compensate for the extreme and apparently illegal OPP activities against me, as well as possibly stopping your extremely cruel and deadly actions against other innocent citizens.
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, ON L9M1Y2
Ontario Girl Guides Just Before Deaths
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September 1, 2010
Dear Commissioner Lewis:
Re: Criminal Negligence Causing Death: OPP Schlorff, OPP K.C. Smith, OPP Fantino, Hate Crimes Against 2.1 Million Ontario Schoolchildren, Over 100 Ontario Citizens Murdered by OPP Policy
My local newspaper has reported that one of your concerns as the new OPP Commissioner is the large number of drowning deaths in Ontario. Many of these deaths are due to the longstanding fraud endorsed by your Marine Section officer, Sgt. Brad Schlorff, supervised by OPP K.C. Smith and OPP Fantino. Schlorff, Smith and Fantino deliberately lie and trick innocent victims in canoes and kayaks, to force them to die in the water; despite the recommendations at the Canadian Canoe Museum and the most famous names in the canoeing and kayaking community. Of course most of this is common sense as well: Schlorff, Smith and Fantino deliberately denying victims any means to rescue themselves.
In fact, for most of the past decade
the OPP has recommended "putting PFDs on in the water", despite being obviously
foolish and deadly: PFDs are not one size fits all, requiring victims to
swim around and under capsized canoes and kayaks searching for a PFD to
fit them. This OPP safety fraud, part of the OPP endorsed canoe and kayak
fraud seen at the Halton District School Board http://www.sponsonguy.com/grievingfamilies.html
has deliberately killed over 100 Ontario citizens since I first warned
OPP Schlorff and OPP Smith years ago. Intially OPP Schorff may have been
too arrogant and simple-minded to understand that he cannot rescue himself
in a canoe or kayak using the fraudulent "rescues". However Schlorff, Smith
and Fantino have now proven that they hold no value for human life while
insisting that they can rescue themselves in canoes and kayaks using
the fraudulent and very expensive instruction at ORCKA and Paddle Canada.
They insist that they are superior to the well loved and very dead Ontario
citizens whom they have condemned to death. And of course they cannot rescue
themselves, even canoe and kayak instructors admit they cannot rescue themselves
using these same rescues at Halton District School Board.
We shall keep these well documented OPP crimes confined to canoe rescues instead of kayak rescues for simplicity's sake in your understanding, although kayak rescues are fraudulent as well. There are many more canoe deaths in Ontario. Nearly 30% of deaths are Ontario school children. This is a hateful OPP crime against children and all Ontario citizens.
This is what officers Schlorff, Smith and Fantino have denied innocent citizens and their children, in favour of $600 Canoe Instruction weekends that deny victims any means to escape the water, despite the sponsoned canoe and Bill Mason's books at the Canadian Canoe Museum. School children and Ontario families are cheated of their money and their very lives. Recently OPP Fantino stated that simply wearing PFDs would eliminate most deaths; but most dead school children are already wearing PFDs: They die because they can't get out of the water like the Girl Guides and the Temiskaming Twelve. (Ask OPP Fantino why Ontario citizens should pay for a fraudulent $600 canoe instruction weekend if a $20 PFD will suffice!) Also NOTE most victims falling in the water do not drown immediately but struggle on the surface for a while. This is the purpose of the universal life rings around any waterfront. This is why simple, buoyant 50 cent, 5 second sponsons, like life rings, clipped on in 5 seconds by any ten year old children, is a good idea: foolproof lifesaving. We know that OPP officers consider their lives to be valuable: why not Ontario school children, Commissioner Lewis?
1. The good news is that most OPP officers believe that the 5 major perpetrators, who so easily tricked OPP Schlorff and the others into thinking that they are superior to the public, using fraudulent instruction that is so ridiculously impossible for any normal persons, should be arrested immediately! Prosecution is also very easy due to the fact that so many admit their "rescues" don't work! Just like the Canadian Canoe Museum.
