See what happens in the midnight hours! There has not been mention of canoes in the bill recently. Now, there is. Better get a comfy PFD to wear.
This is what I am hearing on the grapevine:
Pasted below is a copy of the bill that passed the House and Senate today. Now the bill goes to the Governor for his signature to become law.
All canoeists and kayakers are required to wear a type I, II, III or V PFD at all times.
If you are not happy with this you can contact the Governor at:
AN ACT RELATIVE TO KAYAK SAFETY.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court
assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 1 of Chapter 90B of the General laws, as appearing in the
2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following definitions: -
“Canoe”, a narrow, light boat with its sides meeting in a point at each end and is
moved by one or more paddles
“Kayak”, a lightweight boat that is covered, except for a single or double opening
in the center thereof, and is propelled by a paddle.
SECTION 2. Said Chapter 90B is hereby further amended by inserting after
section 13A the following section:-
SECTION13b. Anyone who holds himself out as a kayak instructor for hire shall
obtain and maintain:
(i) First aid training approved by the department of public health;
(ii) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training approved by the department of public
(iii) Kayak instructor certification from the American Canoe Association,
American Red Cross certification in small craft safety and basic water rescue, or
equivalent water training.
The instructor shall train students on the safety procedures appropriate to the level
of paddling difficulty. Wet exit training, which is defined as the practice of
escaping from a kayak while capsized in a controlled water setting, shall be
required of all beginners and novice level operators who use an attached “spray
skirt” during any part of the kayak instructional session.
A liability release that limits an instructor’s responsibility to comply with this
section shall be void.
SECTION 3. Chapter 90B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 official
edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 5B the following new
Section 5C. Every person aboard a canoe or kayak, as defined in this chapter, shall
wear at all times a coast guard approved personal floatation device of type I, II, III
or V in good and serviceable condition.