Kayak Safety, Canoe Safety and Rescue Safety


Obviously, the only true safety is true rescue safety: the fastest and most foolproof means to get a human being out of the water, and keep them out; otherwise they die, even wearing PFDs like Girl Guides and hundreds of school children documented on Coast Guard databases in the United States, Canada and the U.K. If you can't rescue people from the water, and keep them out of the water, they die of hypothermia and drowning. This is plain and obvious. It is also obvious that most canoe and kayak money derives from lies about rescues and safety in order to sell various fraudulent "rescues" that ensure children and adults have no foolproof means to get out of the water and stay out.

Please Read The Deadly Paddle Float Fraud at Sea Kayaker Magazine for a concise chronicle of Canoe and Kayak Safety

 Life Raft Safety means: Paddle any kayak or canoe fully flooded in an emergency, to safety. This is true "Rescue Safety".

1. Re-capsize protection after rescue, in the same capsizing conditions.
2. Pumps and sprayskirts can't secure flooded kayaks because pumps cannot fit down the sprayskirt tunnel and the sprayskirt must fit all around the cockpit rim, as noted by Matt Broze in Paddle Wise below!  (Sea Kayaker Magazine, February 2003, p.29)
3. Canoes and kayaks paddled even fully flooded to shore and safety.
4. Today, canoes and kayaks cannot be rescued, pumped or bailed out by any expert, school child, judge or jury member, after capsize.
3. Rescue others in the water, who have lost their canoes and kayaks in the wind.

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Rescue Safety: Safe rescue of original victims, rescue and safety for victims in the water from other canoes and kayaks too. True 5-second-out-of-water rescue performed by any 10 year old children, clipping sponsons to a canoe or kayak within 5 seconds without impossible practice or misleading instruction, even using homemade 50 cent sponsons.

Create an actual canoe or kayak rescue craft with 50 cent sponsons, like a Canadian Coast Guard SAR rescue craft, known and employed by some progressive, lifesaving States and Provinces! (See the extra safety of CO2 Sponsons at the bottom of this page.)

This canoe (see kayak above), has one sponson deliberately set higher, to ensure maximum flooding (about 2,000 lbs.). Any 10 year old girls can clip the sponsons to the outside of the canoe within 5 seconds, paddle this canoe at about 2 knots, and pick up victims in the water, flooded or not. Set one homemade 25 cent sponson properly (lower), and the canoe is almost entirely self-bailing by leaning on one sponson! Very Simple.

Lifesaving: Canoe and kayak safety means the fastest, most foolproof means to get a human being out of the water; otherwise they die, even wearing PFDs like Girl Guides and hundreds of school children documented on Coast Guard databases in the United States, Canada and the U.K. (obviously due to the effects of water lowering body temperature to fatal levels, even "warm" 70 F. degree water in Hawaii.)

Modern kayak and canoe marketing has contributed to thousands of preventable deaths: Wetsuits and drysuits to extend life in the water are not practical for most applications, cannot get victims out of the water, "cook" paddlers (hyperthermia) on warm days paddling on cool waters, as well as being much more expensive than homemade and patented 50 cent sponsons.

I have taken no money from any of my sponson patents for years now. And I have never made any money from safety sponsons (after expenses) since the original 1987 sponson application at the Patent and Trademark Office in Washington D.C. You will note several patents there. This is Testimony to the profits taken in the marketplace by deliberately denying any real means of canoe and kayak rescue safety. (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) Sponsons are free to anyone in the world.

Recently I have been encouraged by the Google Revolution to strategically place some ads that will eventually enable the truth of canoe and kayak safety to be told. Google has changed the marketplace: bogus canoe and kayak safety instruction cannot continue to defraud citizens of money, even of their lives, even their children's lives! Instructors have known for nearly 20 years (I have told them) that canoes and kayaks, truly safe and provided with an inexpensive and foolproof means of rescue, can teach an endless and far more profitable safety curriculum: weather-reading, survival skills, camping and outdoor education. School Boards can use canoes and kayaks without killing members of school groups, like dozens of school and camp tragedies. My research is exhaustive and requires the sort of blunt words many journalists have applied to someone as dangerous to the public good as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Of course most citizens are used to politicians lying to them, and the idea that canoes and kayaks are deliberately made as dangerous as possible to make money from ridiculous rescue instruction and deliberately misleading safety instruction is not new.

Only sponsoned canoes and kayaks have crossed both Atlantic (Dr. Hannes Lindemann) and Pacific (Ed Gillett) oceans.