2. No judge or jury in Canada trying these ideas in a swimming pool, let alone reading them described on paper, can be but amazed at the plain and obvious stupidity of the OPP in this fraud. A few officers make money off-duty through this fraud, but most officers are intelligent enough to see this naked criminal fraud.
3. I can help you prosecute these murderers (I know where they "bury their bodies" and how they contradict their explanations to deliberately and very cruelly kill so many innocents for money), to help protect the reputation of the OPP. These murderers essentially blame their victims for their own deaths: something OPP Schlorff, OPP Smith and OPP Fantino have also been doing for a long time, to end up with over 100 dead.
4. The OPP is vulnerable to trickery if the police force chooses to be wilfully blind, then attempts a cover-up for years despite mounting deaths, even of school children. No police force is perfect. Any Christian or decent human being hopes that you will rectify this horrifying OPP policy. Drowning deaths are agonizing, just as simulated drowning has been a popular torture for the Inquisition, the Nazi Gestapo, the Kymer Rouge, and Guantanamo Bay.
5. Thank you Commissioner Lewis for addressing this greatest OPP scandal; worse than Ipperwash. If you ensure that OPP Schlorff, Smith and Fantino admit their past mistakes over fraudulent PFD, canoe and kayak safety instruction, arrest the 5 major perpetrators of this deadly fraud, who have deliberately killed over 100 since OPP Schlorff and OPP Smith dismissed these horrible killings in 2002 (nearly 30 of these dead Ontario citizens being schoolchildren!!), I shall ensure that Attorney General Bentley is held fully accountable for his hate crimes against children among his peers in the legislature.
It was Bentley's choice to kill another 6 children these past few months, in defiance of Premier McGuinty's letter of March 23, 2010, as Robert O'Brien, aged 17 years of Barrie, Ontario died wearing a PFD, like most school children, on April 25, 2010. From Bentley's office April 8, 2010: "The ministry has received numerous messages from you on this subject. Please be advised that further communications from you on this issue will be kept on file and will not be responded to. Thank you again for writing. Ministry of the Attorney General www.ontario.ca/attorneygeneral" I shall continue to write until Bentley understands his hate crimes against children. Bentley may be desperately trying to protect OPP Schlorff, Smith and Fantino from exposure. Bentley and the OPP may never be forgiven by the grieving families, but at least Commissioner Lewis, you will now be protecting the lives of school children and other citizens from this horrible fraud.
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1Y2
Halton District School Board
NUMBER: to be determined
TOPIC: Canoe Guidelines for: Part A-Teacher, Qualifications/Supervision; Part B-Student, Qualifications; Part C-Equipment
CROSS-REFERENCE: Halton Physical Education Safety Guidelines - Curricular Module
REVISION DATE: As required
RESPONSIBILITY: Superintendent of School Programs
The following procedures are outlined in detail in the Halton Physical Education Safety Guidelines Curricular Module. Please reference these guidelines for additional standards related to equipment, clothing, footwear and facilities, kayaking, white water canoeing, white water kayaking and sailing.
Part A: Teacher Qualifications/Supervision
Teacher Qualifications for Canoe Tripping
Canoe tripping is defined as travelling in groups by canoe through wilderness or semi-wilderness areas for a period of time, which includes at least one overnight camp. Canoe tripping is not recommended below Grade 9.
Teacher Qualifications for Base Camp or Lake Water Canoeing
Base camp or lake water canoeing may or may not involve overnight camping. It must be carried out in water conditions appropriate to the skill level of the group.
Part B-Student Qualifications
Student Qualifications for Canoe Tripping
All candidates for participation in a school canoe trip must meet the minimum standards in each of the areas outlined below:
1. Water Safety
The candidate must be able to:
3. Related Areas
Students should be instructed on how to handle unexpected wind or wave conditions.
Candidates must be familiar with:
Parent permission for participation is required.
Properly fitting and approved lifejackets/PFD with whistles attached must be worn at all times in the canoe and done up properly.
A trip itinerary must be completed and filed with an appropriate school official.
An emergency action plan must be developed and communicated to all involved with the trip.
