Welcome to PaddeSafely.com. You are invited to browse and learn about a variety of topics relating to paddle sports safety.  Currently, the content has an emphasis on kayaking.  In the future, as this website grows, we hope to add more information specific to other paddling disciplines, as well.

In the spring of 2016, following a recreational kayaking fatality on Lake Michigan, four sea kayak instructors from Southeast Wisconsin met to look for ways to disseminate safety information that might prevent future tragedies.  PaddleSafely.com was just one idea that came out of that initial meeting.  What you see here is a joint effort by the following four individuals:

  • John Browning – American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 4 Coastal Kayaking Instructor Trainer, Level 2 River Canoe Instructor
  • Jeff Adler – ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • Sherri Mertz – ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor, Level 3 River Kayak Instructor, Level 2 Tandem Canoe Instructor, Level 1 SUP Instructor
  • Richard Silberman – ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor

If you know others – friends, family, neighbors, co-workers – who are interested in paddling or want to get started, we hope you will share this website with them.  Feel free to comment on our blog page, or contact us by email with your questions.  The four of us have a passion for paddling and sharing our passion with others.  We look forward to growing an ever-expanding community of safe paddlers.  Please join us!

JB, Jeff, Silbs, Sherri