You will note that Instructors for Profit Organizations, like the American Canoe Association, not only have no rescues to get anyone, even a judge or jury, out of the water; they have deliberately lied to the public for money. They have deliberately caused over 1,500 preventable Canoe and Kayak Deaths in the United States. They call their impossible tricks "rescues" like Dick Cheney calls torture "enhanced interrogation." Compare canoe and kayak death numbers to American deaths on 9/11 or  the Iraq War. You can see that lying to the public is very dangerous to everyone. If you read this exhaustive research on canoe and kayak safety, you will see that the American Canoe Association and other instructor organizations continually contradict themselves in the manner of any "bait and switch" scam: "If that doesn't work try this". Dick Cheney would not want waterboarding (a favourite Nazi torture), nor others in the long list of "enhanced interrogation techniques" applied to his family, if they were suspects of anything.

This website is analogous to Jon Stewart's March for Sanity, and the American Canoe Association is the Tea Party, or Karl Rove, if the horror of dead American or Canadian school children for fraudulent instruction dollars is considered.

Below: On steep wave slopes the sponsons on this 30 inch wide "Ocean Kayak Frenzy" provide safety and stability that narrow kayaks just don't have, for safety or performance.

(The best-selling kayaks, sit-on-tops, all have built-in sponsons: Safer and more user-friendly.)
But traditional canoes and kayaks can also benefit from rescue safety stability.
These kayaks with built in sponsons are also used by lifequards in waves!

Some Major Authors:

" 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)

"So few sea kayakers are able to perform the roll...most people fall out of the boat." Kayak Touring '98 (p.48)  Assisted rescues risk kayaks slamming against one another, while holding onto slippery kayaks, resulting in serious injury. The assisted rescue then leaves the rescued victim in exactly the same capsizing conditions, with no protection against another capsize,  (that can be provided by sponsons).

"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

"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.)

Canoe and Kayak Safety details:

Safety Study: Canoe and Kayak Safety Death Study

The Safety of 1,500 Dead and Tortured Americans was sold: American Canoe Association Safety Tips

"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."

"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)

"However Reimer was an experienced sea kayaker...His Eskimo roll was not strong, so there was only his paddlefloat." He was unable to get back in, like most experienced paddlers.
"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). Paddlefloats have killed hundreds of experienced and fit paddlers.

The Public are Cheated of 20 Sec. Rescue Safety Sponsons, so some instructors can sell deadly $200 lessons.

"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

"Sea Wings are simply the best and easiest-to-use self-rescue device on the market today." Seakayaker, Winter 1993, p.34

"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

The ORIGINAL (1989) Sponsons: Two straps connecting the 2 inflated sponsons, run underneath the kayak only when sponsons are deployed, to hold them tightly against the kayak for stability safety. The sponsons are clipped on at 4 points to the cockpit, as above. The female ends of these four fastex buckles attach to the usual kayak metal deck fasteners. Sponsons can be clipped on pre-inflated in 20 seconds.

Without sponsons, logically, there can be no kayak or canoe safety: The American Canoe Association and others have killed hundreds of kayakers using sprayskirts, knowing that kayaks are impossible to pump out through a sprayskirt, even in small waves. You need hands for the paddle, pump and sprayskirt, but you still can't seal the sprayskirt, so water comes back in. This has been openly acknowledged: "...It has two fairly serious shortcomings: You can't seal the sprayskirt, and you can't keep both hands on the paddle while pumping." (Sea Kayaker Magazine, February 2003, p.29)

"The most effective way of using a handheld bilge pump in rough seas is to lift the bottom of your PFD up and shove the pump down between the spray skirt and your belly. This way is slow and awkward, but you can pump with the spray skirt completely sealed. Practice it." (p.27, Sea Kayaker Magazine, June 2006.) Matt Broze, "Pumping Out after Paddle Float Rescue", Paddlewise, Wed, 20 Jun 2001 02:36:43 -0700: "...obviously there are going to be certain combinations of clothing and spraydecks that don't allow a pump down the front. Please try it and report back (if you don't knock yourself out and drown after hitting your chin)." The idea to shove the pump down the top of the sprayskirt requires unfastening the PFD, since the tops of sprayskirts normally extend some distance underneath the PFD.

Of course, if you can't use both hands on a paddle, you cannot brace to stabilize yourself and prevent capsize. The paddlefloat has effectively killed hundreds of Americans with full knowledge of Mr. Broze and Sea Kayaker Magazine (that tries sometimes to save lives, without risking boycott from the ACA and others who determinedly use the paddlefloat, canoe over canoe, and other deadly "rescues" to kill thousands; since the widespread knowledge of sponsons in 1993.) 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".