The supervisor must not lead trips through hazardous moving water.
Canoes under 5m must be limited to two paddlers.
Supervisors must not plan a trip through white water
Student Qualifications for Base Camp or Lake Water Canoeing
A prerequisite for open water canoeing must occur and the student must demonstrate basic competence in:
A rescue craft must be on shore and accessible while students are canoeing in open water.
Students must be able to:
Supervisors must be aware of weather forecast especially wind conditions. Canoeing must be cancelled in adverse conditions.
Part C-Use in School Pools
Transport Canada MTAC Safe Boating Study Guide: "To put on a PFD in the water, follow these procedures:
· Spread the device open with the inside facing
up out of the water
· Rotate the PFD so you are looking at the neck opening
· Put both arms through the arm holes
· Lift arms over the head
· Position the device around your upper body
· Fasten the device to fit snugly" (http://www.boaterlicences.com/online_coursepfd.htm)
This PFD "knowledge" was still included in the Pleasure Craft Operator Exam in 2008, while Smartrisk in 2003 (apparently unaware of this Transport Canada PFD "education", continuing up to 2008, and perhaps beyond), commented on "little difference" found in a survey on self-reported PFD wear rates between those having taken this course and those who had not! Small wonder!
Fortunately, as a result of the thousands of emails that I had sent to Transport Canada, this particular PFD scam (originating with fraudulent canoe and kayak instruction), has been stopped:
"Believing that you can locate, don and fasten a PFD in the water is dangerous for many reasons; adverse wind and wave conditions can make this extremely difficult, if not impossible; you could unexpectedly fall into water and the vessel (with the PFD aboard) could be unreachable; and, cold water can severely impede your ability to don and fasten a PFD in the water." http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-equipment-lifejackets-information-1324.htm
"Trying to get a hold of a device while in the water, let alone putting
one on, will be nearly impossible...climbing on to a nearby floating object
to get as much of your body out of or above the water as possible"
The Paddle Canada PFD scam, originally copied by Transport Canada, quoted
from a Lake Canoe Instructor Level I:
"FURTHERMORE, I never once said that I teach people to put PFD's on in the water as a rescue technique! I merely stated that I teach that because it is a useful skill to master, seeing as if some ever slipped into the water from shore, a pfd tossed to the person could then be donned in the water to buy rescuers more time to retireve the person from the water!!!"
Re: Self-rescue by paddling a flooded canoe as in the Halton District
School Board above:
"-Seeing as I have, on numerous occasions, (without sponsons) paddled a swamped canoe across a small lake, let alone across and/through class II rapids on the Kanaskis River - It's tough to do, but I am clearly not lying. Mind you that there were inflated float-bags at the bow and stern of the canoe, when on the river these are essential."
(Note that this Instructor requires additional flotation and still, "it's tough to do", even with the flotation; hardly suitable as a rescue to teach school children.)
Re: Capistano Flip Fraud:
My reply to Instructor: "So you continually bait ("this is a rescue"), then switch (no, this is a rescue), when any fault is pointed out to you. You desperately switch to the "Capistano flip", a ridiculous stunt where victims risk severe head injury swimming under the canoe, then are expected to throw a heavy canoe into the air, flipping it upright, in the air, even in small wind and waves, then try to crawl back into it without recapsize or re-filling in the same capsizing conditions, if the canoe has not blown out of reach to leave the victims in the water to die. You have apparently below switched to the "Capistrano flip" without accomplishing it yourself (or we would have heard your wee story), like how "tough" your paddling a canoe full of water was, despite your use of extra flotation that helped, but not nearly as effectively as sponsons outside of the gunwales at the beam ends of the canoe."
