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Activities/Crafts

Coldwater Safety
Crossword puzzle on important coldwater safety topics.

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!

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

 

Videos/Links

PLAYLISTS
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.

4th of July Weekend/BUI News Conference
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This video introduces viewers to the importance of safe boating and not boating under the influence of alcohol.

Basic Boating Basics
This video introduces viewers to the basics of safe boating. What you need to know before you go. Check out the video caption to learn more.

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

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

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

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

Family Kayak Trip Down Kettle Creek
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.

Good Day PA! Boating Safely this Memorial Day Weekend
This video provides a boating safety reminder for holiday weekends. A great video to help remind paddlers and boaters how to stay safe on the water.

Kayak Fishing Program
This video introduces viewers to PFBC’s Kayak Fishing programs. It provides details on the programs and participant interviews. Check out the video for additional details.

Kayak Fishing Program – Safety
In this video, PFBC Southcentral Region Education Specialist, Adam Spangler, introduces viewers to the basics of life jackets and safety, launch permits, kayak parts, how to get in the kayak, parts of the paddle and basic paddling strokes and more!

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

Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement
This video shares the importance of wearing a life jacket and shares the dates you need to wear a life jacket for “cold weather wear” (Nov 1 – April 30).

Paddling PA
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- National Safe Boating Week 2020
National Safe Boating week comes around each year, to remind boaters how to be safe on the waterways. Check out the video and description for more details.

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

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

Safe Summer Boating Message
Shares tips for safe, summer boating.

 

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.

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.