This scandal, denying simple and inexpensive safety to Americans is similar to the Health Care Scam killing thousands of Americans by denying them health care insurance, for money, money, money. America needs Justice now. President Obama can't put thousands of health care criminals in jail (too many of them in America), but he can stop murders of American children and adults in canoes and kayaks quite easily. The canoe and kayak industry criminals are small in number and relatively stupid, like any criminal group statistically, compared to the normal population.

This kayaker can wash his hair. These canoes and kayaks normally inflate CO2 Sponsons while righted but fully flooded, as in capsizing conditions. However, if upside-down, a sponson, having only 80 lbs. buoyancy is easily sunk by 2 little kids or one adult, self-righting the canoe or kayak in seconds. The flooded interior not only makes re-entry much easier for victims (Much Lower In The Water), it creates powerful neutral buoyancy ballast, that makes canoes and kayaks more stable than with sponsons alone.

The heavy canoes and kayaks are then almost invulnerable to capsizing waves and winds! (Paddled fully flooded over many miles of breaking seas, described in the first link below.)

Contact Tim Ingram (tim@sponsonguy.com)
Georgian Bay Kayak Ltd.
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Canada, L9M 1Y2
(705) 549-3722
Page last updated March 26, 2012

Further Reading:

1. There are 12 models of sponsons that are not marketed by the canoe and kayak industry. (Camps can create 20 second sponsons from closed cell foam sleeping mats!) No reason to kill campers with paddlefloats or other unreliable notions.

2. Any judge and jury can self-rescue without practice in 20 seconds, to paddle a flooded craft to shore, and escape death by hypothermia.

3. The canoe and kayak industry now charges up to $200 for rolling lessons that fewer than 20 % can ever do in a swimming pool, let alone an emergency. (This poor rolling record has led to "re-enter rolls" being recommended as the "best rescue". However the boat is then filled with water and cannot be pumped out! (Sea Kayaker Magazine, February, 2003, p.29)

(Most experienced rollers state they do not have a roll reliable enough to trust their life. It depends on dozens of variables and conditions, like any technical skill.) The Greenland National Championships use a rescue powerboat. The world champion rollers are not reliable enough to save their lives! (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."

Rolling kayaks and canoes is a dangerous, modern, commercial and profit-oriented myth that makes canoes and kayaks as dangerous as possible, instead of as safe as possible, by means of a simple built-in life raft (two floats)!

Modern sponsons in 1996 permitted sailing across most of the North Atlantic, from Norway almost to Iceland, before problems (not from sponsons) required rescue. A remarkable voyage, but not recommended for obvious reasons.

Policy Statement:

This website warns against "macho" marketing that has no basis in public safety. Sponsons have been used for nearly 20 years by expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic, Cape Horn, etc. (Expedition kayaks normally use 400 denier sponsons and snap hooks, to clip to decklines for emergency safety backup.)

Obviously human skills and strength have limits, even for expert adventurers (who always wear PFDs for the same reasons.)

Lifesaving is based on devices, not human skills that rational experts know easily fail in emergencies.

Society expects all sports to provide the highest safety standard, due to heavy financial costs and grief.

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

1. 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, but these 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.

2. "A total of 105 canoeists and kayakers drowned in 1998. Canoes and kayaks have the highest fatality rate of all boat types ñ double the rate of personal watercraft and 4 times higher than open motorboats." (Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives, May 15, 2001, BOAT/U.S.)

3. Canoes and Kayaks are a very tiny but very deadly industry. National Marine Manufacturers Association: "Canoes and kayaks are almost 15 % of all US Boating Fatalites, but only 3.5 % of all boating participants. (Actually much less than 3.5 % since this figure includes inflatables, dinghies, rowboats, etc.)"

4. Canoes and kayaks are statistically the easiest means (in use hours) to kill citizens. Canadian Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, August, 1994, (over 500 Canadian deaths since.):

An intelligent and conscientious Search and Rescue Patrol Officer walked from the Canadian Coast Guard Office in Victoria, B.C. to the largest local canoe and kayak store in this small city. He interviewed a number of canoe and kayak instructors, who confirmed what the US Special Forces Military Kayakers (10th airborne, Fort Devens) had confirmed only a couple of months before, at a meeting of NATO military kayak teams from nearly a dozen allied countries:
"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

However, most of the Canadian Coast Guard recommends that canoes and kayaks have nothing to get people out of the water, that is necessary to save lives. They only advertise paddle floats, that cannot stabilize capsized or flooded canoes and kayaks. (They admit this requires "practice". Practice that all major authors say, makes paddle floats so deadly that they recommend "Eskimo rolls", that in turn are so failure-prone that "re-enter rolls" are now recommended as "the best", in the most recent books. But then they cannot be emptied, according to all major authors and magazines, Dowd, Mason, etc. So the "best" rescues are usually lethal for most people.) It is generally recognized that open canoes are more deadly than kayaks, having more vulnerability to wind, and many fewer "best" rescues!