Canoe and Kayak Ponzi Scheme
Both Paddle Canada and ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) employ a ranking of instruction courses to permit increasing levels of payment. For example, a Lake Canoe Instructor Level I may next take intermediate level Lake Instructor, solo or tandem, or advanced level Lake Instructor, solo or tandem, or Lake Instructor Trainer, solo or tandem, at corresponding intro, intermediate or advanced levels. These instructors have an incentive to pay more money to take more courses in order to charge more money from customers, while of course they still have no means to escape the water immediately without sponsons. But they have the potential to take money from new customers into this scam, who in turn have the opportunity as new instructors, to get money from other new-comers as the original instructors feed off customers further up the chain, as they take more of these expensive courses. None of these courses has a means of self-rescue!
Instructors acquire higher and higher levels of certification to teach higher and higher levels of safety instruction, meaning higher and higher levels of physical fitness, balance and skills (all these requirements in fact increasing risks of failure, let alone failure in emergencies), without having any basic, foolproof means to save lives like 50 cent, 5 second sponsons used by ten year old children or the highly professional US Military Kayakers or the Newfoundland SAR kayak rescuers. A ponzi scheme of never ending instruction expense for ever more difficult rescues, endorsed by the OPP (and others).
At Paddle Canada both children of Bill Mason are patrons, selling this
instruction that their late father, Bill Mason, did not recommend: "canoe
over canoe...I have since changed my mind..." (Song of the Paddle,1988,
p.126). Bill Mason is something of a patron saint at Paddle Canada, in
their advertisements, thirty years after his early death. In fact Bill
Mason recommended canoe flotation for rescue stability in his last book
instead, although this was a few years before modern sponsons were invented.
However, some editors at Paddle Canada's
magazine "Kanawa", were interested in public safety, despite the
Paddle Canada instruction program. This was not published despite the fact
that neither Paddle Canada nor ORCKA have either a canoe-over-canoe rescue
or any means of self rescue. Count the numbers of Canadian canoe deaths
In a rush to get the next mag out. Number one, can you spin this to give it a Canadian look. Do you have pics to go with it. Send me your mailing addresss and I'll send you current issues of Kanawa.
My phone is 204 866 3206
Fax 204 866 4427
I am not sure just how to "Canadianize" but I'll just write "off the cuff" now.
How is this:
Commonsense Canoe and Kayak
by Tim Ingram
It's pretty simple. When canoes and kayaks capsize, people are most at risk of bad experiences. A general, acceptable statement of fact. Right? Ok, swimming pool capsizes don't count.
In emergency capsizes, canoes and kayaks are not only threatened by water flooding the interior (and causing more instability), getting back in the craft doesn't change the circumstances (that have not magically disappeared.) People need a Much more stable craft than the one that capsized in the first place, a much more stable craft even filled with water.
Pumping out flooded kayaks and canoes in capsizing wind and waves is an extremely optimistic idea. (Yes we have heard of ramming a 2-handed bilge pump down a 2-handed sprayskirt, while balancing on a 2-handed paddle with a float on the end.) But eventually you have to retrieve the paddle in the same capsizing conditions. And then you have no paddle to brace with. You are Less stable than before capsize. Paddling a flooded open canoe to safety is impossible for anyone. Try it in a pool. Then take a 17' 9" canoe. (This picture probably shows a ton and a half of water in this big Bluewater expedition.) But the girls get it going well, after overcoming inertia.
The reason the girls can do this: 10 adult puffs of air encased within two, 400 denier nylon urethane bladders. The bladders resemble the 5,000 year old Bering Sea double floats, shown on models of kayaks found in ancient graves.
Ten puffs is a powerful fix of tranverse (sic) emergency stability, as you can see. Try it yourself in a pool. Please do not rig your own sponsons for actual conditions. There are many critical and technical aspects for safe sponsons, even though they look simple. But you can have fun in a safe pool just to see the 10 puff power for yourself.
David Zimmerly, a Canadian anthropologist, wrote that Russian military officers reported double floats used by Aleut kayakers, in the 19th century, for stability in storms. Ditto for Greenlanders seen by Danish observers, 5,000 years after Bering Sea double floats. Missionaries in the 19th century were relieved to see big marine mammal floats, held down into the water for stability in furious storms, on those big dugout Canoes of the Northwest. (The Canadian Canoe Museum notices their Haida canoe is quite unstable in waves. All Dugouts are unstable. That's why the Haida had floats, and the Polynesians had outriggers.)
