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Coldwater Safety
Crossword puzzle on important coldwater safety topics.

Float Plan
Practice writing out a float plan before your next boating adventure.

Ice Awls
Describes how to make and use ice awls for self-rescue when a person has fallen through the ice.

Pocket First Aid Kit
Description of how to assemble a simple pocket sized first aid kit.

The Gear Game
What to pack for a paddling trip. Fun word scramble of paddling terms.

Water Rescue
Can you find all the water rescue words? Crossword puzzle.

Wear It Pennsylvania Pledge Card
Take the Wear It Pennsylvania Pledge


Coloring Pages


PLAY Newsletters

You can find additional activities and crafts on the last page of every PLAY newsletter!

Read Along with PFBC playlist
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Listen and/or read along with PFBC staff as they share Pennsylvania League of Angling Youth newsletters in a video format.

“Fishing is Reel Fun” booklet
This 18-page activity booklet is full of fishing and boating information to help anglers and boaters of all ability levels enjoy safe, fun, and year-round outdoor adventures in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!

PLAY: "My Adventures" write-your-own story booklet
With this 12-page activity booklet you can write-your-own adventure about a trip on or near a PA waterway (e.g. stream, river, pond, lake). You can also share something you learn, share how you would teach someone else about what you learned, and share a memory that you will keep with you as you grow. Begin your story today!

PLAY: A Day at the Lake
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
A Day at the Lake, It’s a Summertime Break; Getting Started Fishing Fun; Basic Boating Safety; Find Your Fit; Different Boats for Different Folks; What Fish Can you Expect to Catch (word scramble & matching game).

PLAY: Back to Basics – Boats
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Back to basics: Boats; The Best Way to Stay Afloat; Boats Come in all Shapes and Sizes; Before you hit the water; Now you know the parts of a canoe and paddle (word search).

PLAY: Back to Basics – Paddling Techniques
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Back to the Basics: Paddling Techniques; Loading Your Boat; Get Moving: Canoes; Get Moving: Kayaks; Around the Bend (word scramble).

PLAY: Back to Basics – Paddling Gear
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Paddling Gear; Boat Notes: Canoes; Boat Notes: Kayaks; Pick a Paddle; Pick a Life Jacket; The Gear Game (Crossword Puzzle)

PLAY: Back to Basics – Paddling Water Safety
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Back to the Basics: Water Safety For Paddlers; Taking the Big Plunge; Hazards on the Water; Reading a River; Following the Sequence, The Rescue Sequence; Throw a Bag; The Rescue Game (Crossword Puzzle)

PLAY: Big Waterways Big Boating Fun
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Big Waterways, Big Boating Fun; Float Plan; PA’s Big Lake; Three Rivers; Susquehanna River; Delaware River; Know Your Waterway.

PLAY: Fishing From a Human-powered Boat
PLAY issue containing the following articles – Fishing from a Human-powered Boat; Types of Human-powered Boats; Boating Safety First; Let’s Go Fishing; Fishing from Kayaks; Do Your Homework; Write a Float Plan (activity).

PLAY: Kayak Fishing
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Kayak Fishing; Paddling Safety; Basic Fishing Setup; Fishing Kayak Basic Setup; Fishing Kayak Advanced Setup; Competitive Kayak Fishing Tournaments; Kayak Fishing (Word Search).

PLAY: Water Safety
PLAY issue containing the following articles –
Dangers around the water; Prepare to Fall In; Hook safety & removal; Homemade Water Rescue; A Stringer of Safety Tips.

PLAY: Superheroes of Summer
PLAY issue containing the following articles-
Fishing and Boating; Reptiles and Amphibians; Check out a “Live Stream”; and Superhero BINGO.



The following two links are playlists that will take you through all of PFBC’s videos related to boating, paddling and water safety OR you can go through them individually by clicking links below.

Boating Opportunities: PA Fish and Boat Commission
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This video introduces viewers to boating opportunities in PA. Check out the video caption to learn more.

Summer Safe Boating Message (2020)
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PFBC Col. Corey Britcher shares a safe boating message ahead of the busy July 4th weekend. Once again in 2020, the PFBC will participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationally organized effort which includes enhanced Boating Under the Influence (BUI) enforcement.

Safe Summer Boating News Conference (Philadelphia, July 1, 2020)
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Ahead of the busy Independence Day weekend, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission teamed up with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and AAA Mid-Atlantic to remind boaters and drivers to stay safe and sober. For boaters, a few basic safety steps include wearing a life jacket, never boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (choose a designated boater), have a float plan to let someone know where you are boating, and keep an eye on the weather forecast to avoid storms. Have a safe, enjoyable time on the water this weekend!

National Safe Boating Week 2020
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The weather is getting nicer and many of you are heading out on the water soon. Water safety starts before you are out on the water! Make sure your life jacket and other gear is functioning properly.

PFBC Water Safety Tips with Chris- Drowning Prevention
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This clip will provide water safety tips to reduce and prevent drowning. At some point, you or someone on your boat will end up in the water. Your first line of defense for drowning prevention is to wear a properly sized life jacket and know how to swim. Take a boating and water safety skills class from an instructor, organization, or agency.

Safe Boating Basics
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This video introduces viewers to basic safe boating techniques. Check out the video description for more details.

Safe Boating Tips
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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Lt. Col. Larry Furlong recently appeared on Good Day PA to provide a Safe Boating Checklist for boaters preparing for the Memorial Day weekend and the summer beyond.

Boaters- Life Jackets Save Lives
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This video introduces viewers to the importance of life jackets.