*It is tough for ethical instructors to work in an organization that insists on "rescue" that all books and magazines have admitted "can't work". The books have a plethora of criticisms of various "rescues" that need other "rescues" because the former are failure-prone, that in turn need the latter "rescues", that in turn also need other "back-up" rescues (they too are failure-prone), that also need other "rescues". And all of these "rescues" need "much, much practice." This is ridiculous; but deadly scams do not make sense, except to the money-takers!

Recently 2 Girl Guides were killed by this scam, in canoes near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. These dear, treasured children joined the graves of the Temiskaming Twelve, and the hundreds of other Canadian and American "canoe and kayak children", in the last few years. Winds are always sudden and unpredictable on any waters.

5. Water is extremely deadly (25 times the rate of body heat loss compared to air, PFD or not.) So if you wanted maximum deaths, you would invent canoes and kayaks with no self-rescue ability (No Life Raft Rescue Sponsons.) Then you would create organizations with a taste for money and rescue instruction that does not work.

The US death rate for canoes and kayaks averages just over 100 annually. The only thing that has changed is that more of the dead are wearing PFDs now, (32% in the latest US Coast Guard statistics.)

6. Obviously only a dedicated and organized approach could kill so many, given the relatively few numbers of canoes and kayaks in society: Just waiting for a sudden gust of wind, or other entirely unpredictable threat to life.

The American Canoe Association can immediately see the value of an inexpensive ($50), built-in, CO2 gas-powered  Rescue Life Raft, made by 2 Sponson floats with 80 lbs. of buoyancy each. Otherwise deflated in 2 tiny containers above the waterline. (There are no other options. Rescue boats for all? Propellors are dangerous, and large boats are tricky, rescuing victims. Cell phone? Radio? Stupid. There are always electronic problems near water, among other issues, like range and exposure time. High tech is also by far, the most expensive idea. Helicopters are relatively slow, few are available, and they are very expensive.)

A $50, CO2 Sponson Rescue Life Raft (1 lb. each, with oral back-up, identical construction to inflatable PFDs), built-in to every canoe or kayak, can not only rescue the original victims, but also, many other victims in the water. More than double the number of lives in the original canoe or kayak, and paddle them to shore. (Or live for days sitting out of the deadly waters, like any life raft.)

Almost all police and other rescue personnel can see this.

7. A few "expert" kayakers and canoeists do contend that they can always "roll up"; (but they are contradicted by the majority of authors who recommend re-enter rolls, since rolls fail so often, as evidenced by the Greenland Championships, Sea Kayaker, Feb. 2001, p.41.) Or they try to perform similar, difficult techniques; and insist that the general public should too. Some deliberately lie, to say that narrower kayaks are more stable than kayaks with Sponsons; although only wide kayaks and canoes with sponsons or equivalent beam stability, have crossed both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This is an apparent attempt to make kayaks as unstable as possible to sell fraudulent instruction.

Rescue must just work: For anyone, without practice. Like a CO2 Rescue Sponsons Life Raft, or PFDs, or seatbelts in cars. Rescue that needs practice is obviously unreliable and lethal: Accounting for many canoe and kayak deaths.

The "bait and switch fraud" technique of confusing whitewater with "touring" canoe and kayak safety has been used for a decade against the US Coast Guard by the ACA, (for example, the next paragraph); although whitewater deaths are entirely different (very quick when held under the water in a river, not the prolonged, hypothermia-type touring deaths), and whitewater deaths represent a very small percentage of total annual canoe and kayak deaths. (20%, US Coast Guard BARD statistics.)

This "bait and switch" fraud technique is shown in the minutes of the USCG National Boating Safety Advisory Council, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore, Maryland, 22 - 23 April 2002. The ACA (Mr. Yeager), says Sponsons are for whitewater use. This is a contradiction of the ACA letter to the Attorney General of Florida the previous year, that clearly states any kind of Sponson is a non-whitewater device!

The monetary value of deadly instruction is many times the profit of one canoe or kayak sale.

