Paddlesport Advisory Committee

Paddlesports (kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, rowboat, and raft) have been growing in popularity in recent years and the Washington State Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program wants to better understand how to serve this growing user group. The RBS Program is working to better quantify and promote the benefits of paddlesports while responding to the impacts. To achieve this, a Washington State Paddlesports Advisory Committee (PAC) has been formed to serve in an advisory role to the RBS Program. The Paddlesports Advisory Committee is tasked to offer recommendations and achieve the following goals:

  1. Decrease the rate of paddlesport fatalities in Washington and increase safety, through education, outreach, and enforcement.
  2. Include paddler’s needs and participation in the RBS Program’s operations.
  3. Increase communication among the agencies that serve boaters and with all paddle user groups.
  4. Explore the funding needs for services that benefit paddlesports and mitigate impacts; evaluate equitable and appropriate mechanisms to secure necessary funding resources.
  5. Enhance the quality of the paddling user experience, including improvements to public access and actions to reduce user conflicts.
  6. Create a venue to discuss improving stewardship, conservation, and the health of our waterways. 


The 2016 PAC meeting dates are posted in the table below. All meetings are open to the public. Please contact the Paddlesports Safety Project Coordinator for more information.
Paddlesport Committee
Date Location Agenda Meeting Minutes Documents Presentations
Jan. 27       Flagship Maritime, Tacoma Agenda        Minutes WA Boating Support Paddlesports Data and Boating Program Overview 
March 23        Tacoma Police Department Agenda      Minutes PAC Charter2013 Ad Hoc Recommendations and Issues to Address AIS Overview and 2013 Ad Hoc Overview
May 20 Tacoma Police Department Agenda     Summary Report of States with Paddlesport Programs Top 5 Issues to Address
July 27 Phone Conference Agenda Minutes
Sept. 28 Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma Agenda Minutes
Nov. 30 Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma Agenda Minutes 30 Nov Meeting All Documents  

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