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Suquamish Tribe hosts Cold Water Training for canoe families July 12

July 8th, 2011 at Fri, 8th, 2011 at 12:41 pm by rwalker

The Suquamish Tribe will host Cold Water Training for canoe families, July 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish.

The training is open to all canoe families. Lunch will be provided.

According to Tina Jackson, Suquamish Tribe cultural activities coordinator, “We’ll cover hypothermia, flotation devices (go over the different types of PFDs) through lunch, then go down to the dock and go over strategies for what happens if the canoe tips over — getting out of the water as quickly as possible, getting the canoe tied to a support boat, getting out of the water into the support boat, towing the canoe, and self-rescuing the canoe.

“Should be really good, and mandatory for the Suquamish canoes.”

A Samish canoe family member said, “If you have never done an open water rescue, it’s great to get training in up-righting a swamped canoe and bailing it out and re-entering it safely.”

For more information, contact Jackson at (360) 394-8455 or

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