I might add that canoe and kayak rescues require one thing the aboriginal floats did not incorporate. That is the ability to paddle to safety. That is what differentiates the meaning of the word "sponson" (an extension of the hull) from "double floats". The Aleut and the others just held floats down in the water for stability and capsize protection. NATO military kayakers recently did the same thing until the modern yellow, patented sponsons, shown in this picture of Jack, were made in dark blue:
Here is a picture of Jack 8 years later taking a different sponson model for a spin.
Now he needs a rest. (We are all getting a little older.)
You know, feedback from instructors as far flung as Australia, England and California indicates fear that sponsons make them obsolete. Nothing could be farther from the truth. They can't meet the need now. And safety can be used to sell the amazing benefits of canoes and kayaks. And free instructors up to teach some of those amazing experiential benefits, with the safety bases covered better. Safety now sells cars. Any marketing expert will tell you: Better Safety Will Sell Canoes and Kayaks much better than the rather disorganized marketing to date. Have a great Fall season. Thanks, Tim
PS: Ken the Pics are in order: canoe girls(1), jack on deck(2), jack paddling (3), jack on tilt (4)
----- Original Message
From: Judy Lord
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2001 5:57 PM
Hello Tim....I am guest editing Kanawa, and in Ken's files, found a copy of some correspondence from you. There is a story -- which looks like a good bet for Kanawa -- but unfortunately, it is a bit garbled. I'm wondering if you could send the file to me again. There are photocopies of photos here, too. Did you send jpegs? Unfortunately, I did not inherit the computer or any electronic files.
Can you fill me in on the background? I like the idea of a story on "10-puff power" -- but I'm not sure I completely understand how the sponsons work. In fact, I'm sure I DON'T understand. Where are they located and how are they put into action? (Sorry to be so dense about the topic!~)
The fraud is perpetrated by the 2 major canoe and kayak instructor organizations in Canada, with members of this group serving on organizations such as the Canadian Safe Boating Council and well-known to the Boating Safety personnel at Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. Essentially this fraud states that canoe and kayak instruction permits victims to save their lives by getting out of the water, when in fact this is untrue. In fact the "rescues" taught require movement and careful balance to such an extreme extent as to cause further capsize of canoes and kayaks, while providing no re-capsize protection in the same conditions in which capsizes first occurred. Extra Stability in these emergencies is seen as plain and obvious commonsense to most citizens; but for the widespread endorsement of this fraud by government agencies, for their own reasons that have nothing to do with public safety or lifesaving.
This webpage shows that the lifesaving solution is very simple, inexpensive and very effective: transforming any canoe or kayak into a life raft that can be paddled to shore at about 2 knots, much faster than most swimmers, with most of the human body out of cool waters, seated on seats. The pictures show paddlers standing up, which is merely to demonstrate the tremendous stability of the buoyancy/water ballast principle. This operates for stability much like the lead keel of a sailboat, but the 2,000 lbs. of water is neutral buoyancy ballast, which cannot sink the canoe or kayak, unlike 2,000 lbs. of lead. Additionally the flooded canoe allows large, even very heavy adult victims easy salvation by crawling over a submerged gunwale, to be paddled to safety at 2 knots by even 10 year old children, without practice. The canoe does not become heavier with large victims aboard; since they displace their own weight in volume of water, according to the ancient idea of Archimedes. The weight of the flooded canoe remains unchanged, paddling speed to shore unaffected. The canoe could even be mostly bailed out by leaning on one side, on a sponson float: but in rough conditions large waves could simply refill the craft, and since speed toward shore and lifesaving warmth is paramount, the effort to remove the water, however quick and easy it may seem, is not worth the risk of a paddler falling overboard while leaning the craft. The flooded canoe is still an effective rescue "life raft", paddled at 2 knots even by very young children. (My own young children are in these photos. They are now in university.)
