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Radio Smart Talk: Water safety and PA water trails

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 6, 2013 4:01 AM
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Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, June 6:

Earlier this week, Slate Magazine published a story that went viral on line.  Written by Mario Vittone, the article, “Drowning doesn’t look like drowning” says that most people think a drowning person screams, kicks and flails in the water.  They get that picture in their minds from what they’ve seen on television. 

The article points out that most drowning people can’t scream, wave for help, or control their arm movements.

It may not be pleasant to think about but its valuable information to have with most people going in or near water during the warm weather months.

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Thursday’s Radio Smart Talk will devote one segment of the program to water safety.

Then, we’ll look at a recreational and education activity that is becoming more popular – boating, canoeing, or kayaking on Pennsylvania’s water trails. Water trails are access points, boat launches, and day use sites that serve the same purpose as dry land trails. Learn more about Pennsylvania's River Sojourn Program here.

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Cindy Dunn, Deputy Secretary for Conservation & Technical Services at PA DCNR & Laurel Anders, Dir. of the PA Fish & Boat Commission's Bureau of Boating & Outreach

Joining us to talk about the PA Water Trails program is Laurel Anders, Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission 's (PFBC) Bureau of Boating and Outreach and Cindy Dunn, Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services at Pennsylvania Department of Conseravation and Natural Resources.

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Ryan Walt, Outreach & Education Coordinator for the PA Fish & Boat Commission and George Zimmerman, Mid Atlantic Divisional Manager for Aquatics at The American Red Cross

Also on the program to talk about water safety is George Zimmerman, Mid Atlantic Divisional Manager for Aquatics at American Red Cross and Ryan Walt, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-06-06 08:55

    Barb in Paxtang writes:
    What can be done to give inner city youth a chance to enjoy the water? How can they learn how to swim? And how can they experience tubes, rafts, and canoes?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-06-06 08:56

    Michaela writes:
    Correction!!! Launch permits are $10/year or $18/2 year

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-06-06 08:57

    Sabina in Mechanicsburg writes:
    Remind that taking your pet is great but trying to save a pet that has jumped/fallen overboard can be seriously dangerous. Like the all the humans…all pets should have life jackets and often a 20/30 foot leash attached is a good idea.

  • John img 2013-06-06 09:45

    The Red Cross river canoeing training should be a must for all those who seek to safely enjoy kayaking or canoeing on any flowing water. Even a slow class one river like the Susquehanna can be deadly when one makes a bad decision. For example if one flips their canoe and becomes trapped between the water filled craft and a rock death due to the crushing force can accrue very quickly.