Don’t Drink and Boat
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This video introduces viewers to the dangers of drinking and boating. Check out the video caption for additional details.

Cold Water Boating Safety
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An informational video about the Cold Weather #WearItPA law and other paddle safety tips during cold weather.

Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement (I)
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Boaters must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement (II)
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Boaters must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

PFBC Water Rescue Training Overview
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This video introduces the PFBC’s Water Rescue Training program.

The Rescue Sequence: An Approach to Water Rescue Tactics
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The Rescue Sequence is an approach to water rescue tactics from simple to complex. The levels include self, shore, boat, direct contact and helicopter. The rescue sequence provides options to rescuers. Remember, keep it simple, train with all tactics, and have backup in place prior to engaging.

Useful Information on Outboard Motor Maintenance
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Ryan Walt and Bud Kauffman from the PA Fish and Boat Commission provide an overview of routine outboard maintenance and how to trouble shoot common problems. Remember, ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDATIONS detailed in your owner’s manual.

Basic Kayak Skills and Safety
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During an Intro to Kayak Fishing Program, SC Regional Education Specialist, Adam Spangler, teaches participants about basic kayak skills and safety.

Fall Paddling
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This video introduces viewers to fall paddling opportunities and safety.

Family Kayak Trip Down Kettle Creek
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This video features PFBC Water Rescue Instructor, Chris Calhoun and his daughter, sharing a fun kayaking trip with the family on Kettle Creek. Check out the video caption to learn more.

How To Obtain PFBC Unpowered Launch Permits
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Owners of unpowered boats canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle-boards (SUPs) and rowboats can launch their boats at PFBC lakes and access areas or Pennsylvania state parks if their boats display a PFBC Launch Use Permit, Boat Registration, or Pennsylvania State Parks Launch Permit or mooring permit. Watch this video to learn how to obtain your unpowered launch permit.

How to Use a Water Rescue Throw Bag 
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Chris Calhoun, lead water rescue instructor trainer for the PFBC, along with his daughter Jessica, provide an overview and tips on the use of a water rescue throw bag. He reviews the different style types, features/anatomy, throwing techniques, setup location considerations, how to receive the bag as a victim and the risks and hazards that must be considered when using this tool.

Intro to Kayak Fishing Program
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The PFBC held its first Kayak Fishing Program on Saturday, July 18, at Bald Eagle State Park. Participants learned about basic kayak skills and safety, how to outfit a kayak for fishing and learned about kayak fishing techniques. Guest expert presenter was Pennsylvania Angler & Boater contributor Jeff Woleslagle. As shown in the video, Jeff is followed by PFBC educator Chad Foster, who is also a tournament kayak angler. PFBC educator Adam Spangler rounds out the station-based instruction by covering both kayak basics, required and recommended equipment, and boating safety.

Learning to Kayak 101
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This video introduces viewers to basics on how to paddle a whitewater kayak. Check out the video caption for further details.

Paddling PA
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Canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are very popular recreational water sports in Pennsylvania. Before you embark on your first kayak trip, you should know what is required by PA law; what is recommended; and what is just nice to have.

PFBC Water Safety Tips- Kayaking
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Before you head out on the water to paddle, learn about the equipment that is required (lifejacket, whistle, and unpowered registration or launch permit). Although not required, consider bringing sunscreen, bug spray, water, sunglasses, a hat, and a dry bag to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable. And be sure to get comfortable on non-moving water first, paddle with a friend, and tell someone your float plan. Stay safe!

PFBC Water Safety Tips with Chris- Backyard Safety
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Water emergencies can happen anywhere. For example, 43% of drownings occur in natural settings (ponds, lakes, rivers, ocean), over 18% occur in swimming pools and 9.2% occur from boating. Most drownings are preventable. For children under the age of 14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death. For every child that drowns, five others received emergency care for non-fatal submersion injuries. If we all do our part and learn water safety knowledge and skills, water related incidents and drownings can be reduced and prevented.

Water Safety Tips with Chris – Capsizing
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What should you do if you capsize your boat? This video provides general safety tips to manage the unexpected plunge into the water.

Strainer River Hazards
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This short video highlights the dangers of strainers for paddlers on the waterways. The information in the video is a must watch for every paddler, regardless of skill level.


Additional Resources

13-Point Small-Boat Checklist
Checklist of items to inspect for a boat and equipment.

Boating Regulation Recap
Brochure provides a recap of current state laws and resent additions and changes to existing boating regulations.

Boating Under the Influence
BUI laws and consequences.

Choosing a Canoe for Fishing PA Waters
Items to consider when choosing a canoe.

Danger Carbon Monoxide Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions: Boat Registration and Titling
Information for new boat owners. What to do after the purchase of a boat, including titling and registration.

Hazards on the Water
This page identifies hazards found on water such as low head dams, strainers, current, weather etc. Also includes information on how to avoid these hazards.

Is the Ice Safe?
PLAY brochure on ice safety, bass habitat, the food chain and artificial lures.

Personal Flotation Devices
Describes types of PFDs and their use. Also includes legal requirements.

Personal WaterCraft (PWC) in Pennsylvania
Describes PWCs and their use. Also includes regulations.

Safe Fueling Techniques
Checklist and information about safe fueling.

Summertime Do's and Dont's
Describes the correct procedures to follow around a busy boat launch ramp in summer.

Tool Box: Boats and Water Safety
How the PFBC uses boats, touchdown test for PFD fit.

Zip and Buckle Up
Tips on personal flotation devices (PFD) and who is legally required to wear one.