Florida Professional Paddlesports Association

FPPA & Paddlesport Issues & Concerns

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For the issues and concerns below, members need to log-in for detailed informtion. Non-members can click on available links or contact the related agency and/or statutes or e-mail outfitter@paddleflausa.com.

Non-Motorized Boat Working Group (NMBWG)

Background Info (from email of 7/22/15)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), acting upon advice from the Florida Boating Advisory Council (BAC), is requesting applications from individuals for participation in a Non-Motorized Boat Working Group.  The purpose of this working group is to discuss needs within the non-motorized boating communities and to explore potential solutions which might address each of the following four areas: access, safety, education, and user pay/user benefit.  The working group will provide information to the BAC as they consider how to best advise the agency in the future.

The working group is anticipated to have 10 -14 members, each possessing experience and a perspective in at least one of a number of non-motorized boat-related activities.  The working group will likely remain active for a period of up to three years, and it is anticipated there will be a couple of face-to-face meetings and a few conference calls among the working group each year.  FWC will cover allowable travel costs for members to participate in working group meetings.

Your organization represents one of the specific areas of interest we would like to ensure is engaged in this effort.  We are reaching out to you in hopes that your organization could suggest to one or more of your Florida-based members that they submit an application for membership.  If there is a specific Florida-based individual your organization feels is the most appropriate person to participate, submission of a note of recommendation along with that person's application would be welcomed.  It is important that we enlist persons who are committed to active engagement in the process, possess the knowledge of local issues related to specific types of non-motorized boating and employ the skills needed to work collaboratively with persons of diverse viewpoints.

Once formed the group followed the "Oregon Plan" presented at the May 2015 BAC meeting and focused on the following topics.




Registration or Pay to Play

FPPA Members! Grant Letter

Below is a template to download and use for the letters of support for the VF grant. Copy and paste it into Word, massage it, and get a digital version back to outfitter@paddleflausa.com ASAP. There are additional paragraphs you can add. We don't want a cookie copy version from each member. Feel free to personalize it. Please add your logo and if you have trouble with that, send a copy of logo and it will be inserted.

Grant Letter Template


On the Front Burner right now!

 The OHWL, Mandatory Paddler Education and Canoe and Kayak Registration are three of the top concerns for FPPA members. Canoe and Kayak registration is hot with the BAC as of 2014-2015 and continuing into 2016 and 2017 with the formation of the NMBWG (see above).

Mandatory boating education for vessels in Florida. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are classified as vessels by the Coast Guard. Any legislation would need to specify which vessels would require mandatory boating education.
Dwight.Dudley@myfloridahouse.gov is the Representative mentioned in the article

NASBLA Standards: These were discussed at the September FPPA Meeting 2014. FPPA as well as AOA believes this is the first step towards licensing or onerous regulation. Our concern is the skills required would be difficult for first timers, children, and any visitors but especially foreign ones.
http://nasbla.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 to review the standards and make comments. Still ongoing as of September 2016

http://www.paddleflausa.com/showpage.asp?page=mandatoryedu Is a response to a Mandatory Education of Paddlers in 2006 by Becky Bragg, Owner/President of Canoe Outpost-Peace River and FPPA Communications Director. The issues are still pertinent to date, for paddlesports for kids, family, youth groups, and the Florida tourism industry.

 Upcoming and/or Simmering:            

On any of the below issues, contact outfitter@paddleflausa.com for more info.

DOT Compliance for buses and vans for outfitters    

Child Waiver: make sure your waiver has the correct language as per the 2010 Statutes

Livery Sign. Per the "Livery Law" all outfitters are required to post a yellow livery sign available from FWC. Communication Director Becky Bragg has copies too that are available at the FPPA meetings.

FPPA has partnered with FWC to produce an informational flyer about paddleboarding safety requirements. Flyer available under FWC below. 


Download the new Paddleboard Safety Equipment flyer compliments of FWC and FPPA (PDF). Its the law, SUPs must have a lifejacket if not surfing or in bathing areas. See flyer.

Wildlife Disturbance flyer is available for downloading. See Member section    

Non-motorized Access Resource Guide is now available. Guide offers design ideas and materials for launches other than the standard concrete boat ramp. This guide is a product of the NMBTAG or Non-Motorized Boat Technical Advisory Group.

FWC NMBTAG: go to http://www.myfwc.com/RECREATION/ListeningSessions.htm, also see excerpts at NMBTAG

FWC Listening Sessions: go to http://www.myfwc.com/RECREATION/ListeningSessions.htm, scroll toward bottom of page

Mandatory Paddler Education

Canoe & Kayak Registration


Ichetucknee River food and drink ban lifted.

SUPs and PFDs

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