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A Guide to Paddler’s Safety, with Mike Moloney, US Coast Guard Auxiliary & Eric Laszlo, CEFD Water Extrication Team
May 3 :6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
As the weather starts to warm up and the days get longer, Maine’s beautiful coastline and plentiful lakes and rivers provide us with all kinds of opportunities for recreational paddling. Whether you prefer a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board, this free 2-hour class, geared towards beginner and occasional paddlers, will provide you with the tools, tips, and information to make sure all your outings onto the water are safe ones. Mike Moloney of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Eric Laszlo of the CEFD Water Extrication Team will be speaking with us about the things you and your family members can do to stay safe on our coastal waters, including trip preparation, float plans, safety gear, communication, and visibility. They will also be doing a deeper dive into the hazards of cold-water immersion. Join us in-person at the library and build your on-water skills for the coming season.
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Mike Moloney is a volunteer member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Casco Bay Flotilla, based out of South Portland. He is the Flotilla Staff Officer for Public Affairs, and participates in many radio, TV, and public education events for the Auxiliary. Mike is an avid kayaker, and has been paddling for close to 40 years. He is an ACA Level 1 & 2 Coastal Kayaking Instructor, an AUXPAD (Auxiliary Paddlecraft Program) Auxiliary Qualifier (AQ), and is the Paddlecraft Safety Team Coordinator for the Casco Bay Flotilla. Mike’s passion is teaching people about how to stay safe on the water.
Lt. Eric Laszlo is the Training Officer for the Cape Elizabeth Water Extrication Team (WETeam). He is both a certified Rescue Swimmer as well as Fast Rescue Craft Operator. In addition to the WETeam, Eric is an active member of the Maine Association for Search and Rescue (MASAR), where he is a Technical Search Team Leader for the Wilderness Rescue Team’s high-angle ropes rescue team. In his free time you’ll find Eric enjoying all that Maine’s outdoors has to offer including: kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, and camping.