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There are a number of aspects to paddling safely, including:

  • What gear to bring and wear.
  • What skills are appropriate for the location.
  • What conditions you are likely to find at the location.
  • Proper training

Please check out our Documentation, Learning Resources, Paddling Resources, and Affiliated Retailers pages for information on these and other topics.

Member Benefits

CPR and First Aid Vouchers

Members can attend CPR and First Aid training at a reduced cost by purchasing a class voucher from OOPS.  Payment is available through PayPal by clicking the button below:

Once payment is made, please forward notice of payment from PayPal to You will then receive your code to schedule your class with CPRLIFELINE online.

Replacement First Aid Supplies
Trip organizers can request replacement first aid supplies from

Approved Wet Exit Certifiers

NOTE: Only Trips, Education, and Safety Board positions can certify someone as a WEC Certifier.

The following have been approved by the board to teach and/or certify members for wet exits and rescues:

  • Joanne Barta
  • Don Beale
  • Chris Bensch
  • Steve Blackwood
  • Paula Brottman *
  • Vern Brown (Puget Sound)
  • Charles Congdon
  • David Dalbey
  • Eric Emch
  • Bob Freshman
  • Jasper Greve *
  • Fred Harsman *
  • Joe Howell *
  • Bob Hyslop
  • Peggy Liggitt *
  • Chris Mayou
  • Mark Niemann-Ross *
  • John (Jay) Nutt
  • Stacy Ozer
  • Dennis Pennell *
  • Jeff Putterman
  • Jillian Rivas-Davila
  • Andrew Romanelli
  • Bill Vonnegut *
  • Tom Waldron *
  • Mel Wishan
  • * Fall 2023 WEC process refresh completed with certifier
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