Rescue safety must just work, not depend on instruction that is more than a few minutes of verbal communication: Just like passenger ferries, airliners, seat belts, CO2 life raft sponsons and PFDs.

8. All of this is indicates a deadly anomaly in Public Safety Policy. Canoeing and kayaking are sold using the deadliest canoes and kayaks possible. Cars are sold not only with seat belts, but many other safety options. Canoes and kayaks must also be sold by safety.

The 2 tiny containers for the CO2 sponson Rescue Life Raft, above the waterlines of canoes and kayaks, cannot affect their performance in any manner. They just make it impossible for the majority of canoe and kayak deaths: Dead in the water, wearing a PFD or not. No-one can complain of the unobtrusive, tiny deflated, 1 lb. life raft sponson saviours. Except those selling fraudulent and expensive rescue instruction!

An increasing number of dead US victims (32%) are now found dead wearing PFDs. They die in PFDs in 70 degree Florida waters!

Use an inexpensive ($50) rescue life raft, used all combatants in WW1 and WW2. Both a Life Raft and a PFD are important: But only the Life Raft is sufficient to save lives; since "most victims do not sink immediately, but struggle on the surface of the water for variable lengths of time", below*. A PFD cannot get you out of deadly water, only help get you to the canoe/kayak rescue life raft:
A good reason to always wear one.

*All Lifesaving courses recommend throwing buoyant lifesaving "rings" or using long poles with a grab loop to get drowning victims out of the water; since most victims do not sink immediately, but struggle on the surface of the water for variable lengths of time. These victims do not fall into the water wearing a PFD. (Also, most canoe and kayak victims not wearing PFDs do not sink immediately: US Coast Guard BARD narratives.) Most city waterfronts have highly visible rescue stations with these devices.

If victims are out of reach, then rescuers are endangered by plunging into the water to save the drowning victim. See the 7 and 10 year old girls in the pictures below, and on the book link. You will notice that all emergency services (police, ambulances, fire departments etc.) can use this superior, inexpensive, lightweight, easily portable and high-capacity CO2 canoe/kayak Rescue Life Raft to get many more than one victim out of the water. (You might think that the canoe and kayak industry would try to increase sales by using this rescue safety instead of turning off people who are rightly afraid of capsizing and dying in canoes and kayaks!)

Perpetrators of  fraudulent canoe and kayak instruction can face life terms after conviction in court. Two were convicted of the manslaughter of 4 students wearing PFDs, in kayaks, in the UK. Others have just killed 2 eleven-year-old Girl Guides in PFDs, May 31, 2003, with national media coverage.

Coast Guard employees, NASA engineers, Police, among many others, remind me to persevere in this mission to save lives. They mention their own encounters that sometimes have just killed a fellow worker: "Safety is no Accident!"

CO2 or Homemade 50 Cent Sponsons cannot be Marketed in this Industry Climate, Leaving No Means for Rescue: "we are only a moment of inattention and a capsize away from an emergency situation" (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. 2011, p.7).

kayak sponsons drawing

Homemade 50 cent sponsons can be clipped within 5 seconds to any kind of open canoe, sea kayak, recreational kayak.

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. The 50 cent foam sponsons D are stowed on deck or deployed in water within 5 seconds. As drawn here, they appear as rolled-up kids' camp sleeping pads. Very simple, designed for the same effect as sponsons on the canoe and kayaks crossing Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, (Lindemann 1956, Gillett 1980).

Homemade 50 cent sponsons, D in the diagram, and stowed as shown on rear deck labelled D, could be any kind of closed-cell, re-cycled foam. Any child or adult without instruction can clip sponsons to point C within 5 seconds to save their life and pick up any other dying victims in the water. Strap B of early model sponsons is not needed. To date about 2,000 Americans have been cheated and murdered for such simple, inexpensive and foolproof sponsons, to sell drysuits, instruction and other equipment costing a thousand times more than sponsons; and to murder American citizens and their children apparently for the fun of it.

Homemade 50 cent sponsons can be clipped within 5 seconds to any kind of open canoe, sea kayak, recreational kayak, or sit-on-top kayak for foolproof, lifesaving stability. CO2 sponsons provide the same by pulling a rescue cord. Never in the history of America have so many been murdered for so little!

This canoe has one sponson deliberately set higher, to ensure maximum flooding (about 3,000 lbs.). The 7 and 10 year old girls paddle this canoe at about 2 knots, and can pick up victims in the water, like any Life Raft. Set the one sponson properly (lower), and the canoe is almost entirely self-bailing by leaning on one sponson!

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