You will see in the webpage that well over 450 Canadians have been denied this simple lifesaving knowledge since 1994. I spoke with Mr. Jon Churchill on the phone from my home in Penetanguishene at that time. I had recently visited the US Military Kayakers at their base near Boston, together with Canadian John Dowd (one of the few highly intelligent civilian kayaking authors and popular with Military kayakers.) A few months later I spoke with the Canadian owner, Brian Henry, of Ocean River Sports in Victoria B.C. where the Canadian SAR officer conducted the survey of opinions among kayak instuctors. The owner spoke to me apologetically, in that he had to negate these findings, as they would anger the larger instructors lobby, despite the obvious. His business would have suffered from boycott by instructors, who act as the chief salesmen, who advise the public about the "best kayaks" or canoes. Similarly Mr. Churchill, also living in Victoria at that time, appeared rather belligerent and dismissive toward me on the phone. He decided on The Big Lie, in the interests of the Canadian businesses that were in close competition with Seattle businesses nearby. Mr. Churchill, together with others such as P. Garapick and D. Hache followed suit, even a full decade later. I have full documentation of all of this.
Churchill and the rest refused to hear the obvious, whether 50 cent 5 second sponsons or CO2 sponsons concealed inside gunwales, manufactured similarly to inflatable liferafts or PFDs, and inflated by pulling a cord. This is how 450 Canadians were left with no means to save their lives, and in fact expensive canoe and kayak instruction makes canoes and kayakes even more unstable and deadly in emergencies, through risky movements, as these fraudulent rescues (however ridiculous they may appear to any prudent reader), require. The emergency stability of canoes and kayaks, a rather obvious safety requirement of such normally tippy craft, is denied: to sell expensive, non-working and even (to any rational person with a prudent appreciation of the deadly consequences of not being able to immediately get out of the water), ridiculous instruction.
You will notice politicians such as Premier McGuinty and John Tory recognizing the obvious. A Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Team in Newfoundland contacted me a few years ago, and I advised them how to make a kayak life raft to rescue victims in rocky surf. (Put a quantity of children's water-play foam "noodles" along the gunwales, inside and outside of a 10 foot $600 plastic kayak.) But the Newfoundlanders already knew how to do that, having grown up in extended families where even the shapes of fishing boats have direct consequences for survival at sea. They understood the obvious, and their million dollar Coast Guard helicopters were impeded from operation in rocky surf along the cliff-strewn coastlines in Nfld. I contacted Premier Williams to ensure that these Newfoundland lifesavers were not to suffer any reprisals from Transport Canada for acting outside of the Ottawa fraud scheme. Premier Williams asked his Attorney General Jerome Kennedy to write to Attorney General Nicholson about this, with a copy sent to myself. I have numerous copies of such correspondence to Government officials, going nowhere.
Most importantly, this fraud functions as a lucrative Ponzi scheme; the higher paid receiving money from instructors who wish to be paid more to teach different levels of fraudulent instruction to new-comers, and instructor trainers being paid more money to teach different levels to instructors (and even lower-level instructor trainers), who then achieve increasing levels of instructor trainer certification, with corresponding market value; but no means of self rescue, that even an iconic Canadian paddler like Bill Mason, friend of Trudeau, recognized and documented in his last book before he died.
There are numerous instructors within this Ponzi Scheme, functioning mostly at lower paid levels of this Ponzi scheme, who will testify to this fraud: canoe-over-canoe, paddling flooded canoes without flotation, Capistano flips, etc. The death toll of this Ponzi scheme in Canada exceeds Air India.
I hope that you can help suffering Canadian families: this fraud both kills and degrades the dead victims by blaming them for their own deaths; i.e. not taking enough expensive instruction, that in fact is never enough, and inevitably involves ever-increasing payments for higher levels of participation, even to become an instructor and even to become an instructor trainer "to be safe" in this Ponzi scheme. There are numerous instructors in this Ponzi scheme who will testify to this fraud, whether they "like me" or not. They have their own reasons for testifying to the fraud without me. There is considerable animosity between Paddle Canada and ORCKA over rights to instruction fees and jurisdiction.
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